Choosing Accommodation in Sierra Nevada


Sierra Nevada Ski resort Spain - night

Accommodation options in Sierra Nevada are split between Self-Catering Apartments and Hotels. There are no chalets available in Sierra Nevada and instead, larger parties travelling together can opt for a combination of two or more apartments within the same block or else one of the hotels. Group rates in hotels tend to be available where 20-25 or more people are travelling together under one booking name.

The resort itself is split into 3 zones (Lower, Mid and Top) so as to give people a better idea as to roughly where they will be accommodated.

  • The Lower zone has the two central squares (Plaza Pradollano & Plaza de Andalucia) and is where most of the hotels and shops are located as well as the main lift access to the slopes.
  • The Mid zone is where the majority of self-catering apartment accommodations are to be found. It is also home to some of the better restaurants as well as the main nightlife scene. Ski access to and from this area is possible for intermediate skiers/boarders. The “Parador” chairlift has an intermediate stop here to allow beginners and non-skiers access to/from the lower squares.
  • The Top zone is also predominantly self-catering accommodation above which there is direct access to the pistes via the “Virgen de las Nieves” 6-seater chairlift (not suitable for complete beginners!) thereby avoiding the need to drop down to the central squares. This area is also served by the “Parador” chairlift which takes you staright down to the central squares for access to the main ski lifts.

Although preference tends to be for accommodation in the lower zone, the upper zones aren’t far from anywhere and, of course, when in the mountains, there will always be the likelihood of steps and uphill sections to deal with, even lower down!

The “Parador” chairlift which links the 3 zones, runs daily from 08.30 to 17.30 and during high season periods to 19.45. There is also a shuttle bus service which circuits the entire village every 20 minutes from 08.30 to 23.30 (03.30 on Friday and Saturday).

Booking with Sierra Essence

Restaurant Sierra Nevada Ski Resort

Sierra Essence is an intermediary agency. We do not own or manage any accommodation units of our own and instead, through years of living and working in the resort, have built-up excellent relationships with all the accommodation providers here to offer the full range of options at the best prices. In fact, our policy is to offer the lowest rates available for hotel and apartment bookings whenever possible, together with personal advice on the best options to suit your requirements.

We have worked hard over the years to obtain special treatment for our clients. This means that when you book a hotel through us you will be allocated the best room available. And, for self-catering, we are regularly able to book specific apartments for our clients contrary to the standard booking policy which is to only confirm the apartment size and zone and then allocate accommodation on arrival. In addition, we are the only company with a physical presence here in resort – so if there is a problem with your accommodation or you need help or advice in general, we can sort things out for you much quicker.

Our friendly, tailor-made service and competitive rates ensure that many of our clients return every year to Sierra Nevada, relying on us to organise their accommodation as well as all the other related services.

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel Melia Sol y Nieve

Hotels in Sierra Nevada are generally of a very good standard. Among the most popular hotels are the two 4 star Melia hotels (Sol y Nieve and Sierra Nevada) which are our top recommendation in terms of location and quality. These hotels together with the Kenia Nevada, Rumaykiyya and Aparthotel Trevenque are at the top end of quality hotels in Sierra Nevada. For a slightly cheaper choice of hotel accommodation, the best options to consider are the Telecabina, Mont Blanc & GHM Monachil.

Also popular are the hotels located out of the resort which involve a drive into the resort each day. There are some lovely and very characterful hotels from just 10kms out of resort which offer not only proximity to the skiing but also a great way of becoming a little immersed in some of the local culture and way of life here.

Self-Catering Apartments

Alfa SyN

Sierra Nevada has a complete range of self-catering apartments from studios, 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments with the odd 4 bedroom apartment also occasionally available.

In our opinion, Sierra Nevada does not offer “luxury” self-catering options in spite of what some agencies may suggest! “Luxury” here generally means the apartment has had something of a facelift (fresh coat of paint) a flat-screen TV installed and perhaps some modern (IKEA) furniture or parquet flooring added too. As far as convenience facilities go, the most that could be expected would be perhaps an oven or dishwasher and maybe even a washing machine. There are exceptions of course! Due to the number of individual accommodation agencies operating in Sierra Nevada, self-catering options can be confusing and the rates greatly varied. As such, we always ask for as much information as possible regarding your requirements, expectations etc. and recommend to any clients requiring something of a higher standard to consider hotel accommodation rather than self-catering.

Our philosophy, when selecting self-catering accommodation to offer to our clients, is based on two factors: Firstly we ask ourselves: “Would we be happy staying here for a ski break?” Secondly, we choose those agencies which fulfil the following criteria: competitive pricing, satisfactory apartments and, importantly, those which offer reliable customer service & support if any maintenance or other issues arise, thereby minimising any inconvenience to our clients.

Having operated in this manner now for many seasons, we at Sierra Essence find that our clients booking into self-catering accommodation are ever more satisfied, simply because they are aware of what to expect upon arrival. Generally, people visit Sierra Nevada to take advantage of the skiing opportunities here and a high standard of accommodation is not of prime concern so long as it is clean and warm.

Due to the varied nature of self-catering options available, please refer to point number 10 of our Terms and Conditions where specific details are laid out for consideration when making a reservation.