The Alixares is what it is. It is a 4 star hotel (just about!) but not the sort that you would book into for a fortnight's (or even a week's) holiday. It has a constant throughput of people staying between 1 and 4 nights to see the sights of Granada (most of them on bus tours) and I think that the hotel copes admirably with the constant changeovers. It does mean, though, that there can be large numbers of people arrivng or departing at the same time.
It has a fantastic position literally 5 minutes walk from the entrance to the Alhambra, so is great for visiting there. It is a pleasant tree-lined, downhill, 15-20 minutes walk into the centre of Granada but you would be well advised to take a bus back. The 30 and 32 from outside the Cathedral take you up to the Alhambra entrance but, if you can time it well, the 34 takes you right to the door of the hotel.
The room we had was generously proportioned, as was the bathroom also, but without any view. It was a very comfortable room for what we wanted, which was just to sleep in.
The breakfast buffet was very good. I think my only criticism was that I would have liked some grapefruit segments (away in hotels is about the only time I get to eat them!), but there was plenty of other fresh fruit, pastries, meats and cheeses and egg, bacon and tomatoes.
The evening buffet was a little more variable. On the first night it was "OK". On the second night there was a much nicer selection on the cold table and the hot food was also better. On the third night, it was again just "OK".
The hotel pool and pool area is very nice. Yes, the pool is cold, but after a hot day's sightseeing, that's what you need! There is an adequate number of loungers and chairs and you just ask at reception for pool towels.
So, while you are here, see the Alhambra (it's probably what you came for!) although I wasn't hugely impressed (see my separate review). Also do visit the Albaicin and Sacromonte but do NOT be tempted to visit the Tablao Flamenco Albayzin (see also my sepaarate review) it is purely a tourist rip-off.
Enjoy your stay, we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The complete Alixares hotel is located opposite the stunning Alhambra, one of the most wonderful monuments in the world, and a 15-minute walk from Granada's city centre. The hotel offers its guests a comfortable and cosy atmosphere in a modern environment. Hotel Alixares offers Wi-Fi Internet connection throughout the building, a reception desk open 24 hours, several fully equipped meeting and conference rooms, an Internet Point, an outdoor swimming pool, a private parking area, a bar and a restaurant, just to mention some. ... more less
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