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“Hard to beat location”
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El Ladron de Agua
Ranked #6 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 May 2014

As first-time visitors we were more than impressed by the many attractions of Granada. We stayed 3 nights and that was just right for us with plenty to do and see.
The hotel location was hard to beat. An easy taxi journey from the train station, we asked to be dropped off at the Santa Ana church and strolled the 100 yards or so to the hotel. Walking to the Alhambra was about 30 minutes there and 20 back! There were also plenty bars and restaurants nearby and our preference was to eat in the square reached by turning left out of hotel and walking 5 minutes. Great views of Alhambra etc
We had a room on the second floor at the back of the hotel and this meant that the outside noise was minimal. We even slept with the window slightly ajar. I'm sure the rooms at the front had superior views but for us we would choose the quieter back location every time - it's just as well we are all different!
Staff excellent and breakfast excellent and overall room standard whilst not excellent certainly to an acceptable standard but will need some TLC in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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We are delighted that you were happy with your stay and our location! Please come back and see us soon...

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Charming Hotel along the river with a view of the Alhambra. The hotel is perfectly situated between the central district of Granada and the Albayzin district. Also a quick cab ride to the Alhambra. The hotel is situated along a cobblestone street and very convenient to shops ans restaurants.

Room Tip: The Generalife Suite is a huge room, top floor with a few overlooking the Alhambra.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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El Ladron de Ag... E, Owner at El Ladron de Agua, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2014

We are so pleased that you were happy with our location and if you are looking to be in the heart of the Old City - this is the place to stay! We are looking forward to welcoming you back...

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at El Ladron de Agua; the hotel is located on a picturesque and fun-filled street, with a most supportive staff and a comfortable room. All the rooms have a unique name and a story that goes with the name. We were located with a small balcony over the busy street, filled with bachelor and bachelorette groups and many others enjoying the city, the views of the Alhambra and the tapa bars alongside the Darra river. When we closed the doors to the balcony, the sounds were well muted so that we could sleep without interruption. We enjoyed meeting other guests from around the world during the wine and tapas hours between 7pm and 9pm. Violetta at the evening desk gave us several wonderful dinner recommendations and made reservations at those we chose, using the hotel to get us great tables with views or best location in a garden. We like small, cozy hotels in the older parts of cities and El Ladron de Agua was ample reward for our preference.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the street; interior rooms may be quieter, but won't let you watch the...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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El Ladron de Ag... E, Owner at El Ladron de Agua, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2014

We are delighted that you found your stay so enjoyable and thank you for your comments about Violeta and our reception staff, who always do their utmost to provide the best guest experience possible. Hope to welcome you back to El Ladron de Agua on your next visit to Granada!

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

I like hotels of this nature -- small, intimate, and crammed into a cool, historical building in a great location. Ladron de Agua delivered what it promised in this respect. The bed was very nice, the shower was great (with nice-quality soaps and shower gels and such), and everything else in the room was at least adequate. Service was exceptional throughout, from the online booking through to departure (including printing out my boarding card for free, and offering me free coffee on the morning of my departure).

If you're getting Alhambra tickets from them, be aware that you still need to take the voucher they will provide you and collect the tickets from the Alhambra ticket office -- not a big deal, but if you are timing your visit to the Alhambra in order to sleep in a little, it pays to be aware that you must be at the ticket office 1 hour prior to the designated time.

Now, the tiny annoyances. First, you will notice that you are provided with a pair of earplugs. These are, it turns out, quite recommendable to use if you have trouble sleeping with noise. It is not a quiet hotel in any sense, really -- you will hear noise from the street until 1-2AM most nights, and the sounds of people going up and down the stairs in the morning. I, myself, am not bothered with this, living on a very noisy street at home anyway, but I can see how it would be disturbing to people used to quiet. Secondly: the key they provide you is attached to a giant metal key fob, and it is a pain in the butt to carry around. I like having a keycard because I can easily slip it into my back pocket and not worry about it when I'm out and about. If you're carrying a purse or a fanny-pack, as so many people seem to do, it may be less of an issue, but I like to travel ultra-light.

The "complimentary wine service" makes very little difference, as other people have mentioned. Just to go to any one of the nearby bars, fork over 2€, and get a better glass of wine (with a tapa) whenever you like. Life's too short to drink crappy wine, and the red they served was easily one of the worst I had all through my trip in Spain.

