Continuing with my hotel reviews from our Andalusian honeymoon, our second stop was Granada where we stayed at the gorgeous boutique Hotel Casa 1800, nestled in the old quarter beneath the spectacular Alhambra palace. I was determined when we visited the historic city that we would have a room with a view, and I wasn't disappointed.
In the heart of the 'Albaicin' old quarter and accessible only by foot, the hotel is tucked away down an alley just a few minutes away from the main square, amd the Moroccan and Jewish quarters. It's perfect for soaking up the historic atmosphere, and in convenient reach of the main sights, shops and restaurants.
There was no pool, but a lovely courtyard (briskly covered when it started raining on the day of our departure!). A delightful touch is a free 'afternoon tea', which is served at 4:30pm each day and includes sandwiches, coffees, soft drinks, pastries, fruit and yoghurt. All of the public areas are very tastefully decorated in muted colours.
We received the warmest of welcomes from the reception staff, and in our room found a sweet hand-written note congratulating us on our honeymoon. We promptly opened the bottle of cava that came with it and sat on our little terrace, looking over the higgledy-piggledy rooftops up to the towers of the Alhambra. Throughout our stay all the staff exuded equal warmth and friendliness, as well as being efficient and professional (and all remarkably good-looking!). I think their warmth tipped the balance and made me prefer this hotel to the Hotel Ateneo Sevilla - you can't beat that feeling that the staff actually care about you can you?
Compact and bijou but incredibly romantic, with a small terrace with an Alhambra view. As well as all
the little luxuries you'd expect to be provided (robes, slippers,
toiletries, hairdryer) there was a proper kettle and some interesting herbal teas. The furniture had highlights of gold, and the room smelled wonderfully of wood and linseed oil. There were some nice Molton Brown toiletries, and the bathroom was done to a high standard. Very comfortable indeed.
Value for Money
Granada was cheaper than Seville. We paid 220 Euros a night (roughly
£162 a night or $250 US Dollars), which still exceeds our usual
budget, but once again - for a honeymoon we could justify it! Apparently there is also a Casa 1800 Hotel in Seville, which would be worth checking out I'm sure.
Overall, it was utterly gorgeous and I'd stay there again!