Hotel Monjas del Carmen was our 'home' for 3 nights, this is a new hotel located near Plaza Nueva, on the day of arrival we were to catch a bus (#1,3,4,6,7,9,or 11) from the train station as recommended by the hotel but ended up walking with our packs 900m, it only took us 20 minutes to navigate our way. I had booked directly with the hotel and requested a quiet room as I had read that some guests were disturbed by street noise. We were assigned room #308 and told that it was the quietest room, I can see that some rooms, particularly the ones to the back of the hotel over the restaurant could be rather noisy.
Our room was very pleasant, two king single beds pushed together, crisp white linen, small balcony, good block-out drapes, air-con, free WIFI (I found a little slow at times), plenty of storage space, minibar frig, TV but no English speaking channels. There is some noise in the hallway as usual, overall we had great nights sleep, the bed and pillows were very comfortable.
Bright bathroom, nice night lightlng, shower over the bath, good water supply, heated towel rack, hairdryer, fluffy white towels.
Breakfast was not included in our tariff but we ate at the adjoining restaurant, Los Manueles, entry from the hotel foyer. There are 3 options for breakfast, Continental for 4 euros (toast or croissant with a drink), English Breakfast for 7 euros (Fried or scrambled eggs or omelet with bacon or ham, bread basket, juice and a hot drink) and Fitness breakfast for 7 euros(large bowl of cereal, fruit platter, juice and a hot drink). We tended to order one English and one fitness breakfast and shared to get variety. The restaurant was very new, clean and efficient, with a nice view out to the street.
The location of the hotel was perfect for our needs, we walked everywhere, in the immediate area is Plaza Nueva, wonderful tapas bars across the street in the labyrinth of lanes, a nice walk up to Plaza St Nicolas to catch the sunset over the Alhambra. We walked from the hotel up to the Alhambra, it's a steep climb but only takes about 15 minutes. From the hotel, walk down the lane from reception, turn right into Reyes Catolics, right into Cuesta Gomerez, through Puerta de las Granadas, take the left hand staircase, walk up hill, turn left and enter the Alhambra complex via Puerta de la Justica if you have pre-purchased your tickets.
Turn left out of the hotel street, there is the Cathedral on Gran Via, and plenty of shopping. We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and would stay here again. On the day of departure we were to catch the airport bus opposite the Cathedral for 3 euros each, unfortunately that day the buses were all diverted and we had to catch a taxi to the airport (28 euros).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new Hotel Monjas del Carmen is located in the historic city center of Granada, at the confluence of the neighborhoods of the Albaicin (Muslims), Realejo (Jewish), at the foot of the Alhambra and next to the Cathedral and main monuments, tapas bars, entertainment and businessarea.Its 32 rooms are equipped with the latest technology in air conditioning and soundproofing. There is private parking in the building, exclusive use of our clients.The perfect choice to visit Granada ... more less
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