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About Granada

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.

The calm trickle of water greets visitors to the Alhambra, and accompanies you everywhere, despite it being an arid spot. 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:

  • the Capilla Real: the grand Gothic Royal Chapel next to the great cathedral,
  • the Albayzin, which is the old Muslim quarter, and now an open air museum,
  • and the Monasterio de la Cartuja, a lavish baroque church and monastery.

Beyond the Alhambra

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.

What not to miss

  • Visit the Alhambra, a UNESCO Heritage site, and undeniably Granda's crown jewel
  • Wander through the Albaicín neighborhood, the stuff of Spanish dreams with narrow cobblestone roads weaving through traditional homes
  • Spend a day hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Experience the traditional Arab Baths in one of the city's many spas
  • Hop from one tapas bar to another in the Paeso de los Tristes to get a real sense of Granada's cuisine

For many people the best places to stay in Granada are those closest to the Alhambra, but don't forget that these will be the most popular properties in town, so early booking is absolutely essential

The best places to stay in Granada

For a City Break

  • The Hotel Santa Isabel La Real is ideal if you're looking for something close to the centre of town. In fact it's possible to book tower rooms with views of the Alhambra. A small and family run guesthouse, this is our recommendation if you value a personal touch. They make you feel as if there's nothing that's too much trouble.
  • El Ladron de Agua is a chic manor house conversion in the centre of town. It offers a sophisticated stay with stylish rooms adorned with antique furnishings.
  • AC Palacio de Santa Paula boasts a stunning mix of Moorish facades and contemporary interiors. And it's situated within easy reach of all of Granada's best bits.
  • The restored 17th century property Casa 1800, Granada, perfectly encapsulates Andalusian elegance in the heart of Granada.

For a hotel with a pool

  • Villa Oniria is a gorgeous Andalucian style manor house. Alongside beautiful accommodation there's a gourmet restaurant, and spa with indoor "Effects pool".
  • At Hospes Palacio de los Patos you get elegant luxury and a fabulous restaurant, right in the centre of town. Plus there's a top notch spa with indoor pool, Turkish bath, dry sauna and much much more!
  • Carmen del Corbertizo is a chic seven bedroomed property in Granada's boho quarter. The Arab-style plunge pool in the charming courtyard garden is the icing on the cake.

For romance

  • If you're looking for something a bit special book the beautifully restored 15th Century townhouse, La Casa Morisca. Built around a galleried internal courtyard with a serene marble pool at its centre, this guesthouse feels like a step back in time.
  • Parador de Granada is a luxurious option, that's prefect for a romantic break. You'll find elegant rooms, fabulous Andalucian cuisine and a gorgeous roof terrace with a view.

For those on a budget

  • Hotel America offers a rustic chic feel within the Alhambra's citadel. The rooms are simple and charming and there's a lovely courtyard garden. Rooms start from just €90 per night.
  • Hotel Villa Sur is a seriously cheap option, in a quiet spot just outside town. You can bag a double room here for as little as €58 per night!
  • Casa del Capitel Nazari is the more expensive option (doubles from €125). It offers traditional Andalucian elegance, some rooms with a balcony, plus a courtyard for sitting out.

For a rural escape

  • Located just outside Granada the Cortijo del Marques boasts gorgeous countryside views and a fabulous pool.
  • The traditional stone built, La Almunia del Valle, has an enviable location in the hills of Sierra Nevada National Park with both easy access to the surrounding park and the city.

For an apartment or holiday villa

  • For a self catering apartment or holiday villa, check out the wide range with our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Granada Airport located just 15km outside the city centre.
  • Best time to visit - Granada's best weather is in either Spring or Autum when the days are warm but not scorching (15°C - 20°C), ideal for exploring the city's sights.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices.

Still not sure?

  1. Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Granada.
  2. Expand your search to include all our recommendations in the region of Andalucía.
  3. Or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Granada

  • Hotel Villa Sur 11 rooms from $66

    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.

