Hostal Sonia

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Gran Via, 38, Granada, 18010, Spain

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    Was referred to this hostal by the staff at the Atenas. It is in the same building, on the third floor. Lift.

    Clean, polite reception staff, has a large screen TV in the lounge that is constantly on and constantly showing sports programs. Used mainly by the hostal staff as far as I could see.

    Had a large double room with nice high ceilings. The bed was good, small terrace with a lovely view off to the left of houses on the hill.

    Very poor lock on the door, no safe, no TV, no fridge, no phone.
    Has air conditioner and heating facilities.

    The pillow is full, soft and comfy. Have discovered that here too (All Spain? - in my experience, yes) the pillows are longer than the average, fully the width of the bed. The pillow case is a tube open at both ends e.g. no place to hide a money belt at night. Under the mattress only then, but what about the camera? The bed is not next to the wall, it is warm and I am sleeping with only a sheet, not a blanket. Only solution is to lock it up in my carry-on and keep that near the bed. The bed is too low too put the bag under it.

    Walls light coloured and newly painted. Can't shut off the light from the bed. Poor lighting, only very weak wall lights.

    A pleasure, a veritable pleasure to shower in a normal size shower with a place to put the soap down after the Pension Javier in Seville! The water is not stable and keeps changing to luke warm.

    Unique Quality: Standard budget hotel/hostal. I would put it at 1*, if that.

    Excellent location, central and only a 10 minute drive from the Intercity Bus Station on Carretera de Jaen. The taxi cost was surprisingly reasonable.

    On the Internet they claim a TV, Wifi and telephone in every room. Not so in my experience. It is just possible however that I don't remember seeing a telephone or TV since I don't use them. I would not have asked about Wifi in any case, not needing one. I did ask about a computer and there was none available at the hostal itself.

    Different rates are given on different sites for this hotel. The rates on the hostal's own site are the best.

    Directions: Gran Via is the major street in Granada. In the same building as the Hostal Atenas, which was known to the taxi driver from the bus station, (Estación de Autobuses de Granada) Carretera de Jaén.

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first time in spain please help!!

by Yammi123

hi all, we are planning to spend 12 days in spain, please comment on our itin:

Day 1: arrive barcelona around 3pm, walk around city
Day 2-4: barcelona; barcelona night train to granada
Day 5: granada alhambra; stay in granada
Day 6: morning bus/train to ronda; stay in ronda
Day 7-9: afternoon bus/train to sevilla; stay 2 nights at sevilla; train to madrid morning day 9
Day 10-11: madrid
Day 12: early morning flight out of madrid

I'm having trouble booking train tickets on www.renfe.es. i went to their english page but when i go to booking, it turns into half spanish.

1) for night trains from barcelona to granada, there are a few prices but doesn't say which kind of bed it is. which price should i choose?
2) should i take train or bus from granada to ronda? seems like there is no direct train or bus, can anyone give me sites where i can book these tickets?
3) should i take train or bus from ronda to sevilla? also difficult to find info on this route.
4) if we decide to stop over at cordoba for a couple of hours, would there be lockers in the train station that would be able to fit suitcases?

any recommendations on hotels in cities we are visiting? looking for convenience and cleaningness. budget around 100 euro or a bit more per night.

thanks a lot for any input!! i don't where to start planning for this trip. have been looking thru lonely planet guide and some sites. but i guess everyone is just supposed to know the trivials of booking tickets. please help!!

best regards,
yammi

Re: first time in spain please help!!

by Roadquill

I am not big on wasting a night in Spain on a train. Intercity flights are inexpensive, check vueling, spanair. Even Iberia if you book early enough. Once in Spain, arrange your transportation when you get there on the first day. For example, when you arrive in Sevilla, throw your stuff in your room, then get the tiks for the high speed train to Madrid that leaves a few days later. You will be able to adjust your schedule better. If you do decide to do the train route, you can buy a pass where you get X number of travel days no matter where you are going.

Re: first time in spain please help!!

by Yammi123

thanks for your help! but as the flights to granada is very early morning,so we have to check out at the middle of the night. we are 2 girls travelling, so a bit scared of the idea. actually costs are around the same: train hotel is just a bit less than 1 night hotel + plane tickets. but we are just scared of going out in the middle of the night in barcelona, that's why we decided on the night train. can you give any ideas on the granada-ronda and ronda-seville transportation? i've no idea where to look now... thanks a lot

Re: first time in spain please help!!

