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“Smashing hotel but not ideal if you have a car”

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Solar Montes Claros
Ranked #15 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Granada
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

The Solar Montes is a very nice hotel in a back street of the Old City. The reason they offer a pick up service is that you need a Phd in geography to find it. It is a great location from which to explore the city and there are some good places to eat and drink if you walk up to the centre of the old town (we particularly liked Reina Monica, a bit of a dive but excellent value).
The only issue is car parking. The hotel recommend a car park which is about a half hours walk away and costs 18 euros per 24hours. We use this for two nights but preferred the car park by the cathedral costing 25 euros but a bit nearer although it is still a 15 minute brisk walk.

So if you don't have a car stay at this hotel, you won't find better value anywhere else, if you do have a car then consider the logistics before you book.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for two nights and we really enjoyed our stay here. Antonio was really nice in setting up a taxi to pick us at the airport where we dropped off our rental. (We then found out we could have dropped it off at the Granada train station, which was a lot closer). The room (can't remember the name) was very spacious and very clean. The view of the Alhambra, especially at night is spectacular. The location is great because you're 10-15 mins walking from the city center and about 15-20 mins walking to the Alhambra (via a very steep hill). I'm not in the best of shape but the walk to/from the B & B was not bad at all. Overall, this was the best place we stayed at during our two week Spain trip.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

My finacé and I stayed at this B&B during a two-week trip to Spain. We had a great experience and I would highly recommend Solar Montes Claros.

The owner arranged for a car to meet us at the train station. We stayed in the Saba split-level unit on the top floor. It took some doing to haul our luggage up the stairs, but we are young and generally not bothered by that sort of thing.

The photos posted do not fully capture the spectacular view of the Alhambra from the spacious private balcony included with the unit. It is at least as good as any view available from the points in town referenced in most guidebooks. And it has the added element of privacy and comfort. We enjoyed sunset on our first night over a bottle of wine.

The room (and entire house) is very well appointed, uniquely designed and spacious. Anyone used to staying in upscale accommodations will feel very comfortable and enjoy the change of pace. An added bonus - we could see the Alhambra and the night sky from our bed.

The owner was helpful and friendly, but correctly sensed that we were not seeking long conversations or detailed guidance on what to do in town. There were other guests at the B&B during our stay, but we did not spend much time in the (serene) common spaces and had no difficulty finding privacy. Breakfast was timely and tasty.

We stayed for two nights - enough time to see the Alhambra and a few other sites in town. We had a great time. On departure, the owner arranged for a taxi to take us back to the train station.

I have difficulty imagining a better place to stay in Granada.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank GrantCoad
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Solar Montes Claros is a wonderful and beautiful B&B. Your stay will include a complimentary transfer to the B&B, which was very welcome as it's not the easiest location to get to. Solar Montes Claros has a stunning location on a hill with views of the Alhambra and the city. Its location isn't right in the heart and centre of the city and it was a bit of an uphill walk returning to the B&B every night from the city, but it's completely worth it for the views, the peace and quiet and the fantastic guest experience.

The B&B itself is beautifully decorated. Our rooms were very spacious (the largest rooms we had during our entire 9 week trip through Morocco, Spain and Portugal) and beautiful (though still comfortable). We had hot tubs in both of our rooms, and fantastic views of the Alhambra. The terraces and common areas were all comfortable and welcoming. Breakfast was great as well.

Antonio (the owner) clearly puts a lot of thought and care into taking care of the property and its guests. He took the time to give us recommendations, advise us on our Alhambra visit and was kind enough to make arrangements for us to pick up our luggage in the evening (after the time that he usually leaves the B&B for the day) so that we wouldn't have to head out to the train station too early (which would have prevented us from doing some more sightseeing in the city).

I'd definitely recommend this B&B to any travellers planning on visiting Granada.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Staying at Solar Montes Claros was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Spain! In fact, I would say this is probably in the top few places we have ever stayed anywhere! We were in the Saba apartment, and the views were breathtaking. There's nothing like going to sleep and waking up to the sight of the Alhambra from your bed. We also loved sitting on our own private terrace and hearing the sounds of birds singing, church bells ringing, and music floating up from the streets below. Julio and Antonio were wonderful hosts, and have provided a beautiful, peaceful refuge to return to after busy days of sightseeing. The location is fantastic--a short walk to town and in a fascinating and beautiful neighborhood, the Albayzin. As other reviewers have noted, it is a climb from the main part of Granada to the Albayzin, and there are lots of stairs to reach the B & B, but for us that was a good thing considering all the eating we did! We would highly recommend Solar Montes Claros to anyone visiting Granada!

Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We happily spent 3 nights in a delightfully friendly room with a terrace looking over the Albaicin and across to the Alhambra. Antonio could not have been more welcoming and helpful: he gave great restaurant advice. Fresh fruit is part of a simple local breakfast. One tiny quibble: the wifi in the room was patchy, but worked perfectly downstairs. (Anyone who has difficulty with lots of stairs/steep hills should probably not be in Albaicin or in this B&B.)

Room Tip: The wonderful view from the terrace can surely not be bettered - we were in the Fenicia room
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

I can only confirm all the positive comments about this lovely B&B.
I stayed in the room Fenicia which has a small balcony so that in the evening I could sit outside
enjoying a glass of wine and the breathtaking view on the Alhambra. Forget the Mirador San Nicolas - the best place to watch the sunset over Granada is from here.
When I arrived at the airport a taxi was waiting for me which was perfect for it is a bit difficult to find the house. I took some fotos which may help should you arrive by bus or car.
My four days in Granada were absolutely wonderful - including a flamenco show in Jardines de Zoraya and diner in Aben Humeya which are both in the Albayzin and close to the house.

Room Tip: Try to get one of the upper rooms for they have the best view.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Address: Montes Claros 13, 18010 Granada, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Albaicín
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #15 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Granada
Price Range: $86 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Solar Montes Claros 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The guesthouse Solar Montes Claros is located in the heart of the Albayzin, the old arab quarter in Granada. Perched on a hillside overlooking the city, this neighbourhood has preserved its Andalusian cultural heritage. It boasts unique views that can be enjoyed from the tranquility of its timeless streets. ... more   less 
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