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Sierra Essence offers a personalised selection of accommodation options.

Since we live here and have developed excellent relationships with the accommodation agencies and hoteliers, we can hand-pick the accommodation much more according to the specific requirements of our clients than any other booking platform.


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    Maid Service
    Free WiFi
    24 Hour Reception
    Near To The Lifts
    Towels And Sheets Provided
    Meals Available
    Electric Radiators
    Cable Internet
    Cable TV
    Electric Hot Water
    Sprinkler System
    Wood Stove
    Satellite Dish
    Water Softener
    Accessibility Amenities
    Kids Club
    Interconnecting Rooms Available
    Animals Admitted
    On or Near the piste
    Mini Spa / Health Club
    5+ Person Rooms Available
    Pellet Burner
    Handicapped Facilities
    Wheelchair Ramp
    Handicap Facilities
    Washing Machine
    DVD And/Or HiFi
    2-Ring Cooking Hob
    4-Ring Cooking Hob
    TV with USB input
    Garbage Disposal
    Grill Top
    RO Combo Gas/Electric
    Trash Compactor
    Community Amenities
    Bus Stop
    Public Parking (Free)
    Convenience store
    Tennis Court
    Football ground
    Energy Savings Amenities
    Gas Hot Water
    Gas Fireplace
    Gas Stove
    Pellet Stove
    Propane Hot Water
    Exterior Amenities
    Swimming Pool
    Shuttle Bus
    Underground Parking (Extra Cost)
    Fruit Trees
    Boat Slip
    Covered Patio
    Exterior Lighting
    Open Decking
    RV Parking
    Spa/Hot Tub
    Open Deck
    Interior Amenities
    Separate Kitchen
    Bunk Beds
    Safety Rails On Top Bunks
    Semi-Private Bedroom(s)
    Central Air
    Carpet Throughout
    Central Vac
    Jacuzi Tub
    Under-floor Heating
    Landscape Amenities
    Security Amenities
    Burglar Alarm
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hotelAccommodation options in Sierra Nevada are essentially split between Self-Catering Apartments and Hotels / Hostels. There are no chalets available in Sierra Nevada and instead, larger parties travelling together can feasibly opt for a combination of two or more apartments within the same apartment block or else one of the hotel options. Group rates in hotels tend to be available where 20-25 or more people are travelling together under one booking name.

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Apartments are filtered by the number of bedrooms in the apartment.

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

resort divisions map

The Lower-Zone also comprises the two central squares: Plaza Pradollano & Plaza de Andalucia. This is where the majority of hotels and shops lie as well as the main access to the slopes.

The Mid-Zone is where the majority of self-catering apartment accommodations lie and is home to some of the better restaurants as well as the main nightlife area.

The Top-Zone is also predominantly self-catering accommodation and has direct access to the pistes via the "Virgen de las Nieves" car-park & 6-seater chairlift (not suitable for complete beginners!) without the need to drop down to the central squares.

Although general preferences tend to be for accommodation in the lower zone, the upper zones are rarely that far from anywhere and it should be appreciated that when in the mountains there will always be the likelihood of steps and uphill sections to contemplate, even lower down!

All zones are linked by the "Parador" chairlift (covered on your lift pass) with an intermediary stop providing access to the Mid-Zone. The lift runs from 08.30 until 17.30 daily and will extend its closing time during particularly busy periods. The are also shuttle bus services (at extra cost) circuiting the village from top to bottom throughout the day until 20.00hrs.

Booking with Sierra Essence

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 option 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 options, 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 Rep 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 immediately.  

Our friendly, tailor-made service and low prices 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

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, Ziryab 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

Sierra Nevada has a complete range of self-catering apartments from bedsits (referred to in Spain as "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" generally means the apartment has had a basic facelift (fresh coat of paint) with a flat-screen TV installed and perhaps some modern (IKEA) furniture or parquet flooring added too. As far as the facilities go, the most that could be expected would be perhaps an oven or dishwasher and maybe even a washing machine. 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 over and above 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 suppport if any maintenance or other related issues arise, thereby resolving things as quickly as is reasonably possible to minimize any inconvenience to our clients.

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

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 with us.

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