“Great-value self-catering apartments at the heart of the Albaicín (each sleeps 2-5)”
Muralla Ziri's 10 apartments (sleeping 2-5) are divided between two 3-storey houses: Casa Albero / The Yellow House (where the 11th-century fortifications are visible in some parts) and Casa Roja / The Red House, just down the road (where the apartments have a lift to whisk you up and down the building). Excluding Penthouse residents, all guests are given the key to a private terrace which looks out to the Alhambra. Most have their own kitchenettes.
As you'd guess, the Penthouse is, both literally and metaphorically, Muralla Ziri's top room. You get stunning views to the Alhambra and a small terrace perfect for alfresco dining and sundowners. Its double bed is hoisted up on a low-ceilinged mezzanine above the full kitchen, and there’s also a second double room and a small single.
We also liked the Superior apartments, which have their own sitting rooms, and the slightly larger Executive apartments, which have charming views of Alhambra (some also have swanky circular in-room bathtubs).
Casa Roja’s Premium suite has 2 bathrooms (including a Jacuzzi tub), but it’s the only option without a kitchenette. We’d avoid the ground-floor Standard apartment as it’s the smallest and lacks natural light. However the ground-floor Jacuzzi has direct street access making it a good option for wheelchair users.
Expect bright, post box colours and ornate plaster mouldings similar to those of the Alhambra. Chiselled appliqués and hanging lanterns further enhance the mood-of-the-Maghreb whilst the jazzy colour schemes and boxy furniture lend a more contemporary note. Spick and span bathrooms have hairdryers, hydro massage showers, a pile of white fluffy towels and 'Touch of Charm' shower gel and soap.
Excluding the Premium suite, all apartments have well-equipped kitchenettes ideal for breakfasts (and for parents with little ones). You get a fridge, ceramic hob, microwave, toaster, juicer, coffee pot and kettle, plus ground coffee, oil and salt stocked. The Penthouse apartment also has a snazzy Italian espresso machine, ice bucket and extra surface space.
You can request a shop of pre-agreed items prior to your arrival, or buy ingredients in Plaza Nueva’s minimarket (160m away). The Matés family also recommend the fresh food market behind the Cathedral (about 350/400m).
You couldn't be better placed for eating out and we found the provided list of local recommendations really handy: drop down the hill to Acera del Darro’s lively bars and restaurants or angle down to the vibrant Plaza Nueva area for formal restaurants and tapas bars galore. No tapas outing to Granada would be complete without elbowing your way to the bar inMarisqueria Cunini. The Russian salad is legendary and there’s a mouth-watering selection of seafood.
Lovers of fine wines can buy bottles from the Matés family's private cellars; a booklet describes each wine, its region of origin and the grape varieties used.
Muralla Ziri is well set-up for families with a fantastic central location and handy kitchenettes (excluding the Premium suite).
Granada is a great city to visit with children and you'll find that kids of all ages stay up late, playing in restaurants while their parents dine. There's a lot to see at the Alhambra and kids will love it, just be sure to book your tickets in advance and bring snacks.
Book a larger apartment than you think you'll need; these ones come up a bit on the small side. Best of all is the Penthouse, which has 1 double bedroom, a second mezzanine double sleeping area and a small single. Every apartment can squeeze in a baby cot.
Babysitting available, for an extra fee. Request when booking.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
All apartments (excluding Premium) have a kitchenette. There's a mini market and fresh food markets; if you're coming for a short break, ask the owners to shop on your behalf to save time - the kitchen doesn't have basics when you arrive.
Only Casa Rojo has a lift; it's hard to park nearby and some apartments have balconies (the Penthouse has a terrace) - ask on booking if this is likely to be a hazard.