- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
Standard Ibis hotel good for sleeping, showering and leaving one's luggage and sightseeing. The two parallel buildings (ground floor plus two upper floors, all with accommodation) have two courtyards in the middle (the landscaped, smaller one has a pleasant fountain) separated by access between the two buildings.
From the Autovia A-44, E-902, take exit 131 "Granada, Parque de las Ciencias, Palacio de Congresos". At the roundabout, get onto Avenida de Fernando de los Rios which has a median strip separating the traffic. Drive up to the next roundabout (you should see on a building in front of you signs reading "todoluz.es" and "hiperluz").
Make a U-turn and drive back in the direction you just came from. On your right you will see a dedicated turn lane and a small sign for the Ibis and for Etap. Turn right here and follow the street (with a second right turn) to the hotel which is on Calle Graham Bell. There is a vacant lot and a dead-end lane to the right of the hotel, and low-rise housing behind.
Covered parking on the hotel property costs E7 per night. There is a lot of free street parking in the area, including near the hotel. If you continue to the end of Calle Graham Bell and turn right, you will come to a dead end with parking bays along the way. If you turn left there is additional parking. Also, as you turn off Avenida de Fernando de los Rios to get to the hotel, there are free parking areas on both sides of the street. We found parking even late on a busy Saturday night.
The receptionist at check in, Carmen R., was very pleasant and cooperative, giving us exactly the type of room that we wanted. Other staff we encountered during our stay were also pleasant and helpful. We had a top-floor room at the end of the corridor facing the small courtyard.
The room had the usual, light-wood-veneer, built-in furniture, a platform bed, carpeted floors and open closet and shelf space. The bathroom had a shower, but not a bath or bidet.
The air conditioning was set for winter, that is, heating only from November to April, inclusive. (The hotel system is changed to cooling over summer, May to October, inclusive.) Thus, during our stay we could have heating only — which was unneeded at the time — either on or off. There was no option for simple ventilation, that is, room air circulation without either heating or cooling. The thermostat dial, marked in degrees centigrade, had no discernable effect regardless of the temperature we selected. This meant that, if the room became to hot, the only feasible option was to open the window. Rooms facing the courtyard (preferable), or at the back, were the quietest.
Soundproofing was good in excluding noise from outside the window (double-glazed and partially openable) and generally reasonable from the corridor outside the door. The housekeeper clunked around outside at about 10 a.m.
Internet access cost E5 per day. The lobby has a computer for hotel guests in case you do not have your own computer. You can access free WiFi at the McDonalds next to the Carrefour across Avenida de Fernando de los Rios.
The hotel's rooftop swimming pool and patio are open from May to September, 7 a.m. till 11 p.m. Should you want to walk or jog in a park, turn right out of the hotel and walk towards the Autovia and the end of the street. You will see a chain-link fence with a footpath-sidewalk on the other side which parallels the Autovia. To the left about10-20 feet there is an opening in the fence. Walk through and continue to the right, away from Avenida de Fernando de los Rios. The path leads to a park which parallels the Autovia.
The Ibis has a restaurant with terrace on the ground floor to the left of the lobby. Next to the hotel is Demiro bar-restaurant (no opening hours displayed) and across the street La Despensa Taberna, another bar-restaurant (open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. till 12:00 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. till 12 a.m., closed Sunday).
The hotel is about a 4-5 minute walk from a Carrefour supermarket and a McDonalds: a short distance up Avenida de Fernando de los Rios are traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing. The Carrefour is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. till 10 p.m., closed Sundays. The McDonalds is open Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. till 11 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. till 12:00 a.m., Sundays and holidays 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 p.m. You might be able to stay on for up to an hour after closing while the staff clean up. The WiFi connection worked quite well the one late night that we used it.
On the other side of the Autovia from the hotel are several large, specialized retail stores selling furniture, electronics and the like.
If you do not want to drive into Granada, staff at reception told us that buses 155 and 156 will take you along Avenida de Fernando de los Rios to the roundabout at Calle San Anton from where you can walk across the bridge and into the city center.
If you drive into Granada from the hotel, you will need a bit of luck to find free parking on the street. The center is a maze of one-way and no-entry streets lined with parked cars or no parking allowed.
There are underground pay parking stations. Within the city center, the pay parking station at Calle San Juan de Dios and Calle Rector Lopez Argueta is conveniently located for walking to the main attractions in the center such as the Monasterio de San Jeronimo, the Catedral and the Capilla Real. The rate was E1.50 per hour with a maximum of E18 for 24 hours. You collected a ticket at the barrier as you drove in and paid at a machine before you drove out, inserting the ticket at the barrier as you proceeded.
You get what you pay for - very basic acommodation, near the highway, but quite far from the city with very basic amenities. The plus is the price, which is hard to beat, but stay there only for one night (to see Alhambra for example), no longer.
We have staid here before on several occasions, ideal for skiing. unfortunately this time the room did smell of smoke even though it was a non smoking room, we left the window open to freshen it but this proved too noisy over night. We would still stay again as this hotel is most convenient for the ski slopes and very good value.
As in a very good location and was clean only problem was was the matress was very hard. Staff very friendly,helpfully showed us on a map where to go and how to get to places. Has a lot of services around i.e. Supermarkets clothes shops,mcdonalds etc