Absolutely beautiful venue! Jodie and Nick have made substantial improvements since my last visit four years ago. Our dinner was outstanding Jodie was very gracious in escorting us into her village to get a tire repaired. Highly recommend the Lemon Tree which is only 45 minutes from Granada but situated in the beautiful countryside surrounded by almond and olive trees.
We went their for some peace and quiet for our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. Nick and Jody were great hosts and the countryside surrounding El Amparo is stunning. The beds were so comfortable which is unusual in Spain. We will certainly be back (return now already booked).
El Amparo is a nice country hotel situated in a valley 60 minutes away from Granada. Jody & Nick manage the hotel. They renovated it and bulit a second wing, making it a 10-room hotel. We had a nice stay at el Amparo. However, there were quite some ‘buts’. Pleasant: - Flexibility: the hosts are flexibel. We could prolong our stay with a call just 2 days before checkin. We also got a meal served when all restaurants were closed at 9pm in Alhama. - Beautiful views on the Andalusian landscape - Nicely renovated rooms - Clean rooms and every day new towels - Quiet location - Big pool - Amenities like a whirlpool, free parking, free water brought up to the room every day, books & DVDs to borrow Improvement potential: - Breakfast: for the luxurious hotel el Amparo claims to be the continental breakfast buffet is rather small. There are no croissants, you have to pay extra for orange juice, there is only one kind of cheese, fried eggs are not offered and the variety of cold cuts is small. Given that it is a 4-star hotel, the breakfast should be more generous. - Rather expensive extras: a glass of red wine that you buy at the supermarket for 7€ costs up to 9€ (however, the serving is generous). Also the ‘gourmet pizzas’ are rather expensive, costing 15€. Given that they are pre made pizzas with some toppings of your choice. A bottle of Freixenet cava costs 15€, in the store you get it for 5€. - Pool: the temperature is too cold and the cleanliness is not always the best, with their cats and their dog drinking out of it. - Jody and Nick are often either not available (siesta from 3-6.30 pm) or out of the house, leaving the guests alone. So if you want a bottle of wine you either have to wait for them or you take the car and drive to the gas station in Alhama (15 min). Many hotels solve that with a nice pool bar. But in el Amparo the pool bar is merely a small fridge with some water, soft drinks and beer (all rather expensive). - Remoteness: the beautiful views also come along with the remoteness of the hotel. You need a car. Granada is an hour away and is the only place with a big variety of restaurants and bars. All in all it is definitely a nice hotel in a beautiful landscape but it is not what you would expect from a rather costly luxury retreat. …
We highly recommend this place. It had everything for a totally relaxing 3 days. The room was spacious and comfortable, the pool area was well maintained, breakfast was great, beautiful views, evening meal for 30 euros was excellent value (3 courses). Nick and Jody were great hosts and very helpful. The B and B is off the beaten track but quite close to a small town. Granada is an easy drive away. We hope to return one day 😆
Despite the weather we have a great relaxing stay and Jody and Nick were the ultimate hosts. Attention to detail excellent. Compliments also to the chef who produced fantastic dinners and his partner desserts! . Will definitely be back.