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Horno del Oro

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Granada 15km
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Reviewed by Laura Dibben


Nestled inconspicuously down a narrow pedestrian street in the heart of Granada´s Albaicín quarter lies Horno del Oro, a 16th Century house of Arabic origin where past is present. After the Moors came the Christians, and these typical houses were later divided amongst several families. In Horno del Oro there were, at one time, 8 neighbouring families before it eventually turned to ruin. Restoring this house was a journey of discovery for Director Paula López Medina and her family. Underneath two of the 8 floors that were removed, original Arabic wells were found. Walls and ceilings were taken down only to reveal original wooden ballustrades, stone columns and ornate, handcrafted wooden ceilings. These hidden treasures, restored to all their former glory, await your discovery.

Arabic influence is behind each of the 3 bedrooms, which have been individually decorated and are in keeping with the original architecture of the building. Sloping archways, carved Moorish wooden doors and original ceramic tiling are delightful. ¨Fuente¨ is a lovely Junior Suite boasting a (small) antique four-poster double bed and a private plant-filled patio with fountain. ¨Lindaraja¨, named after one of the towers in the Alhambra Palace, is another Junior Suite that has direct access to the split-level communal rooftop terrace. Spectacular 360º views include the Alhambra, surrounding Albaicín, Sacramonte and the ancient city walls are stunning by day and most romantic at night when they are lit up. The third room, ¨Aljibe¨ (pronounced al-hee-bay), is a small double room situated on the main level next to the house's original well – once a buried treasure, this aljibe is now a decorative feature. The bathroom in this room is charming, despite its small size. All rooms, with the exception of Aljibe, are equipped with satellite television; all have central heating, free Wi-Fi and hair dryer. The Lindaraja Junior Suite is the only bedroom with air-conditioning, along with the lovely salon on the same level. Fans are available for the other rooms.

Over breakfast, contemplate history and the attention to detail in the décor from the communal table, separated from the kitchen by artesanal glass windows crafted by students of famous French architect Gustave Eiffel. A beautiful mixture of tapestries, fabrics and colour create a warm ambience, especially in the Moroccan tea room with its fantastic starred cupola. Horno del Oro is staffed only during breakfast hours. Guests are given a key so one can come and go as one pleases (contact telephone numbers are of course provided should you need to reach someone in the event of an emergency).

A splendid location for visiting the city. You are just five minutes on foot from Plaza Nueva, Granada´s main square, and 10 minutes, if that, from the imposing Cathedral. A shuttle bus to the Alhambra passes freqently just steps from the Hotel, and I do recommend the walk down from the Palace. Do purchase Alhambra tickets in advance ( – this will save you hours of queueing time on the day of your visit. If you are in need of some pampering, the hotel will gladly book an appointment for you at the nearby Arab baths.

Whilst a car is not necessary in Granada, parking is a problem in the area owing to restricted access. The Hotel recommends that you park in the public car park next to the cathedral before making your way to the Hotel by taxi.

An ideal citybreak Hotel if you are looking for pleasant accommodation in a central yet out-of-the-way location.

Rooftop terrace
Alhambra Palace views


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Cancellations for reservation in March, April, May, June, September, October, Spanish National Holidays and Christmas & New Year periods must be made more than 15 days before the arrival date. Those made less than 15 days before the arrival date incur a charge equivalent to the first nights stay.

Cancellations for reservations in January, February, July, August, November and December (except for Spanish National Holidays and the Christmas and New Year periods) must be made 3 days before the arrival date to incur no charge. If made less than 3 days before the arrival date the Hotel will charge the cost of the first nights accommodation.

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