I like hotels of this nature -- small, intimate, and crammed into a cool, historical building in a great location. Ladron de Agua delivered what it promised in this respect. The bed was very nice, the shower was great (with nice-quality soaps and shower gels and such), and everything else in the room was at least adequate. Service was exceptional throughout, from the online booking through to departure (including printing out my boarding card for free, and offering me free coffee on the morning of my departure).
If you're getting Alhambra tickets from them, be aware that you still need to take the voucher they will provide you and collect the tickets from the Alhambra ticket office -- not a big deal, but if you are timing your visit to the Alhambra in order to sleep in a little, it pays to be aware that you must be at the ticket office 1 hour prior to the designated time.
Now, the tiny annoyances. First, you will notice that you are provided with a pair of earplugs. These are, it turns out, quite recommendable to use if you have trouble sleeping with noise. It is not a quiet hotel in any sense, really -- you will hear noise from the street until 1-2AM most nights, and the sounds of people going up and down the stairs in the morning. I, myself, am not bothered with this, living on a very noisy street at home anyway, but I can see how it would be disturbing to people used to quiet. Secondly: the key they provide you is attached to a giant metal key fob, and it is a pain in the butt to carry around. I like having a keycard because I can easily slip it into my back pocket and not worry about it when I'm out and about. If you're carrying a purse or a fanny-pack, as so many people seem to do, it may be less of an issue, but I like to travel ultra-light.
The "complimentary wine service" makes very little difference, as other people have mentioned. Just to go to any one of the nearby bars, fork over 2€, and get a better glass of wine (with a tapa) whenever you like. Life's too short to drink crappy wine, and the red they served was easily one of the worst I had all through my trip in Spain.
Note: take the bus to and from the airport. The stop is like 400-500m away, and you will save over 20 euros. Get off at the Gran Via stop, turn left at the major intersection with Reyes Catolicos, and walk. Easy as pie, and a good way to save money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A building from the 16th century has become a hotel, taking its spirit from the essence of Juan Ramon Jimenez's journey and his poems. Its privileged location in the heart of Granada, at the foot of the Albayzin; its rooms bathed in the light of the Alhambra; its colonnaded patio; its lounge, vestibule and well/cistern... All these charms will lead you to the sound of water, and to a peace that will give you inner harmony. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Ladron De Agua Hotel Granada