For me and my boyfriend, this spot was just perfect. We are in our late 20s, appreciate clean and cozy...don't really want to do the hostal/shared space/party scene anymore but do love being a part of local culture and feeling like we're right in the mix.
Arriving here was easy if you are OK with walking a few minutes- it is in the heart of the Albaycin neighborhood - perfectly located in the middle so you have some of both uphill (to get to the mirador de san nicolas, sacromonte, plaza larga, and others), and downhill to get to the moroccan markets, plaza san gregorio and the shuttle to the alhambra.... it's not ALL the way up, but definitely up!
you can't drive to this location, that's why there is a meeting spot. Rafa is easy to communicate with - American/Spanish so is fluent in English/Spanish... responsive, kind, willing to help. It was easy to tell the taxi how to get to the meeting spot and roll our bags to El 8.
We booked the room on the top floor - most expensive (still extremely cheap) ... it was so perfect. There's nothing more relaxing after a week of B&Bs than to get your own little apartment with a sitting room, kitchenette with eat in area, and separate bedroom with a lovely skylight! We immediately felt it was our place. The amenities are what you should expect unless you're staying at a fancy hotel - simple, clean, exactly as I assume most live in this neighborhood and have for years... Rafa is running an environmentally friendly program and does remind you to conserve electricity, water and recycle- I'm thankful for that.
The apartment has everything you'd need, plus a beautiful patio with stunning views of the Alhambra. The prices are so unbelievably reasonable- for an entire apartment the prices are better than B&Bs where you get just a room... they even have an honor bar if you feel like having a glass of wine or beer on the terrace and don't feel like going out to a supermarket. Prices are as reasonable as the rooms themselves.
It's so easy to base yourself here and feel a part of Granada life. I am looking forward to getting back there again soon for more than 4 nights - it didn't feel long enough. I'd like to try again for a month!
Please message me if you're wondering if this option is right for you and your fellow travelers. I'd recommend it for families with teens or young adults, groups of travelers - really anymore except babies/toddlers due to it being only accessible by way of cobbled pedestrian streets.
Thank you to Rafa for an unforgettable experience. We loved our home in Granada!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Numero 8 is not a typical hotel. It is a traditional casa de vecinos separated into separate apartments located in the ancient Moorish area of Granada, the Albayzin. It is also our home that we share with travelers. It is a very tranquil place to stay and we ask our guests to come with respect for the house and for the neighborhood which is all pedestrian and very quiet for being right in the center of the city of Granada. ... more less