Spain is an excellent destination for families who love to explore historical monuments, and Granada has one of the most famous sites: the majestic Alhambra Palace. But the city's unique history goes beyond its Nasrid palace, including the streets of the Albaicín neighborhood. You'll find plenty of the best mid-range family-friendly hotels within walking distance of all these famous sites.

Hotel Casa 1800 Granada

Spacious and historical rooms (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. 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. And as one of the best mid-range boutique hotels in Granada, 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. A few rooms offer your choice of bed configurations, and families can opt for one double and one or two twin beds. Bathrooms are spacious and modern with Molton Brown luxury toiletries. Learn more

Áurea Catedral

Cozy rooms with plenty of space and street views (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

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Villa Oniria

Enjoy sleeping in a historic palace (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 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 the sound of the garden's trickling fountains. Families might prefer the rooms with three beds, which also offer a little more space.

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

La Bella Granada

Art Deco design and a delicious breakfast (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). You'll also find plenty of family-friendly restaurants around the plaza. 

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. As one of the best family-friendly hotels in Granada, you can book extra-spacious units, which have two separate bedrooms with a total of three beds (one sofa bed) and two bathrooms, which makes getting ready in the morning a little easier. Learn more