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“The hidden treasure of Alhambra”

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Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
Ranked #4 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Hidden behind a few blocks of classic residential buildings at the foot of Alhambra lies potentially one of the best hotel rooms in the world! The Grand Deluxe Suite. Before I talk about this absolute genuine treasure every avid traveller must experience at least once in their life, let me tell you about the hotel too.

The hotel is as far away from the dull, tasteless commercial five star hotels frequent business-travellers like me are sick off. Five star hotels 'tick' all the boxes if that is what you want, kettle, iron press, laundry service etc even if these are of substantard quality. Hotel Casa 1800 is a boutique hotel which delivers the highest quality in whatever they do do, with all the essential boxes checked for a lovely romantic break. As others have mentioned, the hotel staff are second to none; they love their job and you see that in their devotion. Most of all we would like to pay a special gratitude to the manager Frances who turned our holiday in to a once-in-a-life time experience. She is hard working, carries a genuine smile, and spends time to sit with residents during the (free) afternoon tea (fresh muffins, sandwiches and fruit) to give tourist advice but also introduce us to "cheerimoya" a succulent sweet pear-like fruit only found in the South of Spain. The hotel itself is structurally built like a 12th century wooden manor, with strong rustic hardwood beams and majectic staircases giving both an oppulent and historic feel. There is a wonderful courtyard where the afternoon tea is served.

Now on to the Grand Deluxe Suite. In all my travels, across four continents (Asia, America, Africa and Europe), never before have I come across a hotel room with such a "wow" factor. It's breathtaking, and I'm not even referring to its stunning views of Alhambra as you sit on its luxurious sofa. The suite is the size of a two bedroom flat and the height of two floors which affords it the luxury to have a four poster bed with posts reaching for the sky! As you gaze up you catch the grand chandelliers which illuminate the room with the sparkle it deserves. The ceiling is also ornatley decorated as one finds in the Alhambra. There is also a second bedroom/lounge which was perfect for our 5 year old daughter, as well as the best and only clean hotel-room jacuzzi I have come acroos (aided by its self-clean option). Again from the bathroom you can also enjoy stunning views of Alhambra and the stars as you sit for a late night jacuzzi bath. This suite in itself is an experience one must enjoy in their life time, and for that we are eternally grateful to Frances who recommended the upgrade after we found ourselves tight for space with our original standard room booking.

Room Tip: Deluxe Grand Suite is what you should stay in, no other room or suite compares.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

This hotel was fantastic, probably one of the best hotels we've stayed in in Europe so far.

The good:
* It was centrally located next to the Plaza Nueva
* The decor and quality of the rooms was fantastic
* Tea time in the afternoon
* Breakfast included
* The hotel had the appearance as nicer than I am accustomed to
* The staff spoke great English and were some of the most helpful reception staff I've encountered
* You can see the Alhambra from the hotel

The bad:
* The parking was about 1km in a public access parking garage, this wasn't too bad I've had worse before. Typically we don't drive anyway. The taxi ride each way was only about 4 Euro, not too bad. Parking was cheap.
* The breakfast, while included, lacked a little flair. Wasn't bad, it was filling I just missed the variety of cheeses and cold cuts, but maybe this is a Spanish thing I don't know.

I recommended this hotel to a friend going to southern Spain, I said if you are going to Granada you must stay at this hotel. It was very easy to find and they gave great directions via e-mail on how to find the parking garage area. The value you get for the cost is incredible. I would'v expected to pay upwards of 150 Euro a night (over my price range) to stay in a hotel this nice and with such a great staff.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this hotel if you intend to visit Granada.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We spent two very pleasant days in the Casa 1800 Granada. Staff lived up to their reputation for friendly and thoughtful service. (One staff member, out of four or five we met, had an imperfect grasp of English and refused to speak Spanish to us.) The room was large, beds comfortable, amenities just right and of course the room was immaculate. The only problem was an overexcited heating system that belched out Sahara-like temperatures. Fortunately we were in the mild Granada winter so we just opened the window and slept comfortably. The hotel's location was in our opinion perfect, just off the Plaza Nueva (New Square, built in 1500) in the heart of a lively city (a university town, so lots of students in the Plaza). Restaurants, bars, historic sites were minutes away on foot, and the Alhambra just up an admittedly steep hill.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2012

Doesn't live up to the great photos but it was close to Alhabra and the room was clean and warm. Breakfast exhorbitant price and wi fi didn't work for me.
I couldn't work out why the route from reception to the room was so cold but in the morning I found out that you are led from an enclosed reception through an open coutyard to the rooms .Iit looked impressive in the morning. No bath but shower worked fine. staff were helpfull in storing bags whilst we went walkabout.

