More about Hotel Macia Real de la Alhambra
Great if you have a car
The Macia Real de la Alhambra is an excellent hotel for those visiting Granada with a car. The hotel has ample parking and the price is reasonable (8 euros a night as of Dec. 2007). It is especially convenient for getting to the parking at the Alhambra, because the hotel is next to the main access road for all Alhambra parking areas.
I don't know if I would recommend the hotel for someone traveling without a car, because there is nothing to do in the immediate area. The Alhambra is technically within walking distance, but the walk is long and up a steep incline, and along much of the route there is no sidewalk, so you're walking alongside a fairly busy street. There are buses, but I didn't see them running very frequently.
As for the hotel itself, it is very comfortable and quite new. The whole hotel has a very modern aesthetic that I found appealing. Even so, the vanity mirror in our room was broken (it hung down at an angle where it couldn't be used) and the covering of one of the ceiling light fixtures was hanging off at one end, which makes me wonder if the workmanship was a little shoddy.
Despite those small problems, this is a good hotel for those who come to Granada by car and are looking for comfort and style at a bargain price. I would certainly stay here again.
Modern hotel away from the noise of the city
Stayed at the Macia Real de la Alhambra for 3 nights in April 2008 and found the hotel to be very clean and modern. Both the bedroom and bathroom were spacious and well maintained with efficient air conditioning. Some of the upper floor rooms have views of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
On the downside, the hotel is well out of the city and although 20 minutes walk from the Alhambra ticket office, this is up a fairly steep road. You may want to save your energy for the sights. We used taxi's daily to get to and from the city and to the Alhambra. Budget on about 18 euros a day. There are not normally taxis outside but the very efficient front desk will ring for one and it only takes about 5 minutes to arrive.(There is a bus stop nearby but getting reliable information on routes and times proved difficult)
Buffet breakfasts in the restuarant now cost 9 euros and offer a reasonable choice of hot (sometimes warm) and cold food.
Although the food and service for dinner in the restuarant is good, the choice of main courses is somewhat limited especially if you don't like fish.
In conclusion, our stay was enjoyable and the hotel good value despite having to allow for taxis which were the most convenient transport to make use of the time available
great price, huge, new, great staff, bus stop
This was a awesome hotel for the price. It was very spacious from the lobby to the bathroom. They offered a free shared internet computer, bus stop right outside, very clean bathrooms, and a helpfull staff. The bus "33" was a 15-25 minute wait sometimes so we would often take a taxi that could take you to Alhambra or city center for 5 to 7E. The Airport taxi was about 30-35E. The city was great . We bought Alhambra tickets online with "Servicaxia", and picked them up with no wait at this building with 8 machines. You just put your credit card in and they print your advance booking tickets. Beware of the gypsies offering to give you a plant. Everybody else was friendly.
This is hotel is new and of a very high standard of service and cleanliness. It is a convenient hotel if travelling by car situated within a short drive of the Alhambra or a short bus or taxi ride into the city. The bus costs one euro and a taxi 5. We got a very good deal as it is a quiet time of year. On route to the Sierra Nevada for the skiing.
Great, clean comfortable and handy if you have a car
This hotel is very modern, clean and comfortable. it is ideal if travelling by car, you just follow the ring road south towards the Alhambra (Ronda Sur) and when the road runs out on a mini roundabout, its there. Parking is well priced at just 8 euros a night.
Its a bit of a walk from the town centre, you probably could do it but it would be quite a hike, However there is a bus stop just outside the hotel which is only 1euro to anywhere in town which is great value. Buses are frequent (even on a sunday) and clean and tidy.
There is a bar nextdoor which is handy and has a very posh restaurant upstairs, which was however full when we were there, it might pay to book in advance if you wanted to use it. but the hotel restaurant had space on any given evening. There aren't many other restaurants and bars in the vicinity (we didn't see any but we didn't explore that much either) but loads in town so a taxi ride or night bus would be quite easy.
Overall, large, comfortable rooms. We got a great rate of £58 a night per double room from last minute. Great if you have a car and only about 5 mins from the town centre on the bus.
It is the best you can probablly book in that city! It was GREAT !!!
We stayed at hotel Real de Alhambra for 3 nights and it was really perfect stay! We were prepaired for an ordinary 4 star hotel, european style: small rooms, tiny bathroom, some little TV set etc.
But were literally amazed by what we saw.
The hotel is just huuuge, modern building, posh design, soft carpeting, no hustle and bustle around the elevators or during breakfast time in the buffet. The staff was extremely friendly, the girl at the front desk was extremely helpful. Our room was spacious and literally sterile, nice bathroom with a snow white clean tub, flat screen TV, mountain view, plenty of space for our lagguage and free wireless Internet, to make a long story short - just perfect when you didn't expect it.
