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Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol
Ranked #57 of 125 Hotels in Granada
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Princeton, New Jersey
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“A gem with the perfect host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol is a remarkable villa hotel. High on the hill which rises to the Alhambra, it has stunning views across Granada to the Sierra Nevada mountains. Our room, which was one of the smaller ones in the villa, was comfortable—especially the bed. The public areas of the hotel and particularly the terraces are delightful, comfortable, and have spectacular views. The location is excellent with the Alhambra, city center, and Albayzin all within a 15 minute walk. In late March the air was perfumed with wistaria and verbena.

Among the best features of the Carmen is Manuel who manages the hotel and is unfailingly helpful and gracious. He is always ready to give recommendations to guests and to discuss the history, culture, and art of Granada. We found his restaurant suggestions to be excellent.

One important word of caution. This is not an ideal location for anyone who has difficulty climbing steep, rough streets and stairs. The hotel is on the side of the steep hill rising to the Alhambra. While it is close (150 meters) to the Hotel Alhambra Palace, which is relatively easily reached by bus or taxi, there is a steep uneven route between the two.

We would be very happy to return.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Albany, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

Our experience during our honeymoon here was simply top notch, the location was ideal, the service from Manuel significantly improved our experience of the Alhambra and Granada, the rates were very fair for the price, the breakfast was perfect for our needs and the room was beautifully and tastefully appointed. Could not ask for more.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

Chose this guesthouse having read great reviews on Tripadvisor and were so pleased that we had. Having driven down ever narrowing streets trying to find the place, eventually parked outside the Alhambra Palace Hotel and walked down the lane at the far end of the car park. Manuel our genial host kindly drove the car around the amzingly narrow streets to park outside the guesthouse, even calling in at the Alhambra to pick up our tickets at the Alhambra for the following morning.
My wife and I were the only guests for our two night stay and were offered a lovely room with a great view from the terrace, a cracking place to relax with a drink after a long drive. There was always a supply of fresh fruit available which we were told to help ourselves to.
Manuel was a great source of information suggesting some nice tapas bars, one even carrying the same name as our host. One of his best suggestions was to walk down to the city centre after our visit to the Alhambra along a footpath beneath the palace walls towards the Albaicin. It's only a short walk from here to the Mirador de San Nicolas with it's unforgettable view of the Alhmabra at sunset. Should you choose the most direct route from the city centre back to the hotel be prepared for the steep steps back up the hillside.
For breakfast Manuel introduced us to the Andalusian version of tomatoes on toast, which we have had at home when we have fresh ripe tomatoes from the garden. This place has left us with lovely memories of Andalusia.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2011

We enjoyed every minute of our 2-night stay at this charming B&B. It was very comfortable, squeaky clean, just a few minutes’ walk from the gates of the Alhambra, and the views from most balconies overlooked Granada. Each evening we enjoyed the sunset and was entertained while watching a hawk dive for dinner (bats) unsuccessfully. Manuel is the perfect host and very helpful. There is a wonderful restaurant within very easy walking distance for dinner with the same gorgeous view. We were so happy with this accommodation choice…….but, this location is not recommended for folks with mobility issues. Taxis are readily available though.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2011

We stayed for 2 nights in this excellent guesthouse type hotel. All the rooms and shared space + garden are decorated and presented as sophisticated and unpretentious. As others have said, Manuel is a perfect host - he pays great attention to detail, is very informative and charming (and he insisted on taking our luggage down the steep hill to the entrance). His advice was extremely helpful to our visit. The breakfasts were brilliant. But the jewel was sitting on a terrace overlooking Granada as the sun went down with the snow capped Sierra Nevada in the background. Quite the best hotel in Andalucia that we have stayed in - thank you very much Manuel.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

I stayed for a too-brief two nights at this very charming guest house in Granada in October 2011. Located 100 m. from the Alhambra Palace Hotel and a few minutes' walk to the Alhambra itself, it is a beautifully maintained private home with seven rooms, a comfortable lounge for relaxing, a breakfast room, and exterior patios for enjoying the fantastic view of Granada and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

My room overlooked Granada and had two Juliet balconies. The "El Campo" room was large, basically but prettily appointed, and even the shower area had a lovely view. Breakfast was good at E8 and the honour bar was a great touch.

Our host, Manuel, was delightful and was a great source of information about the Alhambra and Granada itself.

If you are looking for luxury accommodation, this is not for you. But for me this was by far my favourite accommodation of my trip and I'm very glad I cancelled my Alhambra Palace reservation for this guest house.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2011

My husband and I stayed 2 nights here. This is a hotel which is originally a house, so it has the lovely feel of a house - spacious sitting room and entry, garden etc. The bedrooms are very pleasantly decorated and furnished with plenty of room and nice outlooks. The bathroom also was modern and very clean. Everything was just as represented in photos and websites. The location is just a few minutes walk from the Justice Gate entrance of the Alhambra and although it is located on an extremely narrow "street" it was easy to find by following the owner's instructions exactly which was basically to follow all signs to the "Alhambra" and as all approaches to Granada have signs pointing you to the Alhambra, that wasn't a problem. The owner parked our car for us and took great pains explaining to us and to another couple arriving at the same time about getting tickets for the Alhambra and the timing of our visit so that we wouldn't miss out on anything. He recommended restaurants and places to see and walk - he was very helpful indeed. It was the kind of one on one attention which you wouldn't normally get in a large hotel. The breakfast was fine (perhaps a touch expensive) and the location suited us fine - one way up to the hotel from the city is up a "street" which is exactly 98 steps - it didn't worry us at all but you can catch the local mini bus to the Alhambra Hotel which is just a couple of minutes walk away. It was just the sort of small hotel which we enjoy and we would recommend it to others who like this sort of accommodation.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol

Property: Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol
Address: Calle Aire Alta 12, 18009 Granada, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Granada > Granada > Realejo - San Matias
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Granada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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