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Hotel Zaguan del Darro
Ranked #80 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Hurst, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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Reviewed April 28, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here while visiting Granada during Holy Week. It is within walking distance to shopping and restaurants. The staff is very helpful and friendly. It has great ambiance! Bed was comfortable and it was quiet. Could not hear any street noise. We had a late afternoon train but were allowed to leave our luggage while we explored more of the city before heading to the station. Would definitely stay here again!

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

I loved this hotel and could've lingered here for longer than the 2 days that our schedule allowed. I was traveling with my sister and college-age nephews for their spring break in March. We wanted a well-located Granada hotel with character and we definitely found it! We arrived by bus from Córdoba and took a taxi from the bus station to our hotel (about 10-15 min). The building reminded me of the traditional Arabic Riads that I saw in Morocco as the levels are built around a central "courtyard" - although this one is enclosed to keep out the weather. There are many nice antiques and tapestries decorating the common areas and the lobby has comfy chairs on which to relax (this is where wifi works best). My sister and I shared the "special double" room #301 with a balcony view of the Alhambra above us and the soft sound of the river below - lovely! We could get a weak wifi signal in our room, but it was quite strong if I stood by the window over the central courtyard area. The guys shared room #202 which was very unique; upon opening the room door a spiral staircase leads up to the actual room in the dormer of the building. They did not have a wifi signal in their room. The location of the hotel can't be beat; many restaurants and shops are across the river and along the street. The restaurant below the hotel is also quite good, albeit service was a bit slow around 9:00am so plan accordingly if you are in a hurry. The Alhambra is a steep 30 min walk up the hill from the hotel, although buses are also available. The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. I can't wait to return to this beautiful city and I will definitely stay in this hotel (and preferably this room with a view) again!

Room Tip: My sister and I shared the "special double" room #301 with a balcony view of the Alhambra...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Tallahassee, FL
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37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

Stayed two nights at Hotel Zaguan del Darro in Granada, Spain at the end of March. Great hotel. Perfect location where I could walk to all the sites in the historic old town. Room was large, had tons of charm, and a balcony with a view of the Alhambra. Front desk staff were very helpful with maps and ideas. Dozens of places to eat and drink right out the door. I would highly recommend staying here to anyone. I also thought it was a great deal for the quality of the place. The only drawback was that there was no wifi in my room on the third floor. Worked in the lobby area.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here Friday 7- Tuesday 11 March 2014 as members of a group of 22 - we filled the entire hotel. The location in Carrera del Darro couldn't be better, only a few hundred metres from the main Plaza Nueva and overlooked by the Alhambra.
The hotel dates from the 16th century so is a bit quirky with rooms of all shapes and sizes, some have a view of the Alhambra. Our room (402) was at the rear which made it gloomy, it didn't have a view except the backs of other nearby properties. It was pokey (4x3 metres) and very simply furnished - 2 single beds (comfortable), one bedside cabinet, small table and dining chair, an alcove with hanging rail substituted for a wardrobe, TV with lots of channels but none English, small fridge which was so noisy we had to switch it off. There were no tea/coffee making facilities. Bathroom small and functional and would have been ok if it hadn't smelled strongly of drains - there was no U bend trap fitted to sink drain. Hot water was exactly that - hot - very!
There's a lift but this doesn't go to street level so there is a flight of steep, shiny, stone stairs to negotiate to reception on the first floor ( hotel is above the Minatauro tapas bar/cafe).
The hotel does not provide catering but the bar/cafe does limited but cheap breakfasts and meals and very good tapas with drinks. There are numerous cafés in Plaza Nuevo.
Hotel staff all spoke English and were very pleasant and helpful.
Room rates varied between €50 - 80, ours was €60/night which probably reflected the fact that it was on the top floor, small, had no view and was smelly - it wasn't really worth it had it not been for the hotel location.
Everything is in walking distance - Alhambra a short but steep 20 - 30 min, the old streets of El Albaicin rising to the busy Plaza de San Nicholas another half hour. If you can't manage the hills, small service buses rattle around the narrow streets of El Albaicin and up to the Alhambra.
There are plenty of shopping possibilities which we didn't investigate - we hadn't come to Granada to go shopping!
Summary - an authentically old hotel in a brilliant location, rooms are individual and quirky and it seems to be a bit of a lottery as to what you'll end up with which kind of makes it interesting.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Istanbul
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63 reviews
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This was perhaps my favourite hotel in spain, from the friendly bearded gentleman at reception to the amazing view of the Alhambra from out juliet balcony.
We arrived in the afternoon by car and found a free park by chance a few blocks up. we started having a walk and enquiring at hotels. Upon entering the Zaguan the feel was amazing and old, like we had gone back a few centuries, the staff was nice and I was expecting the price of the room to be out of our budget so i was shocked when it wasnt. I inspected two rooms and decided to stay in 301.
The room was split into two levels, the bathroom and entrance higher than the bedroom and some stone stairs going up to our juliet balcony with the most amazing view of th Alhambra. The furnishings are all antique and the artwork was suited. The bed was also the most comfortable I slept in during our month in Spain. The bathroom was large and the shower was small but the water was hot and at a good pressure. The only down-side is that there is a smell in the bathroom, perhaps the building is old but management should look at this.
There is no restaurant but there is a small cafe downstairs or numerous along the cobbled street that runs outside.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Uxbridge, Middlesex
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

A few steps along from the Plaza Nueva, alongside the Darro River you will find this unassuming hotel - it's easy to walk past as there is little signage to indicate that it is there, however if you find The Minotauro tapas bar then you're bang on, as the reception to the historic hotel is up a set of stairs just to the left.

The hustle and bustle of a Sunday morning on the cobbled street was momentarily left behind as we swiftly checked in at reception, located in a riad-styled courtyard. We took the (slow!) lift to our room (No 301) which was warm and well appointed, with a set of stone steps leading up to the private balcony accessed through french doors. We let the hustle and bustle back in for a while, and people-watched with the backdrop of the Alhambra against an azure blue sky.

A very comfortable few nights ensued. The road outside can be rather busy (taxi and buses only) and as it is cobbled, tyre noise may potentially present a problem however, we were undisturbed. Bathroom facilities were fine, although the room was very warm and there was a slight drain odour towards the end of our stay. Wi-fi is robust for android devices but didn't seem to want to work for Apple equipment - staff said they were aware a problem existed but this had also been problematic on my partner's solo visit two months prior, so had not been addressed in the interim.

Breakfast is not offered at the hotel but one has to head no further than The Minotauro downstairs, who served a cracking hot breakfast and fresh orange juice each morning. It was only on our last day that we discovered that the number 31 bus runs right past the hotel and stops opposite on its way to Albaicin, and the other best view in town (especially at sunset!)

All in all, a great, good value base from which to explore this wonderful city!

Room Tip: Room 301 has the view!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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miami
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

last september, my husband and i booked a few nights at this hotel. upon seeing the room i could see that it was very small.....and had nothing but a thin curtain between the bedroom and the bathroom. also, in the bathroom, the windows were uncovered to the rest of the surrounding windows. be that as it may, this wasn't the worst of it. the first (and only) night that we stayed, our room smelled like sewage. when we spoke to the front desk about it, she acknowledged that some rooms have smelly plumbing issues and some don't. she couldn't offer another room and wouldn't refund any of the three nights that we paid in advance. the clueless "manager" was no help and actually very annoying. we checked out anyway and, thankfully, got our money back through our credit card.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Zaguan del Darro
Address: Carrera Darro 23, 18010 Granada, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Albaicín , San Pedro
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Bar / Lounge Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#41 Family Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Zaguan del Darro 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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