Having stayed at several paradores in other parts of Spain, I was so looking forward to staying at the one in Granada. My heart sank when we saw our room. I could not have been more disappointed. It was a bland modern room with no atmosphere and no hint of being in a historical building. We immediately asked to change rooms, imagining we were in a new annex or something, but were told all the rooms were the same. The rest of the building was no different. The restaurant and bar were totally soulless with bright lighting and zero ambiance. The lounge was bizarre with mismatched modern furniture and strange built-in green shelving which was entirely empty as if it had just been installed and was still waiting for some ornaments. Not inviting at all. The whole place was so different from the other paradores we’ve stayed at where you really felt you were in a historical building with antiques, paintings and period furniture everywhere. Having planned the stay as a treat to celebrate our wedding anniversary, it was a huge disappointment and a waste of money as we could have stayed in a modern hotel in town for lot less. We definitely won’t be back and will be more careful about choosing paradores in future.…
The location of this hotel in The Alhambra is unmatched. The staff were friendly and hospitable and our room clean and comfortable. We were not able to get water any warmer than tepid in our room, but didn’t say anything to the staff so they did not have the opportunity to sort this. I would love to stay here again!
A haven of tranquility in an old monastery in the Alhambra. We had a standard room which was lovely. It overlooked the gardens at the front of the parador and we fell to sleep to the gentle burbling of the fountains. Beds were very comfortable. Wonderful location, just a short stroll to the main sites of the Alhambra, while the gate to the Generalife is right by the entrance to the parador. The parador was being refurbished while we were there so the bar area was much reduced and breakfast was relocated to a function room. The only downside was that you had to reserve a time for breakfast due to the rather limited capacity - but it worked. Breakfast consisted of a cake stand of yogurt, fresh fruit, croissants and pastries, ham and cheese plus toast, butter and jam, as well as orange juice and a choice of tea or coffee. You could order hot items separately. We ate elsewhere for other meals. It’s about a 15 minute walk down into the town from the parador. Taxis were plentiful and cheap. Also very efficient taxi ordering service at the hotel - by the time you’ve walked to the parador entrance the taxi is waiting for you. Wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again - and this time we’d know how to find it! We got very lost trying to find the place. It’s signposted off the roundabout at the top of the hill BUT we went down into the car park instead of taking the parallel road just after the car park entrance. Then you go down the hill before going through the security barrier, back up the hill, through the palace walls, into the main square, continuing up the hill and the parador is right at the top. Easy once you know how - a nightmare the first time. One tip - reserve a parking space beforehand: we didn’t but as it was November they managed to fit us in.…
Many years ago, the Paradors were top notch places to stay. No longer. State ownership has resulted in a place stuck in the 1970s, with Soviet-era staff uniforms and decor. You have to wait till 8am to be served breakfast and 8.30pm to get supper, so guests are queueing outside to get in. We though that it would be great to do half our Alhambra tour, recover with a quiet lunch, then set off again. No chance. The lunch place is open to the public and you have to queue for a table. They give priority to hotel guests, but it is vey embarrassing having to barge past a long line of waiting tourists. It is a 1-star cafe serving sandwiches made with the nastiest variety of processed ham and cheese. The rooms are small but OK with comfortable beds and a barely functioning bathtub. Make sure you advance book Alhambra tickets (9.30am Nazarin Palace) and a parking space. The hotel fails to warn you about buying the absolute need to buy Alhambra tickets in advance and fails to provide directions to find the hotel. Avoid this Parador and take taxis from a proper hotel instead.…
The hotel is in such a spectacular position for visiting the Alhambra and meant that we could pop in and see parts of the complex from dawn to dusk and take breakfast and relaxing breaks in a gorgeous place. This hotel is expensive but we were shocked to be given a room (209) that had a lift shaft protruding into it. We had to complain and then were upgraded (at a higher cost) to a charming room with a balcony. The difference in the room and location was beyond belief and what we had expected from the initial price. Overall we had a lovely stay and loved the location of the second room (204.) The breakfast and dinner were really good and definitely to be recommended.
Have just spent 4 nights in a superior room. The room was comfortable, bed, pillows, bathroom all good. The view from the room over Generalife was truly spectacular. However, the hotel seemed devoid of any personality, the public areas deserted - it was very quiet in the evening, it was nearly impossible to get a pre-dinner drink. The food in the restaurant was very good but it was served with very little aplomb, not what should be expected at this price point. My message to the Parador would be improve your staff training and get some soft music running through your public areas. I would strongly recommend booking a tour of the Alhambra through the hotel and also using Guruwalk for a walking tour of the Albaicin and Sacremonte - not to be missed.
Excellent location with exceptional Service and wonderful atmosphere. Tranquility and history with fantastic views over the Generalife gardens. The room provided every amenity - possible improvement could be the provision of an English speaking television channel such as BBC WORLD NEWS. Not everyone has ChromecSt!
Imagine waking up every morning and seeing the Alhambra as soon as you open the drapes in your room. I spent 3 nights here and it was just the relaxing break that I needed after a very hectic year. Visiting the Alhambra was on my bucket list but never did I imagine that I could stay in a hotel on the grounds of the property. The former convent has been converted into a luxury property and boy oh boy it did not disappoint. Breakfast was included in the stay and 2 of the 3 nights I had dinner on the property and i was always so pleased with the service, and the food did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed staying here - it was a good relaxing place to come back to after a day of exploring. Will definitely be back.
We stayed for one night and felt all the rich past around us. Our room was simple, clean and functional not the highlight but neither did it take away from the warm and welcoming atmosphere and historic location. We had a wonderful lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Generalife gardens, we tried the Nasrid tasting menu which was so delicious we went back for a very special dinner that the Chef was so kind to make for us. The staff were attentive and friendly to us. We recommend staying here when visiting La Ahlambra. For us it was a magical moment. Thank you to everyone for making our stay a memorable one.
Food is delicious, price is reasonable, given the remarkable location. The dressing for the salad is light and refreshing...one of the best I have in Spain. I also had a sandwich, which tasted absolutely delicious. The ambience is comfortable and relaxing, with a wonderful view of the generalife and it own garden.