Room Tip: Avoid lower courtyard rooms and above noisy buffet.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

We arrived by train before noon and were told we could check in after about one hour. We left our bags and grabbed a bite. When we returned, we found we had been upgraded to a superior room which was quite lovely. The staff was so friendly, and they helped us with our bags to the room (lots of stairs in the hotel, some rooms not serviced by elevator). The breakfast was amazing. They also had free fruit, snacks and juice and tea in the afternoons. We were able to store our luggage the next day, too, since we didn't depart for the airport until mid-afternoon. Very conveniently located to the Plaza Nuevo.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank 700Traveler
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

We stayed in this nice hotel last September. Whilst our stay was pleasant it did not live up to the rave reviews we had read on Trip Advisor. It is in good location for accessing the sights in Granada but it is still situated on what might be described as a back alley. We booked a standard room and it was quite nice, but perhaps not as good as the excellent photos on the web site. The "Hotel" does not have all the facilities which you would expect for the price and it would be better described as an upmarket B&B. However if you are looking for something quirky and do not want the usual commercial hotel experience, this might suit you.

Room Tip: Do not accept a lower level room facing on to the internal courtyard. If you open the window, guests...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

Stayed at this property over Christmas recently. Paid nearly 150 Euros a night for a 'Superior' room. In comparison to other hotels in Spain and Europe, found that for this rate, the hotel was not a great value but just 'OK".

The positives:

A great staff - very helpful, always friendly, accommodating, and eager to help with questions.
The hotel location was excellent - right off Plaza Nueva even if a bit difficult to locate at first.
Quiet, being secluded from the din of town.
The look of the hotel is authentic 'Granadian' - Spanish-Moroccan, for a good sense to the area.
Rooms were finished with quality materials such as marble, old natural wood beams, tile, etc. There was a feel of quality to the surroundings.
Beds were very comfortable and large enough for my 6' 3" friend.


The Negatives:

WiFi was spotty at best, dropping off repeatedly. It was definitely inadequate for sizable downloads.
The 'Superior' room my friend and I had was crowded, had only one chair, and the chifforobe was too small for two people. The room's only windows opened not to the outside but rather to the lobby/entrance of the hotel, making privacy a real issue.
There is a control for the heating/Air Conditioning unit but only the front desk has control over its operation. I was never able to get the temperature regulated properly and the room always felt stuffy.

Other comments:

Buffet breakfast was offered at 12 E and I found it to be adequate but not great.
The hotel is fairly new (as is its sister property in Seville) and has yet to work out the kinks.

The hotel has accommodation for only two rooms with twin beds and it's difficult to see how they can reconcile the difference (except for rates) between a standard room and a superior one. There was a mix up upon arrival whereupon we were sent to a queen bed room (the staff handled the change beautifully). That room and the twin room appeared identical except for the bed.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a window facing the Alhambra. There are only two twin rooms in the hotel so get...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Calle Benalua 11, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Albaicín , San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range: £42 - £274 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Casa 1800 Granada 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Casa 1800 Granada is a charming hotel located in a fully restored XVII century historical building, the building is known as Casa de los Migueletes and served as the headquarters of the militia at the time. The hotel is decorated with chandeliers, frescos, cupolas and luxurious furnishings, always in keeping with the noble wood of the building whilst highlighting the Classicist and Mudejar elements of the original house. The rooms are elegant and cozy, some enjoy views of the Alhambra, inner courtyards, coffered ceilings and offer all kinds of amenities. The House is organised around a central courtyard where each morning breakfast is served and in the afternoon tea is offered to the hotel guests, who are treated to a family atmosphere and making the stay special and unforgettable. The charming hotel has a privileged location in the centre of Granada between the magical Albaicin and at the foot of the Alhambra. Nearby there are museums, theatres, monuments, shops, restaurants and tapas bars. ... more   less 
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