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.More
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