Note: take the bus to and from the airport. The stop is like 400-500m away, and you will save over 20 euros. Get off at the Gran Via stop, turn left at the major intersection with Reyes Catolicos, and walk. Easy as pie, and a good way to save money.

Room Tip: If you want to cut down on noise, try to get a room that's not by the stairs. If you can afford...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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El Ladron de Ag... E, Owner at El Ladron de Agua, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2014

Thank you for your kind comments. We love the 95% and will continue to strive for 100% perfection!
Please come back and see us again.....

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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Great visit to Granada but a disappointing stay at this bed and breakfast. The building and location are really nice but, perhaps we stayed at a busy time so the place did not live up to it's reputation. Standard room was adequate but extremely dark with 1 tiny shuttered window. Toiletries bolted to wall and hard to get hand soap or shampoo out of bottle, towels (even the hand towels) not changed at all. The so-called complimentary early evening drinks consisted of a few cm's of sherry at the bottom of a bottle for 4 guests. On asking if it was possible to have a glass of red wine the answer was categorically NO! from the only member of staff at the desk who was busy on the computer. On a positive side, the hotel was great at getting our Alhambra tickets. Most staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful, the breakfast was fine and the bed comfortable.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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El Ladron de Ag... E, Owner at El Ladron de Agua, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2014

Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback, and we take all guest comments seriously. We are happy you found the comfortable bed and our historic setting to your liking.

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Reviewed 10 May 2014

We had a wonderful stay in Granada. Our room was wonderful - a bottle of champagne with strawberries and chocolate was waiting for us when we arrived. The hotel is in a great location. We would definitely stay again. We did not have breakfast at the hotel, so I cannot comment on the breakfast (there were plenty of places to grab a bite to eat for breakfast near the hotel).

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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El Ladron de Ag... E, Owner at El Ladron de Agua, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2014

What a wonderful review! My staff and I are so happy that your stay was entirely enjoyable and we look forward to welcoming you back soon...

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

This hotel looks lovely on the internet. And it IS lovely in many ways in reality. It falls into the "art hotel" genre - a beautifully renovated, beautiful old property with some chic furniture and art (for sale) on the walls everywhere. The location could not be better for getting just about anywhere you need/want to in this fantastic city. But it rests on the laurels of its location - which means it is over-priced for what you get. Our bill will be (we have 1 more night to go): €609 for 3 nights B & B. Of course we knew that before, but had expected a bit more. We are paying more a night here than we paid at (for example) the Raffles Hotel in Phnomh Penh on a recent holiday in Laos and Cambodia. Picky negatives (which one would not be so picky about, if the price were not what it is): 1. The hotel seems under-staffed. Receptionist also responsible for organising breakfast. The young woman today did ask us if we would like another cup of coffee. Her counterpart yesterday didn't. Another slice of cheese maybe? Oh no. None left on the buffet. And does one really feel like traipsing out of the restaurant up the steps to the reception area to request a slice of cheese? 2. Fancy Molton Brown bathroom products - but bracketed to the walls against theft. Fair enough, but the hand soap drips all over the shop and you have to be very dexterous and determined to extract shampoo from its secured container. What's the worst that could happen, if - as in other stylish hotels - you actually had cute little containers of classy products? and - hey - what does it matter if guests pocket the odd one or two? Nice memories of a nice place. 3. One nice touch is they serve free 'fino' and red wine (and a handful of olives and crisps) as a pre-dinner treat. But last night THE staff member on duty was gossiping on the phone to a boyfriend or parent or someone, so maybe hadn't noticed that there was about 1 cm of red wine left in the bottle - presumably from the day before. Yugh!

These are perhaps queeny, spoilt-behaviour, niggling comments. But why not, when you're paying this sort of price.

Teacher's comment: could do better.

Mind you, it does have a lovely location and our room was adorable.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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El Ladron de Ag... E, Owner at El Ladron de Agua, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

Thank you for your comments. We always strive to improve our services and will certainly consider some of your suggestions for improvements. Just one thing; the reason we have Molton Brown wall mounted shampoo, body wash and hand wash dispensers, is simply to save the environment from hundreds of small plastic containers which have to be disposed of every day. Welcome back!

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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: £66 - £160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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