Many tourists are drawn to Granada by its jaw-dropping hilltop fortress, the Alhambra, but are soon swept up by the pulsating life of the city. Within the sprawling metropolis, bohemian cafes, intimate flamenco clubs, and student dives are embellished with beautiful street art which shares a nod to the city’s Moorish roots.
Set at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, Granada is a hot spot of architectural majesty, where old-school tapas bars and monumental churches stand elegantly alongside Islamic buildings and Arabic-style courtyards.
During a visit to Granada, you will have the chance to experience one of Europe’s most eclectic accommodation scenes, with hotels ranging from mountaintop boutiques to 16th-century luxury mansions. Here are the best cool and unusual hotels in Granada, Spain (in no particular order)...
1. Boutique Hotel Luna Granada Centro – one of the best boutique hotels in Granada that offers great facilities
Newly built and situated in one of the liveliest commercial areas of Granada, Boutique Hotel Luna is the perfect basecamp for diving into the city’s well-known attractions.
The modern, elegant guestrooms are all flooded with natural light, and promote comfort through high-quality soundproofed walls, comfy beds, and plush linens.
The hotel’s gastronomic concept is bound by local, sustainable products, which are the source for exquisite dishes atop the graceful patio on the inner courtyard.
This vibrant, historic space is enhanced with an extensive list of fine wines and crafted cocktails, bringing guests together to embrace a traditional Andalusian-style evening.
- To book, check prices or availability for Boutique Hotel Luna Granada Centro
2. Hotel Alhambra Palace – a beautiful, elegant and very Mediterranean hotel located just outside the famous Alhambra’s ancient walls
Sitting proudly atop a hill in the heart of Alhambra, this elegant hotel has been a symbol of luxury since 1910, and an is inspired by the beautiful Nasrid palace.
The hotel has launched an ecological urban garden, with the idea of rescuing the booming agricultural scene that shaped Al-Andalus between 711 and 1492.
This garden is the source of the seasonal products that form the hotel’s culinary offerings. The guestrooms, blending tradition and avant-garde, invite guests to a night of opulence, and the hotel’s terrace offers an idyllic spot to kick back and soak up a golden sunset.
- To book, check prices or availability for Alhambra Palace
3. Catalonia Granada – a cool, hip and very Instagrammable hotel that provides a roof-top sun terrace with amazing city views
This bastion of Granadino cool greets guests with a beautifully decorated interior, combining ultra-modern elements with traditional pieces.
The 153 spacious guestrooms are equipped with comfy décor and thoughtful finishes, and the on-site restaurant boasts an elegant, trendy atmosphere. Dotted around the hotel is a variety of communal spaces, including an open-air terrace and a serene outdoor pool, both set before sweeping city-meets-mountain panoramas.
The Snack Bar offers a wide variety of classic tapas dishes, as well as an extensive wine and cocktail menu. The hotel’s wellness area comes with a jet pool and massage cabins, welcoming you back from an action-packed day with moments of pure bliss.
- To book, check prices or availability for Catalonia Granada
4. Room Mate Leo – a refined boutique hotel that offers beautifully decorated interiors
Blending the high-quality offerings of a chain hotel with the soul of an independent boutique, this design-led guesthouse greets guests with a flamboyant flair.
A colour scheme of shiny gold and black runs throughout the property, bringing a tone of elegance to the interiors. The hotel is situated just around the corner from the Cathedral and a 10-minute walk away from the Alhambra, on a pedestrianized street in the heart of the city’s main shopping district.
The guestrooms are decked out with Louis XVI-style chairs and swirling floral curtains, with abstract art embellishing the walls. Each morning, guests can tuck into a sprawling buffet spread.
- To book, check prices or availability for Room Mate Leo
5. Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection – a very Instagrammable historic hotel housed in a 16th-century convent building
Set within an old Hieronymite convent and a neighbouring 14th-century townhouse, this 75-room restored masterpiece comes with a serene feeling of detachment.
