The Best Hotels to Book in Granada for Every Traveller

Granada is packed architectural heritage, such as this bridge over the River Darro in Granada
Granada is packed architectural heritage, such as this bridge over the River Darro in Granada | © Nathan and Elaine Vaessen / Alamy Stock Photo
Mark Nayler

The Andalusian city of Granada, in the south of Spain, should be on every traveller’s bucket list, with its Arab citadel of Alhambra and the Generalife pleasure palace and gardens, as well as its rich gastronomy, with several routes for tapas bar-hopping. Here’s our guide to the best hotels and places to stay in Granada for your next visit – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel

Chain Hotel

A hotel room at Barceló Carmen Granada Hotel in white with purple accents, a patio and plush headboards
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Located on one of the main central thoroughfares, Barceló Carmen sits in the bustling heart of the city. Guest rooms at this Granada hotel have all the swish, contemporary feel you’d expect of an upmarket hotel chain, with some upper floors overlooking the Alhambra. But it’s the fabulous rooftop terrace where you’ll find the best views, together with a snazzy pool and bar perfect for sunny summer afternoons.

2. Vincci Albayzin Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

A hotel room at Vincci Albayzin Hotel in simple style with Andalusian carvings and beige colours throughout
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With soaring Moorish architecture, elegant red brick arches and crystal chandeliers, the grand patio of this hotel in Granada makes for a handsome centrepiece. This is where you’ll also find the excellent restaurant, Acequia, a popular dining spot for Granadan gourmands. Arabian motifs continue throughout – subtly so in the smartly neutral finish of the guest rooms – infusing the property with the cultural heritage of the city.

3. Casa Morisca

Boutique Hotel

A twin hotel room with private balcony at Casa Morisca Hotel with traditional wood ceilings and exposed brick
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When it comes to exhibiting the Moorish past of the city, few hotels in Granada can match the splendour of Casa Morisca. Wonderfully restored from the original 15th-century residence, the property combines coffered ceilings, intricate plasterwork and ancient timber to enchanting effect. Guest rooms are equally eye-pleasing, while the setting under the shadow of the mighty Alhambra only adds to the magic.

4. Smart Suites Albaicin Apartamento

Hotel

A lounge and dining area in a suit at Smart Suites Albaicin Apartamento in minimal style
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Set deep in the winding lanes of the ancient Moorish quarter of Albaicín, these apartment-style accommodation in Granada offer light, space and modernity. Clean contemporary lines, crisp white walls and minimalist pine make up the self-contained units; large groups should opt for the rather impressive penthouse with a pool. High-end kitchens and comfy lounges add homely appeal, while some rooms treat occupants to great views of the Alhambra and Granada cathedral.

5. Hotel Puerta de las Granadas

Boutique Hotel

A small hotel room with large bed and city views at Hotel Puerta de las Granadas with slick minimal style and flatscreen tv
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Set at the foot of the Alhambra, the Hotel Puerta de las Granadas is part 19th-century building and part new-build (with a carefully matching facade). Inside it’s all swish and contemporary, with pops of primary colour and lightwood flooring. The rooftop terrace make this one of the best hotels in Granada and means you can nibble tapas in the sun while gazing at the ancient citadel – a view shared by many of the higher rooms.

6. Rosa de Comares

Bed and Breakfast, Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

A simple hotel room at Rosa de Comares with floral blanket on the bed and gold coloured picture frames
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Tucked within a narrow lane in the medieval Albaicín neighbourhood, Rosa de Comares will immerse you in the history of the city. The home-style guesthouse is dotted with Moorish decorative touches, together with a fine collection of ornate antiques. Some guest rooms have Alhambra-view balconies, others in-room spa tubs, and one even has a private plunge pool. A shared terrace also offers fabulous panoramic vistas over the Granada roofscape.

7. Solar Montes Claros

Boutique Hotel

A large hotel room with Moorish features at Solar Montes Claros featuring ornate rugs, carved headboard and a huge lampshade
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Geometric tiling, ornate Moorish lanterns and carved wood detailing capture the spirit of the ancient Moorish quarter in which this cosy boutique hotel in Granada is located. Being perched on the hillside means superb panoramas over the city too, which become particularly magical as night falls. Step out on to your peaceful balcony and breathe in the Alhambra views, before returning to your deep tub for a long soak – candle-lit, of course.

