Rambutan Guesthouse Hostel


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The Hostelz.com Review

If you are looking for a magical place to meet people from all over the world with beautiful views of the Alhambra and the mountains, Rambutan Guesthouse Hostel is your perfect hostel. The staff are friendly, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Staying at Rambutan feels more like visiting a friend's house, sharing stories over tea and coffee.

The Location

Rambutan is located in the Albaycin, Granada's hilltop old city. If you are looking to stay somewhere in the city center, close to hip bars and downtown restaurants, this is not your place. If tiny plazas, artisan craft fairs, juggling hippies, and sunset views are more your cup of tea, Rambutan will be great for you. It can be hard to navigate the Albaycin's winding cobblestone streets. The hostel provides a map with hand-drawn directions via email before your stay, but it can still be a bit tricky to figure it out when you first arrive. Don't be afraid to ask the locals, who all know where Rambutan is. There are small local markets nearby, an organic tea shop, plenty of restaurants and bars, flamenco performances, and even a flamenco school, within walking distance.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rambutan is a small hostel -- there is only one shared guest room and a private room for doubles. The shared room is adequate, with bunkbeds and minimal space, while the private double is charming, simply furnished with painted walls. The bathrooms are fairly clean. The old plumbing of the Albaycin means hostel guests have to be conscious of their cleaning habits. The showers can be a bit temperamental as well, in terms of heat. The bathrooms are small, as well. There are shower hooks for hanging clothes, but not much room for changing. There is Wi-Fi available throughout the hostel.

Common Spaces

The patio of Rambutan boasts breathtaking views of the Alhambra. With comfortable couches and a laid-back atmosphere, travelers and hostel employees can be found relaxing and chatting there throughout the day. There is also a cozy kitchen, with paintings on the walls, a bookshelf, and a computer. Breakfast is simple and mornings are full of quiet conversation. At night, there are jam sessions on the patio, and people tend to gather to share wine and meet each other. There are also secondhand clothes and homemade trinkets and jewelry for sale for cheap.

Summary

Staying at this hostel is a truly unique experience and a home away from home. The cost is reasonable and the views make the hike from downtown more than worthwhile. The people who pass through here all agree that there is something at Rambutan that is special.
by Sara True
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2014-11-06
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front gate
Alhambra views from the patio
Turn at the cactus garden
Travelers on the patio
Cozy kitchen
breakfast nook in the kitchen
a common seating area
paintings in the simple private bedroom
canine friend on the patio

How is Rambutan Guesthouse Hostel rated on other websites?

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Hostelworld
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HostelsClub
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Hostels.com
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Excellent view, cosy place, and friendly staffs!!
It was relaxing and comfortable staying in Rambutan Guesthouse! Situated in the Sacromonte area, with a beautiful view of the Alhambra. Still, it's very close to the Albycín for shops or restaurants and bars. The house is very cosy with an extremely lovely terrace -- I can sit there doing nothing but enjoying the view and breeze for hours! Thank you guys for delighting my visit in Granada!
Catherine
Age 26, HKG
2015-06-11
 
Chill Vibes and Great Views
Good -- the atmosphere at this hostel is like you're staying at a friend's house. The Rambutan gives off a slightly mystical sort of vibe, like something holy happened there a long time ago. The view of Alhambra is truly stunning. Breakfast is included in the morning. The amenities are up to date and clean. The outdoor area smells like flowers. Bad -- you have to walk up a really steep hill and steps to get here. It's worth it for the view, but it can be a pain to get there.
Matt
Age 20, USA
2015-04-27
 
Home abroad
If you are looking for a hostel where you can simply sleep, shower, and head out to the clubs, without talking to anyone or making connections, Rambutan is probably not the place for you. This is the warmest, most homey place I have stayed in. From singing at a jam session with all the staff and local regulars on the terrace overlooking the Alhambra, to trying a piece of Issa's fantastic chocolate cake when we first arrived, this place truly welcomes you. The location is fantastic. The steep climb is well worth it for the spectacular city views. Local plazas and insider secrets make the experience much more authentic and special. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and real. It is no wonder that people check in for three days and then never leave. I might do the same. Truly a magical place run by the best kind of people.
Sara
Age 23, USA
2014-09-19
 
Awesome stay
This hostel was great! Relaxing on the terrace he was my favorite part of my stay in Granada!
Steve
Age 27, Canada
2014-06-22
  Stayed here over the summer -- it was great. Everyone was super friendly. The accommodations aren't the best, but it's a small price to pay for a spectacular view and good company!
Danielle
(USA)
2007-05-04
A tiny hostel run out of a small house. It's a great place to hang out and swap travel stories with other young backpackers. If you're looking for a quiet place to stay for your holiday where you can keep to yourself, this isn't the place for you. This is a fun, social hostel. It has arguably the best view of the Alhambra in the city (from the hill of the Barrio Sacramonte). There's a bus that passes through the Sacramonte every hour or two. Alternatively, you can walk but it's a steep hike up a shadeless hill. Either way it can be difficult to find, so bring a copy of the directions (and it doesn't help that the Sacramonte's streets are often undiscernable from one another and that the hostel doesn't have a sign). The rooms are co-ed, they have bunk beds sleeping four people to a room. They don't offer lockers. The shared baths were not very clean, but they have a full-size bath with shower head and toilet and sink. Other features include a kitchen (also tolerable but not the cleanest), a huge patio, a washing machine and an excellent common area with internet access and many books and CDs to enjoy. The hostel is run by three young men, all English-speakers and non-natives, who are very kind. It's definitely a social hostel and it's so tiny you'll meet everyone staying there. If meeting people (English-speaking travellers) is what you are looking for, then look no further, Rambutan is the place.
David
2007-05-01
  I stayed here in 2003 and I must admit, of all the places I have ever seen and/or stayed, the experience and the people involved in this wonderful place are absolutely beyond words. While I was there we creatively imagined a game of charades, which colorfully turned into drag-charades -- a tradition it seems. Every star earned is deserved, if you are looking for the experiences a backpacker yearns for.
Heidi
2007-02-22
  this place is unbelievable. some of the best times of my life. it's not just the place but the actual people and the energy with this place. I stayed for over three months and only left because my money ran out.
alcino
2007-02-10

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