Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol
20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We were so glad we stayed in this hotel. We loved the intimate atmosphere, the attention to detail in the decoration of the rooms, the view, the scents of the garden - the wisteria was in flower as we were there. The situation is also perfect - a few steps to the Alhambra, but fine to walk down the hill into town, or down the other side of the hill into Albaicin - steep walk down the gorge but lovely. We had the Buganvilla room which has a pretty little terrace and a bathroom with a small bath, very comfortable. As per the other reviews here, special mention to the staff, Manuel the owner, and his hand made breakfasts, with garden-grown oranges, and also Anna. They speak English, and are friendly and quick to help.
The best part of all is that you feel you are staying in a friendly house - not overwhelming but there to make you feel at home.
We would certainly stay again and also our teenage boys felt how charming it was.
We had to park up the hill from the hotel but it was no problem, and the staff will help with luggage if you need it."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of April 2008
Great stay in Granada
"I led a small party of 5 couples for a long weekend break in this fascinating city and selected this hotel largely on the great reviews of Tripadvisor pundits.
We were not let down - the position of this small hotel is wonderful, within walking distance of the Alhambra Palace and then the town itself just 10 minutes walk down the hill in the other direction.
The staff were incredibly attentative and helped us in every way - from recommending restaurants to eat in to daily itineraries for our city exploring or Sierra Nevada walking. The owner Manuel was there to welcome us, say farewell and his encyclopedia knowledge of Granada was fantastic.
The hotel setting high overlooking the plains and mountains is absorbing and the tranquility of the terraces and gardens most welcoming after the hustle of the city.
Should we ever visit Granada again the Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol is the only place we would stay."
- Travel date: Wed 26th of March 2008
Fantastic - A Gem
"I have stayed in countless hotels over the years, but the Carmen is one apart. As mentioned in other posts, it consists of seven gorgeous rooms. My wife and I stayed in the Torre, which from my understanding is the largest and has a fantastic patio where you can watch the sunset over Granada while at the same time taking in the snow capped Sierra Nevadas.
The owner aka Jefe, Manuel, took wonderful care of us. In addition, he takes great care of his property and the grounds are pristine, with the scents of orange trees and flowers completing the experience.
Quick notes - if arriving by car, look for the Alhambra Palace Hotel, the Carmen is not far; great breakfast on the patio; 10 minute walk to the Alhambra; surprisingly good restaurant by the ticket office at the Alhambra (El Mimbre) - thanks to Manuel for the tip; Carmen has all the feel of staying in someone's beautiful home while at the same time being completely taken care of"
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of March 2008
"We spend 3 unforgettable nights in this wonderful hotel!
The owner, Mr. Emanuel, has 7 rooms (2 normal double rooms,one single room, and 4 superior double room): we stayed in the Santo Domingo one at the ground floor. Not very large, but very very nice and absolutely well furnished, with a large bathroom and an incredible view over Granada!$
This charming hotel offers a high level of cleanliness and an efficient service and all the staff was very kind and friendly with us.
We payed 120 euro (+ IVA 7%) par night and 8 euro for Breakfast!
The house is 10 minutes by walk far from the Alhambra and the surrounding area is quite! You can park your car closer without paying anything!"
- Travel date: Sat 22nd of March 2008
"This is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in. We had first class service the whole time and the staff takes meticulous care of not only the hotel, but also the grounds. If possible, try to stay in the room called "El Torre." It is on the top floor and features a big bathroom as well as a very large balcony. My friends had that room and I stayed in the room called "Cipres," which was equally comfortable but had a slightly smaller patio.
The hotel itself is situated on a hill which overlooks all of Granada. You can have picturesque sunsets looking west and enjoy the snow capped Sierra Nevadas looking east. The whole time, your senses will be overwhelmed by the scents of lemon trees, orange trees, wisteria, and a bevy of other flowers of which I am not educated enough to identify. Walk all of the grounds, there are treasures around each corner and tucked away in small recesses.
Manuel, the main caretaker of the hotel, provides relentless service and even arrives early to prepare breakfast in the morning. Fresh fruit is picked from the trees and he makes a special tostada with tomato, salt, and olive oil that I will be implementing into my regular breakfast cycle. It is a short walk to the Alhambra and equal in its beauty."
- Travel date: Wed 19th of March 2008
What a Place!
