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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Overall, very good hotel choice, and we’d stay here again. Positives: excellent location on a pedestrian street (cabs occasionally drop off & pick up, but otherwise no cars), overlooking River Darro, with great views of the Alhambra, and lovely atmosphere. There were some areas of Granada that felt more like Madrid, so we were pleased to be staying in the Albayzin, with the maze of old cobbled streets. Shine Albayzin is a small 2-3 story hotel (which we prefer) with maybe a dozen rooms arranged around a central courtyard. Old building, old neighborhood, new somewhat minimalist-design furnishings. I especially liked the quiet murmur of the contemporary fountain in the central courtyard – found it to be very peaceful. The view of the Alhambra from our room was beautiful, and that is, after all, why we’d come to Granada. The room was spacious enough for 3 (our 20-something son joined us), and we liked the contemporary design. We did not have a problem with the hot water (as others have noted), and in fact thought the shower was the best of the 5 hotels we visited while in Spain. So overall, very good stay. But…

Among the unusual design issues is the open bathroom. There was a partial wall that blocked the view to the toilet, but not the noise. We prefer a bit more privacy. Also, because of the wall-to-wall mirror running the length of the bathroom, I had to send my 20-something son to the opposite side of the bedroom in order to shower. Again, we like a bit more privacy. We managed, but you may want to know going in.

The other quirk is no phone in the room. Like many Euro hotels, there are also no clocks in the room, so make sure you bring with a travel alarm, because with no phone, you won’t be getting a wakeup call. It’s also a bit of an inconvenience for small things like extra towels, missing soap, etc. We did have to run down on a few occasions to speak with whoever was at the reception desk.

Bottom line is we’d stay here again – the location, the view, will most likely offset the quirks, as long as you are prepared.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the river & Alhambra, which they may or may not honor. We were assured a room on the top floor, but were situated elsewhere.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Fab location at the foot of the Alhmabra but interiors bland - Ikea furnished - and sanitised. There's nowhere nice to sit and no bar so if you only want somewhere to sleep - which is what you get, dont bother paying this much.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Shine Albayzin. We nice room overlooking the Alhambra. The hotel had a typical breakfast which was more than adequate. The hotel is in a refurshed palace and had loads of charm. Too bad it did not have a more crozy area to enjoy the views. The staff was very nice and made sure you enjoyed your stay.

Room Tip: ask for a room facing the Alhambra
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

We had a magnificent stay at this hotel. It was just the best possible location, in the old city, on the most picturesque street and overlooking the Alhambra. Brilliant rooms, very comfortable, everything you need. Note some trip advisor comments that it was hard to get access and not staffed 24 hours. We had no problems like this and in fact one of the staff...Carmen could not have been more helpful. She was charming, knowledgeable and efficient, provided us with directions, information, translations, sorted out some complicated train challenges - Carmen helped make our stay even more pleasant.

Room Tip: we had the room at the top - it was superb
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a two-night stay at the Hotel Shine Albayzin. This hotel was perfect in every way. It is in the heart of the Moorish Albayzin district, right by the river (so no steps to climb) and one can hear the pleasant sound of the rushing river from your room. The Deluxe room I booked was a suite with two large balconies and a fantastic view of the Alhambra Palace. At night, this view was utter magic. It is an extremely stylish boutique hotel with lovely parquet floors, exquisite beamed ceilings and trendy furnishings. Our room was huge, very quiet and immaculately clean. The reception staff were extremely helpful/ friendly and the breakfast (buffet) was very good. I adored the sprinkling of authentic antiques with the modern design, and the central courtyard and running loggias gave it the moorish feel of an old riad. All in all, I highly recommend this hotel and I will surely stay here again when in Granada.

Room Tip: Ask for a Deluxe Room with balconies and a view of the Alhambra Palace.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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