Andalucia is a region that 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 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. There are beautifully restored old palaces to choose to stay in, or chic town houses all within close proximity of the sights. The order by which the hotels are listed bears no reflection on our preference.
Stunning views, intimate interiors, and a calm ambience just below Ronda old town. Vibrant decor and rustic character, with small library, lovely garden, and pool.
Ecija, Sevilla, Andalucia
18th century palace, with simple, traditional rooms and suites filled with paintings and antiques. Courtyard, gardens, and swimming pool. An oasis, and a good location for sights.
Arcos de la Frontera, Andalucia
Delightful and majestic 18th century mansion in dramatic setting overlooking the valley in historic hilltop village. Simple but spacious rooms, great value, full of character, with lots of local colour.
Ronda, Malaga, Andalucia
Characterful 18th-century family home hotel in the heart of old Ronda. Traditionally decorated rooms, classic Spanish style, full of art and antiques. Small private cinema adds sparkle.
Bajo Albayzín, Granada, Andalucia
Beautifully restored 15th-century house in prime location a short walk from the Alhambra. Galleried inner courtyard, marble pool, traditional rooms, some with views.
Laidback, colonial style house hotel with bright decoration, Mexican style. Delightful, planted garden courtyard, hammocks, full of artwork. Eclectic, individual bedrooms.
Albayzín, Granada, Andalucia
Charming family-run guesthouse with views in picturesque setting, a short walk to Granada city centre. Bright, pretty, simply furnished rooms overlook inner courtyard.
Very Spanish and rather ornate hotel in the old Jewish Quarter. Moorish influence and Roman mosaics. Sumptuously decorated rooms, Cordoban antiques, charming courtyard, quiet.
Ubeda (Jaén), Andalucia
Well-preserved 16th-century palace, now a wonderfully aristocratic maison d'hote. Secluded setting, centred on cloistered courtyard, furnished with family antiques. Large baronial bedrooms, tasteful and charming.
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.