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Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol
Ranked #58 of 122 Hotels in Granada
Reviewed June 23, 2012

This is a great carmen with a fabulous owner, Manuel. When we arrived, Manuel was there to greet us. He was an extremely kind man and does a fabulous job of running this small hotel. Everything was absolutely spotless, and he was also helpful with restaurant and site seeing recommendations and information. Hubby and I had a nice large room with a terrace and our 19 yo daughter had her own single room. We would have been fine with the three of us sharing one room, but Manuel does not have any roll away beds, so we needed to book two rooms. Manuel kept apologizing for the size of the bathroom, but in all honesty I’ve stayed in places with MUCH smaller bathrooms, and we thought it a pretty good size.

The common spaces are very nice. There is a nice living room with lots of windows and sunshine. The terraces have incredible views of the city and Sierra Nevada. The hotel is located about halfway up the hill between the city center and the Alhambra. An easy 5-10 min. walk down to the city center, a bit of a hike back up but we did it all but one time. If you don’t want to walk up you can easily catch the Alhambra bus, which stops at the Alhambra Palace hotel, just a bit up from the Carmen – so then you only have to walk down.

Breakfast is simple with ham, cheese, toast, yogurt, fruit and cereal and there was delightful lady serving – but bit of a disappointment that the breakfast is an additional charge considering how basic it is.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

The Carmen is a small well-run hotel where the common rooms and guest rooms, although not very large, are spotlessly clean, tastefully decorated and bright. To clear up some misunderstandings in some previous reviews, none of the rooms have views of the Alhambra. You have to stay on the other side of Granada (the Albaicin) for those. All rooms have views of the outskirts of Granada and the mountains beyond, whether you have a terrace or not. The hotel is certainly very convenient for visits to the Alhambra, just up the hill (enter by the Justice Gate if you already have tickets); somewhat less convenient for town which is an easy walk down the hill (wear sensible shoes), but a bit harder up, especially if you are tired after a long day. There is only one restaurant nearby, all the others, as well as stores, are in town. There is a shuttle bus which leaves you off just up the road, but it gets less and less reliable after 7 or 8 pm and only runs until about 11pm. Taxis, however, are inexpensive and will gladly drop you off at the Alhambra Palace Hotel nearby. (It is best not to have a car). As in most hotels, and especially small ones, you can hear noise from neighboring rooms (their bathrooms or banging doors). But if our stay is any indication, most guests seem to be quiet and noise from either below or above is uncommon. Some previous reviews said some odd things about the owner, Manuel. He is a bit pedantic and that might rub some people the wrong way. But he is polite and helpful in an old-school kind of way and really wants his guests to enjoy their visit to Granada and will go out of his way to achieve that. The maid is also old-school and tidies up in the room (putting shoes away, etc.) in a way some reviews found intrusive, but I don´t think it is meant that way at all. At night there is no one at the reception. You can get fruit and various beverages from the kitchen (just record the drinks on a piece of paper) at any time. Finally the most negative thing I have to say concerns the breakfast. I don´t even eat much breakfast, but this one was even below my standards. Besides good orange juice, there was bad coffee, packaged meats and cheeses, packaged rolls and supermarket bread in a city with one bakery after another and famous for its ham. If you have an early visit to the Alhambra or a plane to catch, you might go for convenience at 8 € per person. If not, go down the hill to La Borregha and have a nice small Spanish breakfast with good coffee.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2012

