Initially the main point to make about hostels in southern Spain including Granada is that the quality is generally very high. I stayed in Granada for a few days after crossing from Morocco and was blown away by the high standards but even in comparison to many places I have stayed in other Western European countries I'd say that hostels in this region are particularly good.
I stayed in 2 hostels, the Oasis and the Makuto which were both excellent. I wouldn't say one was better than the other but Oasis is slightly nearer the main area whereas Makuto is further up the hill which is a struggle with a backpack and also a little too much out of the way if you are alone at night. On the flip side though, Oasis is the number one recommended hostel in many big guidebooks therefore always packed out and noisier than Makuto.
The Oasis is very well signposted just off the main tourist drag and in a beautiful renovated Andalucian building. Dorms are either 6 or 4 people with shared showers that have good pressure and hot water all day. They are very clean and there are large communal areas with satellite TV and internet which is all included in the price as is a simple breakfast. Lockers are available but are not big enough for an entire backpack. The hostel is friendly but big and very popular so it is possible to get lost in the crowd a little.
Makuto has a much more secluded, hippy haunt feel to it which some people may not like but I preferred. It has much the same deal with very clean 6 bed dorms, very comfortable beds and high pressure, hot water showers. It also has communal areas with TV, internet and breakfast included in the price. In the central courtyard is a treehouse which is a lot of fun to relax in on a nice day. Again there are lockers but they are not large enough for a whole backpack. I found it easier to chat to people here and whilst both hostels organise activities such as guided walks and pub tours I found the whole process more laid back at the Makuto.
Both hostels were 15 euros a night for a dorm bed which I think is excellent value for what you get and I would recommend either for any length of stay in Granada.
When we arrived in Granada on our whirlwind Easter tour of Spain we hadn´t yet had the chance to book accomodation for our 2 night stay. A friend had given the address of the Oasis hotel to me and recommended we try there.
Although the hostel is hidden away on a quiet side street, it is very easy to find as there are small orange signs with arrows pointing you in the right direction as soon as you turn off the main road. The address of the hostel is:
Placeta Correo Viejo, 3
18010, Granada, Spain
(0034) 958 215 848
Which is situated just off the Gran Via de Colon.
The hostel is a traditional Andalucian building which has recently been renovated, with views of the Alhambra, Cathedral and Sierra Nevada mountains.
The room that we stayed in had 6 beds and ajoined a room of 4 beds with one shared bathroom. The room was equipped with a fridge and sheets were included in the 15 Euro per night price. The shower in the room was actually hot with a decent pressure too!
The price of the stay includes breakfast which is quite basic and you have to make youself, but it encourages people to socialise, and in turn helps with the feel-good atmosphere of the hostel. The kitchen is also available at any time for you to help yourself to tea and coffee etc.
The hostel has excellent facilities for guests. There are 3 computers with 24 hour Internet access in the lounge (and Wi-Fi for those of you who take a laptop), a T.V room with satelite channels (especially useful during the football season!), a bar, laundry service and security lockers in the rooms. The only disadvantage is that the lockers are only large enough to fit a few things in them, whereas some hostels have secure storage for whole backpacks.
In addition, the hostel organises activities for those people who wish to participate. The first night we stayed, for example, we were able to go on a ´tapas tour´ where, in certain bars, you pay for drinks and the food is given to you for free! The second night, the chef cooked a 3-course thai meal for which we paid 5 Euros, including sangria!
All in all, the hostel has been one of my favourite so far, the staff are relaxed, the atmosphere is very positive and the price is very reasonable.
More information and reservations are available through the website www.oasisgranada.com