There are few places in Spain I have heard travelers talk about more than Granada. They speak of its young vibe, busy streets, cultural heritage, and its gorgeous white-capped mountain, the Sierra Nevada.
For foodies and drinkers Granada will please because it is custom in this city to serve a tapas plate with each ordered beverage! The Alhambra, on the other hand, is one of the most visited sites in the world, and during peak season tickets must be purchased weeks or months in advance.
For the slightly more adventurous and not-so-typical tourist you will want to visit Sacromonte, the neighborhood which is home to the Gitano people of Spain — known for their cave homes and unique version of flamenco. Also, it provides you with a great overlook of the Alhambra.
Now, where will you want to stay when visiting culturally rich Granada as a money conscious traveler? Polaroid Siesta Hostel in Granada is your best bet when traveling to this city.
Spain wins in the category for best hostel kitchens for sure. A prime example is at Polaroid Siesta Hostel where every floor has its own very clean and well equipped kitchen. We’re talking pots, pans, boilers, strainers, bottle/can openers, cups, beer glasses, wine glasses, everything. They went even beyond that and had an array of spices to cook with and oil should you not enjoy carrying your own around. In each kitchen there is a table for socializing while you eat which adds to the amount of care Spanish hostels put into their kitchens.
The rooms are a little tight but get the job done. They are bunked and comfortable, with 4-6 people sharing the ensuite bathroom.
The common lounge (accessed only by key-card), adds a nice social touch to the hostel.
Polaroid Siesta Hostel offers a variety of free services including Wi-Fi (pretty standard nowadays), hot water, private locks (which is ALWAYS appreciated in hostels), luggage storage, linens, and air conditioning/heating. Services at a small fee include laundry service, towel rental, and printing. If you feel so inclined, you can also rent a Polaroid camera with film.
All in all, I highly recommend Polaroid Siesta Hostel for anyone on a budget visiting Granada or those who are tired of eating out every night.
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**Special thanks to Polaroid Siesta Hostel for kindly offering me a complimentary stay. As always, all opinions are my own.