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Review of Melia Sierra Nevada

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Melia Sierra Nevada
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Nevada
Certificate of Excellence
Gibraltar
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112 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Not bad”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

The hotel has large well appointed if not a bit shabby common areas. Rooms are ok. The doubles are actually 2 beds which is often the case in Spain. The bathrooms are small and old, but there was plenty of hot water for the shower however they are unheated so freezing. The beds are ok, but lets face it after a day on the slopes you could probably sleep soundly on the floor!
Breakfast is great and generally the service from the staff is very good. The hotel could just do with a good refurb.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank NicoleFF
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

There were a lot of good things about this hotel, we didn't have a 'bad' stay, but a few disappointments made me feel it could be so much better. We stayed for 3 nights, Wednesday to Saturday and it is worth noting the Friday night was 50% more expensive than the other two nights.

Firstly the good points - great location on the main square near the ski gondolas, clean hotel with friendly staff, good ski lockers, nice shower. These are big good points you can often take for granted.

Quite a few small (albeit petty) issues amounted to our stay being somewhat disappointing...

The swimming pool and sauna, etc, while free, required everyone to wear flip flops and swimming caps(!) with no exceptions except for bald people. I have been to a lot of spa hotels and never needed to wear a swimming cap! And as for flip flops, this is more understandable however I suggest if the hotel wishes you to wear them, they could provide the towelling slippers as others do.

We booked room only, whereas family members, staying at the same time, had three B&B bookings - but otherwise the same room standard. They each had dressing gowns (useful for wearing to the spa) and a tray of complimentary sweets in their rooms, we didn't. This seemed unnecessarily petty - although I can live without these touches and probably wouldn't have missed them if I had known no different. Incidentally, I do recommend paying for breakfast if you want to go up the mountain early - it was steep at 15 euros per person, but had a great range of options and the staff were helpful. Alternatively if you are skiing, the restaurant at the top of the gondola had fruit, yoghurts, etc and was not expensive at all.

The beds - like so many European 'double' rooms, we had two average comfort single beds pushed together - not particularly 4-star standard in my view.

The games room - again, petty but silly. There is a pool table and games room on the 2nd floor. However we were not permitted to use this between 5pm-9pm (when you would want to, after skiing). I question why the hotel bothers having these amenities if they are not useable when you would typically wish to do so.

Parking - car parking is a steep c.24 euros a night. If you can be bothered, and want to save on this, I suggest parking in the main car park at the entrance to the resort after dropping off your bags.

Noise - the influx of weekend visitors on Thursday and then on Friday meant our sleep was interrupted from midnight to c.2am on both nights - the room doors are not soundproofed in the slightest. I am not sure what the hotel can readily do about this other than advise late arrivals to keep the noise down in the corridors - but if you are planning a visit I suggest you ask for a quiet room or at least one at the end of the corridor where you should have fewer passers-by.

So in summary, the hotel was ok. It was pretty expensive for what it was, but I suppose with the premium location and lack of other 4-star standard hotels in the area, this is to be expected. The same goes for breakfast and car parking. If I return I will probably look for a 3-star hotel or self-catering apartment with a better bed where I don't pay unnecessarily for services I can't readily take advantage of.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Helen D
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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

PRO's

Clean, friendly & helpful staff, good location, games room, free use of swimming pool, good secure ski lockers, lots of wardrobe space. breakfast served from 8-10.30 and dinner 8-10. champers/sparkling wine & coffe & OJ complimentary @ breakfast :D

CON's
food! always luke warm (even the yoghurts) apart from the freshly cooked to order items. not much variety of food day by day - got a bit fed up of eating the same things :( underneath parking at 24 euros per day (apparently the main resorts car park is much cheaper and only 2mins away). booked half board - 2 people on reception said it inc drinks and we get free bar between 10 - 1 but this was not the case. drinks are not included with meals only breakfast.


