These hotels will help you get in touch with history and Andalusian cuisine in Granada, with locations close to all the attractions in the historic Albaicín neighborhood, in 16th-century homes, or even within the Alhambra walls.

Granada Five Senses

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The "hotel of the senses" Granada Five Senses offers up sleek, minimalist furnishings in organic shapes to help you feel cozy. Rooms offer amenities like a private patio with a jacuzzi, bathtub at the foot of the bed, Alhambra images on the wallpaper, and other funky touches.

Start your day at the breakfast buffet, soak at the spa, stop in the lounge bar, or take in the sun and skyline views at the terrace pool. When you're ready to head out into the city, the Cathedral, Royal Chapel, and Alcaicería are right next door.

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Casa del Capitel Nazari Hotel

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Enjoy a classic Spanish courtyard stay at the Casa del Capitel Nazari Hotel. The ancient Renaissance palace was built in the Albaicín in 1503, and guests can enjoy accents like Tuscan columns, Arabic-inspired beams, and a Renaissance wooden ceiling. The main focal point is a Nazari capital carved out of alabaster that gives the hotel its name.

All of the 18 rooms have been renovated with as much use of original materials as possible. Take advantage of the tea and coffee bar in the morning, pillow menu by night, and easy access to reservations for Alhambra tours in between.

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El Ladrón de Agua Hotel

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The boutique arts El Ladrón de Agua hotel gets its name (which translates to "The Water Thief") from a poem by Juan Ramon Jimenez that was inspired by the poet's trip to Granada. It has plenty of history itself to offer; the hotel was once the home of a 16th-century Spanish noble. It was later purchased by an antique dealer in the early 1900s, whose family commissioned the fresco that still adorns the hotel's facade today, complete with a few mystical and possibly Masonic references. After the antique shop closed, it had a brief turn as a furniture store before a 2001 restoration to its current boutique state.

Experience this inspiration for yourself with the 69-foot mural (21 m), renaissance courtyard with fountain, and artwork throughout the traditionally decorated rooms. Local artists are regularly featured in the courtyard and the library includes guides to the city in multiple languages. Its spot in the middle of the Albaicín means the Alhambra, Plaza Nueva, and restaurants and shops are all right outside the door.

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Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

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Hotel Casa 1800 Granada has charm to spare, with unique historical touches and stellar services. Rooms at this 16th-century house harken back to Spain of old, with gold, white, and wood decor under chandeliers. The restored balconies, coffered ceilings, and other carpentry accents were all part of the original construction.

Its position in the central Albaicín neighborhood puts you steps from the Alhambra and Plaza Nueva, as well as the surrounding shops and restaurants. Some rooms even offer an Alhambra view from their windows.

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Hotel AC Palacio de Santa Paula 

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At first glance, the Hotel AC Palacio de Santa Paula may seem like a standard member of the Marriott group. If you go further into the hotel, however, you can discover that the back of the property used to be the cloisters of the Santa Paula Convent and the Casa Morisca.

Relax amidst the columns of the central terrace or visit the El Claustro restaurant, which serves a fusion of traditional and modern Andalusian cuisine inside the former refectory. Also positioned near the Albaicín, it gives guests close proximity to all the hot spots of the city, including the Cathedral, Gardens of the Triumph, and the Alhambra.

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Parador de Granada

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You can't get closer to the Alhambra than within its very walls. Spain's paradores date back to the early 1900s, when a system of state-run hotels was established to promote tourism and the Spanish image abroad. Many of them are in former historical sites, but few are as glamorous as the Alhambra gardens.

The Parador de Granada occupies a former monastery, which was in turn built on the site of a Nasrid palace—you can still find the remains of the palace in one of the rooms. Peruse the property museum to learn about its fabled history, enjoy classic Andalusian cuisine in the dining room and attached terrace, and stroll amid the orange trees of the courtyard. Within the intricately carved walls and gates, you'll feel like you're living in the palace itself.

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