Andalucía is a region which has borne the imprint of different cultures and civilisations over the centuries and this is reflected in the diversity of its towns and cities. To visit is to marvel at Arcos de la Frontera perched high on its cliff top eyrie, Ronda split by its plunging gorge, Ecija with its fabulous baroque palaces and Cordoba where the soaring cathedral entombs the Moorish mosque – and of course the most famous, Granada, and its fairytale fortress, the Alhambra. And the accommodation offerings are just as varied when it comes to the best hotels inn Andalucía’s towns and cities.
Which is why our Gurus have come up with their list of the best places to stay in Andalucía’s towns and cities. On their list are beautifully restored old palaces, chic town houses within close proximity of the sights and charming, rustic mansions and more.
La Casa Morisca is just short walk from the Alhambra in Granada, and is a beautifully restored 15th Century house with a lovely inner courtyard and 14 traditional rooms. Or, if you want to be in Cordoba, there’s La Hospederia de El Churrasco, which is an ornate, Spanish flavoured hotel in the old Jewish Quarter of town.
The Alavera de los Banos is a rustic charmer with stunning views, just below Ronda’s old town, close to the Arab baths, or, also in Ronda, try the Hotel San Gabriel, which has been converted from a traditional Spanish 18th Century family home, right in the heart of the old town.
The Hotel Casa de Los Azulejos in Cordoba has nine rooms arranged around a delightful garden courtyard full of hammocks and artwork, and a room rate which starts at around £60 per night. For around the same rate you could also stay in Granada’s Hotel Santa Isabel La Real, a charming, family-run guest-house with eleven rooms, about ten minutes walk from the centre of town. Or for less still you might like to consider the La Casona del Arco in Baeza, a peaceful, antique-filled hotel in the historic old part of town.
The Hotel Palacio de los Granados in Ecija, is a simple, traditional 14 room hotel, charmingly converted from an 18th Century palace, complete with the original palace gardens and swimming pool. Or escape even further to on of the eight rooms of La Casa Grande in historic Arcos de la Frontera, a majestic 18th Century mansion overlooking a beautiful valley.
Palacio de la Rambla in Ubeda is a beautifully preserved palace turned eight room maison d’hôte, in a secluded setting.
Stunning views, intimate interiors, and a calm ambience just below Ronda old town. Vibrant decor and rustic character in true Spanish style. Small library, lovely garden, and pool with wonderful views. Indulgent breakfasts. Ideal for completely unwinding.
Ecija, Sevilla, Andalucía
18th century palace with traditional rooms and suites filled with paintings, antiques and heavy curtains. A pretty pool and central courtyard with seating area. Excellent local cuisine served in elegant surrounds. Ideal for completely unwinding.
Arcos de la Frontera, Andalucía
Delightful and majestic 18th century mansion, overlooking the valley in this historic hilltop village. Eclectic, bohemian interiors give the spacious rooms plenty of character. The hotel opens out around the central, colonnaded, plant-filled patio. Enjoy the views from the rooftop terrace.
Characterful 18th-century family home hotel in the heart of old Ronda. Traditionally decorated rooms in classic Spanish style, full of art and antiques. Small private cinema adds sparkle. The breakfasts are excellent. Ideal for an authentic stay.
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.
Laidback, colonial style house hotel with splashes of vibrant colours. Delightful, planted garden courtyard with hammocks and full of artwork. Individually styled light rooms with great views. Indulgent buffet style breakfasts. Ideally situated to explore the historic town.
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 traditional hotel in the narrow alleyways of the old quarter of Córdoba. Sumptuously decorated rooms with Cordoban antiques, Moorish influence and Roman mosaics. There is a charming courtyard, wine cellar and a locally renowned restaurant. Ideally positioned for exploring the historic town.
Well-preserved 16th-century palace, now a wonderfully aristocratic maison d'hote. Secluded setting, centred on a cloistered courtyard, furnished with family antiques. Large baronial bedrooms with tasteful decor such as draped fourposter beds and fine wooden wardrobes. An enchanting couples retreat.
Peaceful antique-filled hotel in the historic old town. Spacious, simply furnished rooms, hand-painted tiled bathrooms. Patio with swimming pool, spa, saloons. A great base for local exploring.