The city of the Alhambra is full of history and wonder. In this historic city, there are various neighborhoods, each with their own distinctive character. Check out our list of the top neighborhoods and accommodations on our list of where to stay in Granada.
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Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Granada
Here’s What You Need To Know:
Like the four directions of the compass, there are four main districts to downtown Granada. To the north are the whitewashed houses of the Moorish quarter: the Albaicín. The east is the hilltop fortress of the Alhambra and its lush forest. To the south lies the labyrinthine cobbled streets of the Jewish quarter: the Realejo. And to the west sits the elegant shopping district of Centro Sagrario.
Set apart from the center are the flamenco caves of the gypsy quarter called Sacromonte. So, why not follow me to the four corners of Granada and beyond, to find your perfect place to stay. ¡Olé!
If you’re new to Granada, head towards the square of Plaza Isabel La Catolica. There, towering above the center of the square is a statue of a throned Isabel the First of Castile. That is the Catholic Monarch responsible for uniting all of Spain. At her feet is Christopher Columbus pleading for her to finance the trip that would later lead to the discovery of the Americas.
It’s a great place to start your own discover journey after you’ve decided where to stay in Granada to experience all this city has to offer.
Perfect for: Getting lost among jasmine-scented streets.
The Albaicin neighborhood is a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site and retains the same Moorish character as it did in the Middle Ages. Narrow white and black cobbled streets lead you up higher to stunning viewpoints of the Alhambra fortress. This area has the breathtaking backdrop of the ten-thousand-foot Sierra Nevada mountains, plus the twinkling lights of the busy city below.
You’ll find a great variety of tapas bars and restaurants offering amazing panoramas. But also plenty of little craft shops and a hippy vibe. As you wander around, you’ll be tempted along well-lit, jasmine-scented quiet alleyways that will transport you to another time. Then you’ll surely need Google maps to find your way back to your accommodation!
Most buildings maintain the Moorish architecture of rooms arranged with a central patio. And the best accommodation is either the most well preserved or the best restored. There are many hotels and apartments to choose from and tend to be very affordable. So here are the best places to stay in Albaicin, Granada.
Best Hotels in Albaicin:
€€ | Stunning Views | Small Pool | Sun Deck | Excellent Value for Money
This is fine example of a typical Moorish house in the Albaicín with rooms arranged around a central covered patio. The panoramic terrace has a small pool and stunning views of the Alhambra castle. All for a very reasonable price!
€ | Whole Apartment | Excellent Location | Inexpensive | Jacuzzi
This is a whole apartment just off the main square, Plaza Larga, at the heart of the Albaicín. Enjoy the bustling morning market there, buy some fruit and veggies, and cook at home. Before you head off to bed, entertain yourselves in the arabesque jacuzzi.
Palacio de Santa Inés
€ | Quiet but Central | Helpful Staff | Inexpensive | Historic Building
Hidden among the alleyways and near the river in the lower Albaicín is this little gem of a hotel in a 16th-century building. Superior rooms offer views of the Alhambra, which is just a short walk through the Alhambra forest or a quick hop by taxi.
Hotel Casa Morisca
€€ | 3 Stars | Moorish Architecture | Some Alhambra Room Views
This is another fabulous medieval Arab house with rooms arranged around a central patio. The hotel’s stone-tiled floors, arabesque arches, wooden balustrades, and wooden vaulted ceilings (with all the symbolism of the stars) will have you dreaming of the 1001 Arabian nights.
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Perfect for: Visiting the world-famous monument of the Alhambra.
The citadel of the Alhambra was the last outpost of Arab-ruled Andalusia and is Europe’s finest example of medieval Moorish architecture. This area is technically within the Realejo district, but it’s an iconic area, so we’ve given it a place of honor with it’s own neighborhood designation.
Actually within the city walls—and just outside—are a range of fabulous hotels that make visiting the hilltop monument a breeze. In this area of the city, luxury is key! It’s a top place to stay in Granada if you want the most memorable stay.
Best Hotels Near the Alhambra:
Parador de San Francisco
€€€ | 4 Stars | Excellent Restaurant
This 4-star hotel is a converted 15th-century convent right at the heart of the citadel. Enjoy all the luxury of clean, contemporary rooms, a quiet courtyard, a renowned restaurant, and a terrace café among the gardens of the Alhambra. What’s more, you’ll sleep peacefully and wake up refreshed for a day of visiting the monument just outside of the front door.
Alhambra Palace Hotel
€€€€ | 5 Stars | Luxury | Grand Hotel | Near the Alhambra Forest
Likely Spain’s oldest 5-star hotel and the first iron-structured building in all of Andalusia, this grand hotel is where the rich and famous have always stayed when they want to visit the Alhambra. But anyone can enjoy its colorful and opulent Arabesque décor, full concierge service, and easy access to the Alhambra fortress.
Eurostars Washington Irving
€€€€ | Five Stars | Luxury | Modern Comfort | Pool and Sun Deck
If you’re looking for superior, modern, business-class comfort, plus a pool to cool off in at the end of the day, this hotel hits the spot. It’s situated just below the main entrance to the Alhambra in the Alhambra Forest.