You will feel as if you’ve stepped into a bygone era, where art and history coexist in perfect harmony. Nestled between the ‘new town’ of lively squares and the narrow streets of the city’s main historic quarter (Albayzin), the hotel is dotted with intriguing spaces, from a cobbled courtyard and a plant-filled Moorish patio to an alcove staircase lined with religious icons.
The hotel’s luxury restaurant ‘El Claustro’ is one of the city’s leading gastronomic hubs, and a sense of genuine wonder and whimsy imbues the tasty menus.
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
6. Eurostars Gran Via – an elegant and stylish hotel housed in a classic renaissance-style building
Set only 100 metres from the Cathedral, the Renaissance-style building which houses Eurostars Gran Via initially impresses guests with its elegant façade of provence style balconies.
Guests are then invited into a world of marble-clad grandeur, where comfy, traditional seats ooze a sense of bliss. The hotel offers 37 guestrooms with patterned tile floors, with large windows set before a bustling cityscape.
The rooftop terrace is the perfect spot to disconnect, with the glorious hills around Alhambra palace setting a backdrop that glows evermore majestic as the sun sets.
Within the hotel you will find many modern and stylish facilities, including the cool and relaxed Counterpoint Grill, with its exposed stone walls and original Nasrid-inspired decorations.
- To book, check prices or availability for Eurostars Gran Via
7. La Bella Granada – a laid-back and trendy property that offers spacious rooms ideal for families
A standout feature of La Bella Granada is its stunning rooftop terrace, which offers awe-inspiring views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
In the restaurant, tall green-coloured beams rise from patterned tiles and remind us of the property’s heritage, complementing the regional dishes on offer.
The guestrooms contrast the property’s historic feel, bringing modern décor and a bright elegance to the interior aesthetic. Each room oozes urban sophistication, owing in part to the sweeping city views through the windows.
Conveniently located, the Granada Cathedral can be reached in under a 5-minute walk from La Bella Granada.
- To book, check prices or availability for La Bella Granada
8. Vincci Albayzin – a sophisticated Andalusian-style hotel that features a classic decor
Overlooking the beautiful Carrera de la Virgen and the Fuenta de las Granadas fountain, Vincci Albayzin is set around a central courtyard.
The Moorish architecture, and the well-preserved period features like marble-tiled floors add a unique atmosphere to the property, while a playful touch is added through the modern amenities and neutral tones in the luxurious guestrooms.
The modern lounge areas, with their sleek velvet banquettes and low armchairs, beautifully contrast the traditional courtyard, where you can indulge in a lavish dining experience under a soaring glass ceiling.
The charming courtyard restaurant is a place where Andalusian traditions shine through the menus at a budget-friendly price-point, making it a vibrant hub for tourists and passers-by.
- To book, check prices or availability for Vincci Albayzin
9. Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites – a cool, hip and trendy urban-style design hotel where guests can appreciate panoramic views of the historic city centre
Guests are treated to a wonderful showcase of contemporary décor at Five Senses. The 10 suites and 66 rooms were created to blur the lines between hotel and city, with eclectic urban art and dazzling colours oozing a quirky flamboyancy.
The furnishings around the hotel’s communal spaces are dressed predominantly in whites, complementing the soothing, wooden hues and elegant hanging lights.
The modern and minimalist Lounge Bar is an idyllic spot to disconnect from everyday life, and the Terrace Pool area invites you to savour memories of pure tranquillity as you peek out over the roofs of the city.
- To book, check prices or availability for Granada Five Senses Rooms & Suites
10. Casa de Reyes – a very prestigious venue that features classic-style rooms in an old-world downtown guesthouse
Tradition and sophistication meet at this classic Andalusian hotel, situated a 5-minute walk from Granada’s Cathedral. All guestrooms have been individually decorated to reflect the property’s rich heritage, with stone, wood, and timber constituting the interiors.
