The first thing that comes to mind about this hotel is just what great value for money it is. It isn't the most swish place we stayed at during our Spain trip, and to my irritation, our rooms were not ready until past 3pm (and we got no apology, just a shrug from the owner, "we're very busy, you know"), but the sheer value and good location makes you forget all that.
Las Almenas is bang in the middle of one of Granada's busiest roads. Take the shuttle bus from the airport, it's cheap and drops you right at the hotel doorstep - you don't need to take a cab! The hotel is surrounded by supermarkets, stores and cafes, so you have plenty of options for eating breakfast, even dinner, just a walk away, and I echo other TA reviewers who suggested Lizzeran, just 2 minutes walk away - great tapas and drinks at amazing prices. We even ate breakfast here - croissant, sandwiches, juice and coffee for very little. The hotel also has its own restaurant/bar, which we didn't get around to using.
The hotel rooms are comfortable and fairly spacious. The beds are decent, firm matresses but comfy. The aircon is effective, and the bathroom decent too, with a good shower. Safe, hairdryer, all there. Blackout blinds over the windows block out all light - great for those wanting to lie in. No tea/coffee maker in the room though - in my book that's a major minus as I can't function without my tea mornings & evenings. No fridge either. Inward facing room, so no noise that seemed to bother other reviewers, though the view was rather drab.
The Cathedral and Royal Chapel is a short walk away, and the Alhambra is a short bus ride away. The number 30 bus, as I recall. Taxis are very cheap too. This is an excellent location for exploring the city, and the bigger stores (Zara,etc) not too far a walk away.
Some of the reception's info was incorrect, however - he told us the airport bus was coming to the stop at 8.45 that morning. We hurtled there only to discover after a 30 min wait that there was no 8.45 bus that day! Had to hastily grab a taxi to rush to the airport. The check in process is rather slow and tedious, and they seem to prefer cash as room payment.
No complaints about anything else. As I said, great value overrules all else.
I noticed that all these 'hit' hotels on TA advertise the fact rather prominently at their receptions. TA is giving them lots of business!
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