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Best Overall: See AC Palacio de Santa Paula Hotel Rates at TripAdvisor "The star feature here is the El Claustro restaurant, one of the most popular in Granada."
Best Budget: See Room Mate Leo Rates at TripAdvisor "The affordable property is located on a pedestrian street in Granada’s main shopping district."
Best Boutique: See Hotel Casa 1800 Granada Rates at TripAdvisor "A former militia headquarters that's been converted into a very charming 25-room boutique hotel."
Best for Luxury: See Parador de Granada Rates at TripAdvisor "Though the building is historic, the decor inside is contemporary, but still tasteful — and appropriately Spanish."
Best for Families: See Meliá Granada Rates at TripAdvisor "There a family room that comes with a king or two twins, plus a bunk bed for children 11 and under."
Best for Couples: See Hotel Casa Morisca Rates at TripAdvisor "There are dozens of intimate tapas bars nearby, which are perfect for a romantic dinner."
Best for Nightlife: See NH Collection Granada Victoria Rates at TripAdvisor "Located right on the Puerta Real de España — an area known for its party culture."
Best Hostel: See Oasis Backpackers’ Hostel Granada Rates at TripAdvisor "Where the hostel really stands out is its off-site programming."
Best Countryside: See La Almunia del Valle Rates at TripAdvisor "Set in among olive and fig trees on a hillside just a 15-minute drive from the center of Granada."
Best Overall: AC Palacio de Santa Paula Hotel, Autograph Collection
At the AC Palacio de Santa Paula Hotel, guests get the best of both worlds: the history and architecture of a boutique hotel and the modern amenities of a major chain. The property is housed in an old Moorish building and a former convent in the old quarter of Granada that date back to the 12th and 16th centuries, respectively. As such, you’ll find beautiful architectural details like antique wood carvings, centuries-old frescoes, plant-filled courtyards, and even old tombstones. But the 75 guest rooms are quite modern with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and updated bathrooms with glass counters.
The Palacio de Santa Paula doesn’t quite have all the amenities of a five-star hotel — there’s no pool, for instance — but it does have a hammam, a sauna, and a gym. The star feature here is the El Claustro restaurant, one of the most popular in Granada. Helmed by chef Juan Andres Morilla, who trained in Michelin-starred restaurants across Spain, the eatery serves up traditional Andalusian plates. There’s also a bar set in a romantic courtyard. Plus, the location of the hotel couldn’t be better — it’s right on Granada’s main street, and the Alhambra and the Cathedral are within walking distance.
Best Budget: Room Mate Leo
There’s no need to sacrifice style for budget at Room Mate Leo — the hotel packs a design punch with contemporary finishings like gold accent walls and black lacquer headboards in the 32 guest rooms. The affordable property is located on a pedestrian street in Granada’s main shopping district, and it’s just a short walk to the major attractions in the city.
Keep in mind that this is a budget-friendly hotel, meaning amenities like a restaurant, bar, spa, and fitness center are non-existent. But if you plan on being out and about for most of the day, this hotel is a great choice. There is, however, a rooftop terrace that has views of the Alhambra (but do note that drinks aren’t served there), as well as a hot breakfast buffet served till noon daily — for a fee. There’s no parking here either, but guests receive a discount for a public parking garage nearby.
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Best Boutique: Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
Like many hotels in town, the Hotel Casa 1800 Granada is set in a historic building, and this one, as its name suggests, is from the 19th century. It used to be a former militia headquarters that's been converted into a very charming 25-room boutique hotel. Set in the historic Albayzin district, the property is just off the Plaza Nueva, surrounded by bars and restaurants in a pedestrian-only zone. And main sights like the cathedral, the Alhambra, and the Arabic Baths are just a short walk away.
Given the age of the building, the rooms have a somewhat cozy and rustic vibe, but they’re decorated in a sumptuous baroque manner, with bold details like gilt wallpaper and glistening chandeliers. Some of them offer beautiful views of the Alhambra, while others overlook a charming courtyard in the center of the hotel. A free buffet breakfast is served in the library each morning, and though there’s no formal restaurant, free bites and drinks are served each afternoon.
Best for Luxury: Parador de Granada
If you’re here to see the Alhambra, you can’t stay any closer than the Parador de Granada, which is housed in a 14th-century palace-turned-convent in the gardens of the Alhambra property. The luxury hotel has 40 guest rooms, five of which are phenomenal Junior Suites. Though the building is historic, the decor inside is much more contemporary, but still tasteful — and appropriately Spanish — with terracotta flooring, wood furniture, and Alpujarran rugs.
