Staying in Granada
Granada is one of the most historic cities in Spain, once the capital of the Emirate of Granada under the Nasrid Dynasty, though eventually conquered by the Catholic Monarchs. Today, many of the best boutique hotels in Granada repurpose historic buildings from both eras. You can stay in a convent from either time, opt for a 19th-century palace, or sleep in a 16th-century Arabic house.
You'll find our picks for boutique hotels in several different neighborhoods. The best things to do in Granada are spread out in areas like the city center near the Cathedral, the old Moorish quarter of the Albaicín, and the hilly neighborhood around the Alhambra. You can choose from luxury properties within the grounds of the Alhambra to charming standard properties in Moorish houses. All are within walking distance to the city's main sites and offer amenities like on-site eateries, spacious rooms, picturesque courtyards, and terraces overlooking the city.
Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula
As one of the best luxury boutique hotels in Granada, you'll get both history and modernity with Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula. Its facade, reception, and rooms all feel new, modern, and sleek, yet you can still enjoy the building's unique past as a 16th-century Santa Paula convent and 12th-century house. The large inner courtyard terrace is a beautiful setting to enjoy a meal (as the on-site restaurant offers alfresco dining) or sit with a drink and a book. You'll also find frescoes, archways, a chapel, and smaller courtyards throughout the grounds.
Set on Calle Gran Vía de Colón—the city's main artery lined with 18th- and 19th-century architecture—the hotel is in the heart of it all, within walking distance to the train station, plus significant sites like the Catedral de Granada and the Albaicín. You'll be just one block from Calle Elvira, an excellent stretch for tapas bars and craft shops.
Rooms feature wood-beamed ceilings and warm colors, plus modern furnishings and spacious bathrooms. But if you want to truly experience the hotel's historical charms, opt for a suite with preserved wood paneling and windows, antique furniture, and four-poster beds. Some rooms have more privacy, too, with entrances in separate courtyards.
Parador de Granada
You can't get closer to the Alhambra than within its very walls. Spain's Paradores date back to the early 1900s, when the country established a system of state-run hotels to promote tourism and the Spanish image. Many are in former historical sites, but few are as glamorous as the Alhambra gardens. The Parador de Granada is set inside a 15th-century convent built originally by the Nasrid Dynasty, starting in the 13th century. Enjoy plenty of reminders of the building's history, including original archways, wood-beamed ceilings, tiled walls, and mosaic walkways.
Being right next to the palace has its perks, and as you can probably guess, this is one of the best hotels with Alhambra views in Granada. You can enjoy these vistas from the hotel's common spaces and your own room. Relax on the garden terrace with a sun deck, fountains, and views, and enjoy your meals at the property's popular upmarket restaurant with alfresco dining overlooking the Alhambra. As a trade-off, you'll be about a 25-minute walk from the city's historic center and other sites, such as the Catedral de Granada and the historic Albaicín neighborhood.
The rooms at Parador de Granada also channel the property's history offering standard rooms, superior rooms, and suites, all with comfortable seating areas and antique furnishings. Every unit has views of the Alhambra Palace, gardens, or the surrounding area, though suites take the vistas to the next level with a wall of windows overlooking the palace. Some have balconies, and all include spacious, modern bathrooms.
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Hotel Casa 1800 Granada
Hotel Casa 1800 Granada gets our top pick of the best mid-range family-friendly hotels in Granada. The property lets you sleep in the most historic part of the city (the Albaicín neighborhood) in a 16th-century Arabic house, once home to lords and counts—clearly something kids will love! You'll find many hidden nooks on the property where you can relax and enjoy the history, such as a Castilian doorway, a grand staircase, and Mudejar influences in the courtyard. Enjoy a breakfast buffet in a charming lounge and dining area, where you'll also find complimentary snacks and drinks in the afternoon.
The historic Albaicín neighborhood, the old Moorish area of the city, has the bulk of city highlights. You'll be just across the narrow and trickling Darro River from Iglesia de San Gil y Santa Ana, putting you right along the scenic cobblestone river walk. Enjoy wandering through the neighborhood's twisting hillside streets and visiting sites like Casa Horno del Oro and numerous viewpoints. The Catedral de Granada is less than 10 minutes away by foot, and the Alhambra is about a 15-minute walk.
A small boutique hotel, Casa 1800 has just 25 rooms and suites, all featuring beautiful historic elements like wood-beamed ceilings, antique furnishings, and wainscoting along the walls. Some have iron Juliette balconies, seating areas, private terraces and/or views of the Alhambra, and families can choose different bed configurations to suit their crew. Bathrooms are spacious and modern with Molton Brown luxury toiletries.
