My wife and I thought staying at the Parador de Granada would help make our visit to the Alhambra extra special...but it didn't. The logistics of getting to our room were unsatisfactory. The room was fine but put an emphasis on style at the expense of function. A sandwich in the cafe came on soggy bread (canned asperagus had not been properly drained). But, the bigger picture:
While the Parador was close to the Alhambra sights, few were open to the public outside of separate admissions that generally needed tickets from the base of the hill (no evening strolls through the palace gardens). The tour we bought through the Parador was a rip-off. For an inflated price, a person took us by taxi from the Parador to the ticket center where she left us to become part of a group tour of 29, wasting some 30 minutes and then having to walk up the hill.
We would have been much better off staying in a hotel in town and taking taxis. Of the nine Paradors we stayed in this trip, Parador of Granada was one of the least pleasurable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spending a night in the gardens of the Alhambra, among fountains, trees and large arched windows is the exclusive opportunity offered by this Parador, a former convent built by decision of the Catholic Monarchs. The building itself invites to discover a dreamlike interior, where Arabic and Christian style mix. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parador De Granada Hotel Granada
- Parador De Hotel Granada
- Granada Parador De Hotel