We picked Hostel San Angel from the internet, solely based on its location and price, and were thrilled with our good luck. It's just a few paces from Granada's central cathedral and park, on a quiet side street. (In the tripadvisor picture, that's the central cathedral above the roofline to the left.) Quite cheap, very comfortable, clean, quiet and safe. We had a two bed, private bath room (ac unit, hot water, fan, breakfast included) for three nights. The hosts couldn't have been more gracious or helpful, even though it was close to the holidays and they had family visiting (5 generations at their table!) as well as the paid guests. We were the only new folks in the hostel rooms; everyone else was a returnee, one for the 10th time.
If you prefer more anonymous chain hotel living (and there's nothing wrong with that) or backpacker-hammock-sleep-in-your-clothes hostels, (nothing wrong with that either) this is not for you. It's a home with a section of 6-7 guestrooms; the host family and their friends may be reading, watching tv or visiting with friends at one of the two huge dining tables at any time...it's *home*, with a lobby for a living room. The hosts are extremely well educated and interesting people who have lived through some amazing times; talk with them, you'll be fascinated. They can also advise on local things to see and do (oldest house, best seafood, etc...) and have a wealth of information on almost everything. Travelers who'll enjoy this hostel most are those comfortable in a casual homey environment where you have use of the fridge. It's not really a youth-oriented place although I'm sure college kids would be made welcome; the days I was there the hostel guests averaged 55-60 years old, maybe more; some were Spanish students, some artists, some just travellers. There are a couple of interior patio areas where some guests sit to chat, use the internet, drink coffee (or more) and generally pass the time.
It's a cute, rambling house with interior open air areas as is typical of the area, lots of plants, a cat you can borrow and a dog you can't, and in the dining area they have a wall display of a couple hundred coffee cups/mugs left or sent by former guests. (I'll be taking one with me when I go back on a solo trip in a couple of months.) Good coffee, and a very nice breakfast of familiar fruits and some new to me (calala? yummy..) and bread, and fresh-squeezed juice, perfect for the warm climate.
To sum up: clean, quiet, comfortable, cute, safe, friendly, convenient, perfectly located, cheap, and I'm going back soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostal San Angel offers a tranquil setting in a familiar atmosphere, characterized by the attendance of the hotel’s owners.This hotel is located only half a block from the central park, perfectly situated to undertake visits to the attractions of the historical center of Granada.All rooms have private bath and Hostal San Angel also serves breakfast for its clients. ... more less