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Newest reviews for Cuevas El Abanico

  • Ronald
      Spain
    August 17, 2014

    Spacious apartment, unique styling, beautiful gated terrace

    Poor ventilation (it's really a cave), parking is a nightmare - directions sent in broken English, must carry all luggage up the street

    7.9

  • Paul
      United Kingdom
    August 14, 2014

    The cave hotel lived up to all my expectations and even my hard to please son loved the place. I have stayed in a lot of 4 & 5* star hotels around the world but the simplicity and rural setting of the cave hotel is in a class of its own,basic amenities, a cool place to relax after a long walk and a perfect nights sleep. The terrace is great place to sit out and have a breakfast or afternoon tea. .

    Not by any means a criticism but a point to note, I would say not recommended for anyone who struggles to walk up stairs/infirm as the hill climb can be tiring.

    10

  • Lori
      United States of America
    August 1, 2014

    The staff was very helpful with getting us to the hotel. The area can be confusing. The rooms were larger than expected and very comfortable. The location was great from a perspective of getting to all the things to see.

    The wifi was only accessible when you were outside the room. The location had some characters that were concerning. The hotel has a great gate and we felt safe but we did not venture out much past dark.

    10

  • Hugh
      Germany
    July 29, 2014

    This is an rare "hotel". Definitely not usual. We truly enjoyed the opportunity to stay in the cave room. It was comfortable, cool and relaxing. Although the shower was small and lacked water pressure. The staff was extremely helpful. I would say this was one of the best places we have ever experienced. Granada and Alhambra are unbelievably beautiful, amazing! Definitely try the tapas and experience the Flamenco Dancing!

    8.8

  • Amanda
      Canada
    July 28, 2014

    I loved that this was not a typical hotel, it was a cave in the side of a hill! This area of town is gorgeous (sacramonte) and walking around it was really nice. Views of the Alhambra are incredible. The hotel is so neat - I didn't mind that we had to walk up the hill from the main road but obviously not all travellers will be capable of doing this 5 minute walk up hill on cobble stones. The breakfast wasn't really much, more like some twinkies or toast and coffee but oh well. The cave was so cool. The decor is so cute and the staff are friendly and I was able to do laundry. It's also just a very short 5-10 minute walk into the main touristy area or you can catch a bus at the bottom of the hill. Granada is wonderful and the Alhambra is amazing.

    Breakfast

    10

  • Kristin
      United States of America
    July 23, 2014

    It's cool staying in a cave.

    It is hard to get to by car, taxi, or on foot. The last 200 yards are up hill on foot on an old stone road so you can't roll your suitcase. We had an ant infestation in our apt.

    7.9

  • Miren
      United States of America
    July 3, 2014

    Everything

    Nothing

    10

  • Linda
      Canada
    June 10, 2014

    Great views, spacious apartment, good bus service back up the hill after long days of walking/visiting.

    Driving in restricted and constricted area to get to the hotel.

    8.8

  • Christopher
      Australia
    June 3, 2014

    We loved the location and the view was striking. Easy access to Alhambra was important for us. Staff were great and made every attempt to help us out. The caves were a very special stay for us.

    We didn't like the fact that we had to leave when we did. More time next time.

    9.2

  • Louis
      United States of America
    May 29, 2014

    I almost hate to review this incredible cave-hotel bc the throngs may change the whole ecology of Sacramonte, but Here you go: For Romantics, The best part is the cave itself. No windows, no internet that works, no tv, but a kitchenette, frig, big bed and lots of silence or nearly so. the Patio is a meeting place for all 5 or 6 cave residents. It does not get much much better then breakfast there or afternoon cocktail. I thought the next best part was the location, right in Sacramonte home of possibly the best Flamenco in the world, but I was a little wrong. The best part in the easy walk to the Alhambra, and if you are a runner....you will just love looking at the alluring trails on the big mountains across the river, behind the Alhambra, from your patio. Listen up. the easiest way to get on the Trails is to jog by way of Plaza Nueva, to the Alhambra, about 1 mile... but keep going past the parking lots, up and up and up, past the few hotels there, until you get to the big parking lots, the ones for buses. You will notice to the left, the mountain side, a road with a cross bar stopping traffic, with no explanation. Go around the bar, and you will quickly come to what I think is called the Citadel of the Alhambra. It is not on any tourist maps I found, nor are the mountains. the Mountains are part of a big national forest, and I think part of the protection of the fragile trails is to not publicize it. You will see lots of evidence of other runners and bikers. Be careful as many trails have killer drop offs and the views are spectacular, along with hundreds of birds cheering you on.

    I did not like wasting time trying to make the alleged internet there to work. They should just forget about providing it.

    10

  • Mark
      South Africa
    May 19, 2014

    All round unique experience - loads of atmosphere - friendly staff - tranquill environment - great views.

    8.3

  • Pamela
      Spain
    May 3, 2014

    The experience of staying in a cave house. The location although a steep climb was worth it for the fantastic views of Alhambra Palace

    8.3

  • Judith
      United States of America
    April 18, 2014

    interesting to stay in a cave. liked that it was a small place (only 5 other units). Everything was clean and worked Consuelo (who communicated with us & checked us in) was very friendly and helpful.

    It was hard to drive to the place. In the historic district in Granada, so needed clearance to enter in the right place, but we couldn't find it. The directions should be written in clear English and include a map.

