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“Perfect stay with perfect host” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol

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Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol
Ranked #59 of 125 Hotels in Granada
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Hamburg, Germany
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfect stay with perfect host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

Beautiful location, 15 minutes to Alhambra and city center, beautiful old bulding which is very nicely furnished, beautiful grounds, beautiful view, very clean, breakfast on nice terrace with great view. Manuel is the perfect host - giving all the important recommendations and tipps - we felt very much at home and had a great time in Granada! Thank you!

Room Tip: Room Santa Domingo is small but has a very nice view.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kristin B
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Basingstoke, Hampshire
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117 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

Small family run hotel in a great location very close to the Alhambra. The owner Manuel is possibly a little intense for some, but we found him very helpful, simply concerned to make sure everything was as good, and enjoyable for his guests as he could make it. Highly recommended

Room Tip: La Torre is the highest and therefore has the best view
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Oakland, California
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

As so many others have stated, Manuel is amazing. Travelling from Madrid by bus, Manuel had requested my approximate arrival time and had given me instructions on where to have the taxi drop me off (Granada's streets up by the Alhambra are mostly pedestrian alleys with a few twisty turning small roads). Upon my arrival at the stated location (a nearby restaurant), Manuel was standing there waiting for me. He took my luggage and we walked the short distance to his beautiful Carmen. It is gorgeous. Beautiful whitewashed house on a pedestrian street with orange and lemon trees in the garden and great views of the city and mountains.The location was great, a 10 minute walk to the Alhambra and about the same time down the hill into town. Be aware, if you have any issues with with mobility and cannot comfortably get around walking a lot, this is not the place for you. In fact most of Granada would be tough. The shared living room and reading room are serene with a great collection of art, history and guide books. The bedrooms are simple but comfortable and stylish. The breakfast in my opinion was perfectly fine, you have a selection of fruit, yoghurt, bread with tomato and olive oil, ham, cheese, coffee, juice, pastries. This is more of an inn than a hotel, so if you prefer anonymity, this is probably not for you. I loved it and would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank JXP2014
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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

We are experienced travelers and stayed here at the end of a 10-day trip in Spain and Morocco. On our trip we stayed at some amazing little hotels with fantastic food and wonderful customer service, so our expectations were a bit inflated when we arrived in Granada. The bottom line is that we would not stay here again for the price... See details below.

I will start with the positive attributes of this small hotel: central location between Alhambra and city center, clean room and common areas, nice linens and towels, view of city center and Sierra Nevada mountains from balcony, orientation to Granada/Alhambra from host Manuel.

Reasons we would not return: Hotel staff moved our possessions around unnecessarily during morning cleaning and evening turn down... Creeps me out when hotel staff touches my stuff (as mentioned in previous trip advisor review). Hotel had too many unnecessary rules such as no outside food or drink in rooms... Really? We are adult travelers paying nearly 200 euro per night for a room... I am entitled to bring a bottle of water and a snack into my hotel room! I left a banana (from the hotel breakfast) in my room and housekeeping removed it from room. Breakfast was abysmal... Was gross orange juice from a carton and store bought meat, cheese and plain yogurt. An insult to Spanish cuisine at 8 euro! All other hotels where we stayed in Spain and Morocco served fresh squeezed juice and locally sourced meats, cheeses and fresh baked goods and price of breakfast was included in price of hotel room. Like I said our expectations were high based on these other hotels. The other thing I found weird (mentioned in previous trip advisor review) was that guests were instructed to leave their room key in bowl near front door with no staff present. Basically any guest from the hotel could see who was "out for the evening" and have full access to their room. We have stayed in hotels internationally and have never seen this practice. While we appreciated the orientation to Granada, we found the information a bit excessive... (And given without us asking for it). We are independent travelers so are adept at discovering a new city while traveling. Other travelers may appreciate having hotel staff structure their entire stay in Granada.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank laketahoegirl
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

We came to Granada for a day to primarily visit the Alhambra and this hotel is just down the road from it. Like every other review that sings Manuel praises, we are no different. He makes every effort to be helpful and incredibly welcoming. Strong as a bull too because this guy wouldn't accept any help with carrying our extremely over packed luggage. Very spacious rooms that are clean and well kept.

The only word of advice is that this hotel is located on a steep hillside by the Alhambra that you cannot get to by car unless your a local. If you're driving, Manuel can give you instructions for how to you can reach them. You should follow them carefully. Also, the walk back to the hotel to from the city center is quite a hike just because of the steep slopes.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jacobasc
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Purcellville, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

People make a place special, and thanks to Manuel the first moment we stepped into the hotel we found a warm and friendly atmosphere. Do not let the drive discourage you, its worth! Clean rooms, comfortable beds and good location.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lise A
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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
114 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for one night on a weekend break to Seville and Granada. My party consisted oy my wife and myself and my two teenage children. The hotel is located very close to the Alhambra and has spectacular views looking down over the city of Granada. When you arrive it feels like you have arrived at Manuel's private home and that you are their guest. Whilst the hotel does not look much from the front gate as you go through and see the beautiful garden with the spectacular views you cannot fail to have your breath taken away.

The hotel has lovely public rooms that feel very homely, are light, beautifully decorated and have a sense of calm and peace. There is an honesty bar which includes free drinking water. Breakfast is either served inside or if the weather is good enough on a terrace overlooking the city.

We had two rooms (there are no interconnecting rooms) one with the spectacular views over the city and the other with views of the garden. Request a room with a view as it is a fantastic way to both wake up to in the morning and go to bed at night.

Breakfast is a continental buffet with plenty of fresh fruit.

Manuel is full of helpful tips about how to enjoy both the Alhambra and the town of Granada.

Whilst the hotel is high up over Granada it is a easy walk downhill into the town and another walk up the other side of the town to get the views looking back at the Alhambra. It is perfectly possible to walk back to the hotel alternatively there are plenty of taxis to get you back up there. Ask for the Alhambra Palace Hotel as most of the taxis will not know how to get to the Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol.

I would highly recommend a stay at this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of Granada
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Sayer
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Additional Information about Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol

Property: Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol
Address: Calle Aire Alta 12, 18009 Granada, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Realejo - San Matias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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