The fact the hotel stands a bit far from the city center can be easily fixed by cheap cab prices or a bus (which we never had a chance to take, but we noticed it was really frequent). We walked a couple of times from the hotel to the city center, it's a 15 min walk, not that bad. It's just a 10 min ride from the train station and a 5 min cab drive to Alhambra.
We really loved it and hope to come back some times.
Stellar location for visiting Alhambra (via car) and Great Value
This was one of the better values that we'd come across in Europe. We were sceptical based on the price (60 euros), but it was a fantastic accomodation.
If you are looking to stay in central Grenada this is not your place, but that was our only complaint.
The staff was very helpful. Parking was only 8 euros and was easy to find off the highway. You can be in the Alhambra parking lot in about 2 minutes. The bar on the 1st floor was nice with reasonable prices for drinks. There is also a nice lounge between the bar and pool great for getting some work done if need be.
The breakfast was good and fair priced (except the coffee wasn't too good). We actually had dinner at the restaurant and were shocked by how good the cuisine was. You can find better dinner values within town, but if you want the ease of eating at the hotel after a long travel day it was pretty good here.
We'd stay here again upon return to Grenada.
We picked this hotel as we were driving into Granada and knowing what a nightmare the roads are within Granada wanted a hotel that was very near the Alhambra and good parking.
The hotel cost us 80 euros with a further 8 euros for parking for 24 hours. It was great, very easy to find from Granada airport as it was on the ring road and well signposted for the Alhambra.
We only stayed for 1 nights. Didnt try the food as we got a taxi into Granada city which cost 6 euros. On the morning of the Alhambra visit we waited for the bus outside which failed to arrive even after 1/2 hour. So i would recommend you get a taxi. They take you straight to the ticket office. We did book our tickets online before so we knew exactly what time our visit to the Nasrid Palace was going to be. The ticket queue if you hadnt booked online was very long!
Overall we were really pleased with this hotel and i can thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
Six of the best.
From the top. First it's easy to get to (the Ronda Sur finishes and you're there, although you'll need to mark the hotel on your satnav as on our version the road wasn't actually named) second parking either on the street outside or in the car park is problem free, third the front desk team are just great - friendly, helpful and always cheerful, fourth the rooms are really clean, comfortable and quiet, fifth the breakfast choices and quality of the food are pretty good, sixth, the bus stop into town is literally 50 yards from the hotel and the service was frequent and reliable (one Euro per person each way). A great base for exploring Granada and the Sierra Nevadas.
Charming Hotel with Pool Granada or nearby
We are a family of 2 adults and 2 kids (9 & 13 yrs) staying 2 weeks in Andalucia, first few days in the Hostal Al Anon in Jimena de la Frontera, a little hotel we are familiar with and love and then the final week in an apartment in Nerja to join friends. We have 3 nights between the two where we fancy a charming hotel with pool, either in Granada or nearby but would consider any other suggestions between Nerja and Jimena. It will be the last week in July. the ability to walk to restaurants and /or bars in the evening would be an advantage but if an attractive hotel was suggested with large grounds and facilities in the countryside, or an alternative town or village location, we would also consider that and drive into Granada for the touristic visits and lovely tapas. As you can see we have the idea of Granada but are open to other recommendations or suggestions. we like nice food and wine and we like places with character. The kids? they like the pool, the pool and the pool..... and a bit of nice food and culture too!
Re: Charming Hotel with Pool Granada or nearby
A hotel that is well regarded for 'value for money' and I think has a pool (check when booking if you choose!) and is easy to find (and park) from arriving to Granada yet is within a short distance to get into the centre and Alhambra by bus (or car if you want to drive to the Alhambra car park) is called Hotel Macia Real de la Alhambra.
It's probably not your ideal place because it is modern and not at all 'boutique' but seems to be worth looking at especially as access south to Nerja is also very easy.
But there must be many small establishments south of the city in the Alpujarras.
Also if you visit the Alhambra consider getting tickets on line in advance so you can be sure that you can enter the Palaces quarters at the time required. Best to look up tips within VT about getting tickets and visiting the ALhambra. Consider going during the evening time as well as it will be BAKING during the day !
Re: Charming Hotel with Pool Granada or nearby
thanks to all for your assistance. we decided in the end to splash out on the Parador in Ronda so we are very much looking forward to our trip. had fun exploring all your suggestions. wish we had longer in Andalucia. thanks again.
Re: Charming Hotel with Pool Granada or nearby
Ronda is a charming town with good access to many lovely places around.
The Parador has an underground car park that is charged but it is very convenient as you access via a lift from the lobby. If you belong to the Amigos Club you can get parking for nothing otherwise it is probably €15 or something a day but it is the best place for you to park.