If you want your first steps outside the hotel to be on the historic Carrera del Darro, which follows the small river at the foot of the Alhambra, Shine Albayzin is the place for you. As one of the best mid-range boutique hotels in Granada, the city's energetic buzz is at your doorstep, and you can easily walk to all the sites in the Albaicín neighborhood, plus the Catedral de Granada and Alhambra Palace.
The hotel is a renovated 16th-century house with preserved elements, like its inner courtyard and wooden balconies. The cozy lounge in the inner courtyard is the perfect place to relax when needing a break from sightseeing. It offers stone floors and comfy seating, plus connects to one of the city's best specialty coffee bars, which also serves breakfast.
Rooms are spacious and charming, especially the suites, which offer seating areas, large windows, and beautiful views of the Alhambra. Many rooms also have iron balconies, some overlooking the cobbled streets and historic bridges that cross the river and/or with Alhambra views. The best room in the hotel sits on the corner of its top floor, with vistas of the famous palace and the forested hills.
Though set a little outside the city center, Villa Oniria feels like the perfect little reprieve, with its 19th-century palace, neoclassical interior, and traditional Andalusian courtyard with a quiet garden. Enjoy your meals at the property's gourmet Onírico Restaurant with a tasting menu and extensive wine list, plus outdoor seating in the peaceful courtyard gardens. You can also relax in the spa or one of the hotel's lounges, such as its fireside lounge.
Rooms are warm and comfortable, though they have fairly standard furnishings. If you'd like a bit more space and elevated decor, opt for a suite or penthouse room with seating areas and a private outdoor terrace. You can enjoy the fresh air and sound of the garden's trickling fountains.
Villa Oniria is just two blocks from one of the city's hidden gems, the leafy, tree-lined Plaza Bibataubin, established in the 1930s. You can also easily walk to other sites often missed by travelers, including the Fuente de las Granadas and Puente Romano. Still, you'll be within walking distance of highlights like the Catedral de Granada, Albaicín, and Alhambra.
Hotel Casa Morisca
Hotel Casa Morisca is an award-winning historic hotel in Granada, honored for its impeccable restoration efforts. You'll stay in a beautiful 15th-century Moorish house and enjoy breakfast in its downstairs cistern, so you can really appreciate the city's unique past. Relax in the traditional inner courtyard and marvel at its preserved elements, including tiled flooring, wooden balconies, and stone columns.
As one of the best standard boutique hotels in Granada, the rooms match the property's history, offering beautiful quarters with antique furnishings, tiled floors, and wood-beamed ceilings. We recommend booking early to secure one of the top-floor rooms with vaulted ceilings and truly incredible Alhambra views (some with Juliette balconies). The standard rooms have windows opening up to the inner courtyard, so you won't get any views, and this design can make the rooms noisy during the day. Bathrooms are small and a little outdated but might charm you with the vintage tiling.
The location is ideal if you want to be in the Albaicín neighborhood yet close to the Darro River and views of the Alhambra. The hotel is steps away from the Paseo de los Tristes with river and Alhambra views, plus statues, a park, and several outdoor cafés. You'll also be within walking distance of many sites, including the Sacromonte neighborhood, Catedral de Granada, and all the best viewpoints. But if you want to further explore the region, Hotel Casa Morisca offers free parking right at its entrance, a rare find in the old Albaicín neighborhood.
Palacio de Santa Inés
Palacio de Santa Inés gives you a quiet option in the buzz of the Albaicín and is one of the best standard boutique hotels in Granada. The hotel used two 16th-century Mudejar buildings to create its space, and you'll notice several preserved elements, including wooden terraces in its traditional inner courtyard. The top-floor lounge is definitely a highlight, as it features comfy sofas and a vaulted glass ceiling, so you get those perfect Alhambra views. There's also a simple breakfast buffet that transforms into a bar in the afternoons.
The hotel's architecture is stunning, but the rooms feel a little left behind, especially the standard category. We recommended booking early to secure a room or suite on the top floor with views of the Alhambra (some with private enclosed terraces), making this one of the best hotels in Granada's Albaicín neighborhood. Bathrooms follow the simplicity but are bright and modern. You might like the family rooms with lofted sleeping areas if you're traveling with older kids.
The hotel feels tucked away with its own little square in the Albaicín, though just about one block from the busy Carrera del Darro. You can easily walk to all the city's main sites, including the Catedral de Granada and the Alhambra, plus all that there's to see in the Albaicín and Sacromonte neighborhoods.