Book in advance for cheaper rates book direct and sign up for mas rewards to get discount, otherwise its very expensive and even more so on weekends. Jacuzzi 20 euros per person for an hours use. Need to buy a swimming cap for 3.50 euros and must have flip flops and dressing gown from reception good idea to take flip flops and a swimming cap with you. Beds are hard & very hot bedrooms although it's ok if you turn the radiator off a few hours before you go to sleep. Only BBC World news and no HDMI port to use own laptop apple tv ect. Wifi in room is poor so no media streaming or fast downloads I didn't check however I would guess approx 2MB connection. Slopes very busy at weekends, mon to Fri best time to ski / board. Chair lifts are busy 1st thing however to be expected with this type of resort... As the resort as a whole is relatively cheap could be a good idea to go room only or perhaps even self catering. We would not go half board again at this particular hotel. 3-4 days on the slopes max or you will be getting board of the piste selection. Conditions on the slopes can be very windy and very cold with good and bad weather in quick succession it is a good idea to pack for both poor and excellent conditions even if you are only staying for 2-3 nights.

On the whole well worth a visit we really enjoyed our 6 night stay @ Sierra Nevada & Hotel Melia Sierra Nevada.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Adam E
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Stockholm, Sweden
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108 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

This is not a new hotel, but good standard and clean. This is a familyhotel, familys with children age 0-20.
Beds hard but ok, bring your own pillow.
Free internet, working really well.
Breakfast buffe with fresh fruit, eggs, bread, all you can eat. Good coffe and warm milk.
Make sure you get a room high up, otherwise you have to choose between looking at a wall or a roof.
We did not try the dinner buffe, could be worth a try, because its hard to find nice restaurants in Sierra Nevada.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ALP61
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St Albans, Herts
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75 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2012

I stayed in this hotel for a week’s skiing in February and had a really enjoyable and comfortable stay. The hotel is located right in the heart of the village - actually called Pradollano, although many people refer to it simply as Sierra Nevada. Many of the bigger hotels are located much higher up the hill and accessed by a chair lift, a steep road or a set of 90 steps. The Melia is one of the few larger hotels which are set right next to the major cable cars and give direct access to the slope without having to walk a long way. In addition, all the bars, restaurants and shops are only a few steps away from the main hotel entrance.

Our room had a beautiful view of the snow-covered mountains, with double patio doors leading out onto the large balcony. Inside there was a large double bed, which was made up of two large singles pushed together. The large wardrobe which is next to the double bed turned out to be a very comfortable, pull-down third bed. The en-suite bathroom was large, containing a full sized bath, overhead shower, bidet and large sink.

There was a free wifi connection all through the hotel and this was very reliable and very fast.

There are two restaurants in the hotel; an a la carte restaurant downstairs which is also open to the public, and a buffet restaurant on the second floor in which most of the guests eat breakfast and their evening meal. The buffet restaurant is self service, all you can eat Andalucian food and really delicious.

The pool and spa complex was free to all guests and consists of a fairly large pool with a smaller, shallow kids pool. Both became very crowded with small children in the early hours of the evening but tended to empty out after 8pm. Leading from the pool is a steam room, a sauna and a variety of multi-directional showers. The spa complex closes at 10pm. The gym is well equipped and looked new and very clean.

The games room is a fun place for the teenagers to relax and leads off the main hotel bar. There is also a Kids Club which has its own separate room, but we had no need to make use of this, although it seemed very popular. The whole of the basement was kitted out with modern ski lockers; the locker had space enough for up to 4 sets of skis and boots.

Our favourite place to meet before dinner was the much more reasonably priced La Bodeguita tapas bar, which could be accessed either by crossing the public restaurant, or by going through the street and entering through the public door.

We flew into Malaga and hired a large taxi which seated all 12 of our party. The taxi cost 268.50 euro each way and took around one and a half hours to get there.

I would highly recommend this hotel at any time of the year. The only negative point was the overwhelming heat that came from the one radiator in our bedroom. The weather outside was obviously very cold; the snow was thick and the skiing good - but despite this we had to turn off the radiator and sleep with the balcony doors wide open all night. Even with these measures we found the level of heating overwhelming and soporific – there was no escape and it took away all our energy and disrupted sleep every night.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank Simonedelany
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Dorney
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2012

I came here with my partner for a weekends skiing at xmas where he proposed! we had a wonderful time and the hotel was fabulous! one of the best ski hotels i have stayed in and certainly the best one in sierra nevada.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lianne A
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Spain
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59 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

Overall this is a great hotel to stay. Top level, good spa, ski locker room available, short walking distance from lifts, good wifi access, good kids entertaiment, it has it all to be an excellent hotel.

However my room was located in a ber noisy situation nearby elevatord and some kind of service door. Incredible a supossed top level hotel dares to sell these kind of rooms.

I recommrnd this hotel but stay away from room 233.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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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
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Nevada
#2 Luxury 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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