Even though this is undoubtedly a luxury hotel in terms of service, the amenities are a little more limited as you’re primarily paying for the location. There’s a restaurant that serves Andalusian dishes for lunch and dinner, plus a breakfast buffet. You can also grab light bites and great Spanish wine in the cafe-bar. Other amenities include free parking, a solarium, a cloister where you can enjoy a drink in the evening, and a small business center. After the Alhambra closes and the crowds leave, guests can still wander around certain areas of the property.
Best for Families: Meliá Granada
When it comes to hotel rooms in Europe, the majority can only fit two people — not the most convenient for traveling families. But some properties, including the Meliá Granada, have special accommodations for multi-generational trips. Here, there’s a family room that comes with a king or two twins, plus a bunk bed for children 11 and under. For families with older kids, there are adjoining rooms (typically one with a queen bed, one with two twins) to keep everyone together.
While the 232-room property is modern and well-kept, it does lack some of the personality of other boutique hotels nearby. But it's in the center of town, meaning everything from restaurants to tourist sites are within walking distance. The hotel has several options for dining on-site, though — there’s a breakfast buffet, a traditional Spanish restaurant serving lunch and dinner, and a bar and café that does coffee, cocktails, and tapas. The only other facilities are the meeting rooms, event spaces, and a mini-gym with a few machines.
Best for Couples: Hotel Casa Morisca
Set in the historic Albayzin district, the Hotel Casa Morisca is an intimate 14-room boutique hotel that was one of the first in Granada to convert a historic townhouse into lodgings. The 15th-century structure is well preserved, especially the charming courtyard, where a wooden gallery surrounds a fountain and a well. You’ll find beautiful details throughout the hotel, like original wooden ceilings, marble columns, and ornate tile floors, which create a romantic atmosphere.
The rooms are a bit on the smaller side, but they’re furnished with rustic decor that accentuates the history of the site. Breakfast is served (for a fee) in a vaulted cellar, but otherwise you’ll have to head elsewhere for meals. There are dozens of intimate tapas bars nearby, though, which are perfect for a romantic dinner. Drinks, however, are served all day and can be taken to the patio or in your room.
Best for Nightlife: NH Collection Granada Victoria
Granada’s nightlife doesn’t necessarily happen in the hotels themselves, but at the bars and restaurants that line its streets. So if you want to be in the heart of the action, book a stay at the NH Collection Granada Victoria, located right on the Puerta Real de España — an area known for its party culture. In fact, guests often comment that the street-facing rooms can get quite noisy due to the revelers milling about outside. If you can’t beat them, join them! (Or book an interior-facing room for peace and quiet.)
The hotel is set inside a regal-looking 19th-century Neoclassical building, but its 69 rooms feature modern decor that the Spanish hotel chain is known for. Before you head out for a night on the town, grab dinner at Restaurante Victoria, the on-site restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine, or at the lobby bar, which offers quite reasonably priced cocktails.
Best Hostel: Oasis Backpackers’ Hostel Granada
For a quintessential hostel experience with a sociable atmosphere, pick the Oasis Backpackers’ Hostel Granada. The property has a range of dormitory styles, from mixed rooms with 10 beds to private four-bed accommodations, but all of them have en-suite bathrooms. They’re nothing to write home about decor-wise, but they are quite clean and comfortable. The hostel has a bustling bar with a nightly meet-and-greet for guests, plus weekly cocktail classes and a rooftop terrace where communal dinners are served some evenings.
Where the Oasis Backpackers’ Hostel Granada really stands out is its off-site programming. There are organized hikes, pub crawls with discounted drinks at local bars, and street-art walking tours every week. The property is just a 10-minute walk away from the popular Calle Navas, a street filled with tapas bars that's always bustling, a 15-minute walk from the Alhambra, and a five-minute walk from the cathedral.
Best Countryside: La Almunia del Valle
If you want to stay just outside the city to enjoy the Andalucian countryside, check out La Almunia del Valle, a 15-minute drive from the center of Granada. Designed in the style of a Moorish countryside retreat, the 15-room property oozes eclectic charm with an aesthetic that mixes traditional style (terracotta tiles, wood armoires) with modern elements (Barcelona chairs, funky wallpaper).
If you’re visiting in the summer, there’s a pool with beautiful views of the mountains — you can take your breakfast or light bites on the terrace when the weather is nice. Guests are also offered a homemade three-course dinner in the evenings. There’s also an honesty bar for after-dinner drinks. The hotel’s setting is also convenient in accessing the region’s rural attractions, like the Sierra Nevada Ski Station, which is only an hour drive away.
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