Some of the best mid-range boutique hotels in Granada repurpose buildings like 16th-century Arabic houses, 19th-century palaces, and those with facades covered in Neo-Pompeian. The city's history runs deep, and you can enjoy it starting with your accommodation.

Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

Charming rooms in historic accommodations (Photo courtesy of Hotel Casa 1800 Granada)

Hotel Casa 1800 Granada 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. Learn more

Villa Oniria

Warm, cozy boutique rooms (Photo courtesy of Villa Oniria)

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, extensive wine list, and 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 the 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. Learn more

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Shine Albayzin

Rooms with Alhambra views (Photo courtesy of Shine Albayzin)

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. 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 it 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. Learn more

La Bella Granada

Rooftop terrace views (Photo courtesy of La Bella Granada)

It doesn't get more central than La Bella Granada, which opens up to Plaza de Bib-Rambla, the city's buzzy square with 17th-century fountains. You'll be in the middle of it all, just steps from the Catedral de Granada within walking distance of nearby sites like the Dobla de Oro, La Alcaicería shopping street, the historic Albaicín neighborhood, and even the Alhambra (about 15 minutes).

Though central, the hotel offers a quiet reprieve and channels Art Deco and mid-century styles with warm, bright, and cozy decor. The lounge near the reception provides a 24/7 self-service bar, comfy sofas, vintage lighting, tiled floors, and balconies with views of the square. The breakfast area is also quite nice, with a buffet served in a historic room with a stained-glass ceiling. But the hotel's main highlight is certainly its terrace with views of the square, Cathedral, and Alhambra. 

Rooms are bright and colorful with vintage decor. All are surprisingly spacious for a small boutique hotel; some include seating areas or balconies. The bathrooms are a little small but modern and clean. Learn more

Áurea Catedral

Modern comfort in historic buildings (Photo courtesy of Áurea Catedral)

Áurea Catedral encompasses several historic houses and preserves its history in unique ways, such as with ​​Neo-Pompeian paintings on its facade and a private archaeological area with old stone ruins. Because of the hotel's location, its terrace has unbeatable views of the Cathedral and is a great place to relax at sunset. The breakfast buffet is quite extensive and served in a comfortable dining area, though you can always take your meal onto the patio. You can also enjoy the on-site gym, sauna, Turkish bath, the hotel's art gallery, and an archaeological area featuring preserved Arab ruins.

Rooms and bathrooms are simple without much character, though spacious and comfortable. Families can book rooms with two double beds, and those wanting a little more space can opt for the junior suites, some with balconies or terraces with cathedral views.

You'll find the hotel across the street from the Catedral de Granada, so it's in the city's core and walkable to numerous sites, including the Albaicín neighborhood, La Alcaicería, and the Alhambra. Áurea Catedral is also a great spot for foodies, as you can easily walk to numerous restaurants, bars, and cafés. Learn more