    7.9

  • Danute
      Lithuania
    March 30, 2014

    Very interesting location. Sacromonte and Albaicin for me were the most interesting districts in Granada, apart Alhambra, of course. Living in cave has got completely different meaning after visiting cave museum, situated very close to this hotel.

    Difficult to find, at the end of March was a bit cold and even humid after switching on all heating devices

    7.9

  • Anonymous
      Spain
    January 13, 2014

    It was in a quiet location in the shadow of the Alhambra, away but not super far from downtown. The apartments are cozy, but not cramped. The terrace and outside sitting areas were a nice touch.

    9.6

  • Mark
      Australia
    December 22, 2013

    We loved everything about this accommodation! Our first time in Granada and we quickly realised what a brilliant location Sacramonte was to stay in. You need a reasonable level of fitness as it abounds with steep and winding cobbled paths, but we were amply rewarded as we rambled past picturesque hillside dwellings and enjoyed the incredible views across the valley to the Alhambra. The cave house was easy to find despite some reviews to the contrary (we just followed the signs from the taxi drop-off point), and was a lot of fun to stay in. The beds were very comfortable and even though we visited in winter the cave house warmed nicely once the heaters had been on for a while. The area is serviced by very efficient and economical mini-buses which meant we didn't have to walk everywhere if we felt tired. Our hosts were very helpful and even allowed us to stay a few hours longer before leaving to catch our night-train to Barcelona. We would definitely stay again!

    One minor point 'cos we love our tea, there wasn't a kettle to boil water, but we used the saucepan on the hotplate.

    10

  • Sandra
      United Kingdom
    December 4, 2013

    Novelty of sleeping in a cave, very quiet, lovely views, comfortable bed, interesting old town area, could walk into the city centre & to the Alhambra (we like walking!)

    Very basic catering facilities,no tv, lighting in living area & kitchen/ dining space not good for reading, difficult to drive to & find

    7.1

  • Lars
      Spain
    December 3, 2013

    the location

    9.2

  • Pamela
      United Kingdom
    November 22, 2013

    Setting was excellent and the concept unique and most interesting.

    The back of the settee was unattached, if leaned on it either collapsed or shed plaster on the floor. It would have been good to have somewhere comfortable to relax. Clear instructions for arrival by car - maybe a detailed map would help.

    7.5

  • Talia
      China
    November 18, 2013

    My parents and I stayed in a two bedroom cave apartment for two nights in November 2013. It was an interesting experience to stay in a cave, Sacromonte as a place in itself is very peaceful and you get an amazing view outside of the apartment of the Alhambra and of the ancient stone walls.

    What surprised us the most was the unhelpful and unfriendly attitude of the man at the Cuevas El Abanico. While everyone else we met in Granada were incredibly warm and friendly- from the taxi drivers to the random people on the streets-he was the complete opposite. It rained on the first evening we were there and being from warmer climates, the cave became unbearably cold for us. When we approached him for an extra heater he actually snapped at us as though it were a total offense for asking, before begrudgingly giving it to us. The steep uphill climb is obviously part and parcel of the Sacromonte experience, but I have to admit it was a tougher climb than I had anticipated for my aging parents. When the guy saw us coming, old people with a heavy suitcase, he didn't even offer to help - nor did he do so when we were leaving. Once when we were coming back from a walk, he was standing at the gate and when he saw us approaching, he made no attempt to open the gate for us, but rather walked away with haste. Honestly, I can say that I have never had to pay someone to be treated this badly before - and I live in China! A complete shocker.

    5.8

  • Anonymous
      Belgium
    November 14, 2013

    - location is perfect - view is great - staying in the cave is an exceptional experience - there is a table and chairs in front of the cave where you can sit - owner gives a tourist map and explains what you can visit

    - very hard to find, you can not go with your car to the cave, you need to park your car, and go on foot to the cave. owner gave a route to follow, we arrived very well, parked the car but did not find the stairs to the cave, there are a lot of small ways for pedestrians who rise to the upper places. need to be prepared very well! - we were with 4 persons. the first morning one of us took a shower, and the warm water was already finished. The 2nd person was obliged to take a cold shower! We called the owner, and he was angry and could not understand that we woke him up for that (it was 8h30 AM)! He told us to wait and that the thermostat need to be refilled. We waited for 2 hours and had still not warm water.

    6.7

  • Anonymous
      United States of America
    November 4, 2013

    Location! Love being able to walk down to see the view of the Alhambra at night and early morning. Love the room.

    8.3

  • Anonymous
      Netherlands
    November 2, 2013

    Location perfect for visiting Alhambra

    Access very complicated

    7.5

  • Katrien
      Ireland
    October 30, 2013

    the fact that it was a cave, well laid out, nice decor, comfy bed

    the shower wasn't great.

    8.8

  • Kirsty
      United Kingdom
    October 30, 2013

    Everything, it was just a really lovely place to stay. Room was cosy, comfy and clean, and the veranda just gorgeous. Its extremely good value, with very welcoming touches such as a basket of croissants, jam and coffee. And the little kitchenette provided oil, vinegar and salt - all things that are important but you wouldn't want to buy for a short stay. Very well run in a low key way.

    Nothing. Visitors should bear in mind that its not the most accessible place and involves fairly steep slopes, but no problem for able bodied people

    10

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