We had a lovely time in the NH Victoria. Got a deal via their website. EUR99 (before IVA of 7%) per triple room per night, which was very good value considering it was high season in Spain.
The NH Victoria was not difficult to find since it stood at the junction of Calle Recognidas, Calle Reyes Catalicos and Puerta Real . We arrived via train into Granada and walked out from the station onto Av. Andaluces and then, straight onwards to Avda de La Constitucion to take a bus (EUR1.2) to Puerta Real via Gran Via and Reyes Calalicos. Plenty of buses ply this route and bus stops were clearing sign-posted with bus routes.
The facade of NH Victoria caught our eyes quickly as it was the only off-white historical buiding in the middle of a busy road junction and almost immediately, we noticed that there were cafes, pastery shops, restaurants and even a Burger King right at the door steps. The shopping streets were moments away too.
Upon further exploration, we found convenience stores in the rear of the hotel - skip the first mini-convenience store, chock full of pungent cheeses and hams hanging from the ceiling and walk further downhill in the rear street to get to a better smelling, better priced and better stocked one. Very useful for our daily supplies of water.
The hotel was also moments away from the Plaza Bib Ramble (al fresco restaurants) as well as many of the sights, e.g. Catedral (5min), Plaza Nueva (10min), Albaycin (15min). A short walk to Plaza Neuva or Plazade Isabel Catolica where the statue of Columbus and there would be buses to La Alhambra ticket office (bus 32)) and the depths of Albaycin (bus 31). In short, we couldnt ask for a better place to stay.
The tourist information centre @ Plaza Nueva was not far away and provided a more detailed map than the one NH Victoria provided. Nevertheless, NH's front desk provided accurate advice on where to eat good tapas (restaurants on Carrera Del Darro & Carcel Caldereria Nueva), what bus to take and where to board the buses to various sights.
NH Victoria was designed and furnished in typical classy NH style, with dark woods and plain colours. Beds and beddings were comfortable and our room facing the rear street was quiet, shielded from the hustle and bustle of Puerta Real. Check in was seamless and staff spoke a working level of English. Our only grouse was the difficulty in getting housekeeping / room service to understand our request for a small kettle. Staff were not rude and were always smiling but despite their best efforts and 2 tries later, we settled for a teapot of hot water.
During our stay, the hotel had a special upgrade offer - EUR25 to upgrade your room and EUR90 to upgrade to a suite. But given that we were already very comfortable in our spacious room - configured to accommodate an extra single bed with space to move about - we did not bother. The hotel also provided a special 15min free internet coupon, valid for their business centre - a small cubicle of a room behind the reception desk. The hourly & daily internet rates in the room were exhorbitant and the business centre internet cost EUR0.32 per minutes after the 1st free 15min. We stuck to our free 15min and it was all we needed to double check our flights back due to the quick connection speed.
When it was time for us to head to the airport, NH Victoria's prime location was a huge benefit. NH Victoria is located between the 1st and 2nd stop of the Airport shuttle bus. Walk down Acera Del Daro (10min) to the 1st stop outside Hotel Daro or walkup Calle Reyes Catalicos to Gran Via (15min) to the 2nd stop opposite the Catedral. The shuttle was the only dark blue bus in service throughout the city, costs only EUR3 and arrived to the 1st stop punctually 5mins past the hour.
In summary, we had a good time in Granada and the NH Victoria played an important part of making Granada a memorable stay. Once again, our experiences with NH hoteles has been stellar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The NH Collection Granada Victoria is located in a prime area, in the heart of the city center in the historic city of Granada, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range and the intersection of three rivers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nh Hotels Granada
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