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Santa Isabel la Real
Ranked #1 of 122 Hotels in Granada
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Reviewed April 25, 2010

We have spent a weekend in April to cellebrate my husban´d birthdayl. We got a good deal thourgh booking and we stayed in a lovely room (nº9). It´s large, with lovely furnishing and superb confy beds, it has no views because overlooks the interior andalusian patio of the hotel, but it´s very quiet. The breakfast is great with homemade jam and fresh lemonade. If you want to stay in the middle of the traditional Albaicin of Granada,this is the place. It´s full of charm and the staff are all very nice and helpful.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2010

I chose this small hotel because of the Tripadvisor comments. Whilst it is lovely, it has more of a 'rustic' feel about it rather than one of top quality - but there again, it represents v good value-for-money. Lovely touches, such as chocolate and sweeties in the sitting area. I would give it 5-star for a 'pension'.
NOTE re downloaded directions to hotel from A44: Easy to miss first crucial right turn after the tunnel - so, as soon as you see a white church on the left, turn right. Downloaded map suggests there is a pond / fountain in the square, but there isn't.. The Elvira road is like an alley - so don't worry; and later it feels as if you're driving down a pedestrian-only area - but you're not! Located in the Albaycin/Albaizin which is the old part of town looking over towards the Alhambra - ah, there's another story 'my friend' as Irving Washington would say. But it's a good hike to the Alhambra, up and down steep steps. BUT, there's a brilliant little bus service, regular, cheap and packed. Wonderful restaurant in the square down the road from the hotel (out of hotel, turn right) and it's the first one you come to. Called Api or Epi. Exquisite and delicate.
(Not overly impressed with the Alhambra ticket package ie tickets of €10 that cost €25 to include - no option - a 'navegator' that was infurating to use). Bought on-line through Isango.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Greenish
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

my husband and i spent four nights here in january 2010 and enjoyed it tremendously. the value is incredible: terrific breakfast, very educated staff and an incredibly beautiful location. top-notch toiletries and a well-appointment bathroom. my only complain was a too-soft bed but upon checking out i discovered that there are different bed types in different rooms and had i mentioned i prefer a firmer mattress they could have placed us in a room with a less-soft mattress.

all in all, a fabulous spot.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank omenseeker
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

Albaycin. The Guide du Routard guide says something along the lines of "beware of dragons, strangers!" After dark, father-rapers and mother-stabbers are supposed to haunt the century-old lanes of the old Muslim quarter of Granada. Nothing could be further from the truth, and no place could set your fluttering, worried tourist heart more at rest than the Santa Isabel.

This little house is a haven of refined tranquility. A hotel set within the traditional patio mansion of a prosperous Muslim merchant, it welcomes you with a thousand small touches that open your heart to the loveliness of the Christian-Muslim synergy of the neighbourhood.

The sitting room, breakfast room, and indeed most of the rooms are set off by a fine collection of local antiques. The paterfamilias has a fondness for secrétaires, and has scattered lovely examples from around Europe across his hotel. His son, meanwhile, assembles beautiful, minimalist CDs of Al Andalus and Moroccan court music, which serenade you as you enjoy the lovely breakfast prepared by Mama.

The hotel is great, but for an extra treat ask for the Casita. It is a small, two-bedroom house belonging to the family, set in a lane a hundred yards away. A kitchen, a living room, and your very own patio with palm tree, orange tree and a huge old cypress complement the property, yours for less than the price of a regular room. You'd better like cats, though - the patio hosts a number of them, including a rather broody old Siamese tom.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 17, 2010

Finding this charming whitewashed gem by taxi through winding uphill streets from the train station in the heat of the Andalucian summer was more intriguing than challenging. The reward for the climb to the top of the hill was a charming Andalucian hotel furnished with local antiques with a central courtyard with a fountain -- and just blocks away, a stunning view of an illuminated Al Hambra on the next hilltop. In a quiet neighborhood, but still surrounded by restaurants with outdoor seating, this hotel with an extremely helpful (English-speaking) staff and a lovely breakfast of local fare felt almost as if we were staying with friends. The walk down to the town for sightseeing -- and up to Al Hambra again -- was very reasonable. Elena, in particular, was extremely helpful and accommodating. In fact, after I left some guide books and momentos from Al Hambra in a shop nearby as we were leaving, I contacted Elena. She not only went to the shops nearby to look for them, but mailed them back to me in the U.S. This truly was a cool and comfortable respite from the heat of southern Spain in summer and one of the highlights of our trip. For a unique and authentic experience in an age of "cookie cutter" hotels, we would definitely recommend the Santa Isabel la Real -- and hope to visit again!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2010

After deciding to be spontaneous and brave the crowd at the Alhambra, we headed for Granada during a Spanish national holiday weekend. The beautiful city of Granada was almost sold out. But we found this gem loaded with morish character. It was a little pricey - more than what we budgeted for but we wouldn't stay anywhere else if we were to go back. The rooms are not as sleek and shiny as what's on the website - it was more comfortable and homey. And clean. Well located along a small quiet street. The service was beyond exemplary. The day we were heading back to Madrid, the trains were not running due to the holiday. The sister(this inn is family-run and we met 3 siblings) was so very helpful in helping us find alternative transportation so we were able to make it back to Madrid in time for our flight the next day. Whew!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2009

We spent two nights at Hotel Santa Isabel la Real in Granada. Overall we were pleased with the hotel, although our room lacked a bit in terms of ventilation- the one window opened up onto the courtyard, and the bathroom really needed a more powerful fan. Ahem. But the room itself was very comfortable, with free wi-fi and a charming bubbling fountain in the courtyard that was turned off more than it was turned on. The location in the Albaycin was very convenient, the local shuttle bus stop immediately next to the hotel meant that once we parked our car in the private lot we left it there until we left. It felt a little tricky to find the hotel driving, as there is a very precise route to follow, but once we rode the bus a few times we understood there really is one major route, and when in doubt, follow traffic and you will be okay!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Address: Calle Santa Isabel La Real 17 y 19, 18010 Granada, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Granada
#1 Family Hotel in Granada
Price Range: $87 - $174 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Santa Isabel la Real 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is a restored house from the XVI century. It is situated on the main street of the historical neighbourhood of the Albaizyn ( Granada), five minutes walking distance from the city centre. It is surrounded by gardens and different monuments such us the Monastery of Santa Isabel la Real, the palace of Dar-Al Horra and the San Miguel Bajo church. The hotel is also very near the beautiful views from San Nicolas, San Cristobal and la Lona. There is an enclosed parking lot and a bus stop near the hotel. ... more   less 
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