Staying in Granada
Upmarket hotels are a great option for supporting family travel, as they offer those convenient perks that make traveling with the crew a little easier. Our top picks for the best luxury family-friendly hotels in Granada provide amenities like onsite restaurants, extravagant breakfast buffets, rooftops with cool views, and spacious rooms.
When choosing where to stay in the city when traveling with kids, it helps to position yourself in areas walkable to all the major sites. Some of the best things to do in Granada are located in the historical Albaicín neighborhood, the city center near the Catedral de Granada, and the Jewish Quarter at the foot of the Alhambra. These are all ideal districts for exploring Granada's unique history with your entire brood.
Hotel Alhambra Palace
Though not in the Alhambra itself, the Hotel Alhambra Palace is just a 10-minute walk through the monument's beautiful park—perfect for kids not wanting to walk long distances. The property's designer used the Alhambra (Nasrid's grand building) as inspiration, opening this luxury accommodation in 1910. The interiors are truly stunning, and the entire hotel sits on a cliff with views of the city, Sierra Nevada mountain range, and surrounding valley. As one of the best family-friendly hotels in Granada, everyone can enjoy the brick archways, white columns, tiled walls, wood ceilings, and all the other nods to the actual palace.
You'll also be about 10 minutes away from Granada's Old Town, so this is an excellent location for exploring all that the city has to offer. To get to sites like the Cathedral, Darro River, and Albaicín, you'll stroll down the hill through charming, twisting streets. The climb back up is more pleasant through the park, but you can always use a taxi, too.
You'll have your choice of classic and deluxe rooms, plus suites, an excellent family option, as they sleep up to four guests. All offer spacious quarters and modern bathrooms, as the hotel completed a renovation in 2017. If you'd like to enjoy vistas of the Alhambra gardens or the city, opt for rooms with views, such as the suites (especially those on the top floor) with separate seating areas or private terraces. Enjoy the views from the common areas, too, and grab breakfast at the hotel's buffet, an extravagant spread with anything you could want. And from the rooftop restaurant or other terraces, take in what the hotel calls "the best sunset in the world."
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Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula
As one of the best luxury boutique hotels in Granada, 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 onsite restaurant offers alfresco dining, or to sit with a drink and a book. You'll also find preserved frescoes, archways, a chapel, and smaller courtyards throughout the grounds—kids will love to explore all these hidden spots.
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. Suites also accommodate families with up to two children, providing either twin beds or sofabeds. Some rooms have more privacy, too, with entrances in separate courtyards.
Hospes Palacio de los Patos
Set in a 19th-century palace, you'll enter Hospes Palacio de los Patos through tall iron gates and a grand staircase leading to the hotel's lobby. Set back from the street, the property definitely feels like an exclusive mansion, though you'll still be in the center of the city's buzz. A 10-minute walk will take you to the city's historic core and the Cathedral de Granada. A few minutes later and you'll reach the Darro River, the Albaicín, or the Alhambra.
But the highlight of the hotel is certainly its gardens, which feel like an oasis and nearly surround the hotel. Enjoy eating outside on the restaurant's patio, connecting to the hotel's garden, or relax at the spa, which offers a water circuit and treatments like facials and massages.
The rooms offer quite a bit of variety, from standard units with modern furnishings to grand suites with historic decor. For families, suites are best, as they provide extra space and sleep up to four people. Some feature floor-to-ceiling windows, antique furniture, and preserved elements, such as tile mosaics and ceiling frescoes. Though all are comfy, some seem to lack that luxury factor that you might expect when booking a five-star hotel, so choose your room based on your preference.