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Where to Stay in Granada: Best Areas & Hotels, 2019

Written by Karen Hastings
Feb 1, 2019

Snuggled at the foot of the Sierra Mountains, the enchanting Spanish city of Granada has accommodation to suit every type of traveler. To soak up the city's rich history, one of the best places to stay in Granada is the atmospheric Albaicín, the UNESCO-listed old Arab quarter. From picturesque Plaza Nueva, slender cobbled streets meander up the hillsides, where historic inns and family-run properties offer plenty of character and easy access to restaurants, shops, and attractions. Most hotels here usually don't offer on-site parking, however they will direct you to a parking lot nearby.

From the Albaicín, you can hike up to the Alhambra, one of Granada's top tourist attractions. If your main focus is visiting this magnificent hilltop palace complex, you can also stay right on the grounds or steps from the entrance.

El Centro Granada, the commercial district of the city, offers many good-value modern hotels and all-suite options, which are great for families. Wherever you choose to stay in this captivating city, the best hotels in Granada offer warm hospitality and personal service, making it difficult to leave at the end of your stay.

Where to Stay for Luxury

The Alhambra

The Alhambra

In a superb location, tucked down a narrow lane in the heart of the UNESCO-listed old town, Hotel Casa 1800 Granada is a hidden gem. This charming boutique hotel sits steps from Plaza Nueva, and it's also only a 15-minute walk to the hilltop Alhambra. When you enter this elegant 17th-century home, the fragrance of lilies fills the air; fresh-baked cookies welcome you at check-in; and a fountain bubbles in a peaceful courtyard, where breakfast and a generous complimentary afternoon tea are served. The old-world charm continues in the rooms, with chandeliers, velvet sofas, and gilded accents.

Spacious junior suites and superior rooms accommodate families, and most rooms come with plush robes and slippers. If you want a little extra pampering during your stay, book a spa package with luxurious treatments at a nearby hammam.

About a 10-minute walk from the cathedral, Hospes Palacio de los Patos offers a sleek, chic contemporary style in a renovated 19th-century palace and modern wing. Typical features in the bright, stylish rooms include marble floors, crisp white color schemes, sumptuous fabrics, and city or garden views. Rooms in the palace retain some historical features such as murals and mosaic floors. When you're not out sightseeing, you can linger in the lovely garden; enjoy a gourmet meal at the fine-dining restaurant; or relax in the luxury spa, which offers a heated pool, Turkish bath, and dry sauna.

If the Alhambra is the focus of your visit, the elegant Parador de Granada, in a former 15th-century convent, is right on the grounds, and drips with history. Chandeliers grace the common areas, and many of the rooms offer lovely garden views. Parking is free. From here, you can also walk 10 minutes downhill to visit the charming UNESCO-listed old town - and take a taxi or bus back up if you're not up for the return hike.

Steps from the Alhambra entrance, Eurostars Washington Irving is a more modern option near the palace, with good-value rates. Its spacious rooms are comfy and contemporary in style, with rainfall showers and tea and coffee-making facilities, and the suites come with separate living rooms. In the warmer months, you can take a dip in the rooftop pool and soak up the sunshine on the surrounding lounges.

Where to Stay: Mid-Range

Plaza Nueva on a clear fall day

Plaza Nueva on a clear fall day | Photo Copyright: Karen Hastings

A short stroll from the beautiful views of the Mirador of San Nicolas Alhambra, the lovely, family-run Santa Isabel la Real lies within the tangle of cobbled streets in the World Heritage-listed Albaicín. This charming Granada neighborhood is a wonderful area to explore on foot, with plenty of restaurants right nearby, but if you want to explore farther afield, a public bus also stops outside the front door.

The simply-furnished Spanish-colonial rooms are arranged around a central courtyard and feature comfy beds and relatively large bathrooms. Before you embark on your busy day of sightseeing, you can fill up on a hearty free breakfast, with eggs cooked to order.

In the city's shopping district, about a six-minute walk from Plaza Nueva, NH Collection Granada Victoria is an excellent contemporary choice within walking distance of all the major tourist attractions. The well-appointed rooms are large and comfortable, with espresso coffee makers and rainfall showers. Suites come with separate sitting areas. For an extra fee, you can fill up on a hot buffet breakfast, which is best purchased when you book your room. If you're driving, you can park in the lot underneath the hotel, but ask for directions to the entrance, accessed around the back of the hotel down a narrow lane.

