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El Ladron de Agua
Ranked #5 of 122 Hotels in Granada
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Queensland, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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“Perfect location..”
Reviewed 9 June 2011

Good boutique hotel, in perfect location with views up to the Alhambra teasing you before your visit. We had two rooms, my family member found he had noisy neighbours in the next room, he could hear every word including the hairdryer through to his bed, which was against the wall of their bathroom. My room however was on the 3rd floor and had no shared walls. We did find the rooms a little dark with all the dark wooden beams and dark timber furniture - hard to get light into the rooms. However, as stated, the location was perfect, the breakfast served in the 'cave' was good. We stayed for 3 nights towards the end of May in order to fulfil a long held desire to visit the Alhambra which is truly magnificent.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Staffordshire, England
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Reviewed 7 June 2011

Spent three nights here in April. Just as others describe. This hotel is small - only 15 rooms but very elegantly converted. More basic than 4 star hotels with wooden floors and slightly creaky wardrobes etc but perfectly clean and comfortable and with very modern bathrooms. Very elegant minimilist internal courtyard, peaceful library with complimentary afternoon tea and cakes. Helpful, friendly staff. Great location and although our room was overlooking the street with a balcony it was not noisy. Right on the edge of the Albayzin "old town" and very close to the main city centre - 5 minute walk - for buses to the top of the old town or to the Alhabra, although it is not a long taxi ride away either. Probably not too long to walk but it would be uphill all the way and fairly steep. Breakfast was adequate rather than lavish but nicely presented.
If coming by car follow the detailed instructions the hotel send rather than Sat Nav or Google. No car park at the hotel but you can unload in front and park in a "residents" car park about a 10 minute walk away. On leaving the hotel a taxi will take you to the car park, as it would be a long tortuous trip to drive the car round all the one-way system to get back to the hotel.
Definitely a great place to stay in Granada.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mass., USA
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

Let's just say I am use to staying in 4 -5 star hotels but based on the reviews, pictures and location I thought this was the best deal. I was not wrong. We stayed in the Generalife suite which I know is larger then most rooms. Surely sufficient space for unpacking bags and getting them out of the way. Sitting area was nice and balcony overlooking the Allhambra was perfect. Bathroom is very large and comfortable. As far as location it was perfect. Perfect for exploring the Albaicin area, steps from Plaza Nueva ( bus to the Allahambra), 5 minutes to cathedral and within walking area of all the restaurants and shopping. Never needed a cab! The little coblestone street and Darro River made everything that more quaint.
Room was clean everyday with fresh towels. All toiletries included, shaving kit, toothbrush kit, soap moisturizer but one thing missing: shampoo! Didn't get that but I come prepared with samples as you never know what you are going to get! No turn down service.
Only had an issue with one concierge. I feel that she did not understand english very well. She was not very friendly and willing to provide much information. We asked for dinner recommendation and we were told to go to Plaza Nueva and all were good. There was also a feast going on while we were there. It seemed to follow us from about 4pm to 11 pm. I asked what the feast was for and she said religous festival. I kind if got that! Speak to the morning concierge for better info.
Breakfast was sufficient. Nothing elaborate but did the trick. You may want to pick up a few drinks, water... at the little convenient store steps away as there is no mini bar.
If you can go without, turn down service, chocolates on your bed at night then this place will be just fine. Charming and quaint hotel.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Calgary. AB
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2011

Up a narrow street by the Barrio del Albayzin you can find the authentic charm of Granada; cafes, plazas and the imposing Alhambra overlooking it all.

El Ladron del Agua es a unique boutique hotel that manages to blend perfectly the traditional charm of the area with a unique design and concept. Opening the original heavy wooden door, you are welcomed in the lobby, with its peaceful fountain and wooden balconies, by a friendly staff member.

The rooms, each named after a popular poem, are up to the standards, with wooden beam ceilings and dressers, big comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms with Andalusian tiles giving you the comfort and luxury behind excellent location, price and service.

In the main floor there is a breakfast room, which provided with the basics for a great start. There is also an elegant reading room with a computer with free internet service. They have a number of books to spend a relaxing and quiet afternoon.

I must also add the location is very close to the main attractions, but extremely peaceful and quiet at night. Make sure to catch a flamenco show in one of the pubs a few steps away.

If the Alhambra is the main reason for your visit, the buses leave the Cathedral doors, which is a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

We were re-accomodated to El Ladron del Agua as our reservation in their other hotel Gar-Anat had to be cancelled due to maintenance problems and we found our visit to El Ladron del Agua just perfect and wishing we could stay longer.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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320 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2011

The hotel is as others have described-- tasteful, simple, beautiful. We had no noise problem, though we stayed on a Sunday and Monday night so maybe that was why-- however, it seemed with the windows and shutters closed the street noise (we faced the Darro) was shut out. I had a great two nights' sleep. The internet was fine, the shower was very good. Absolutely no complaints. Only thing I would say is that we didn't have much of a conversation with other guests or staff, unusual for a small hotel. Hotel recommended Azerban restaurant-- it was excellent. The hotel is at the very edge of the Albacin, so you feel safe at night-- you don't have to walk through narrow deserted streets to get back to it. The street the hotel is on has magical views looking up at the Alhambra.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

we stayed in an Alhambra view room above the Carrera del Darro. Yes we could see one of the towers of the Alhambra, but as we stayed on a Saturday night and Sunday night our first night was totally disturbed due to noise rising from the street below. It may have been wiser to avoid the room with a view, for a room with less noise !

The in room information says that tea making facilities 'in room' are available if you want them. no mini bar is provided and the bar always looked closed.

A beautiful restoration has produced a serene, attractive, boutique experience. Breakfast was better than average but there were no fresh juices on dispaly just yoghurt drink (!) and the bread was mass produced which refused to toast. On request on our 2nd morning staff did make us lovely freshly squeezed orange juice - so just ask for it when you arrive.

The afternoon tea was most welcome. A nice touch. the free internet access a bonus.

AS other reviewers have said car parking is an issue. we spent 42 euros to leave the car 48 hrs in the car park recommended as closest to the hotel. 10 mins walk.

A wonderful location for atmosphere and proximity to the Alhambra. More character than a 'chain' hotel. But factor in the negatives before making your choice. I still haven't worked out what the noise was coming from next to or above/below our room that sounded like a boiler or pump kicking in every 15 mins throughout the night ???

I think their prices are a little high and 20% less if more realistic.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Berkeley, CA
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

This hotel really made our stay in Granada. We stayed in the Generalife Room with views of the Alhambra and could hear the running of the river Darro below. I believe they said the hotel is a renovated 16th century mansion and I enjoyed the pairing of a cool minimalist style with the older architecture. The service was truly above and beyond what is usual, and the breakfast a feast. I thought this was a great value for the money!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Property: El Ladron de Agua
Address: Carrera Darro 13, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Granada
#5 Family Hotel in Granada
#6 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — El Ladron de Agua 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A building from the 16th century has become a hotel, taking its spirit from the essence of Juan Ramon Jimenez's journey and his poems. Its privileged location in the heart of Granada, at the foot of the Albayzin; its rooms bathed in the light of the Alhambra; its colonnaded patio; its lounge, vestibule and well/cistern... All these charms will lead you to the sound of water, and to a peace that will give you inner harmony. ... more   less 
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