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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