10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great Hotel and even greater value
"Stayed in Granada to see the Alhambra and this hotel could not have been a better choice. It is at the bottom of the Alhambra, less than a five minute cab ride to the Alhambra gate. The hotel is very clean, ultra modern, with a pool and two great restaurants. The breakfast was 8 euros but is excellent and with a wide variety. Also, Santiago at the front desk speaks great English and was extremely helpful. Booked my room for about 70 US dollars a night which was a steal in my opinion. There are actual hotels inside the alhambra but they all looked ratty in my opinion. The Macia Real is about a five minute drive from the main heart of Granada...but it is easy to take a cab or bus there. Plus, Granada can be loud, so it might be best to stay out of the heart of the city. Overall, I would highly recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: 12th December 2007
A great stay
"We only had one nite but it was great. So conveniently located to Alhambra (its a very long walk but doable). The hotel is spanking new and the front desk friendly and knowledgeable. It is a 0ne Euro bus trip into the center of town and about a 6 euro cab ride. The location is a bit isolated and as noted above very convenient if Ahlhambra is your destination. Our room had great terrace and the bath all the amenities of a 5 star hotel. I paid 60 euro. Highly recommend!"
- Travel date: 9th November 2007
A wonderful birthday weekend
"We stayed at the Macia Real de la Alhambra for 3 nights, the last night being my birthday. We booked a suite as it was a special occasion and the room and bedroom were well funished and had a good terrace. The staff from Reception to Restaurant and Bar Staff were all welcoming and friendly and did all they could to help us. Although the hotel is on the outskirts of Granada there is a bus stop into town just by the hotel and the fare is just 1 euro and also the tour bus has a stop just up the hill towards the Alhambra. Everything in the hotel was spotlessly clean the food good and good value for money."
- Travel date: 19th October 2007
"This Hotel is excellent. IÂ´ve stayed there with my wife from the 3rd to 5th Oct The staff at the reception was efficient and very nice, we had no problems with our car they have a good garage with lots of places. The room was spacious, with an excellent bathroom, full of light and the decoration was of the "minimalist" type. The food at the restaurant was good, a litlle "nouvelle cuisine " type but real good, the service was a bit slow but very attentive. An excellent hotel with a good relation quality/price and also well located to visit the Alhambra and the city."
- Travel date: 15th October 2007
Contemporary 4 Star Hotel
"The hotel is located 2km outside of Granada centre on a main road called Ronda Sur. Easy to find and no problem with noise due to D/G and A/C. This is a proper 4 star hotel, on par with our Crowne Plazas and the like. Although it is situated outside of the city centre (30 min. walk and no great sights) buses are frequent and taxis are cheap enough. Taxis to Puerta Real (centre) cost 5E and 4E to the Alhambra. After 5 days touring Andalucia and staying in more traditional Spanish properties, we were happy to just dump the car (underground car park 8E per day) and enjoy the modern amenities. Staff, especially front desk, were very helpful and friendly. Breakfast was plentiful and varied (8E). The restaurant food looked very promising if our small lunch was anything to go by. Our standard double room was spacious and well laid out. For a couple of days in Granada, it was an ideal base. If you are on a longer stay and prefer more 'authentic', like most modern hotels it may be too 'sterile'."
- Travel date: 8th October 2007
Good hotel, bad position (unless you only plan to visit la Alhambra...
"Stayed two nights. Out of the way, about 30 min from the center by bus (with traffic); a bit difficult to find at night the first time (stop no. 6 of C/de La Sierra I think, just after the bridge, on your lefhandise coming from the center). Very well located to go to la Alhambra, IF the bus gets there.. If you drive, it is VERY close. New, and therefore clean and fairly well kept still. It seemed fairly busy with groups of tourists. Restaurant pricey but good quality and service; very little choice in the menu and very small portions. Price/quality is not bad, but if I could find something at the same price, I would take the risk to stay closer to the Cathedral next time. Granada is beautiful."
