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“Good budget hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Universal
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   C/ Recogidas 16, 18002 Granada, Spain (Realejo - San Matias)   |  
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Ranked #70 of 129 Hotels in Granada
Spain
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Good budget hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

I kept changing my mind about this hotel, so I'll try and review this with the pros and cons.
Good points:
The location is excellent, near to everything.
The man on reception was fantastic and very helpful.
The car park is just opposite the hotel and reasonable for the centre of Granada (15€)
The breakfast is not buffet and is as you'd get in a café. You pay for what you order and we had an enormous freshly squeezed orange juice, toast and coffee for 5€ each. The waiter was very friendly too.
The rooms were clean.

Bad points:
The rooms were very small.
The walls are paper thin so you can hear everything that goes on next door.
We had to sit sideways on our toilet because it was in a very strange position (almost under the washbasin).
The carpet in the hallways needs replacing. It looks very dirty and scruffy and is a shame as the rooms themselves seem to have been refurbished.

So, as you can see, I think there were more positive points about this hotel and to be honest, the location and the price makes this hotel a great choice.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Almeria, Spain
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

I have stayed in this hotel on numerous occasions as I find the close proximity to the City centre very good. Last time we travelled by train from Almeria and then caught a taxi to the hotel. There is a very good car park and the staff are quite happy to park your car and retrieve it on departure from the bowels of the underground opposite. The cafe bar on the top floor is ideal for breakfast or a drink between shopping/sightseeing, and the views across to the Sierra Nevada are very good. The rooms are on the small side but it doesn't get much use normally, just for sleeping and showering. The Bib Rambla is just by the Cathedral and great for chilling out with a drink or tapas or wandering round the excellent shops. All in all excellent value for money in my estimation.

Room Tip: The fifth floor is very quiet, and not far from the bar, although the single rooms are very small an...
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

I spent two nights at this hotel in October 2011. I have no special impression of it, but it was clean, the staff very friendly and receptionists speak English, if it's important for you. Maybe I was lucky, but I didn't suffer from any noise. I think< it's a good decision for this price. Of course, the room was rather small ( at least mine, it was a single room), but if you're coming to see the city, but not to sit in the room, it's a good choise. And I like the location. In the city centre and not up the hill. I can recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

The hotel is in a great central location and ideally situated for visiting the central sights and shopping district. Although the hotel lobby has been updated recently and looks great in the photos, the rooms haven't been finished to the same standard which lets the hotel down.

The rooms themselves are clean and comfortable but are a little small and the one we stayed in faced into a gloomy internal courtyard, although they do have everything you need. On the positive side, the staff were very friendly & helpful, and the hotel has underground parking across the street (EUR14 per night) if you arrive by car.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

I stayed two nights at this small two stars hotel. I was part of a group of bikers. The hotel is comprised of 6 floors and is located very well in the middle of town. There is parking across the street (E14 per night) and loading and unloading is easy. The rooms are small but nice and clean and so was the bathroom. The rooms are a little dark and the one I was in was facing an inner court. There is free wifi but is terribly slow. The other thing which is unordinary is the 6th floor coffee shop, which seems to be ran apart from the hotel and I found to be sub standard compared with local food.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Calgary, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

This is a very centrally located hotel. The front desk staff are very helpful and most sights, excluding the Alhambra, are a short walk away. Breakfast is served on their roof top terrace and is worth the few Euro. We enjoyed our stay here, and if you don't mind hopping a bus to the Alhambra, this would be a great base for your Granada explorations.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Perth
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

So central, so cheap, so friendly, great high speed wifi, they helped with our luggage and nothing was too much trouble. Very clean and comfortable, had an elevator, minibar, own en suite. Small double bed which was not a 5 star standard queen size bed but very comfortable and adequate for a short stay - all this for just 50 Euro per night for 2 people...we would definitely recommend it for value for money.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Universal

Address: C/ Recogidas 16, 18002 Granada, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Realejo - San Matias
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Universal 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 Star Hotel (Refurbished in 2008). Located in the centre of Granada. Services offered are cafeteria, car parking and hire, fax/photocopy facilities, laundry, free internet access via Wi-Fi throughout the hotel or in the computer lounge, TV lounge, change of currency, luggage storage and full central heating. The rooms are fully air conditioned with Wi-Fi, telephone (direct line), minibar, Digital Plus and fully equipped bathroom with hair dryer. ... more   less 
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Universal Hotel Granada

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