This was my first time in Granada and I was thrilled to have stumbled across this very chic colonial style hotel just a stone's throw away from the main strip. Both the owners and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful and gave me lots of information and tips on where to find the most competitively priced excursions and tours, where to eat and drink and the best places to buy local artisan crafts. They really were a friendly bunch!
The hotel itself is down an unpaved road about 2 blocks from the main street and once inside you are greeted with beautiful features such as a tropical courtyard, wooden columns, reclaimed roof tile, huge wooden doors, wrought ironwork and colonial inspired floor tile. The reception area is particularly comfortable and vibrant and also had free wi-fi. So nice not having to trundle up a street to find an internet cafe. There is a rooftop terrace which provided wonderful views of Mombacho Volcano and Granada's Cathedral and I sat up there on two occasions with a cold beer. A real funky feature at the hotel was the huge mango tree bang slap in the middle of the property. I'm pleased to report that some of the mangos had been turned into a jam which I enjoyed as part of my delicious homemade breakfast.
My room was very tranquil and had all the usual amenities such as hot water, flat screen TV with cable, A/C and a ceiling fan which was made from that beautiful Italian coloured glass. The bed was really comfortable with Egyptian Cotton sheets. Very nice indeed! The high cane ceiling was a wonderfully attractive feature and a constant throughout the property. It made my room, which was already of generous proportion, feel much much bigger.
One thing you do notice on arrival is just how clean this place is. My room was also spotless.
It was an absolute pleasure staying here. Being a solo female traveller has its down points but I have to say that on this occasion La Islita was a beautifully chic oasis where the staff and owners made me feel so welcome and comfortable I felt like I had known them for years. I would definitely recommend this hotel. 5 Stars!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Islita, a cozy boutique hotel with Spanish Colonial charm, is undoubtedly in the best location on a quiet street in the heart of Granada's historic center. Restaurants, shops, language schools and cultural sites are a quick walk away. Our eight rooms are equipped with A/C, Cable TV, Hot Water, Stylish Fans, and Wi-Fi access. Two suites have oversized private balconies. A refreshing saltwater swimming pool in a tropical garden is available to all guests. The rooftop terrace offers some of the best views of Granada. A great value for your money. ... more less
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