Hostal Atenas2.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Love the location that have the hotel. It was a little laughing at night because it was staying near the room a group of young people but for the price and location it's good. Walking distance of all the historical places and shopping.
Superbe location nice and clean and large room with airconditioning good bathroom situated in the gran via wich leads to all the citys monuments and transportations The city is great day and night even its so hot
You can't fault Hostel Atenas for the location, excellent staff and great value. We stayed for 4 nights in a superior double room at €168. The room was clean and serviced every day. It's within walking distance of the cathedral, Albacin and the Alhambra. During check in, the staff were extremely helpful and immeditely pointed out the best places to eat and points of interest, providing a city map to help with directions. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Although there are no restaurant facilities, there were a few reasonably priced and well stocked vending machines in a lounge area and a couple of nearby cafes where you could buy a reasonably priced breakfast. Our room was on the ground floor, and near to the main road, which meant we couldnt leave the windows open due to noise, however, this wasn't a huge problem to us; I am sure that if we had requested a change of room this would have been done. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone travelling to Granada.
I will start with the positives before the negatives.. Firstly location wise it is pretty central. Quicker to walk to Plaza Nueva on Calle Elvira rather than on Gran Via. The room we had (103) was a simple twin room with ensuite. Very basic with just a tv and no safe. Dont expect any shampoo! Testament to the people who take rooms there, when coming back to the hotel after a long day out (from 10am til 8pm) when walking to our bedroom door we noticed in the distance our bedroom door was wide open. We obviously expected the worst - everything taken. Now, fortunately, nothing was. Our passports were still there and our beds freshly made. This was the proof that we hadnt left the door open ourselves but the cleaning person. Reception and manager put up a fuss before even saying the word "sorry". They claimed that the cleaner only "shuts the door and doesnt push it to double check it is lost". My trust with the hotel was gone after this point. They didnt offer us anything (we were just lucky we had our passports!) and still no over the top apology. They actually didnt really care. Our trip to Granada was excellent. The hotel was the only negative.
In order to visit the famous attraction in Spain, Alhambra, we chose this hotel to stay. It located at the center of Granada city and very near to Alhambra. You can park your car at their parking lot, then you can walk to the place and do your sight-seeing.
Although an older building, the rooms at the Hotel Atenas have been refurbished to an acceptable quality. The hotel is not 4 star but provides good accommodation in the middle of the tourist area. It's 10 minutes walk to the Alhambra Palace (15 minutes to the ticket office) but it's uphill all the way!! It's closer to the Albaicin, the old Moorish area of the city and there are plenty of reasonably priced restaurants and bodegas close by. The beds were clean and comfortable and the bathroom was clean and bright. The hotel offers standard and 'superior' rooms, access to the standard rooms is a rather decrepit lift shared with another hotel The lift being our only black mark! The reception staff were very helpful but often busy.
This hotel trades on its location. I arrived in Granada by rail without a booking and followed the signs to this hotel because it was well sign-posted. In fact, they manage to direct you to their place via the back streets so that you don't get to see other options along the way. Crafty, isn't it? I had a standard room where everything worked but the price I paid was expensive for a week day out of season, as I quickly found out. Besides, it was noisy and there were no perks. No communal kitchen, no cool place to hang out.
The hostel is located on the main road of Granada city called Gran Via de Colon. It is just a 10 minutes walking distance to Alhambra and it is very near to the highlands of Albaicin. The room has very plain white bedsheets and comforter, but it is comfortable and you can definitely turn on the aircond/heater whenever necessary. The hostel is equipped with a small elevator that can fit two persons (with luggages) and up to maximum of 4 adults (without any luggages), so you don't necessarily have to take the stairs. Though one thing that was off was that they didn't have any irons for us to borrow and use. I think this is a service that the hostel management should consider adding.
We were given a terrible corner room with a window that besides facing a brick wall, could not be opened. It was cold, uncomfortable and somehow the whole hotel's plumbing seemed to pass by our walls. The bed was beyond terrible and there was only one (long) pillow for a double bed. There were foreign hairs on the floor when we first came in and you couldn't shower without wetting the whole bathroom floor because the shower curtain was from the last century. We though about complaining but the hotel seemed full and loud and the room next to us was being painted so we thought that at least we wouldn't get any noise from that side. Well, we didn't but since the walls seem to be made of paper we could hear people from across the hall as if they were inside the room with us. Mind you, the people weren't even being loud, they were just talking. By the way, the next day they put a family into the room that was freshly painted. That does not seem very safe. The front desk staff was efficient if a bit dismissive though we only went to them to check in/our and pose a quick question about a bus. I know they are a budget hotel but I've stayed in hotels with the same budget that had at least higher cleanliness standards and better beds/pillows. If I were to do this again I would definitely pay a little more for better accommodations.
whilst many of the reviews on Tripadvisor introduced me to the Hostal Atenas, many of the reviews nonetheless gave me a sense of expectation that my experience could be good. Alas! it was not to be the case. The room was very basic but very clean however the shower area which was clean had mould growing in the grout between the tiles which made it look quite yucky! We had a room which its window opened onto the internal space which meant it was quiet from outside noise. However, let me warn you, previous reviewers were spot on about the deplorable noise penetration from both rooms next door and particularly from those above. The first day we had a spanish gentleman blaring his big voice all through the late evening and eventually stopped later at night. On the second night we had a wonderful selfish and loud woman who must have worn flamenco shoes because she never stopped walking around in them until just before midnight and whilst we thought that was the end of it after 12:00 midnight, we were not surprised to be awoken just before 5:30am with her loud voice and flamenco shoes as clearly she was returning from a night out!!! Lastly, one good thing to say about the hostal is that the front counter staff were very helpful and friendly Tip 1: with this particular hotel its is probably in your best interests to book directly with the hotel rather than with your normal booking agency, as the hotel has continuous offers at a rate of up to 50% off what the booking agency advertises. Tip 2: if you can avoid staying here then please consider doing so, otherwise you do so at your peril.
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43% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 651 reviews