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Parador de Granada
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Real de la Alhambra s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain   |  
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Ranked #15 of 128 hotels in Granada
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“Fantastic Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

The Parador is expensive but worth every penny. The hotel is located in a converted convent within the walls of the Alhambra, and the Alhambra is, to be honest, the only real reason to visit Granada. The Parador is classed as a 4* hotel and I think this is about right. It is certainly not 5* though the prices are, but so what, they have the best location in the town by far! THe hotel itself is difficult to find. Simple advice here: Go to Google maps and get directions and they will show you the approach from the back of the hill (Do not attempt to go through the centre of Granada itself or you will get lost!). Once at the top of the hill at the last roundabout (Left turn) by the public car parks, DO NOT go through the barrier into the car parks. You have to take a left fork before the car park barrier which feels all wrong as if you are going against the traffic coming out but there is a sign to the Parador (Very discreet). From there you drive through the trees to a barrier where you have to convince someone that you are staying at the Parador. You can then drive right in through the walls, past the taxi rank and up to the front door of the Parador where someone will valet park your car if you ask at the front desk (The Parador car park is chaos. Let them do it!). The front desk staff are helpful, the building charming and the terrace bar / restaurant is fantastic with beautiful views across to the Generaliffe. There is a modern wing with some of the accommodation and I think the rooms here are rather larger but with less character than in the old part of the original convent. The room we had in the new wing was comfortable, well appointed with splendid views of the Generaliffe, but the lighting controls were frankly incomprehensible. Four nights ad we never quite got to grips with them! I cannot fault the hotel overall but would recommend taking a taxi to one of the legion of good restaurants in town for the evening meal. Breakfast is great but expensive if you don't have an inclusive package.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

A couple of years ago we visited the Alhambra and as we walked past the Parador I commented on what a great place to stay it would be. My dreams came true and we have just spent an incredible 2 nights here, the 4th and final Parador on our trip.

It was everything I imagined it to be, helped with our luggage, smooth check in, the most amazing high tech room, with the bedroom window looking out to the gardens of the Generalife and the summer palace, and the bathroom window onto the snow topped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. We had some wonderful meals, took time to enjoy the building and the whole site, especially the central courtyard.

Beds are incredibly comfortable so we had wonderful sleeps in the most magical of places.
It is expensive, but for a special occasion, it is so worth it!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

The location is unparalleled; the gardens sublime. The design sleek and modern is aesthetically pleasing, but with no consideration for comfort in the rooms and with very uncomfortable beds, as has been mentioned in other reviews. Most important of all, the service is deplorable: no one to help with suitcase upon arrival and a front desk that made horrendous recommendations, steering us away from the venues for tapas and show that we had researched and selected based on tripadvisor reviews, and sending us instead to the worst evening experience we had during our trip in Spain.
Specifically, upon our arrival, the staff at the desk dissuaded us from attending the flamenco show and tapas restaurant we had chosen from reading tripadvisor reviews. The staff member insisted instead that the best show in town was the tableau flamenco in Albaycin. When I expressed reservations, he insisted that the dinner was wonderful and that he had high recommendations from everyone he sent there. To our chagrin, we followed his advice. Not only were we the only people at dinner in the entire restaurant, but we were the only ones at the flamenco performance who did not arrive by tour bus. The dancers looked bored and all performers were very young. We left very upset by the experience, and Euro 124 poorer. When I returned to the parador, I checked on tripadvisor and found that the show is geared to large tour groups and includes transportation by minibus from and back to the hotel. It did not quote any prices and was ranked 47 on tripadvisor, whereas the show we had wanted to see was ranked the best on tripadvisor and would have cost Euro 40 for two. Since the desk staff had steered us away from the top rated flamenco show to the worst rated one, which also charged twice the cost and had no price listed anywhere, we naturally felt deceived and taken advantage of. There was a sign at the desk stating that forms were available to register complaints, but we were too upset to fill out the form and just wanted to leave as soon as possible the next day.
We had a second issue with the front desk. When we arrived, they scheduled a private guide for us to tour the Alhambra, for which they informed us the charge was Euro 285. Later, when we went to the room, we looked up the Alhambra site and found that the tour on the weekend cost Euro 202 plus Euro 30 for admission for two, so the charge should have been Euro 232 and not the 285 the front desk staff charged. In other words, the front desk was charging upwards of 20% commission for making the phone call to the Alhambra ticket office, which was right next to the hotel. As the charge was significant, we felt that good service required that they bring to our attention that they levied a very high commission on making the phone call for us. In summary, if you do not rely on the front desk for advice and do not expect a good night's sleep and do not expect great food in the restaurant, the location of the hotel and restaurant is without parallel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We Have just arrived at this magnificant and beautiful hotel for a three night stay. The rooms are great and the view is Spectacular. The Front Desk was extremely friendly and helpful and that is where it stopped. We went to the terrace restaurant for lunch, and waited. The number of staff was more that adequate for the clientele. After three other tables of people that arrived after us were served, my wife attracted a waiters attention who nodded and walked off on another mission, later she then attracted a waitress and was told by her to have patience. We then taxied to the town to eat. On our return we decided to test our luck by having a drink in the restaurant, we left to have a drink in our room after two other groups who arrived after us were served. We do dress tidely and are well mannered.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Location is key at this beautifully restored monastery. Very tasteful and sympathetic renovations, friendly and attentive Reception staff. Arrived mid afternoon and just managed to squeeze car into car park. Porter was there with trolley before we got out of car, friendly and helpful. Room on 2nd floor overlooking gardens very good quality, as expected from four star property. Terrace restaurant excellent and location perfect for Alhambra. Then comes the disappointment. Bar was desolate, no servers and no atmosphere. Food in restaurant very good but it all felt like somewhere a coach party might stop at, not helped by DEAD roses on the table. Four star hotel, maybe two star restaurant and zero stars for bar!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