    Local exploring  -  Historic sights of Granada as Charles V Palace. Also within a short drive Alpujarra, Sierra Nevada and the Costa Tropical.
    Great walks  -  Along the Tropical Coast, located between the Coast of the Sun malagueña and the Coast of Almeria
    Local markets  -  Local crafts of leather, ceramics, wicker or jarapas of the Alpujarra
    Sights nearby  -  The Alhambra, the Royal Chapel, the Cathedral
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  • Cortijo del Marques 11 rooms from $103

    Albolote, Andalucía

    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.

    Families  -  2 family rooms sleep 4.
    Child friendly
    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
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  • Hotel America 16 rooms from $103

    Granada

    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.

    Views  -  Generalife Gardens and Sierra Nevada Mountains
    Sights nearby  -  Court of the Lions and Royal Chapel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • La Casa Morisca 14 rooms from $106

    Granada

    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.

    Total relaxation  -  This charming hotel pulls its guests back time and time again with its laid back atmosphere and stylish Morocan interiors.
    Local exploring  -  Situated in the heart of Granada with sunning views of Alhambra, wander the streets and discover hidden treasures.
    Great walks  -  Explore the narrow streets of the old town, taking in the Christian churches, Moorish architecture and Moroccan gift shops.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historic and unique Muslim medieval palace Alhambra and The Cathedral of Granada, both minutes away.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • La Almunia del Valle 11 rooms from $126

    Granada (Monachil)

    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.

    Active Holiday
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  The Alhambra in Granada is just 5 miles away
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • Casa del Capitel Nazari 17 rooms from $143

    Granada

    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.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Right in the centre of Granada close to the Cathedral and Alhambra
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, CN Traveller
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  • Hotel Santa Isabel La Real 11 rooms from $146

    Granada

    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.

    Romantic Break  -  Lovingly decorated rooms, some facing the spectacular Alhambra vista, plus an inner patio with tinkling fountain.
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located at the heart of Granada's old town, perfect for exploring these romantic lanes and alleyways.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the spectacular Muslim palace Alhambra, Spain's largest surviving piece of Moorish architecture.
    Great walks  -  Stroll around the narrow alleyways of Albaicín, one of Europe's most beautiful medieval quarters.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • Hospes Palacio de los patos 43 rooms from $154

    Granada

    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.

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the tombs of the Ferdinand and Isabela, Los Reyes Catolicos, in the gothic Capilla Real. 650m from Granada Cathedral
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
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  • AC Palacio de Santa Paula 75 rooms from $159

    Granada

    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.

    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the centre of Granada close to all major attractions
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller
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  • Villa Oniria 38 rooms from $160

    Granada

    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.

    City Style
    Spa  -  Featuring special balneotherapy treatments
    Sights nearby  -  Located right in the centre of the city
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Carmen del Corbertizo 7 rooms from $169

    Granada

    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.

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  The Alhambra - the biggest surviving piece of Moorish architecture.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • El Ladron de Agua 15 rooms from $170

    Granada

    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.

    Views  -  Great views over the Alhambra
    Sights nearby  -  Alhambra.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Casa 1800, Granada 25 rooms from $195

    Granada

    Encapsulating Andalusian elegance at the heart of Granada. This restored 17th century property exudes historic charm with its ornate decoration and palatial rooms. Cream palettes create a sense of modern luxury. Perfectly located for exploring the city's rich Moorish heritage. Divine.

    Families  -  One child under ten stays free in an extra bed.
    Views  -  Some rooms have with views looking onto the Alhambra.
    Local markets  -  Explore Granada's bustling Moorish markets.
    Sights nearby  -  Ten minute walk from Granada Cathedral.
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  • Parador de Granada 40 rooms from $384

    Granada

    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.

    Honeymoons  -  Within the grounds of the Alhambra palace, with opulent fabrics and antiques dotted in each room, as well as world class dining
    Great walks  -  Granada’s old town and the cathedral are both just 10 minutes’ walk from the Parador
    Sights nearby  -  Palacio de Carlos V
    Local markets  -  In nearby Alhambra
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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