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Richard & Esperanza in Patio
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Richard & Esperanza in Patio
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Carmen de los Martires, in Alhambra woods (5 mins away)
Carmen de los Martires, Alhambra woods
Charles V fountain, Alhambra woods (5 minutes away)
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Walking up to the Alhambra through the Alhambra woods
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Granada, Province of Granada, Andalucia

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stuartsco...
edinburgh
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27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Perfect Location, charming hosts, tranquil respite in the heart of the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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I think Richard and Esperanza really are the perfect hosts. All the correspondence was timely and helpful, on Richards advice we cancelled our carhire booking and caught the bus into Granada from Malaga airport. This was easy, cheap and allowed us greater sightseeing flexibility. The apartment was compact but wonderful, clean and bright and airy, with everything you need for a couple or small family - we stayed a week and wished we could have moved in forever. The bed was supremely comfortable. Everything worked, no problems at all. Richard was on hand whenever we had the smallest query or wanted local advice (like restaurants, bars and flamenco spots, swimming pools, markets- all his recommendations were spot on and we can't thank him enough for his unobtrusive helpfulness).To wake up to the (deafening) sound of many birds chirping is a delight, the place was only steps away from the heart of the city, plaza nueva etc but totally peaceful and tranquil. To be able to see the Alhambra palace out of your window what a treat! Local food is delicious cheap and interesting to be able to lose yourself in a different world of tastes and cultures. I would definitely return to this apartment in a heartbeat and our 12 year old son is already begging us to come back. The courtyard is delightful, with a koi pond and artistic ceramic mural made by Esperanza who is an outstanding ceramic artist and painter - you can purchase her artworks if you are inclined but you need to ask for a showing as there is no shop or such. There is a second apartment downstairs if you are a larger family or group of friends travelling together. The apartment itself is only about 30 steps up the main st Cuesta Gomerez to the entrance to the Alhambra - you cannot get closer or better than that! I have read other reviewers talking about walking difficulties with the steps in Granada - Yes, there are a lot of steps in general in the historic parts, and leading up to the apartment but this is the nature of the town, my husband who has mobility issues still managed the steps although it took awhile, they are shallow steps, not steep, with lots of points for resting and many have handrails too, so do not be put off if you are mild-moderately disabled. permanent wheelchair users however will need to look for a front street typical hotel property though.
The bus service in the town itself is excellent and very cheap. We had a bono turistico card which allowed 5 days of travel and tourist attractions for a fixed price including 24 hours on the hop-on-hop-off tourist bus - this was pretty cool as it gave us views around the town we may not have visited otherwise with a historical script running in multiple languages. The Bono was excellent value but we didn't manage to see everything included as it was all so wonderful and we spent much longer at each attraction than the guide book indicated.
The Alhambra is beyond mesmerising, especially the woods and the Generalife gardens. The Science Park is better than any family museum I have ever visited, 7 hours was not enough to take it all in. The Museo de Andalucia was also totally fascinating with it's interactive and 3D multilingual timeline display. The markets near the catedral were really cool - excellent freshly made churros with the locals here, fresh fish, meat cheeses, veg etc for your daily shopping. We regrettably do not speak any Spanish, however the locals were incredibly friendly and polite, helping us with words and pronounciation, patient at our ignorance.
TOTALLY delightful and charming historic city. It has the perfect blend of culture, art, history, science, nature, calm, busy-ness, as well as the general regions location being great for nature-lovers, hikers, artists and of course the skiing at Sierra Nevada. Can't wait to go back. would like to give it more than 5 stars!

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Liked best: Location, Hosts, Courtyard and Views
Liked least: That I had to leave and come home!!!!!
Traveling group: Young Children
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Nelly-6
England
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“Perfect location, comfortable apartment, great hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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We had a very comfortable 10 days in the smaller of Richard & Esperanza's two apartments in Granada, a self-contained property on the first floor of their house.

What we liked:

*Great location, part way up the Alhambra hill and right by the entrance to the woods. It is close to both the Alhambra and the Plaza Nueva in the centre of town (and just off the main tourist drag between the two), but very quiet and tucked away.
* Comfortable little apartment for 2 - simply and thoughtfully furnished with a comfy bed (and sofa bed). Very clean, and as well as the basics, it has free wifi, satelite TV and a CD player with a selection of music. The apartment has shutters for keeping cool, and also an aircon/heater. It is well designed with all you need for a short stay - and the real added extra is lots of Esperanza's art around the place to make it really special.
* Lots of great tips and contact details for restaurants, shopping and entertainment (I've put my reviews on TA), and the best ways to visit the Alhambra. There is a lot to do in Granada, we were kept busy for 10 days - and a bewildering number of cafes and restaurants, so the tips are very helpful
* Richard and Esperanza are just lovely, very welcoming and really good hosts. And they've done lots and lots of interesting, arty things - not least around the 70s London music scene - which we enjoyed hearing about. The entrance to the smaller apartment is next to their own front door, so they are right there if needed. But they've been doing this for a while and it shows, they will leave you to your own devices if you prefer and never so much as knocked at our door.
* Good value, we had a great rate for a slightly longer stay.

What I didn't like:

* Nothing, except for having to come home

Overall, I would recommend this apartment to anyone who is OK with steps (as I said, it is part way up the Alhambra hill, so there are a lot of hills and steps). We look forward to returning.

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Liked best: The location and the apartment
Liked least: Well, maybe an escalator up the hill would have been nice
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Dianda V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago for a stay in May 2017
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May 11, 2017
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LaFeeGigi
Bievres, France
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Liked best: la localisation et l accueil
Liked least: manque d'espace
Traveling group: En famille avec adolescent(s)
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