Stayed here Friday 7- Tuesday 11 March 2014 as members of a group of 22 - we filled the entire hotel. The location in Carrera del Darro couldn't be better, only a few hundred metres from the main Plaza Nueva and overlooked by the Alhambra.
The hotel dates from the 16th century so is a bit quirky with rooms of all shapes and sizes, some have a view of the Alhambra. Our room (402) was at the rear which made it gloomy, it didn't have a view except the backs of other nearby properties. It was pokey (4x3 metres) and very simply furnished - 2 single beds (comfortable), one bedside cabinet, small table and dining chair, an alcove with hanging rail substituted for a wardrobe, TV with lots of channels but none English, small fridge which was so noisy we had to switch it off. There were no tea/coffee making facilities. Bathroom small and functional and would have been ok if it hadn't smelled strongly of drains - there was no U bend trap fitted to sink drain. Hot water was exactly that - hot - very!
There's a lift but this doesn't go to street level so there is a flight of steep, shiny, stone stairs to negotiate to reception on the first floor ( hotel is above the Minatauro tapas bar/cafe).
The hotel does not provide catering but the bar/cafe does limited but cheap breakfasts and meals and very good tapas with drinks. There are numerous cafés in Plaza Nuevo.
Hotel staff all spoke English and were very pleasant and helpful.
Room rates varied between €50 - 80, ours was €60/night which probably reflected the fact that it was on the top floor, small, had no view and was smelly - it wasn't really worth it had it not been for the hotel location.
Everything is in walking distance - Alhambra a short but steep 20 - 30 min, the old streets of El Albaicin rising to the busy Plaza de San Nicholas another half hour. If you can't manage the hills, small service buses rattle around the narrow streets of El Albaicin and up to the Alhambra.
There are plenty of shopping possibilities which we didn't investigate - we hadn't come to Granada to go shopping!
Summary - an authentically old hotel in a brilliant location, rooms are individual and quirky and it seems to be a bit of a lottery as to what you'll end up with which kind of makes it interesting.
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- Also Known As:
- Zaguan Del Darro Granada
- Zaguan Del Darro Hotel