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“Not sure if it can get any better”
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El Numero 8
Ranked #40 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Granada
Boston, MA
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Not sure if it can get any better”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

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!

Room Tip: I saw 2 apartments- both were beautiful but I definitely appreciated the space and natural light in...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed April 19, 2013

My girlfriend and I stayed four nights here at the end of our vacation and we did not want to leave! It is a perfect location right in a great section of Granada. It is easy access to all the best spots and we felt kind of like locals staying in an apartment. Rafa met us about five minutes away when we arrived and walked us to the apartment. He also gave us some good local insight for the best tapas spots, nightlife, and schedule for processions during Semana Santa. The roof deck looking up at La Alhambra is amazing and we spent an hour or so up there every evening before going out for tapas. The music Rafa left in the rooms was also nice and soothing and we even bought a CD. Overall, El Numero 8 was the ideal place for us and we already want to go back to Granada and stay there longer next time.

Buena suerte Rafa!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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kansas
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We second all the positive reviews. Rafa met us at the specified location - trust his judgement, follow the instructions to meet him otherwise you WILL get lost. He brought along an extra umbrella during a rainy afternoon. We were delighted to relax in Apartment 3, listening to music and cozy with tea waiting out the downpour. A funky, and cozy place that suited 2 teens and 1 adult. We loved exploring the neighborhood and Rafa's restaurant recommendation was perfect. My friend had recommended this place and we are so happy to follow her lead. We explored the neighborhood, walking extensively (yes, UP and DOWN, UP and DOWN). A great workout with extraordinary views, and a respite among it all.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Welland
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

We spent 3 nights in this unique apartment, situated in the Albaycin of Granada. The apartment was clean, comfortable and quiet. Although it was quite cool during our stay (January), we were still able to utilize the rooftop terrace for coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at sunset while we watched the colours change on the Alhambra and the rooftops of the city around us. Just getting to and from our apartment was interesting and colourful, an experience we will never forget. What a wonderful city! We hope we will be able to visit again and would certainly stay at this location.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Santa Cruz, CA
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We stayed at El Numero 8 for three nights and couldn't have asked for more. It is located right in the heart of the Albaycin. So everything is very accessible just by walking. There is a spectacular view of the Alhambra from the roof-top terrace. We spent some time up there each afternoon or evening enjoying the view and sipping some wine. The apartment was cute and completely stocked with all needs for making coffee, tea or even a meal if we had wanted to. The bed was comfortable so we got 3 great nights of sleep. There is even a washing machine for clothes on the floor just below the terrace. -Which my husband took advantage of after being in Spain for a week. Carmen was the hostess and very helpful when we first arrived and explained everything about the apartment and property to us. She also led us out to a spot in the Albayzin so we knew how to orientate ourselves and get from place to place. So thankful we found this place and I hope we can take another trip in the future and stay here again.

Room Tip: Heart of Albayzin. Apartment. View of Alhambra.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle UK
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We spent four nights at El 8 - two in the cheapest room on the ground floor with the separate bathroom, which wasn't a problem and two in the nicest room on the top floor, which was lovely. Both were great and I only wish we'd had more time to enjoy them and the wonderful roof terrace. Granada is such a fantastic city, with so many great bars and cafes - there just wasn't enough time to relax - though we did try! Maybe next time...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Geraldton, Australia
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

El Numero Ocho ticked all the boxes for us. Perfect location, eco-friendly, clean, and self-contained apartments in a social setting. We met some great people also staying at El Ocho and hit some local Albayzin bars with them. The rooftop terrace was the perfect place to unwind with a drink after a day of sightseeing while looking out at the ancient Alhambra. The apartments are naturally very cool. We didn't need any cooling and it was 30 degrees outside. We drove into Granada and parked at Severo Ocho carpark as instructed on the website. The taxi up to the drop off point in the Albayzin was only €7. There is a communal mini bar in the central Patio with an honesty box system allowing you to purchase cold water, beer, milk, juice and wine. You can use the laundry for €3 per load. This place is perfect for independent travellers on a budget. Our apartment had everything we needed including Fair Trade ground coffee, salt, corkscrew, scissors, a portable CD player/radio with cable for iPods/iPhones and even a universal adaptor. We highly recommend this this place for your visit to Granada.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: El Numero 8
Address: | Aljibe de las Tomasas, 18010 Granada, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Albaicín , San Pedro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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 

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