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Melia Sierra Nevada
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Nevada
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“THE HOTTEST HOTEL ON THE PLANET!”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Fellow traveller. At 2000 metres high, you would expect it to be chilly outside and rather nice to come into a warm hotel after a days skiing. However to come into a hotel where you can hardly breathe due to the intolerent heat, dryness of air that your throat sticks, eyes water and lips shrivell and thats before you step into your own room! My wife and I have just returned from The Melia Sierra Nevada for a 3 night stay. We were supposed to ski for the 3 days but we both became so ill after the first night in "The Sauna" that we did not ski,eat or really do anything after our first day. We turned off the radiator and slept with the balcony door open and it hardly made any difference.
The hotel rips you off by charging 23 euros a day to park next door (I spoke to somebody who said the main car park was half that and it literally is 2 mins walk away. The Spa is very poor in all aspects. The jacuzzis are freezing, the pool is way to cold, the sauna and steams rooms are small and not up to the job that they are supposed to do at all and on top of that they charge you 3.50 euros to buy the obligitory swimming cap.
No coffee/tea making facilities. TV has only BBC World for English speakers.
On the plus side the location is great and the buffet breakfast is very good, but they MUST MUST MUST sort out the heating issues. It totally ruined our trip that we were so looking forward to.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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54 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2012

As other travelers have noted, this isn't the cheapest place to stay on the mountain. Our 3-night ski weekend stay ran about €800.

But, if you're looking for a comfortable, convenient place to stay, the Melia Sierra Nevada can be a good choice.

PROS
* Large rooms. Our 8th floor room had two single beds, a desk+chair, and small changing area with plenty of space to hang wet ski jackets to dry.

* Nice bathroom. The bathroom was also spacious. We had a tub + shower combo; great water pressure was much-appreciated after a long day on the slopes.

* Free WiFi. And it's fast!

* Fantastic breakfast buffet. We were pleasantly surprised by the size & quality of the breakfast that came with the room. They had a chef making omelets to order, plenty of fresh fruits, and hot pancakes and bacon, in addition to the standard cereal and croissant-type offerings.

* The Melia Sierra Nevada is also conveniently located. The hotel is about a 3-minute walk from the gondola to the slopes. And there are lots of bars & restaurants right next door.


CONS
* As everyone's said, it's pricier than you'd expect for a ski stay in Spain.

Room Tip: Rooms on the 8th floor were spacious.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kyoto, Japan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 3, 2012

I made a reservation, but had to change the schedule.
But contact with email, fax, and phone call to Japanese agency does not work at all.
Japanese agency recommended me to cancel the room and re-reservation the room.
I could cancel the room (14 days before the room reservation), but could not reserve again due to no vacant room.
Then, they charged me the cancellation fee (two nights).
It just follows their cancellation policy, but I could not be convinced with it
because any of my effort for changing my schedule does not work well.
After negotiating them with email, they said they will charge one night.
But they charged two nights.
I don't know they did it intentionally or just made a careless mistake.
Anyway their service was terrible.

Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Bali, Indonesia
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2011

We stayed here for two nights during Xmas. The stay was realy bad. Checkin - 15 minutes of waiting, then we get a room, which wasn't clean. We changed it to another. The food (dinner - we had halfboard) wasn't good at all. They have very nice pool, and sauna, but you can't relax anywhere, because they don't have any sunbeds.Parking for 24 Eur per day.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seville, Spain
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2011

We went for a start of season family trip and had a very nice time at the Melia Sierra Nevada.
We were 6 adults and 4 children spread over 3 rooms and found the staff to be very accomodating. We all got rooms on the same floor and they were all a good size and very clean, although we noticed that one side of the hotel had nice mountain views and the other overlooked an embankment on the side of the road (which is what I ended up with). The bathrooms, though spacious, are overdue for refurbishment as evidenced by the outmoded hair dryer and old fashioned showers.

As has been mentioned by other reviews the food is very good with the breakfast selection being especially noteworthy as it includes a wide selection of hot and cold food as well as a chef making savory pancakes to order! We were also pleased to see that they had a creche facility and a game room to keep the children entertained whilst us adults had a drink on the comfortable and quite stylish bar. The hotel is ideally placed a short walking distance from the centre and has it's own parking, which at €23 per day is not cheap but certainly better than the €200 fine we got for trying to park in the crowded streets.

The main negative point we had was the heat in the rooms, there was no air conditioning only a radiator, which meant keeping a steady temperature was very difficult. Even with the heating off the rooms became so stuffy and dry that it was difficult to sleep. It was December so leaving the window open was not much of an option, this meant in the morning nearly everyone ended up suffering from sore throats and mild dehydration.

I wasn't very fond of the decoration either. The hotel tries to give off the air of a swiss alpine lodge with a liberal use of stone and exposed beams but the effect is somewhat muddled by the prominent positioning of a number of asian works of art, giving it the slightly confused feel of a chinese buffet.Overall it was quite nice and I wouldn't mind coming back but I would probably check out a few other places first, just to compare.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2011

Stayed here with my wife for a 2 day ski break coming up from the coast. Because we were late in the season we had little choice but to stay here as it was one of the only places still open! That said im glad we did, its not cheap but that's par for the course in any ski resort anywhere in the world. Its very well equipped, the rooms are really nice with huge bathrooms and comfy beds, flat screens etc.

The receptionist and all the staff were really, noticably freindly and that makes a huge difference. We popped into the swanky bar a couple of times and loaded a few drinks onto the room tab (later to regret this as its very expensive) but its such a nice bar with a great atmosphere its worth going to.

The main restaurant was the winner for me. Buffet, all you can eat Andalucian food is such a welcome change from the buckets of cheese you tend to gorge on in the Alps. Its cooked fresh on demand, from fish and squid to meat and game, paella and every concievable side dish. Such a great treat after a days skiing.

The location is perfect too, pretty much in the centre and not up the enormous hill that some of the hotels are located.

Great place, would definitely go back

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2011

Just back from a 3 day ski break, great weather skiing etc but this is a hotel review, so lets begin. Had a great late season deal at this hotel which is very comfortable with helpful staff who seem keen to please. The lounge bar area is very comfortable and we saw some great Football matches whilst there on the numerous flat screen Tv's. The Spa is fantastic and spacious with many features and alcoves and although it costs 29 euros per visit is very well worth a visit at least once. Breakfast is quite a splendid affair with something for everyone, and strangely for a ski hotel is served until 11 am. Our deal included an evening meal which we took once and is buffet of which I'm not a fan but it was wholesome and filling with ample choice even if it does not quite make the mark as a dining experience, but what buffet does ! Our rooms was more basic than the Hotel public areas but it was spotless clean and comfoirtable with expected ammenities.Overall, very enjoyable and I would have no hesitation to recomend to others and am most likely to stay here again next season.

Room Tip: Nice Italian restaurant opposite.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Melia Sierra Nevada
Address: Plaza de Pradollano, s/n, 18196 Nevada, Sierra Nevada National Park, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Sierra Nevada National Park > Nevada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Luxury Hotel in Nevada
#2 Spa Hotel in Nevada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Melia Sierra Nevada 4*
Number of rooms: 221
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