- Travel date: 4th October 2007
really good hotel
"This was one of the best hotels I have stayed in - and I've stayed in a few. The room was large, comfortable and looked great! The beds were extremely comfy, it was very clean. We paid extra for breakfast but it was very good value and there was a lot of choice. The front of house staff made the stay as the guy spent a lot of time explaining things to us and meant we got the most out of a short stay to the city. We drove and found it very easy to find and parked out car in their underground car park - there was a charge for this but it was cheap. We used the bus to get in and out of the hotel, it ran from practically outside the hotel and was only a Euro each way and was regular and very fast. It actually ran quite late, we got it back at nearly 11 o clock. We drove to the Alhambra from the hotel on our last day and was very close by car. However without a car you would have to get a bus into town and then transfer to the Alhamra Bus to take you up the hill, unless you feel like a walk! Although i did see a lot of people walking up the hill from the direction of the hotel to the Alhambra so could be done! I thought it was great value and would recommend to anyone"
- Travel date: 1st October 2007
A great hotel in a lovely city
"We stayed here for one night only, primarily to visit the Alhambra the next morning before travelling to Orgiva for a week's vacation. The hotel was very easy to find off the highway - we were so surprised and it was excellent to be able to 'abandon' the car in the underground car park and walk/use public transit everywhere. We'd heard about trying to drive around the city, and once we witnessed the gridlock, it was nice to know we'd made the right decision and left the car at the hotel. The hotel had a great pool, so after a long drive from Malaga, it was a welcome way to relax in the heat and sun. It was very clean even though it was an outdoor pool. The breakfast buffet was excellent, everything you would want - cereals, fruit, cooked items, cheeses. Lovely and really, really nice strong coffee. We didn't have dinner at the hotel but chose to eat in Granada itself, then walk it off up the hill. We found the walk lovely, if a bit long (30 mins up hill) and didn't have any issues with the area. We had a great room typical of some of the TripAdvisor 'Candid Shots' - good enough and lovely to get some nice toiletries - thought of everything including toohbrush/paste! Free WiFi in the room was also a big plus. Getting to the Alhambra the next morning couldn't have been easier - a number 33 bus takes you up the hill, straight to the entrance for 1 Euro per person. Well worth a visit if you have the opportunity. We would definitely stay here again, clean, fresh, new and well-eqipped. A bargain for the Â£40 we paid for the night."
- Travel date: 21st September 2007
"Very modern clean and stylish hotel. Rooms finished to one of the highest standards we have experienced at this price. Beds very comfortable. Underground carpark for â¬8 per day was helpful. We got a bit caught out by the local way of eating later at night (after 8.30pm at most places) and had to wait in a state of near starvation for dinner to be served. The Alhambra is a short drive - or a long walk - up the hill and is definitely worth a visit. One thing we missed in our room was that quaint British feature of a kettle to make hot drinks, although there is a minibar for cold ones (at a price.)"
- Travel date: 10th September 2007
Close to the Alhambraâ¦or not ??
"Me and my wife spent two nights in this hotel during our visit to Granada. I choose the Real de La Alhambra after having read the other reviews and considering the attractive rate for a 4-stars hotel (60 EUR/night). Here you have our impressions: Pros: â¢ As most of the previous reviewer wrote, the hotel is brand new and features a very "stylish" indoor: our room was quite large and equipped with modern, "clean" design furniture, as well as an LCD TV set. The "Real de Alhambra" offers all standard services for a 4-stars hotel (continental/hot breakfast, in-room restaurant, laundry service, pool, etc.), though we did not use them due to the limited time available â¢ The hotel features a big, indoor car parking, which is a plus because you can leave your car if you decide not to drive into Granada (see the "cons" on this subject). In July/August the parking was offered at only 8 EUR/day, and the last day we were kindly allowed to leave our car up to the afternoon with no extra charge. Cons: â¢ Despite what I read in other reviews, the hotel is located outside the town, close to the "Ronda sur" highway end, in a place not particularly attractive during day and night. The bus no. 33 brings you to the city centre in 5-10 mins, but runs only until 11 PM, so that you will need to take a taxi (approx. fare 6 EUR) to come back whenever going to the restaurant at "spanish" dinner time (i.e. after 9 PM). â¢ The distance between the hotel and the Alhambra is comparable to the one from the Alhambra itself and the city centre (at least moving by bus), so the "Real de la Alhambra" seems not particularly convenient from this point of view â¢ I made the reservation through the MaciÃ hotels website and faced some confirmation problems, which were solved only after a series of e-mails and phone calls. In any case, according to their reservation policy, my credit card was immediately charged for the whole period of stay (two nights), though I would have been refunded in case of cancellation up to 48 hrs before the check-in date. Take in account this when booking directly at this hotel. In the end, the hotel is very good in itself, and probably designed to host large groups. However, should I come back to Granada again, I would probably choose another hotel in a more central location."
- Travel date: 30th August 2007