Granada isn’t big but it is hilly. You’ll never be far from anything but it might take you some time to get there, depending on the elevation of your destination. There are a few options in the central area as well as some choices a bit further afield, as well as one that is exceptionally special and unique. Most tourists stay only for a night as most of the Granada attractions can be covered in a day.
Staying within Alhambra Complex
Granada offers up one of the most magical, romantic overnight stays possible, inside the Alhambra. The stunning palace offers two interior stays. Both are wonderful options.
Parador de Granada offers a beautiful terrace and breakfast options. Its rooms are clean and comfortable but the decorating doesn’t entirely match the fell of the place. You’re looking at luxury stay prices here, around €400/night without breakfast.
Hotel Alhambra Palace is perhaps the better option. Decorations throughout match the Alhambra with tiling and intricate archways, details abound. Rooms and the dining area have views back out across the city of Granada itself. Rooms here start around €130/night but try and snag a suite with a view.
With the most perfect views of the Alhambra both night and day, the Albaicin is overflowing with intoxicating atmosphere. The area was once the Moorish quarter of the city but only little pieces of that past still remain, however, the layout of the area is reminiscent of its past. The streets are maze like and you can easily get lost, which you should. Albaicin has plenty of attractions to see as well as tapas bars, and watering holes. Plenty to do here!
Hotel Casa Morisca , at around €150/night offers an incredible location. The hotel is in the boutique category and has just 15 rooms, so you’ll feel like you’re known here, not just another number. The breakfast on site is nothing special but will get you ready for your day. You can see the Alhmabra from here and can walk there, uphill, in about 10-15 minutes. For a special stay book the Mirador suite.
A budget friendly stay in an old, refurbished inn, will cost you around €65/night. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable. They surround a tranquil interior courtyard where breakfast is served. You’re not a long walk from anywhere and are just on the edge of the Albaicin. A perfect option for the budget minded traveler.
This is the neighborhood where you’ll find the best flamenco shows staged in a cave. It was once home to a large gypsy population which carved caves out of the mountainside where they could practice and perfect their traditional dance form now known as flamenco. The area has since picked up touristic popularity.
Experience a cave like atmosphere in true neighborhood style at Apartamentos Montesclaros. The place offers just 7 apartments and be sure to get one with a stunning Alhambra view. Definitely don’t attempt to drive your way here, parking is restricted and the roads are tricky to navigate. Keep in mind these are apartments rather than typical hotel rooms, but with plenty of amenities that make them very much worthwhile! Expect to pay around €270/night.
Solar Montes Claro is a steal with rooms going in the delightfully decorated place for about €90/night. This hotel is exceptionally well loved by guests and staff. The rooms are spacious and beautiful and be sure to get one with a private terrace and an Alhambra view. There is a lot of hill walking around the area so keep this in mind. But you do have an option of a bus that comes quite nearby.
Beaneath the Alhambra, the Realejo neighborhood was historically the Jewish quarter of the city. Unfortunately, after many years of Muslim and Jewish coexistence the Christians came along, expelled the Jews and the whole area was destroyed. The area now is quite residential but still has its fair share of bars and restaurants and still, it not far from anywhere else you’d like to go.
Gar-Anat Hotel Boutique provides you with some beautifully appointed, spacious and bright rooms at what feels like a steal of a price. Grab a room around €100/night and enjoy friendly staff and a breakfast buffet. You have great bars and restaurants at your fingertips and a bus stop just five minutes away which will take you to the Alhambra or other spots of interest.
Perhaps even more of a deal is a room at Eurostars Washington Irving which has a small pool and poolside bar for hot days. It’s not enormously spacious so unfortunately the area does get crowded but simply having it as an option makes an €80/night room worth the price. The breakfast buffet, with additional eggs made to order is another great bonus on an already awesome choice. The staff are friendly and helpful though the bar is sometimes undermanaged. But again, for this price, you’ve got a lot going on!