A hosted B&B in a very quiet and delightful garden setting,I found this carmen a perfect base for visiting the Alhambra (you do need to be moderately fit and best without a car). I recommend you advance-purchase the "Bono Turistico" card (which includes a ticked for the Palaces at Alhambra , plus entry to many other sites). Get it online at http://bonoturistico.cajagranada.es/en/default.aspx. When you book your entry times for the Palaces with this card your choice will include times apparently booked out on the main Alhambra booking site. You will need to leave time to walk down into town to pick this up before going to the Alhambra . Because you enter the Palaces with a big crowd on your half-hour entry time-slot, I suggest getting an 8.30 entrytime, and racing through the first part of the Palace so you can take your photographs of the rest of it without the crowds then returning to view the first part at your leisure. The night viewing is so quiet and atmospheric, an amazing experience, worth doing as well as the day visit.
After a morning viewing the Alhambra and Generalife, lunch at the Parador de Granada, an ancient convent and the set degustation menu was stunning, and fed me for two days.
The Carmen has 7 rooms, all comfortable, clean and furnished with antiques. I understand that 4 have balconies that have their own private table and chairs (La Torre, El Cipres, Buganville, and possibly La Glicinia) 1 (El Campo) has Juliet balconies which are tiny, pretty wrought-iron, with standing room for one. La Torre is at the top, with a small tub as well as a shower. El Campo, the room I stayed in, has a roomy bathroom and is quiet, spacious and private. All guests have the use of the downstairs terraces and lounges, with no minibar in rooms but drinks hot and cold available 24/7 on an honours system in the kitchenette.
To visit Albacin or Sacremonte, take the minibus by the river for an exciting trip up steep winding hillsides through a maze of tiny lanes. Give yourself time to wander round and explore.
From the Carmen, there are two ways down to the Granada township.For the foolproof way turn right and walk downhill as you exit the gate, which takes you down (or up) many steps. The left-turn should take you uphill, then down to the river, but is through such a rabbitwarren of tiny lanes that is quite impossible to map or explain. Though Manuel did his very best for me, I came out a different place every time, so I was very glad to have the good free map that Manuel provided so I could then find my way to my preferred destination. I used the steps if I wanted to be sure where I would come out, and the other way if I had time to explore, discover and take my chances. There are amazing photo-opportunities to be found in this lovely area, so it was always worthwhile even if unpredictable.
And Manuel, always charming, provides a warm welcome and free fresh fruit and heaps of guidance on how to get the best out of your time as his guest in this Carmen.

Room Tip: The Carmen has 7 rooms, all comfortable, clean and furnished with antiques. I understand that 4 have...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Mackereth
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We stayed for 2 days in the Buganvilla room, which was spacious and had a little terrace for sitting. Manuel's personal attention and advice really made a difference in our entire experience in Granada. He told us how to get our Alhambra tickets printed at the bookstore in town, how to navigate the town and gave us restaurant suggestions. You can enter the Alhambra grounds at night, which is a short walk from the hotel, and we got our bearings for the next day. Rather than standing in line with the masses, we had a nice breakfast on the terrace of the hotel and walked to the entrance of the Nasrid palaces a couple of minutes before our 8:30am time slot. It was a great time to go because it wasn't hot yet. Manuel was so very helpful....it was like having a personal guide on top of having an incredible place to stay. We highly recommend this place!

Room Tip: We couldn't book it, we hear the Tower room is the best. We loved our Bouganvilla room though.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Situated on the side of the hill overlooking Grenada,this hotel is perfect.It's a short stroll into town down the hill and if you can always get the bus back up. Make sure it's bus 30 or you will have a lovely drive around the sites and end up where you started! Manuel kindly parked our car for us as the street is very narrow. Rooms are spotless and there are lovely lounge areas areas and terraces.Very close to the Alhambra.Delightful in every way

Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Small, personal hotel - maybe 5 or 6 rooms in total. Feels more like a house than a hotel. But enough space that you were still able to feel private. The Carmen is part way up the hill and the Alhambra is at the top - within easy walking distance. Also has bus stop nearby, with buses going by frequently to and from town centre down the hill. Being on the hill side, it is elevated and so has great views across the town and off to the Sierra mountains in the far distance. Room had window taking full advantage of the view and breakfast also served on an outdoor terrace taking in the same view. Manuel the host full of local knowledge and tips on getting most out of Alhambra.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights recently and had a lovely time. The property is beautifully tended and the room and lounge area are tastefully furnished and decorated. Our room had a terrace with nice views over the city and to the Sierra Nevada in the distance. The room was very clean, comfortable and private. The Carmen is in a peaceful location, well up the hill and close to the Alhambra. Manuel is a wonderful host and we appreciated the personal attention. He is a terrific source of information about Granada- not only about the main tourist spots and restaurants but about its history as well. This is an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle Aire Alta 12, 18009 Granada, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Realejo - San Matias
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Bar / Lounge Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range: $130 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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