In an enchanting 15th-century Moorish house, Hotel Casa Morisca is a great-value choice in the Albaicín, the UNESCO-listed old town, with superb views of the Alhambra as it changes hues in the shifting light. It's one of the only hotels in the old town with car access and free parking, and lies about a 10-minute walk from the Alhambra palace complex.

Petite and homey, Hotel Casa Morisca's Moorish-style rooms all have a charming, rustic feel, with features like coffered ceilings and oriental rugs. Most offer Alhambra views, and some have balconies, while others face inward to the interior courtyard. Before you head out to explore the sights, you can enjoy a breakfast buffet in the barrel-vaulted dining room, with eggs cooked to order upon request.

Where to Stay on a Budget

Beautiful building near Granada Cathedral

Beautiful building near Granada Cathedral | Photo Copyright: Brian Hastings

In a central location, a five-minute stroll from the cathedral and steps from the Albaicín, Hotel Monjas Del Carmen offers bang for your buck. The bright modern rooms come with comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Breakfast is available for an extra fee, as is on-site parking. Plenty of shops and restaurants are just outside the front door, and you can walk to the Alhambra from here in about 10 to 15 minutes.

A little farther from the tourist attractions in the city center but offering excellent value, the family-run Hotel Albero makes you feel right at home. A bus stops right outside the hotel, taking you into the city in about 10 to 15 minutes, and the friendly staff members are happy to share travel tips. Rooms are clean and simple, with comfortable beds, marble floors, and wood furnishings. The hotel serves a continental breakfast, and on-site parking is also possible at reasonable rates if you can't find free parking on the nearby streets.

Where to Stay for Families

Fall colors on a family stroll from the Alhambra

Fall colors on a family stroll from the Alhambra | Photo Copyright: Karen Hastings

Opened in 2018, the bright, modern Catalonia Granada offers excellent value for families and plenty of facilities to keep parents and kids happy. The hotel lies in the center of Granada's shopping district, but you can walk to the old town in about 20 minutes or catch a taxi or bus. The rooftop pool is a lovely spot to burn off steam, and parents can stay healthy at the spa, indoor pool, and fitness center. Triple rooms have three beds for one-child families, and some of the superior rooms are interconnected to accommodate larger families. Request one with a tub rather than a shower if needed. The buffet breakfast and snack bar offer plenty of choices for fussy eaters.

At Suites Gran Via 44, an elegant 19th-century building conceals colorful, contemporary suites with plenty of space for families. This good-value boutique hotel is located on a bustling street in the center of Granada just steps from the cathedral and within walking distance of other major attractions. The one- and two-bedroom suites include separate living rooms and bedrooms with comfy beds. Well-equipped kitchenettes allow easy meal preparation for the family, but if you prefer, the hotel staff will also bring breakfast directly to your suite. When you're not out exploring the city, you can use the computer in the downstairs TV room or relax in the leafy central atrium.

Where to Stay for Couples

Historic buildings of the Albaicín neighborhood

Historic buildings of the Albaicín neighborhood

Couples can snuggle up in style at the chic Gar-Anat Hotel Boutique in a beautiful 17th-century restored palace in the Realejo, the old Jewish quarter, near all the main attractions. Each room is individually decorated, with features like fresh flowers, whimsical murals, and super comfy beds. In-room massages are the perfect way to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Breakfast is served in a vaulted cellar, and the complimentary afternoon tea in the library includes delicious home-baked cakes. Before you leave, make a wish at the special wishing tree in the courtyard.

Cascading down an Alhambra hillside, the family-run Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol is a romantic adults-only Moorish guesthouse. This is one of the truly special places to stay in Granada for couples. Gazing out across the city from the balconies feels like being on a movie set, and the rooftop terrace also reveals breathtaking views.

Typical features in the charming rooms include antique furniture and private verandahs or terraces with city or mountain views. Couples can relax in the lovely walled garden amid citrus trees, Tuscan columns, and wisteria-framed views. Personal service also makes this feel like home -the friendly owner warmly welcomes all his guests, offering travel tips and making sure everyone is comfortable.

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