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Palacio de Santa Inés Hotel, Granada

Relaxed hotel featuring two 16th-century Mudejar buildings and a top-floor atrium with Alhambra views

Overview

Palacio de Santa Inés gives you a quiet option in the buzz of the Albaicín. The hotel used two 16th-century Mudéjar buildings to create its space, and you'll notice several preserved elements, including wooden terraces in its traditional inner courtyard. Top-floor rooms with balconies and Alhambra views are worth the extra expense, though you can still marvel at the picturesque palace in the atrium lounge with its glass ceiling. 

Pros
  • Enjoy the quiet location nestled within a hidden square in the Albaicín neighborhood, just one block from Carrera del Darro and within walking distance of nearly all the city's sites.
  • The hotel combines two renovated Mudéjar buildings from the 16th century, preserving many historical elements.
  • The top floors sit above neighboring buildings and on a slight hill, so you can book rooms with Alhambra views, some with private terraces.
  • Family rooms have a lofted space with twin beds, which kids will surely enjoy.
  • The inner courtyard is picturesque with stone columns, wooden balconies, and cushy seating, though you might enjoy the top-floor lounge with vaulted glass ceilings for Alhambra views.
  • Enjoy a breakfast buffet with lots of variety served in an airy dining space.
Cons
  • The standard rooms feel a bit simple and could use a little refresh. 

Kimkim's Take

Ash
Ash Merscher kimkim staff
Based on kimkim staff visit, June 2022 (Learn more)

Authenticity

The hotel transformed two Mudéjar buildings, a type of architecture that merges Gothic and Islamic styles, popular from the 12th to 15th centuries in Spain. It's hard not to feel like you're sleeping among history, with Roman columns and Greek adornments, plus wooden terraces and an inner courtyard. 

Location

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.

Rooms & Bathrooms

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). 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.

Other Highlights

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, plus seating in the courtyards.

Hotel Information

Hotel stars icon 3-star Hotel
Hotel phone icon +1-0-34958222362
Hotel address icon Cuesta Santa Inés 9
Free wifi

Traveler Reviews

13 total ratings, 10 with reviews
4.5 out of 5
Feature ratings
Authenticity & Character
4.9
Location
4.7
Staff
4.7
Cleanliness & Comfort
4.8
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Chris P.
Australia | Reviewed on Nov 01, 2023
Ideal location yet very quiet. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Our room had a view of Alhambra and the night life. The whole hotel had a great atmosphere and flet welcoming and relaxing after the busy Granada streets. Read more

Ideal location yet very quiet. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Our room had a view of Alhambra and the night life. The whole hotel had a great atmosphere and flet welcoming and relaxing after the busy Granada streets.

Authenticity & Character
Wonderful
Location
Very central
Staff
very helpful and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were small but adequate with a fridge. Great views and very quiet at night
Stayed in October 2023
C
Cameron N.
Highland, CA | Reviewed on Aug 05, 2023
Loved the hotel . Read more

Loved the hotel .

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Stayed in June 2023
Raj
Raj K.
| Reviewed on Aug 02, 2023
Very nice hotel in the central part of Granada. Its a heritage building and unique. The staff was very helpful. Read more

Very nice hotel in the central part of Granada. Its a heritage building and unique. The staff was very helpful.

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Stayed in July 2023
Tricia
Tricia Z.
Jollyville, TX | Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023
I can’t say enough about this hotel. This was our favorite hotel of all places we stayed. The rooms were super big the hotel was very historical. The views were amazing. The location was fantastic and within walking distance to everything. Read more

I can’t say enough about this hotel. This was our favorite hotel of all places we stayed. The rooms were super big the hotel was very historical. The views were amazing. The location was fantastic and within walking distance to everything.

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Stayed in June 2023
Deirdre
Deirdre H.
Queensbury, NY | Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023
It was a very unique hotel in an excellent location to everything, easy walking distance. The hotel had a lot of charm and we had a view of the Alhambra which was spectacular. It was not just one room but also had a living room space which was really nice. I didn't love the breakfasts in the mornings. Read more

It was a very unique hotel in an excellent location to everything, easy walking distance. The hotel had a lot of charm and we had a view of the Alhambra which was spectacular. It was not just one room but also had a living room space which was really nice. I didn't love the breakfasts in the mornings.

Authenticity & Character
It's a very unique hotel with a lot of charm.
Location
Close to everything a tourist would want to see and close to restaurants
Staff
They were friendly but I didn't like that when I left the hotel each time, I'd often see one of the clerks outside the front door smoking cigarettes.
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was nice to have a bigger area with an included living space.
Stayed in April 2023
Emilie
Emilie T.
Matthews, NC | Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022
This hotel is lovely and comfortable with amazing views. We also loved the breakfast. The location is fantastic, right next to a bustling plaza with some of the best tapas we had the entire trip. Thanks so much for making our stay in Granada even more beautiful. Read more

This hotel is lovely and comfortable with amazing views. We also loved the breakfast. The location is fantastic, right next to a bustling plaza with some of the best tapas we had the entire trip. Thanks so much for making our stay in Granada even more beautiful.

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful, great location, incredible views.
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Stayed in November 2022
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Wes E.
Bon Air, VA | Reviewed on Nov 06, 2022
Very location with a lot of history in the building, converted in a very charming and aesthetically pleasing way. Extremely helpful staff. Read more

Very location with a lot of history in the building, converted in a very charming and aesthetically pleasing way. Extremely helpful staff.

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Stayed in October 2022
Jyoti
Jyoti S.
Encinitas, CA | Reviewed on Sep 06, 2022
Absolutely charming hotel. However, if mobility is an issue, this is not the place to stay. Read more

Absolutely charming hotel. However, if mobility is an issue, this is not the place to stay.

Authenticity & Character
Charming old world ambience. However, there is no elevator so if mobility is an issue, make sure your room is on a lower floor.
Location
Central to Sacromonte and other areas but on an uphill street. Have to walk up and down stairs to get a taxi.
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Stayed in August 2022
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Debra D.
Kansas City, MO | Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022
This hotel has character and excellent staff. The air conditioning did not work well and our room stayed hot. It made sleeping difficult. Read more

This hotel has character and excellent staff. The air conditioning did not work well and our room stayed hot. It made sleeping difficult.

Authenticity & Character
The rooms and building have character
Location
Many steps to carry luggage
Staff
Very helpful and friendly. Provided us with a fan.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Other than the heat, the room was comfortable.
Stayed in June 2022
Mindy
Mindy B.
New Orleans, LA | Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022
Friendly staff. Well located. Charming, but a little older and less amenities than the other hotels on our itinerary. Read more

Friendly staff. Well located. Charming, but a little older and less amenities than the other hotels on our itinerary.

Authenticity & Character
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Cleanliness & Comfort
Our shower was broken, but they fixed it right away.
Stayed in June 2022