"We have just returned from a stay and what can we say that other Trip Advisor reviews have not already covered. We couldn't have wished for a better place. We stayed in the top room "La Torre", which was out of this world. Both the room and bathroom were spotless and well decorated and the balcony had fantastic views over the Sierra Nevada ,City & orange trees in the garden. As for Manuel - he was an absolute diamond. From the moment we arrived, nothing was a problem. As it was my birthday, he arranged flowers for my husband, he booked us into a fantastic restaurant. If visiting, you must also get manuel to make you the "traditional" tomato bread!
As for Granada, this was true spain and a visit to the Alhambra is a must. What you do need to take into account is this is very old city which is hilly, with narrow cobbled streets and the Carmen is a traditional house which was built on the side of the hill (quite near the top) - but this was part of the fun for us!"
- Travel date: Sat 1st of March 2008
Favorite Southern Spain Lodging
"My husband and I spent three weeks traveling in Spain and were fortunate to have stayed in a variety of nice hotels and B&Bs. But the Carmen de la Alcubilla was the one experience we both agreed could not have been improved upon. I can't think of enough good things to say... The decor is simple, tasteful and everything is impeccably clean. The proprietor, Manuel, is knowledgeable and friendly. The location, walking distance to the Alhambra, can't be beat and the views from the patio are lovely."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of February 2008
"My wife and I stayed 4 nights at the Carmen in November and had a fantastic stay.
As previous reviewers have said, Manuel and Paula are the perfect hosts and full of suggestions for places to visit and places to eat.
We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Granada."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of December 2007
Wonderful Stay at the Carmen
"We had a wonderful 2-night stay at this charming Carmen. I can't say enough good things about it. Nice location on the hill of the Alhambra in a quiet residential area. Beautiful terrace and grounds overlooking Granada. Immaculately clean and modern facilities. Helpful hosts Miguel and Paula treat you like family. The location means a bit of a walk downhill to the center of town, but it's totally worth it! If we return to Granada, we will definately stay here again!"
- Travel date: Tue 27th of November 2007
Romantic and Practical
"We stayed here for two nights at this very clean and beautiful hotel overlooking the city and close to the Alhambra. Manuel and Paula were very helpful and pleasant. Buses and taxis are available, but be prepared for some going up and down steps and ramps to get anywhere. We were very pleased with the spacious rooms and the view was outstanding. Very charming, indeed."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of November 2007
"My boyfriend and I were traveling through Spain (Barcelona, Granada, and Madrid) and this was our favorite place along the way. In fact, it is quite possibly the most pleasant hotel stay I have ever had! The hotel is beautiful--very well-kept, tasteful decor, terraces with incredible views of the city and the Sierra Nevadas. It's an easy walk down into town or up to the Alhambra or the Albayzin. The color scheme and the airy feel of the place were serene and calming. We almost didn't want to leave to see the sights.
We stayed in El Cipres, a double on the second floor. It was painted a lovely muted color, had ample closet space and very soft bedsheets. It also had its own small terrace, perfect for reading in the afternoon or sipping wine in the evening. Breakfast or drinks were served on a larger communal terrace with a lovely fountain and amazing views. The breakfast was simple but bountiful--pan con tomate, ham, cheese, cereals, yoghurt, fresh juice, coffee, etc.--and a reasonable 8 Euros extra.
But the real highlight of the place is its staff. Manuel, the owner, is, as others have mentioned, a wonderful host. He's charming and kind, and a tremendous resource for anything you might want to do in Granada, from walking tours to restaurants. My map was filled with his markings by the time we left. Paula, who works at the desk at night, is also lovely, and went out of her way to help me book our bus tickets for Madrid. We felt right at home at this lovely carmen, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a small hotel with a personal touch."
- Travel date: Tue 23rd of October 2007
"We stayed in âLa Torreâ and were very impressed. The room is stylishly decorated, spotlessly clean and has a very large terrace, with beautiful views over the city and the Sierraâs in the distance. The rest of the hotel is equally impressive, with a breakfast terrace, garden and a relaxing lounge/library area full of comfy chairs and books about Andalusia.
The owner, Manuel, is a very friendly and engaging character, who went out of his way to make us feel welcome and help with our travel plans for the Alpujarras (well worth a day trip, amazing scenery â around 9 Euroâs by coach from the main bus station).
The hotel is less than 10 mins walk from the Alhambra in one direction and down to the centre of town in the other. If you are as lazy as us & canât be bothered to walk back uphill at night, there are taxiâs everywhere & the ride will only set you back 4 Euroâs. Breakfast was simple but tasty and good value and overall we were very pleased with our choice."
- Travel date: Mon 22nd of October 2007