Upon arrival at the hotel we received a warm welcome from the gentleman at reception. Once we'd settled in we were offered a map and given a thorough and very useful introduction on how to enjoy the best of Granada - including some 'secret' places to eat and drink that were indeed very good!
After a long day of travelling we decided to head into the hotel bar (which doubles as its breakfast room) for a few Alhambra 1925s (which soon became my favourite beer of the holiday - avoid the Especiale as it is very Carling-like). The glass room with large folding windows provided us with excellent views over the city followed by a stunning sunset. One of the tourist guide things to do is watch the sun go down from Mirador San Nicolas to see the Alhambra illuminated, but personally, I enjoyed this view of the actual sunset better.
The rooms in the hotel offer equally attractive views of the city with comfy beds and powerful showers. Everything was clean and well presented and the decor of the whole hotel was of a high quality with lots of nods to the Moorish heritage of the city.
Breakfast the next day was basic, but tasty with attentive and friendly service received. We then started exploring the city. Alhambra (and the much lesser known, but gardens of Carmen de los Mártires with some of the best views of Alhambra and the city) were less than a 15 minute walk from the hotel, while the centre was about 20 minutes away downhill. We often couldn't be bothered with the walk back up the hill to the hotel and as taxis from Plaza Nueva were clean, regulated, and only 5EUR always on a meter, we indulged in the 'lazy' option many times.
For food & drinks nearest the hotel, I couldn't recommend Plaza Campo Del Principe highly enough. A row of 7 or 8 bars/restaurants on a pleasant pedestrianised square all offering delicious food and drinks and, as part of the tapas routes, free tapas with any drinks ordered.
Overall, our stay at the Mirador Arabeluj was a very pleasant and comfortable one and it provided a lovely base for our explorations of Granada.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mirador Arabeluj, is a charming mirador hotel with magnificent panoramic views of the city of Granada, from every single one of its twelve rooms.It is a totally new building and situated in a privileged place, next to the Alhambra. Every detail is thought to transform the stay of the traveller into an unforgettable and fantastic experience.Remote from the noisy hustle and bustle of the city centre and at the same time very close to the adjoining Realejo quarter and the Alhambra, you may enjoy the peace that offers the surrounding area.Visitors may experience the pleasure of the spectacular sunsets from their rooms or from the shared lounge with terrace. ... more less
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