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“Great location and very comfortable” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel America
1.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Real de la Alhambra, 53, 18009 Granada, Spain (Realejo - San Matias)   |  
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Ranked #72 of 127 Hotels in Granada
London
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great location and very comfortable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Located within the walls of the Alhambra (not within the exclusive areas of course) this boutique hotel is very quaint, peaceful and relaxing. It is located a good 20 minute walk from the city centre so prepare yourself for a good walk (and if you travel by car its a good walk from the car park too) but we enjoyed our stay - the staff are very friendly too

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Though this hotel is situated in the grounds of Albambra, that's all there is to it. There are much better hotels with better prices and better access to Granada's attractions. Though the Alhambra is beautiful, but u do not need to stay in a hotel that is so far from the other attractions like Sacramonte and Albayzin. Service is not that fantastic as well.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Delihtful small hotel with diligent staff offering high levels of service. They seem genuinely thrilled to be our hosts. Inside the Alhambra itself with the sweetest patio, providing the best lunch stop in the middle of a busy day's sightseeing. If you want a spa and "international 5* style " don't stay here. For a real authentically Spanish treat this is the only place to stay when visiting the Alhambra.

Room Tip: The single rooms are too small so if travelling alone opt for double for single use
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Granada, Spain
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

The Hotel America is right inside the Alhambra, next to the swankier but much pricier Parador. This hotel doesn't seem to have any stars at all but it has real charm and personality plus the best location in Granada. Owners and staff are delightful. The rooms are much better than you would expect for a place with a zero star rating. Clean, comfortable beds, efficient if slightly basic bathrooms. Only complaint is the noise from other rooms, especially from the next door bathrooms. Just hope you are next to guests who get up and go to bed at the same time as you! Breakfast also fairly basic but served with great warmth and care. Lunch in the courtyard is a lovely experience after a hard morning in the Alhambra, amid the camera wielding hordes. As long as you don't want big hotel facilities and fluffy bathrobes this is a place not to be missed.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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541 reviews 541 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 193 cities Reviews in 193 cities
1,142 helpful votes 1,142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

This hotel is literally at the doorstep of Alhambra. Matter of fact, it is within its ancient boundaries. I checked in this hotel without any prior planning since I was traveling with a Spaniard friend who was confident there was no need to book in advance since hotels are aplenty in Granada. We opted for a simple hotel, not much frills but more on the location so this was the right choice for us. The homey-looking hotel front is right on the road with a tiny sign that you could easily miss. The hotel keeper/ owner was very friendly and joked that I should at least speak some Spanish considering my heritage (which of course I obliged). The common areas are clean and well kept- classic Spanish decor. It was very quiet most of the time when we were there and it almost felt like siesta, most of the time.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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107 reviews 107 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

When we were planning our two-week honeymoon to Spain, the most important thing to me was to explore the Alhambra. I heard repeatedly that staying inside the Alhambra was a not-to-be-missed experience. And, while that Parador looks lovely, we couldn't afford the prices, so I was quite pleased to discover the Hotel America on Booking.com. We booked our room eight months in advance, and (upon reading reviews) I opted for a "deluxe" room for about €15 more. It was *well* worth it, but more about that in a minute.

We are pretty adventurous people. We had rented a (stick-shift) car and driven from Madrid to Granada. We arrived right at dusk, trusted the GPS, which were both mistakes, and had done almost no research (I'd hoped to, and usually do, but got caught up planning the wedding instead) which all turned out to be mistakes. We tried to drive up to the Alhambra through the old town of Granada. What with the tiny cobblestone streets, the steep hill, the standard transmission, and the fact the buildings are so dense that the GPS kept updating slowly, we got hopelessly lost. We finally (at great risk to our health and sanity) made it up to the Alhambra Palace hotel. By this point it was completely dark, so we wedged the car into a parking spot of dubious legality and set out to find the hotel on foot.

This part of the adventure took about two hours. We asked for directions three times, covered (on foot) most of the real estate at the top of the hill upon which the Alhambra sits, followed signs in useless circles, and finally wound our way back around to find the hotel, which, it turns out, is only yards from the main entrance to the Alhambra. It is not well-marked, but knowing that would have helped. (Our GPS completely denied the existence of the hotel or the street it's on).

By this point, I was a little out of sorts. The bougainvillea-fringed door and cheerful front desk helped me feel a little better. We checked in and had no trouble despite the fact that by now it was well after 9 p.m. From the reaction of the receptionist, it sounds like people have trouble finding the hotel a lot. We were able to drive our car up to the front door to unload, before driving it back down to the parking lots, about a 15-minute-walk away. (You park in the public lots for the Alhambra, though you do get a discount for showing you are staying at the Hotel America.) Getting all our suitcases up the narrow, winding stairs was a bit of a challenge. There is no elevator.

Our room was, however, lovely. Traditional Spanish architecture and decor, it was cozy but not claustrophobic or small. We did not trip over each other, and there were plenty of convenient nooks in which to stash our suitcases so they were out of the way. We loved the curving roof, the terracotta floor, the tiled bathroom, and the large windows in the bedroom and bathroom. I am very glad we opted for the "deluxe" room however, because a smaller room would have been a bit cramped. According to the floorplan, ours was the largest room on the second floor.

The beds were the firm double beds pushed together we've come to expect in Spain. They were neither the most comfortable nor the most uncomfortable of the trip. Ample extra blankets were supplied, so we were able to sleep with the windows open.

The first night we had only body wash (and no shampoo) available in little individual use disposable paper packets in the bathroom. The next day, one packet of shampoo arrived, as well as a handful of other body wash. Reading the ingredients on the body wash, I found formaldehyde listed, which I thought was faintly unusual and alarming, but I suffered no ill effects from using the body was on my body as well as my hair (I showered second and my husband was unaware there was only one shampoo packet.)

The hotel was nice, but of course, the biggest benefit was its location. We were able to be among the first in line to get Alhambra tickets the next day, and being right inside the Alhambra is something I would highly recommend.

Room Tip: The "deluxe" rooms are worth the extra euros. Arrive during daylight hours and, if your dr...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

This is a good place to stay for a night while visiting the Alhambra, under certain conditions. I was traveling alone, and I don't recommend it for those traveling with small children. It was comfortable, quaint, and not very large, and there was not much to do in the hotel. Of course, outside was a different story. It was convenient for me as I was arriving at noon, had to walk across the grounds to pick up tickets for 2 pm, and then had a evening tour at 8 pm. Having a place to regroup or rest in between was perfect. The bed was comfortable, and the room was clean. Staff was friendly and spoke sufficient English. I was very happy to stay here.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Real de la Alhambra, 53, 18009 Granada, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Realejo - San Matias
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Ranked #72 of 127 Hotels in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel America 1*
Number of rooms: 17
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