My husband, our toddler and I lived in Granada for six months due to his work, and spent the entire time here. It was the perfect combination of a home (large, comfy kitchen, hot water, toilets that work just like in the US) and a hotel (great pool, housekeeping services three times a week). My parents and my sister and her boyfriend all came to visit us within that time frame and everyone raved about the hotel.
It is a 10-15 minute walk from the Parque Central and the restaurant-lined pedestrian walkway the Calzada, but we really enjoyed being in a real neighborhood, and, as former New Yorkers, are used to walking, so we enjoyed the location--especially after the amazing Café Espressionista opened up opposite Xalteva church. The greatest thing about the location was the local festivals and parades that happened right on our street--a Purisima (the December festival celebrating the Virgin Mary), a Via Cruz during Lent, and some random parades/dance-offs that I think were for San Jeronimo, but who can keep track?
But our favorite part of the hotel was by far the staff. Every single person was so nice and SO GREAT WITH KIDS. I knew everyone was keeping an eye out for our daughter (which is what you want with a toddler who thinks crawling up stairs is a good time), and we hired our amazing babysitter from among the staff--Maria José. Our unit was right next to the laundry room (unit 104), so we got to see Ivania's smiling face often, which was a huge plus, although our friends who stayed in 101 felt the same way about Jenny and Fatima. And the guys were great too, and just as sweet with the baby.
The complex only has nine apartments, and they're all great, but the middle units get the least light. The end units (104 and the apartment above us) have two little patios instead of one (I used one of ours as my home office). However, the internet doesn't reach back here all the time, so if Internet is really important to you (or if you want to be near an English speaking staff member most of the time), book 101, which is right next to reception, where the internet always works.
I've read some complaints about noise, but from our bedroom, which was off the courtyard, you never heard any street noise, even when people were shooting off fireworks. The back bedroom got a bit more noise.
The only people who shouldn't stay here, I think are people who need to be right in the heart of the action, or who don't want to be bothered by kids.
Otherwise, it's a dream. I'm a little worried about taking our daughter back home, where we don't have a pool, a parrot, or turtles in the garden, or lots of people who are happy to play with her all day and night.
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April 19, 2013
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We appreciate your comments. It was a joy to have you and your family stay here. It has only been a week since you have left and your young daughter is already greatly missed. Children are a joy for all of the workers at Hotel Xalteva and one often finds a staff person taking a break from work to play with a baby, walk with a toddler and help teach Spanish words to an older child or adult. As you experienced, Hotel Xalteva offers a variety of services from nanny and babysitting services to meals, catering, and special events all of which you took part in. We are so glad to have provided you the space that you needed for work, for your out of town visitors and for quiet family time. You are correct to mention the internet connection in your unit and after having read your review I contacted our internet provide to trouble shoot and resolve this issue for future guests. Thank you so much for your outstanding review. We look forward to your next visit.
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