The Best Cultural Hotels In Granada, Spain

Discover the most stylish and historic hotels for a unique stay in Granada, Spain
Discover the most stylish and historic hotels for a unique stay in Granada, Spain | Courtesy of Casa Morisca
Matt Charlton

From 15th-century ceilings, to a suite teetering at the top of a tower, these cultural hotels bring history back to life in Spain’s Moorish city of Granada – and they’re all bookable with Culture Trip.

Malaga and Seville aside, Andalucía is one of the less explored areas of Spain, with Granada one of its hidden gems. As with a lot of this region, the city is a delicious clash of rich historical influences, including Italian, Arab and northern European. There is a unique feel to Granada – a sense of personality and independence of spirit, which is reflected in the diverse, creative and luxurious range of accommodation.

1. Casa 1800

Boutique Hotel

A hotel room with vaulted wood beam ceiling and ornate headboard at Casa 1800 with city views
Courtesy of Hotel Casa 1800 Granada / Expedia

At the foot of the Alhambra, this boutique hotel, housed in a grand 16th-century house with a protected renaissance facade, is located in the heart of the historic centre. The beautiful rooms – featuring classic Spanish heavy woods and terracotta floors – have every detail considered, and some have views of the Alhambra itself. With a generous breakfast and even a complimentary afternoon tea, it’s all about the ambience, comfort and tranquillity.

2. Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection

Chain Hotel

Palacio de Santa Paula
Courtesy of Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection / Expedia

Centred around a stunning courtyard, this restored masterpiece replaced the Santa Paula Convent and the Casa Morisca, which existed in the 16th and 12th centuries, respectively. In the historic centre of Granada near the Albaicín and Sacromonte areas, the earth-toned accommodation is rustic and luxurious, with many rooms boasting beamed and vaulted ceilings, dreamy for taking your siesta under. There’s also a gym, terrace and bar, too.

3. Casa Bombo

Independent Hotel

Courtesy of Casa Bombo

This rustic, typically Andalucian offering has spades of charm, with its characteristic Moorish architecture. Taking pride in the fact that the hotel feels more like a home than a business, the hosts are friendly, talkative and love to exchange travel stories. Centred right in the heart of Albaicín, the oldest and most historic part of Granada, the accommodation is bright and airy, and there’s even a sun terrace and small plunge pool.

4. Casa Morisca

Boutique Hotel

Courtesy of Casa Morisca

If it wasn’t for the air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and breakfast buffets, you’d think you’d travelled back to the 15th century, when this gorgeous building was erected. A Moorish house, it’s all vaulted ceilings, carved doors, terracotta flooring and a striking atrium, with accommodation beautifully restored by the Granada architect Carlos Sanchez. There’s also a bar, an original courtyard pool and a patio garden with views of the Alhambra’s Comares Tower.

5. Parador de Granada Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Parador de Granada
Courtesy of Parador de Granada / Expedia

A former monastery built on the orders of the Catholic Monarchs on the site of a Nasrid palace, this hotel has an utterly enchanting interior, in keeping with the atmosphere of the city’s twisty-turny calles. An idyllic spot, the stripped-back-but-luxurious rooms range from comfortable doubles, right up to a glorious suite in a tower, with 360-degree views of the Palacio del Generalife, Alberca, Sierra Nevada and the site of the Alhambra.

6. Hotel 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
© Hospes Palacio de los Patos / Expedia

The name of this hotel translates as “palace of the ducks”, and you’d be quackers not to stay here. A beautiful and sympathetic renovation of a 19th-century palace with architecture so unique it’s been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, the gorgeously decorated rooms will put you in anything but a foul mood, and the comfort and indulgence offered – including an indulgent spa, high-end restaurant and secluded grounds – means you’ll be happy to foot the bill.

7. Santa Isabel la Real Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Courtesy of Santa Isabel la Real Hotel

This family hotel proudly claims that they “have created an environment to dream, rest and feel the vibrations of all its inhabitants throughout history”. And this 16th-century Moorish house has quite a history – they even used to make rose water here. With views of the Alhambra, you’re a three-minute walk from the Palacio de Dar al-Horra. The elegant rooms are centred around a striking courtyard, and there are even private guided tours of Granada on offer.

8. El Ladrón de agua Hotel

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
Courtesy of El Ladrón de Agua / Expedia

Locally known as the Arts Hotel, this beautiful mansion was lovingly and carefully restored to its former glory in 2001. Even the most basic rooms in this boutique hotel are beautifully finished with Moorish decor, featuring hand-selected furniture and individual pieces of art. There are complimentary evening snacks and wine in the snug library, a bar and an impressive courtyard and lobby with a fountain – all festooned with temporary local art exhibitions.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Rebecca Wilkinson.

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