Notoriously hard to book, with reservations having to be made months in advance, but definitely worth the wait, the Parador of Granada is Spain’s most popular Parador. Actually situated in the Alhambra Complex, it is drenched in history, being part palace, part mosque, and dating back to the 1330s. At one point in time, it was even a former chapel in which the kings of Spain were buried. Inside, royal and classic furnishings complement Arab and Christian styles.
Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain, +34 958 22 14 40
A hotel full of history, in which Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca was reported to have spent his final days, there’s certainly a strong cultural and historical ambience here, making it a fantastic alternative to chain hotels. Along with authentic antique décor and an Andalusian charm, Reina Cristina is complemented by excellent service, and an ideal location in the centre of the commercial centre of the city, and right next to the cathedral.
This modest hotel oozes with charm and character and is housed in a building dating back to the 16th century, and fully restored to reflect the time period. Hotel Santa Isabel la Real is ideally located in the picturesque district of Albaicín, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ab ideal base for exploring the city of Granada. A hotel that has taste, simplicity, and a homely feel, it makes its guests feel comfortable, enjoying the authentic preserved architecture and delightful patio in summer, or fire-lit lounge in winter.
Calle Sta. Isabel la Real, 19, 18010 Granada, Spain, +34 958 29 46 58
Informally known as the Arts Hotel, El Ladron de Agua is a beautifully restored 16th century house which is charmingly modest in size, featuring only 15 guestrooms. El Ladron de Agua is historic and atmospheric; try to book the ‘suite’ if you can, to enjoy spectacular views of the Plaza Nueva, Darro River Valley, the Alcazar, and, last but not least, the Alhambra. Rooms aside, El Ladron de Agua is more than just a hotel; this family run place also acts as a showcase for local and regional art, hence the informal name, and is a literary and artistic hub inspired by Juan Ramon Jimenez.
Carrera del Darro, 13, 18010 Granada, Spain, +34 958 21 50 40
Just a few hundred yards from the Granada Cathedral, this elegant hotel is full of Andalusian charm, and is ideally located in the historic heart of the city. With 68 rooms, each is decorated in an authentically Andalusian style, and some even boast views of the small square in front of the hotel. This modest hotel offers guests a sense of privacy and even boasts three beautiful Andalusian0style courtyards.
Plaza de Gamboa, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain, +34 958 01 84 00
Take the unique opportunity to stay in a cave house in the Sacromonte neighbourhood of Granada, an area near the Alhambra, and the neighbor of the historic Arab district, the Albaicín. The true beauty of staying in a ‘cave house’ can really only be appreciated when actually there; it’s a simple and modest, yet captivating experience which is free from exquisite decoration, but offers guests a true feeling of escape in nature.
Calle Verea de Enmedio, 89, 18010 Granada, Spain, +34 958 22 61 99
Located in a historic palace that was also once a pilgrim hospital, Gar Anat is brimming with history. Refurbished in recent years, this hotel now has all the essential modern amenities, but has retained its authentic ancient roots. Still popularly known as an ideal place for reflecting and relaxing, Gar Anat is also a literary hotel, inviting guests to delve into the world of stories of pilgrims, writers, travelers and adventurers. Gar Anat offers an almost magical and escapist experience with each room boasting its own unique charm and story.
Placeta de los Peregrinos, 1, 18009 Granada, Spain, +34 958 22 55 28