I was so happy that we were only staying in this hotel for one night; and thankfully the last night of our week long trip. We booked this hotel due to its excellent location and it's inexpensive room rate so I guess you get what you pay for. We stayed in room 132 which was through a maze of narrow corridors with thin, dirty looking carpet. The bed was hard as a rock and looked as though the comforter hadn't been washed in ages. We felt like we had laid on rocks that infested us with bugs. The walls were VERY thin in which we were able to hear the rolling of luggage through the hallways or every word people said in the room surrounding ours. The bathroom was a nice size, but the drain didn't work in the tub so our showers ended up being baths. The hotel website also mentions there is a hair dryer in the bathroom, but ours did not include one.
It was great that the breakfast was included in the room rate, but again you get what you pay for. There was a selection of breads, a cold, mushy potato bake, and very few options of fruit. Just a very minimal selection so people with strict dietary requirements, be aware.
The pros: the receptionist was incredibly friendly! She gave us some great tips for site seeing and touring the city. One we truly appreciated was not walking around the Albayzín neighborhood at dark. The streets are narrow and dark with no road signs. Hippies are just sitting around smoking in the corners and our Top 10 book said it's an area prone to pick pocketing. She also informed us of a great lookout spot to get great views of the Alhambra! So her information was very valuable.
The hotel was actually not too difficult to find. It's on a main road called Recogidas and it has a huge sign so you can't miss it. If you have a car, you'll have to park in front of the hotel, request the parking spot from the receptionist and she'll open the parking garage door for you which is right next to the hotel. Parking is 16.50 euros/day, which is not bad compared to other hotels in Spain. It's great knowing the car is safe and secure in an underground parking garage as well.
The location was perfect. It was walking distance to the Alhambra (around 20-30 minutes), the Albayzín neighborhood, and the modern shopping streets. The location really can't be beat.
Other than feeling like we were in a hostel or a university dorm room the hotel was great for a one night stay. If you don't mind being kept up at night, not having the greatest furnishings or breakfast than this hotel would be great for you!
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- Also Known As:
- Presidente Hotel Granada