The Best Boutique Hotels in Granada, Spain

Granada is known for having stunning Moorish architecture, as seen in the Patio de los Leones or Court of the Lions
Granada is known for having stunning Moorish architecture, as seen in the Patio de los Leones or Court of the Lions | © funkyfood London - Paul Williams / Alamy Stock Photo

Granada was the last bastion of the Moors in Spain, and their legacy remains on display throughout this history-rich city in Andalucia. Above all, there’s the mighty Alhambra, the finest example of palatial Islamic architecture in Europe. However, it’s also a modern city, with busy cafes, hipster bars, flamenco-fuelled nightclubs and unique boutique hotels. Here’s our pick of the best places to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Puerta de las Granadas

Boutique Hotel

A bed and a balcony with a view to the rooftop of a building in a guest room at Hotel Puerta de las Granadas
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At the foot of the Alhambra, this upscale boutique hotel sits inside a renovated 19th-century structure, with a facade that seamlessly combines the old and new. It’s all on-trend contemporary inside, with glass and wood playing key roles throughout, including the understated guest rooms. Head to the rooftop terrace for drinks and nibbles under the gaze of the ancient fortress. When you’re ready to explore, ask at reception about its free guided tours.

2. Casa Morisca Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A bed under a Moorish-style wood ceiling and arch in a guest room with a couch and coffee table with flowers at Hotel Casa Morisca
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As you might guess from the name (meaning Moorish House), Casa Morisca wonderfully captures the spirit of Granada’s Arabic past. The coffered ceilings, intricate plasterwork and ancient timber detailing from the original 15th-century residence have been superbly restored, and gothic and renaissance elements add to the enchanting Moorish-Spanish melange. Guest rooms are equally captivating, and to pile on even more historical charm, some offer views out to the neighbouring Alhambra.

3. Santa Isabel la Real

Boutique Hotel

A bed, bedside tables with lamps, chair and wood beam ceiling in a guest room at Santa Isabel la Real in Granada
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With its roots trailing as far back as the 16th century, this family-run hotel balances historical charm and a cosy setting with aplomb. A central courtyard with an elevated wood-carved walkway forms the heart of the property, while the welcoming, unpretentious rooms continue the traditional Spanish vibe. Upgrade to the upper-floor deluxe for Alhambra views. Before heading out to explore the city – you’re only a 10-minute stroll from the centre – enjoy the complimentary breakfast with cooked-to-order eggs.

4. Gar Anat Hotel Boutique

Boutique Hotel

Stone columns, a wooden balcony, white seating and potted plants in the spacious lobby at Gar Anat Boutique
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Originally the house of a wealthy Moorish family, the Gar Anat then passed into the hands of the Catholic Church and became a hospital and refuge for pilgrims. After many other incarnations, it reopened as an inviting city centre hotel. Individually styled rooms range from simple to playful and contemporary to traditional, with artworks and literary snippets lending cultural cachet. Room service and pillow menus provide comfort where it counts, and you can help yourself to tea and coffee in the hotel’s library.

5. Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol

Boutique Hotel

A couch, armchair, coffee tables with books and windows with a view of trees outside at Carmen de la Alcubilla del Caracol
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This adults-only hotel, on a hillside below the Alhambra, offers some of the city’s finest views over the surrounding plains and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The former Moorish-style residence has been updated in calming tones while maintaining a timeless and intimate atmosphere. A secluded and leafy terraced garden makes a lovely spot to relax while soaking up the surrounding Realejo district. Spread across three floors and a tower, the guest rooms offer some wonderful vistas, too.

6. Shine Albayzín

Boutique Hotel

Stone columns, armchairs and tables, and a potted plant in the spacious lobby at Shine Albayzín
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As it sits on a cobblestone riverside footpath lined with Medieval buildings, arriving at the Shine Albayzín hotel truly feels like stepping back in time. The building itself is a lovely 16th-century palace, complete with an ornate frescoed facade and a columned courtyard. Meanwhile, the rooms lean more towards the modern, with neutral tones and comfy seating, not to mention some fabulous views of the Alhambra. If you’re staying for a while, it also offers apartment-style accommodation with cooking facilities.

7. Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

Boutique Hotel

A hotel room with vaulted wood beam ceiling and ornate headboard at Casa 1800 with city views
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Looking for somewhere a little more elegant during your stay in Granada? The Hotel Casa 1800 could be the place for you. Guest rooms in this 16th-century mansion don’t hold back, combining items such as cut-glass chandeliers, gilt-framed headboards and rococo-style antique furnishings to palatial effect. Many also feature Alhambra views, while a few add jacuzzi tubs, too. Breakfast is served in its pretty central courtyard, and you can also return here for afternoon tea.

8. El Ladrón de Agua

Boutique Hotel

A bed, wardrobe, desk and chairs in a hotel room with exposed brick features and a wood beam ceiling at El Ladrón de Agua
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With a history that can be traced back to 16th-century nobility, it’s certainly easy to imagine this grand mansion occupied by the aristocracy. However, it was its 20th-century owners who commissioned the beautiful fresco on the facade, complete with Masonic symbols. Today, literature and art remain at the heart of this storied boutique hotel, with a well-stocked library and monthly exhibitions. Terracotta tiling, Asian rugs and dark wood furnishings lend the rooms a traditional, atmospheric air, while high-end toiletries and quality bedding add a touch of luxury.

Why not extend your trip in Andalucia and visit Seville? Read our guide to the best boutique hotels in Seville, then book your stay on Culture Trip.

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