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Granada: Hotel America

C/ Real de la Alhambra, 53, Phone: 958.227471

Reviewed by: trekcapri from CA, review #2491

When: November 2008

This is a wonderful small and charming family owned hotel that is conveniently located on the grounds of the Alhambra.

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About the Reviewer: I am a solo traveler who travels mainly using public transportation and so I prefer lodgings with great central locations, with easy access to local transportation systems or are within close walking distance to major sights. Must be clean, have a good atmosphere and be in an area that is safe to walk around even in the late evening and feel safe.

I found Hotel America by reading the reviews on Slow Travel where it received positive reviews from other Slow Travelers.

Location: The hotel is about a 15-20 minute taxi ride away from the train station (depending on traffic). In one section of the road up to the Alhambra the road becomes a one lane and cars/buses must take turns passing through. The hotel is located directly on the grounds of the Alhambra only steps away from Palace of Charles V. This made visiting the Alhambra very convenient. I even stopped in my hotel room to drop things off while on my way to the Generalife.

By its location on the grounds of the Alhambra the hotel is not centrally located in town but I found that there was a very convenient Alhambra bus and for E1.10 it will take you into town. This red bus came practically every 10 minutes and I used it a few times to get into town to hang out. You can walk down the hill into town as well. Or you can take a Taxi if you end up staying later than the last bus.

The hotel offers an included breakfast that is very basic. They also have a very nice restaurant where you can eat either in the beautiful courtyard or their dining room. They also have a nice sitting room and play this very nice music. I ate there twice. During the early evening and late evening when the visitors have not yet been allowed in and they have left the grounds around the hotel is very quiet and so peaceful. And it was nice to walk around and look at the Alhambra even when I already had visited it.

Hotel/Room: This is an old family owned hotel passed on through generations. There is no lift and so you must be prepared to walk up the wooden stairs to your room. I thought the hotel was quaint and well decorated with a Spanish charm. My room number was 216 and was on the top floor with a great view outside of my window. The room was very basic. It had a double bed (made up of two twin beds) and two night stands and a table for my luggage. The furniture seemed old but was adequate. There is no TV but I never watch it anyway. The size was pretty large for a single. I thought the room (although old) was kept clean.

The bathroom was a decent size and had a full-sized bath tub with a shower. I thought the bathroom was clean but my only suggestion is that they need to change the shower curtain.

I found that the hotel had very thin walls so be prepared to hear ďallĒ the noises from your neighbors. However, in the early mornings and late evenings it is so quiet and peaceful. As a result, I slept very well at night (no loud car or other city noises). Once they start letting the visitors enter the gates onto the grounds, they will pass right by the hotel and you will start to hear conversations. But this doesn't start until after 8:30am or 9:00 so it didnít bother me (as I am an early riser).

Staff/Service: The family who runs this hotel is so friendly and helpful and I would say that their service is their greatest feature in addition to their location. When I checked in they asked me if I wanted a room with a view and when I said yes, I was given my room on the top floor with a very nice view that allowed me to see beautiful sunrises over the city below. Gorgeous.

I paid E115 (single room) per night (including the breakfast) and I spent 4 nights here. My main purpose for visiting Granada was definitely to visit the Alhambra and with this in mind, Hotel America was an excellent choice for me. If I were to visit the Alhambra in Granada again, I would not hesitate to stay here and I would definitely recommend this hotel for its convenient location and its Spanish Charm.

Reviewed by: Janet Zinn from USA, review #1412

When: April 2006

Charming hotel and can't beat the location in Granada

For our two nights in Granada we debated whether to stay in the vibrant city or up on the Alhambra hill. We chose the latter and were glad we did.

The Hotel America is situated right next to the much more expensive parador, on the Alhambra grounds. Our room was very comfortable and overlooked the patio/restaurant (a bit noisy during the day, but the restaurant isn't open for dinner so totally quiet at night.)

Bathroom large and well-equipped. Location is of course the thing here, and we were happy to be so conveniently located for our Alhambra night and day visits. Walking into town center took only 10 minutes, and although the uphill is a bit of a climb, we did it a few times a day. (There's a mini-bus which runs frequently, as well.) Only once did we take a taxi, when we returned after 11 pm and we were too exhausted to walk! We paid 110 euros which did not include breakfast.

Parking is discounted by a few dollars at the Alhambra lot (10 minute walk; you are allowed to drive in to the hotel to drop off/pick up your luggage.) Parking (with discount) was about 24 euros per 24 hours.

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