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“Historical building”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Alhambra

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Hotel Alhambra
Ranked #28 of 44 Hotels in Granada
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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183 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Historical building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2007

The hotel is beautiful with an interior courtyard which has a swimming pool in the rear left section. The rooms are comfortable, but ours facing the city's main plaza or park was a bit noisy. At the same time, the view into the park was quite interesting.

Although the electricity was interrupted by the country's scheduled blackouts, the hotel's generator did provide lights but no air conditioning until power was restored. The restaurant serves patrons on the front porch as well as in the bar area. We enjoyed leisurely drinks on the porch, but we found the prices a bit higher than most other restaurants, so we did not order food.

If you want the experience of a building that exudes history, including pictures of William Walker, the man from Tennessee who was briefly ruler of Nicaragua in the mid 1800s, you will enjoy this hotel.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank jvcs
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Maryland
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80 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2007

We too opted for the cheap room but realized that for a 5 night stay, we didn't want it. Our room's window opened to the lobby. When we talked to Alan, the desk man, he upgraded us to a huge room upstairs for the same price! The hotel is in a perfect location, Alan is a big help and very nice, and the room was great and the air conditioning worked well. (very important).
I was disappointed in the hotel's swimming pool. It is in a corner of the lobby and small. I had been hoping to swim. It is more for dunking.
The people in Granada were all very friendly. We even knew the begger's name! I would return to Granada in a heartbeat, just because of the friendliness and ambience.

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1 Thank Misstourguide
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calgary
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2007

Hotel Alhambra was quaint, nicely decorated and certainly the oldest building in Granada. Our room consisted of 4 single beds for our family. Very clean room considering how old. You had a t.v. with many channels-only one English. A good sized bathroom-only the shower head-you had to run around to get wet! The air conditioning worked, however, it was 200 years old as well and kinda' smelled musty. The pool is in the court yard like most of the colonial casa's in Granada - the rooms built around the court yard. Our room wasn't one of the ones I had hoped for (balcony over looking park central), but it was clean and we made do.

  • Liked — The culture, decor, and the little patios.
  • Disliked — The shower.
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with family
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3 Thank lemonheart
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2007

The overall property is wonderful. It was great to be right on the main square and the lobby area and front porch are lovely. I think the rooms vary quite a bit. We went for the "cheap seats" at $50 a night and got a room that was very dark with the only window out onto an air shaft with a view of a wall. The sink drain leaked but we got three towels so we just put one under it. The room also smelled very mildewy whenever the a/c had been off. The beds were also a little mildewy smelling. We are not very picky, though, so we didn't bother to complain or try to switch. For $50 it seemed fine to us. Some other people we met there were in an $80 room with a balcony overlooking the town square and they said their room was lovely. I'd definitely stay here again but might upgrade the room.

  • Liked — lobby and porch
  • Disliked — room
  • Stayed March 2007
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1 Thank Playafan
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Italy
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126 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2007

This is a very good place, a main hotel in the main square of this nice city. I have got great memory in this place, a luxury for Nicaragua standards and also for me, after many cheaper accommodation around central America. But the price is still good for a european tourist

  • Stayed March 2006
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1 Thank inabigcountry
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Vermont
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88 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2006

The Alhambra is right on the plaza in Granada. Staff is excellent. By Nicaraguan standards, it is luxury. It is not luxurious. But this is Nicaragua, and if you wanted luxury, why did you go to Nicaragua? If you want to meet wonderful, kind, open, people, then Nicaragua is the country and the Alhambra is the place. Air con works sometimes, but the electricity in all Nicaraguan cities, including Granada, is shut off for hours each day. Sheets, amenities, pool, beds? Better than elsewhere in Granada and don't be so fussy. At the Alhambra, you can sit in rockers and people watch, or eat and drink at what may be the single best location in the country. Food is very good too. The beer and rum is even better. We paid under $40/night. Granada is small and isn't elegant colonial town like you'll find in Mexico. It is poor and the roads in and out are full of oxen and horses, etc. If you want luxury, Nicaragua isn't for you. Go to Miami. But if you like or love Central and South America, and if you like people who still take the time to visit one another, this is the place. You'll meet lots of people. Nicaraguans smile at you, and they mean it. When I first got to the Hotel Alhambra, I wondered why it got such good reviews. Three days there and now I know. The first day away and we missed it already. Still do.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Air conditioner was loud
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled with friends
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5 Thank Vermontman
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Felixstowe, UK
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2005

For Nicaragua this is an expensive hotel. However when compared to hotels in the UK (especially) and the US, then $60 a night for a spacious and comfortable triple room with cable tv, large bathroom, all in a smart and very well presented hotel represents (to me) value for money.
All the staff were friendly and helpful, and the food was more than reasonable, although (again) expensive for Nicaragua.
It is in the heart of this interesting and beautifully located (sandwiched between a volcano and Lake Nicargua)city, and made a comfortable change from the more basic (due to the nature of the trip) accomodation we had experienced further North.

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Property: Hotel Alhambra
Address: Costado oeste del parque central | West side of central park, Granada, Nicaragua
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Region: Nicaragua > Granada Department > Granada
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #28 of 44 Hotels in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Alhambra 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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