8. Alhambra Palace

Independent Hotel, Hotel

The grand lounge and bar area at Alhambra Palace with traditional Moorish elements throughout
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The Alhambra Palace picked up its fifth star last year, making it the oldest five-star hotel in Granada and in Spain (it opened in 1910). Viewable from far outside the city, it offers luxurious accommodation on the hilltop beside the Alhambra, with many of its 108 suites and rooms boasting spectacular views of Granada. There’s also a smart restaurant, and a bar famed for its cocktails, which can be enjoyed on a terrace with one of the best views in the city.

9. Palacio de Santa Paula

Chain Hotel

A simple hotel room with wood beamed ceiling and orange walls at Palacio de Santa Paula
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The five-star Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula is housed in a 16th-century convent and 12th-century casa morisca (Moorish house) on the stately thoroughfare of Gran Via. Its 75 rooms – ranging from standard singles to the Bishop’s Suite – are centred around a beautiful internal cloister, some with views onto a 14th-century Moorish patio. The in-house restaurant, El Claustro, is superb, but if you’re heading out, the bars and eateries of central Granada are about a two-minute walk away.

10. Casa 1800

Boutique Hotel

A hotel room with vaulted wood beam ceiling and ornate headboard at Casa 1800 with city views
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You relax the moment you walk into Hotel Casa 1800, an oasis of calm within a gorgeous 16th-century building. Tucked away on a side-street at the bottom of Albaicin, its 25 rooms ooze period charm, with stone-flagged floors, exquisite wooden furniture and romantic balconies; the Deluxe rooms and the 1800 Suite also boast magnificent views of the Alhambra. A complimentary merienda – the Spanish equivalent of afternoon tea – is available to guests every day.

11. Hospes Palacio de los Patos

Chain Hotel, Hotel

A hotel room with bay window, wooden ceiling and a contemporary seating area at Hospes Palacio de los Patos
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Hospes Palacio de los Patos offers elegant accommodation within walking distance of Granada’s cathedral and shopping district. The rooms are spread between a converted 19th-century palace and a modern building that provides a pleasing contrast to its historical surroundings – you can book them by themselves, or as part of packages such as the Hospes Christmas Experience or the Romantic Getaway. This Granada hotel’s in-house restaurant has one of the most romantic terraces in the city.

12. 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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El Ladrón de Agua (which translates as The Water Thief) is a family-run hotel in Granada is situated on one of the prettiest streets in the city, at the foot of the Alhambra. It takes its name from a collection of poetry entitled Forgotten Memories of Granada, by the 19th-century Spanish poet Juan Jimenez, and each of its 15 sumptuous bedrooms is themed around a poem from the collection. Guests can choose a book from the well-stocked library and are treated to complimentary wine and tapas early evening.

13. Gar Anat Boutique

Boutique Hotel

A hotel room with vaulted ceiling at Gar Anat Boutique featuring exposed brick and white bedsheets and headboard
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Occupying an understated but beautiful 17th-century palace, Gar Anat is a three-star boutique that calls itself a ‘‘pilgrim’s hotel’’: it was formerly an inn where peregrinos (pilgrims) walking the Santiago de Compostella – via the Andalusian paths known as the Camino Mozarabe – would stay. There are 15 rooms, all with high, oak-beamed ceilings and individually decorated in a classic-meets-modern style. The trendy cocktail bars of Calle San Matias are on your doorstep, too.

14. Macia Plaza

Chain Hotel

A hotel room with city views at Macia Plaza featuring traditional blankets, painted wall design and desk
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For comfortable budget accommodation in the heart of Granada, Macia Plaza takes some beating. Located on Plaza Nueva, one of the historic centre’s main squares, it’s within a 10-minute walk of the Alhambra (which can be seen from many of the rooms), the cathedral, the old Moorish quarter of Albaicin, and Realejo, the former Jewish district (check out its street art). A buffet breakfast is served every morning and guests have free gym access.

Still looking for more options in Granada? Read our guide to the best boutique hotels in the city, then book your stay on Culture Trip.

Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.

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