Boutique Hotel Puerta de las Granadas
€ | Modern Boutique Hotel | Rooftop Patio | Great Value for Money
This is everything you’d expect from a modern, boutique hotel: reasonable price, cozy, clean, cheerful rooms, helpful staff, and great location. Located at the entrance to the Alhambra Forest, the hotel also offers easy access by foot to all the other areas of Granada.
Perfect for: Discovering the trendy yet still lesser-known part of town.
This is not only the old Jewish quarter but the hippest place to stay on the other side of the Alhambra Forest. You’ll find narrow, black-and-white cobbled streets, just like the Albaicín, and plenty of great bars and restaurants. It offers plenty of budget accommodation and awesome examples of street art. So get real in the Realejo!
Best Hotels in Realejo:
Carmen Real del Realejo B&B
€ | Classic B&B | Large Pool | Comfortable Rooms | Great Price
Some of the most luxurious hotels in Granada don’t have just what you need after a hot, sweaty day visiting the city: an outdoor pool! Thus, as you cool off in the water and lay under the shade of some lemon trees, you’ll be glad you booked this quaint B&B at the heart of the Realejo.
Vita & Bar
€ | Hostel with Triple Rooms | Restaurant and Bar | Social Life
If you’re looking to socialize and meet people, this Granada hotel is ideal. In addition to colorful twin and triple rooms with private bathrooms, there’s a little rooftop terrace with views of the mountains, a funky bar, a restaurant, a social area, swing-chairs, plants, deep-seated couches, and books to swap. Whew.
Gar Anat Hotel Boutique
€€ | 3 Star | Contemporary Flourishes | Afternoon Tea & Cakes
This is a lusciously converted 17th-century hospital with individual touches of contemporary styling. Enjoy spacious rooms with high ceilings, plus a great location on the more elegant side of the Realejo. At 5 pm, they offer afternoon tea and cakes, so you can take a welcome break before heading out again!
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Perfect for: Shopping and visiting some of the most beautiful churches you will ever see.
Centro Sagrario is Granada’s true downtown area. It is the more modern Catholic city encompassing the crumbling Medina and an excellent shopping district. First of all, you’ll find the magnificent Cathedral and Royal Chapel, and a never-ending series of elegant shopping streets and fountain-bearing squares.
Then, there are plenty of gold-adorned churches to visit, and as many tapas bars and restaurants as you could shake a palm tree at! Keep reading to discover where to stay in Granada’s downtown city center.
Best Hotels in Centro Sagrario:
Casa de la Catedral
€€ | Relaxed Hotel | On the Cathedral Square | Tapas Bar Discounts
A relaxed hotel offering beautifully designed studio apartments with marvelous views across the small square to the imposing cathedral façade. The owners also run the excellent coffee and tapas bar in the square, and they offer discounts to hotel guests.
€€€ | 4 Stars | Superb Tasting Menu | Sauna | Valet Service
This converted 19th-century manor house has a beautiful little garden, comfortable rooms, a wellness center, and all the services you’d expect from a downtown 4-star hotel. Also, you’ll appreciate the up-and-coming top chef who offers a delicately constructed tasting menu at the restaurant
€ | Hostel | Uber Clean | Fresh & Modern | Near the Best Shopping
If you’re looking for a cheap bunk bed in downtown Granada, but you’re terrified of ending up in a shabby dive of a hostel, then you’ll greatly appreciate Hostel Nut. Uber clean, fresh and modern, this hostel is just off the main shopping street. Best of all, some private double and quadruple rooms are available.
Perfect for: Understanding what all the fuss is about Flamenco.
This neighborhood of Granada is like no other on the face of this planet. Set along the Valley of Paradise with truly enviable views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada mountains, it’s a village formed almost entirely of cave houses and Flamenco clubs dug out of the hillside.
Moreover, the gypsies who pioneered the art form of Flamenco (making it world famous and a symbol of Spain’s complex mix of cultures) still live here. They offer nightly shows and intensive courses in guitar and dance for those seeking a bit of ¡Olé! of the very highest caliber. For a true cultural experience, this area is the best place to stay in Granada.
Best Hotels in Sacromonte:
Casa Cueva Lujo Sacromonte Con Vistas Alhambra
€€€€ | Luxe Cave | Exclusive | Privately Rented Property
This privately rented holiday home is exactly what its title says: a luxury cave home with views of Alhambra. Far from the Neanderthal concept of cave life, inside its brightly whitewashed walls, this home has spot-lighting, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, four bedrooms, and three bathrooms with walk-in showers.
Cueva el Duende
€ | Cave Home | Live Like the Locals
Duende is a Spanish word that encapsulates the folkloric and mythological spirit of Flamenco culture. In this cave home at the heart of Sacromonte (the Sacred Mountain), you’ll be much closer to living exactly how the locals live. Step out of your cave, behold the wonder of the sunset-painted Alhambra, and dive into a gypsy flamenco club to feel all the febrile power of el duende.
€€ | Caves and Apartments | Alhambra Views | Swimming Pool
Choose from a selection of clean and comfortable cave homes or apartments with Alhambra views. At the end of the day, cool off in the pool, then reach out with your hand—it almost feels like you can touch the Alhambra on the other side of the valley!