We drove down from Orihuela, approx 350 miles to see the Alhambra but didnt get to see it because of there ticketing system. See other peoples reviews regarding the purchasing of tickets. If you just want too see the Palace then this hotel is ideally located just across from the entrance, however , if, like us you can't get in the palace and you are only there for the day then your options are limited. Next time we visit Grenada we will stay in the city and travel up to the palace.
As regards the hotel, I cant fault it, It was clean and friendly, the receptionist persevered patiently listening to my attempts to speak in Spanish before she began to speak in English. There was a music festival on in the city during my visit so the hotel was busy with music students, some of whom were playing a piano in the lobby that added to the experience.
On the same road as the hotel there are a few souvenir shops and some other restaurants and bars but not many. We had a pleasant walk and called in for a few drinks before returning to the hotel for our evening meal.
During the evening we chose to dine at the Hotels barbeque situated on the fourt floor piazza. The hotel offered a 5% discount for guests. There was a limited view of the city and the experince was not an unpleasant one. The food was quite good as was the wine and beer and I thought reasonably priced considering the location.
The serving staff were helpful and friendly without being too intrusive or interfering, although the poor waiter did knock over our bottle of wine, which he was rather embarrased about but I found quite funny. He did however give us another complimentary bottle despite only spilling a few drops of wine. Its these little considerations that I appreciate more than a grandeous gesture.
As it was my friends wifes birthday, upon their retirement to bed they were surprised to find a gift, on ice, awaiting them from the hotel management. Needless to say we enjoyed sharing it with them.
The rooms were clean and well furnished although there are limited rooms with a balcony . Had I been staying for longer than a day I would have prefered a balcony. It might be worth requesting one If you are considering staying here. We requested adjoining rooms and the hotel duly obliged.
I can imagine the pool becoming quite busy at peak time with limited sun beds and space at a premium.
We stayed on a room only basis and paid an extra 8 euros each for breakfast. Breakfast was substantial with a good variety and choice.
We parked our car in the public car park and as hotel guestrs we got a reduced rate of 14.20 euros for 24hrs.
Because we couldnt get into the palace we took a ride on the sightseing bus that starts outside the palace, we didnt have enough time to explore because of our schedule so just stayed on the bus and didnt get off in the city. The non stop round trip took about 1hr 20 mins and cost 18 euros each.
A good hotel if you want to chill out.
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- The complete Alixares hotel is located opposite the stunning Alhambra, one of the most wonderful monuments in the world, and a 15-minute walk from Granada's city centre. The hotel offers its guests a comfortable and cosy atmosphere in a modern environment. Hotel Alixares offers Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the building, a reception desk open 24 hours, several fully equipped meeting and conference rooms, an Internet Point, an outdoor swimming pool, a private parking area, a bar and a restaurant, just to mention some. ... more less
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