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“Fabulous location/indifferent service.”
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Parador de Granada
Ranked #13 of 122 Hotels in Granada
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Reviewed 1 November 2008

There is no better location in Granada. The restaurant is professional and high quality.

The staff at the hotel is professional but cool and indifferent. Certainly a disappointment. The best example is on our second day asking the person at reception (there is no concierge) for restaurant suggestions in town. The response was that the Parador has the best restaurant in Granda. I explained that we enjoyed the Parador restuarant the night before and wanted to try something in town. The reception person repeated that the best restaurant is on the premises and shrugged. I later found that the paradors are state operated and the help is employed essentially for life and have no incentive to provide service.

My other disappointment was that the rooms are not converted from an historic facility but are modern hotel rooms built in an historic site. The usual charm of a parador was missing.

Although the location of the parador is imcomparable, I'd consider a hotel in the old part of Granada for a quality experience, a nice room and better service. The parador was overpriced for the value.

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  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2008

WE chose the Parador to celebrate a special anniversary, and booked a year ahead! I heard it was always fully booked, and I was determined!!

Booked through Parador website, which was easy enough. Now for Hotel....

Wasn't sure if there was parking (there is) but found our way there, and was pleasantly surprised. I'd read many reviews, all saying 'not worth it' etc. But I also understood it recently underwent a refit, so took a chance.

It certainly isn't cheap!! However, the room was lovely. We had a Superior room, with king sized (6') bed, and wonderful views. I sneaked a peek into other rooms and they were lovely too. Not such lovely views, but the stairs and upper cloister area, looking down was fab.

Our room was modern and more Boutique Hotel style, with stylish decor. Bathroom had very modern fixtures, and jacuzzi bath. All toiletries were good quality and rather nice, too.

Meals (not included) were good - breakfast, buffet style, to cater for everyone. I must confess, I've never had a merengue for breakfast anywhere, but Hey!! When you're my age, you can get away with doing weird stuff on holiday!! Evening meals were accompanied by a Spanish guitarist.

All in all, I could've paid less, but this was special. I could recommend it, as we had a lovely stay. The hotel was quiet, and classy in a beautiful place. You expect to pay for that - and after a day wandering around the Alhambra, it was certainly lovely to just wander up the hill into the Parador and not have to walk miles and cope with the tourist crush. That alone, makes you feel very special

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2008

this hotel was a huge disappointment. The location is second to none and I think they are trading on that. The staff at the front desk were efficient enough, but most of the staff looked miserable. The staff in the restaurant were trying but had no leadership from the maitre d' and for whom they clearly had no respect. The food was good and expensive but the ambiance was more like a luxury cafeteria. There was nobody to serve drinks in the bar before dinner. A double bed was only available with an upgrade to a suite. I would recommend people to stay just outside the palace grounds in the Alhambra Palace Hotel where lunch was served by charming waiters.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank sooots
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Reviewed 11 September 2008

Having just stayed in Cordoba in one of the Hospes chain hotels, and been delighted with the phenomenal level of service, fit out, catering and attention to detail, for approx €250 a night, paying over €300 a night here had to be something very special...and aside from location it was not . The room was disappointing, with the techonology unnecessary and overengineered. The bathroom was over fitted and simply impractical . The breakfast and dinner were nothing more than average (but extremely expensive) , and as for service, it seems that though the hotel has been overhauled and brought up to date, the staff have not ! A very disappointing visit which over 2 days cost nearly €1000.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2008

You won't get many chances to spend the night within the walls of the Alhambra. The Parador de Granda is a lovely old bed and breakfast. type of accomodation but that description does not do it justice. To stay there is to stay in a piece of history. Dinner is included and will be a local dish and quite good. Make your reservation a full year in advance, as it is very diffiult to get in.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 June 2008

The construction is complete and I would say largely successful. It seems to be the thing now in Europe to go super modern and our room was definitely small, with very overcomplicated light switches, but was immaculate and had a walk in shower with great water pressure, a rare thing! No old world charm, but extremely comfortable.
We truly enjoyed the courtyard for lunch and drinks, and dinner outside by the fountain. The food was quite good, and they even offered a vegetarian special, which I greatly enjoyed, not because I'm a vegetarian, but because salad and veggies seem almost nonexistant in Spain! The waitress suggested an excellent wine which was only 20 euros. I only wish I'd known suites were available. We only stayed one night and I would recommend two. Don't take the group tour of the Alhambra--ask the hotel to set up a private guide.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2008

Having stayed at least twice before - the first time in the 60's, we again visited for two nights, principally to see the Alhambra for, I think, the eleventh time. I am afraid that the enchantment of those earlier visits has not survived- either for the Alhambra or the Parador Nacional de San Francisco. The hotel was in the midst of 'refurbishment', and consequently, access to much of the buildings and most of the gardens was not possible. Our room did have facilities and was well maintained- however, it had suffered the touches of an interior designer with no concept of the needs for the traveller (the very reason the network of Paradores was founded in 1928). The lighting system, for example, was not only non-intuitive, but it had a mind of its own; on our last night it decided to flood the room with light no fewer than nine times! Having a stone horse-trough in the bathroom with twin taps is neither ideal for ablutions nor is it water efficient!
Breakfast was plentiful, but the dinner menu was extremely limited, unimaginative and overall very poor value for money.
With reference to other reviews, it must be pointed out that there are only TWO hotels within the precincts of the Alhambra, the Parador being one, the other the adjacent Hotel America.
Having read the articles in the Paradores own magazine, I would be very wary of ANY of the network's buildings which have had recent 'modernisation.

Stayed: June 2008
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Additional Information about Parador de Granada

Address: Calle Real de La Alhambra s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Granada
#9 Family Hotel in Granada
#14 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range: £181 - £434 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Granada 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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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