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Hostelz.com's Review
Backpackers Posada de Colón Hostel is a diamond in the rough. Although the hostel's surroundings might leave a guest a bit skeptical as he makes his way to the hostel for the first time (the hostel's own directions include instructions to "turn right at an abandoned, graffitied building"), it is a delight. Upon entering the building, there is a wonderful Andalusia-style patio common area, a great place to relax and get a bit of sunlight without the ruckus and noise of the world outside.

The facilities are all very clean, and the bathrooms recently renovated. The dorms are simple and vary in size, but even the large, ten-bed dorms are not cramped and leave ample space. A nice touch is that there are separate lights throughout the rooms, so those coming back late at night (or early in the morning) can flick the switch to just turn on the lights in their area of the room without waking up everyone else.

The hostel has a quiet atmosphere, but everyone there -- the on-site multilingual owners, staff, and those staying—is extremely friendly, making this hostel a great place to stay for those who like a calmer atmosphere but also wouldn't mind socialising with others in the common area. This is not a party hostel. The common rooms (including the kitchen and computers with free internet connections) close at 10 p.m., but it allows everyone to get a nice, full night's sleep. However, there is no curfew, and all hostellers are given keys so they can come and go as they please. The provided breakfast is basic but ample and tasty. A very helpful bulletin board gives lots of tips for the town, including locations for free, no-catch flamenco performances.

The hostel's location, despite its graffitied and rundown surroundings, is quite good. It's only a five-minute walk to the Albayzín (the former Muslim Quarter) and the Cathedral, and a fifteen-minute walk to the Alhambra. Bringing along the directions and map provided on the hostel's website is extremely helpful. The hostel is located on an almost-hidden side-street in the south-eastern corner of Plaza C. Cano (to the right of the abandoned, graffitied building). The somewhat hard-to-find location means the hostel doesn't get overly full, but the great price and clean facilities make it worthwhile.

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2   No diamond in the rough Stayed there for one night only. Check in was ok. The hostel is clean as one can be. I was set up in a six-bed dorm with the problem that it had the gas-burner for the next door bathroom in it. When entering the dorm you could smell the old gas, plus every time someone used the hot water in the bath, the burner started. A problem is the door. If the reception does not tell you how to use the key (a bit tricky) you might have trouble coming back in after 11 p.m., like the group that was standing outside at night for some time. The kitchen is ok to heat some meals. After having a look at the breakfast, i went to a coffee bar to have something tasty. Overall, there are better places to stay in Granada.  , UK ()
3  Clean hostel, friendly and helpful staff, good location close to everywhere you want to go in Granada. Quiet, friendly atmosphere. Free wireless internet and computers to use! The kitchen is tiny (more of a hot plate, microwave and fridge than a kitchen) but it is somewhere to cook. My biggest complaint is that some rooms have windows facing the central courtyard and it can be quite noisy when trying to sleep.  ()
3  this hostel is hard to find, even with directions. make sure you curve right as you go past the fountain, and not straight on. apart from that, the location is fine, adequate, and the hostel itself is clean and pretty spacious. there's free breakfast and internet and the staff are friendly, but speaking some spanish would be advantageous.  ()
4  Comfortable and clean hostel. Quite close to all the fun stuff in Granada. The owners are very friendly. I definitely would stay there again.  ()

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