The parador is in a former palace, later a convent, with beautiful grounds right in the middle of the Alhambra, with glorious views from the terraces. The guest rooms (only 38 by our count) are thoroughly modern and comfortable, with free wifi. There was no bath, but the shower was large, with multiple jets. We found the staff courteous and helpful in details like allowing us to leave our car in the car park after check-out. Service was also good in the restaurant which, like other paradors, has some interesting regional dishes on the menu. But the hotel is undoubtedly pricey for its quality, even taking into account the historic building. Fundamentally you are paying for the amazing location. We reckon it's well worth it for a night, maybe two, but after that we would look to change our base.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

The only reason to stay at the Parador in Granada is location, location, location. You go to Granada to visit the Alhambra and the Parador is within the Alhambra complex -- parts of it are even an old Franciscan monastery where Ferdinand and Isabella were first buried -- and the Parador is the only upscale hotel within the Alhambra.  It's hard to beat that. The Alhambra is at the top of a steep hill that overlooks the rest of Granada so by staying at the Parador you avoid the climb, whether by foot, bus or taxi, and you are right at the entrance when you want to start your visit. And the Parador itself has beautiful gardens that overlook the Generalife Gardens and the Albaicín section of Granada, where you go for the best views of the Alhambra itself. We arrived by car -- the Parador would have been difficult to find without GPS -- and were greeted by the staff in their free locked parking lot.  We were escorted through a lovely garden to the attractive reception area. Then we were led to our room. Imagine our surprise when we walked down a corridor of paired doors that looked just like a Marriott or Sheraton in Anywhere USA. And then we entered our room which, although very modern in a European way, was quite small, considering how much we paid (it's expensive). But we knew we were paying in part for the view so imagine our surprise when we opened the shutters to find the view was of a flat gravel roof, a modern brick wall and some trees.  I asked the front desk if any other rooms were available and got some vague comments about upgrading to a junior suite and blaming the room on our having booked on the Internet (I booked through the Palace Tours website, but the rate was not a bargain rate, and I imagine everyone reading this review will book on the Internet). So we were stuck with the viewless room. That might have been okay but it had no place to unpack -- no drawers and no shelves not otherwise occupied by the safe and the mini fridge -- so we had to live out of our suitcases for two days. And the bathroom had no place to unpack our toilet kits except for the bidet.  The room and the corridor reeked of a very strong scent, like someone had put plug-in air fresheners into every available outlet. On the plus side, the included breakfast was excellent, with fresh eggs cooked to order in addition to the usual buffet items. And the restaurant for lunch and dinner is pretty good, although no bargain. I'm unlikely ever to return to Granada -- it's amazing, but probably a once in a lifetime kind of place -- so it's hard to say if I would stay at the Parador again but, despite its many faults, I'm glad we stayed there as it made our Alhambra visit much more convenient and special than it would have been otherwise. I just wish the Spanish government, which owns all the Paradores, had put as much thought into building the newer wings of the Granada Parador as they have into conserving the historical buildings.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Real de la Alhambra s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Granada
#10 Family Hotel in Granada
#14 Business Hotel in Granada
#16 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Granada 4*
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