Many visitors come here to see the Alhambra, that magnificent Moorish palace with its exquisite tile work and magical water gardens, but discover many more unexpected pleasures. And most of our picks of the best places to stay in Granada are well situated to access not just the Alhambra, but all the other delights that the city has to offer. We have a wide selection of properties from a historic luxury city centre hotel, to charming guesthouses that won't break the bank. For those looking for a city apartment or holiday villa just outside the centre, we recommend our online partner, Booking.com.
This is one of Andalusia's freshest, most welcoming cities. With a lively bar scene - each time you order a drink in a bar you get a small tapas dish gratis - and sultry flamenco clubs.
For many people the best places to stay in Granada are those closest to the Alhambra. The calm trickle of water greets visitors to the Alhambra, and accompanies you everywhere. Despite being an arid spot, water follows you everywhere. The water features are like art, as are the mosaics, the intricate woodwork and the complex calligraphy rendered in the plaster and tile.
But don't forget that Granada has some other notable landmarks, including:
Granada's Islamic past has marked the city, and the influence remains - 10% of the population is still North African.
One of the best ways to experience the living culture is to visit a hammam. Try the Hammams de la Andalus, where there are three pools of different temperatures and then the option of having the whole skin scrubbing massage as well if you fancy it.
Food is a big thing in Granada. One of the best places to stay in Granada for foodies is near the Plaza Pescaderia, where the staple is fresh fish and jugs of sangria. Or you could try the Paeso de los Tristes where there's a string of excellent tapas bars.
Still not sure which one's for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Granada, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively you can widen the net and explore all our Andalucia recommendations.
A charming converted farmhouse near the Guadalfeo River. Rustic rooms have wooden beams and all the mod cons. Excellent authentic Alpujarra cuisine, library, winery, outdoor pool, and farm animals. Workshop rooms host yoga, film projection and concerts. A great choice for families.
Granada (Huetor Vega)
A quiet hotel in an Andalusian house. Traditional rooms feature stone floors, antique style furnishings and all the mod cons. An outdoor pool, neat gardens and terrace with jacuzzi. Close to Granada but still in a secluded spot. A lovely base from which to explore the abundant sights around.
A stunning country house hotel with sweeping countryside views. Atmospheric rooms, family suites with some four poster beds, with fireplaces, wooden beams and stone floors. Small swimming pool, gardens, good restaurant. Close to Granada, lots to do around too.
A rustic chic hotel within the citadel of the Alhambra palace. Charming rooms have antiques, wooden beams and warm coloured furnishings. Delightful courtyard garden with fountains, brilliant Granada-style cuisine. Famous sights on the doorstep, very quiet atmosphere. Romantic and family friendly.
Beautifully restored 15th-century house in prime location a short walk from the Alhambra. Centred around a stunning galleried inner courtyard. Traditional white washed rooms with local artefacts. Brightly tiled spacious bathrooms. Ideal for local exploring.
Fantastic guesthouse in the hills of Sierra Nevada National Park. A traditional stone building with charming rooms that blend contemporary elements with stone floors, fireplaces, wooden beams and creamy furnishings. Fantastic views from terraces, pool, excellent food, and lots of activities around.
A picturesque palace hotel in traditional Andalusian elegance. Bedrooms have wooden beams, stone floors, and white washed walls. Roman columns, sweeping balconies and a lovely courtyard ooze romance. Great value too.
Charming family-run guesthouse with views in a picturesque setting. Bright, pretty, simply furnished rooms overlook an inner courtyard. Stunning views over the white washed old town. A quaint breakfast room with an excellent buffet. Ideally positioned to explore the town.
A stunning mansion renovation that combines romantic original aspects with cutting edge modern design. Monochrome, yet still classic rooms and suites with lots of natural light and sumptuous furnishings. Fabulous restaurant and state of the art spa. Sophisticated and grand.
A stunning mixture of Moorish facades and cutting edge modern design for stylish effect. Modern rooms and suites of various sizes and designs, all with state of the art modern gadgetry. Two fantastic restaurants, spa, and grand living areas. A Five Star spot.
A gorgeous four star manor house hotel in Andalusian style. Contemporary chic rooms and suites with subtle lighting and creamy/light wood furnishings. Superb herb garden and central restaurant courtyard. Excellent spa too. A romantic city spot.
A chic small hotel with magnificent terrace views of the Alhambra and charming rooms in Granada's boho quarter. Rooms, some sleep 4, have an eclectic mixture of antiques, chintzy wallpapers, Persian rugs, mosaics and private balconies. The garden, terraces and plunge pool are a treat. Full of charm.
A chic manor house renovation in central Granada. Stylish rooms and suites in neutral tones with stone floors, antique furniture and private balconies. A sophisticated choice for families and couples alike.
Sumptuous hotel in 15th century monastery. Elegant rooms have wooden floors, antiques, woven drapes and modern bathrooms. Garden and courtyard. Fantastic Andalusian cuisine and romantic bar. Ideal for honeymoon or romantic European weekend.