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Santa Isabel la Real
Ranked #1 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 October 2009

We have just returned from a month in Italy, and a week in Spain, after staying with family our first week, to be welcome to such a charming Hotel was sheer bliss. This was our only plump, soft bed our entire trip, it was wonderful; the linens were a superior grade, roomy, well appointed bedroom, large bath for European standards. We own a B&B in the Caribbean, and demand high standards, everything about this B&B is memorable. The proximity to Plaza St. Nicholas was fabulous, there we enjoyed a beautiful sunset, and then enjoyed a fabulous dinner, at probably the most romantic table for dinner in the world, right off the Plaza, the B&B took care of the recommendation and our reservation. Perfect, perfect, perfect. Many thanks for everything, the staff really went out of their way for us, we are so thankful for such a wonderful B&B, will highly recommend to family friends, and our own guests. Muchas Gracias!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2009

Nice Moorish charming hotel in the Albaicin hill. Clean, spacious and decent price. Good breakfast. Daytime front desk staff spoke English. Walking distance to town center (8-10min) through narrow cobblestoned streets with some good views of the city. The town center has a lot of the bars, restaurant, stores, bus stops. There are restaurants too 2 blocks from the hotel. My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights. It got kinda tiring up & down the hill multiple times in day. We would stay here again. Easy bus ride to Alhambra from the town center.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2009

Great location. Great rooms. Great staff.

Airlines lost my luggage and without the assistance of Francisco and his sister (family members and owners) I'm not sure I would have ever found it. They made frequent calls daily until it was located and delivered to their very nice hotel.

The rooms were spacious and very clean and cool on hot Spanish days and nights. The breakfasts were excellent.

And, the location of this gem of a hotel is superb. Just a short walk down hill to the city center. And, the bus #32 runs right outside the front door (when construction is completed in a few weeks).

If you go to Granada and don't stay at Santa Isabel la Real you have missed a great experience.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2009

We were lucky enough to have both stayed at the Santa Isabel hotel and stay in room 11. This hotel is a renovated residence and the work has been completed with a lot of thought and love by the owners. We were lucky enough to stay in room 11 at the very top. This meant we had amazing views of the Alhambra and I believe one of the best rooms in the hotel. It is not a luxury hotel but more a rustic large room which is clean, large, beautifully decorated and makes you feel like you are in Spain. Not for anyone looking for a very modern large hotel but fantastic if you are after a wonderful Spanish experience. The hotel staff are mainly the owners who care and are wonderfully friendly.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2009

As referred to in earlier reviews, the hotel is a small and perfectly calm oasis around an open courtyard designed for relaxation. The temperature was between 30 and 45 degrees whilist we were there and the hotel itself never felt hot. It remains cool and comfortable.

The Albaicin where the hotel is located, is in the old Moorish quarter which has now been renovated by the government and is a pleasant network of narrow, cobbled streets, with plenty of resturants/cafe bars. The best lookout spot in the city at Plaza Nicholas is very clkose and we whiled away most of our evenings there drinking wine and taking in the view of the Alhambra.

When we got in we found the hotel quite difficult to find as we didn't have a proper map of the albaycin and the directions on the e-mail form the hotel are for driving not walking, so we definotely went the long way round.

Breakfast - cereal, bread, toaster, fruit, meat, cheese, croissant, boiled eggs etc etc. On the lats day we thought we were going to have to leave early and they woudl have put it out from 7 for us. It's actually 7.30 until 10.30.

The rooms are fa great size, quiet, cool abd and the bathroom in ours was huge. Room 9. The aircon which was definitely needed, worked very well and was on most of our stay.

The reception is covered 24 hours a day and nothing seems to much trouble..

The road as below is still being fixed, so the 32 which normally passes out front doesn't.

I would definltely stay here again and recommend it to others.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank law6knp
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Reviewed 21 July 2009

The hotel is a small (11 rooms), calm oasis constructed around an open courtyard designed to allow cooling air in and no sunshine. Therefore, even in the height of summer, it's relatively cool and certainly comfortable. Once one passes through the main door, you enter a refreshingly peaceful, weel run, well appointed hotel.

The Albaicin in the old Moorish quarter is a network of narrow, cobbled streets, picturesque squares and resturants/cafe bars. The Santa Isabel la Real is situated about a 7 minute downhill walk to one of the main shopping areas in that part of Granada. Another 7/8 minutes puts one at the entance to the Alhambra.

Although not particularly hard to find one's way about, I'd recommend getting a map sooner rather than later as some of the streets can start to look a little similar. The hotel provides quite a decent version. As for the hotel, it is friendly, very clean, the breakfast is plentiful and varied - cereal, bread, toaster, fruit, meat, cheese, croissant, boiled eggs etc etc.

The rooms are fabulous - tastefully put together, roomy and with mini bar (if that's important) and well fitted, large en-suite with shower over bath. The aircon is efficient and quiet.

Nothing seemed too much trouble for the hosts including tea brough up on a tray and sandwiches, fruit and water on departure because we were leaving before breakfast. Other than the open central courtyard (with small, simple fountain), there is a smallish terrace. The reception is covered 24 hours a day.

Should one wish to book the Alhambra, or a Flamenco evening, restaurant, taxi or probably many other things, once can do so via reception - very civilised.

When we were there (July 09), the road outside was in the process of having pipework laid, so was uneven and difficult for vehicles to negotiate. This is in no way detracted from the stay or caused any noise or other aggrovation. The no 32 bus normally passes the hotel but, as this isn't possible, one needs to go to the Place St Nicolas. The 32 goes to the Alhambra/Albaicin town centre and can make a welcome relief from walking uphill to return. At €1.20 per person, per trip it's a lot cheaper than taxis, who all manage to take a route that gets the fare over €5 for what should be a 5 minute trip max!

I'd have no hesitation recommending this charming hotel - one of the most relaxing I've stayed in.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2009

Yes, the hotel was excellent. Almost as exciting, though, is how close you are to two superb restaurants. (Ana, one of the hotel's managers, recommended both.) First, you must go to Restaurante Las Tomasas which is just down the road. You get an unbelievable view of the Alhambra, and the food is fantastic. I recommend the duck. The second restaurant , which is even closer in a nearby plaza, is El Aji. The pork dish blew me away. After visiting five Spanish cities, our best meals - by far - were at these two restaurants. By the way, the hotel is also extremely close to the Mirador de San Nicolas, which also has a great view of the Alhambra.
Back to the hotel: We had a great room on the upper floor. The room felt new, was decorated with taste, and the bathroom was great. It was very comfortable. The one drawback to this particular room is that you have a view of the park next door which draws some interesting characters during the afternoon. Nevertheless, walking around the Albayzin is charming (though hilly), and the shops down the hill have some cool items. The hotel is not close to the Alhambra, but it's not really an issue since you just take one of the local buses to get there.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Calle Santa Isabel La Real 17 y 19, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Granada
#1 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range: £76 - £141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Santa Isabel la Real 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is a restored house from the XVI century. It is situated on the main street of the historical neighbourhood of the Albaizyn ( Granada), five minutes walking distance from the city centre. It is surrounded by gardens and different monuments such us the Monastery of Santa Isabel la Real, the palace of Dar-Al Horra and the San Miguel Bajo church. The hotel is also very near the beautiful views from San Nicolas, San Cristobal and la Lona. There is an enclosed parking lot and a bus stop near the hotel. ... more   less 
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