by MaheshSamtani

I would consider flying to Malaga from Barcelona. There are many flights on this route and cost just around 30 euros a person, one way. Try the folloing link to Clickair
http://www.clickair.com/view/default.aspx?lang=2
From Malaga it is much easier to find buses that go to Ronda ( http://www.estabus.emtsam.es/lista_viajes.asp ) apart from the possibility of going to Marbella or other coastal places in the province of Malaga. Granada is just 110 kiloeters from Malaga. You can get here by car by hiring one ( www.easycar.com ) o by bus ( http://www.estabus.emtsam.es/lista_viajes.asp )

The trip by plane apart from being much more cheaper than by train will save you alot of time, which you can use to see Marbella or the capital city of Malaga or Nerja on the coast. Should you decide on this option or need any specific information on any other option please let me know and would be glad to help you.
best regards from Valencia
Mahesh

Re: first time in spain please help!!

by Yammi123

thanks a lot!! you have ease my mind a bit!! ^_^

Re: first time in spain please help!!

by Birgie

My main comment is that you are really pushing yourselves pretty hard with that itinerary!! This is the problem I have - too much to see, too little time, always!!

I would try to cut back a couple of destinations and allow yourselves a bit more time to relax between destinations. I did Granada-Almeria-Granada-Cordoba-Granada last time in 2 weeks and I felt like I was running back and forth like crazy plus my daughter and I got food poisoning and had to cancel a couple of days of sightseeing, but at least I was able to do that without trouble.

Don't worry, if you can't see it all this time, you can come back!!! In order to get the most of out it, I am sticking to one region with a "home base" city (the city I fly into and out of) which makes me feel more secure.

Travel Tips for Granada

GRANADA.

by patrikske

GRANADA city, capital of Granada prov.,is situated in Andalusia (southern Spain) at the confluence of the Darro and Genil rivers and at the foot of Spain´s mightiest massif, the Sierra Nevada.
Granada is a major tourist center, attractive because of its art treasures and rich history.

ALCAZABA / ALCAZAR

by LoriPori

This is the military zone of the complex and is one of the areas open to visitors with an entrance ticket. The following areas may be visited: the Terrace of the Bucket Tower, the ramparts of the North Wall, the Arms Square ( Plaza de Armes ), the Terrace of the Arms Gate, the Watch Tower and the Gardens of the Ramparts ( Jardin de Los Adarves ).
Dating to the 9th century, the ALCAZABA / ALCAZAR is a fortified stronghold that guarded the Palaces.
From the Tower "Torre de la Vela' great views of the city and Albaicin can be seen.

Day 16 - Medellín - San Pedro de Mérida >> 28k

by into-thin-air

Another confusing day, we tried to follow the route as per the Confraternity
guidebook for the route which didn't involve wading across The Rio Bordalo,
but ended up it the village of Yelbes (Which is on the route that does
involves wading over The Rio Bordalo!!)

So it was a case of heading across country to Santa Amalia to pick up our
intended route, this being a little harder than it sounds because of all the
irrigation ditches in the area, never-the-les we eventually managed it and
had a delightful days walking on a mixture of quiet roads and service roads
/ tracks.

Slightly undulating with a couple of longish stretches alongside fairly busy
roads, we ended up having several coffee / lunch stops as there are
facilities in Yelbes, Santa Amalia and Torrefresneda.

We were able to get a room easily in the large Hostal Juan Porro in San
Pedro de Mérida (Slightly above the average rate of whet we had being
paying) and Lots of choice of bars / restaurants to take an evening meal.

Also what about tsome arabic baths?

by Carmela71

A friend a long time ago, suggested me to have some relaxing treatment here, it seems that they are good, but i have not tried by myself.... how knows maybe this year ;-)

http://www.hammamspain.com/granada/

Granada Airport Bus; Gonzalez Blue Coaches

by Mozumbus

You will find the Blue Gonzalez Airport Buses just outside the small and easily manageable Garanada Airport. These buses run frequently, synchoronized with flight arrivals, cost 3 euros flat, take 40 minutes to one hour to reach to city center, and have enough bellies to accomodate your luggage. Bus tickets can be purchased from the driver.

As far as public transport is concerned, there is no other option available, and this is the only bus that runs through all the major streets of Granada. We took the bus during our backpacking trip and found it reliable and convenient. The only flipside is that one has to take another bus connection should their destination not come enroute.

Following are the stops that the Airport Bus do (in the reverse order from the airport):

1. Paseo del Violón (next to Bar Ventorillo) - near Conference Centre (Palacio Congresos)
2. Acera del Darro (in front of Hotel Dauro)
3. Gran Vía (1st bus stop nearest Plaza Isabel la Católica)
4. Triunfo (bus stop in front of the gardens)
5. Avenida Consitución (last bus stop opposite train station)
6. Bus stop in front of the bus station
7. Avenida Andalucia (corner of Calle Periodista Eugenio Selles)

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