In each enclave, the period furnishings exude a unique style of luxury, which is further perpetuated through the graceful artwork and the colourful rugs.
The communal spaces are draped in quirky patterns and artistic antiques and have incorporated a handful of soul-soothing, relaxation-inducing seating areas. On-site you can take advantage of a truly knowledgeable, multilingual staff presence, which is always on hand to draft the perfect city itinerary for you.
- To book, check prices or availability for Casa de Reyes
11. Marquis Urban – a colourful, funky and fun hotel perfect for partying Millenials and Gen Zs
Marquis Urban offers a funky twist on the typical Granadian property, and brings an air of flamboyancy to your in-room experience.
The brightly coloured carpets, retro wall hangings, and avant-garde aesthetics were designed to add flair to your vacation, while luxury and glamour are in no way compromised.
The most eccentric space of all is the rooftop communal spot, which is dressed in bright blue to blend seamlessly with the sky. From here, you can relish jaw-dropping views over the sloping cityscape and experience a once-in-a-lifetime sunset with a cocktail in hand.
The hotel is located just 8 minute’s walk from Granada Cathedral, and surrounding you is an extensive range of tapas bars, cafés, and restaurants.
- To book, check prices or availability for Marquis Urban
12. Gar Anat Hotel Boutique – a stylish, unique and petite boutique hotel perfect for Millennials and Gen Zs
Here we have a charismatic boutique hotel, inspired by literary greats of Andalucía’s past, and situated inside a sleek, converted 16th-century building.
The hotel is a glossy interpretation of a typical Granadian home, and a blissful atmosphere is set by a warm and welcoming staff presence.
This charming property was once a pilgrims’ hostel, and the balcony-decked rooms are scattered around a central courtyard, where you will find a wishing tree and a tinkling fountain.
The intimate lobby is adorned with exquisite artwork, and the period wood-lined halls which frame the patio ooze splendour and sophistication. In the downstairs redbrick dome, you can congregate each morning to savour a delicious continental breakfast.
- To book, check prices or availability for Gar Anat Hotel Boutique
13. Villa Oniria – a lavish upscale hotel set in a renovated traditional Andalusian-style 19th-century mansion
Set in a palatial 19th-century mansion, Villa Oniria is a character-filled boutique which does not compromise on modern luxuries.
The hotel’s warm, Neoclassical style blends seamlessly with its historic exteriors, and its beautiful features include a covered central patio, a grand spiral staircase, and a decorative French-style wrought iron conservatory.
The 31 rooms are laid out in a trendy colour scheme with lots of creams, golds, and russets embellishing the marble furnishings.
During the summer, you are invited to dine amongst soaring palm trees and fountains, while in winter you can curl up by the roaring fireplace and savour a crafted cocktail. Further on-site facilities include a spa, a swimming pool, a sauna, and a gym.
- To book, check prices or availability for Villa Oniria
14. Palacio de Mariana Pineda – a conventional renovated 17th-century palace based on a UNESCO World Heritage site
Named after the revolutionary martyr Mariana Pineda, who resided in the palace in the 19th century, this stunning hotel is perfectly catered to the history-curious traveller.
This elegant boutique sits in a historic area formed by narrow cobbled streets, and boasts a magnificent central courtyard dotted by tables and chairs.
From the courtyard, you can access the different communal spaces and event rooms of the hotel, most of which come with breathtaking Alhambra and Darro River views.
Carefully appointed 17th-century decorations such as dark wood furniture and exposed beams ooze bygone-era luxury in the guestrooms, which accompany bathrooms decorated with handcrafted Granada ceramic tiles.
- To book, check prices or availability for Palacio de Mariana Pineda
15. Parador de Granada – a romantic and exceptional hotel located in a former convent on the grounds of the medieval Alhambra
This Moorish palace turned Reconquista convent invites you to wake up between the serene gardens of the World Heritage-listed Alhambra complex.
Once the crowds leave, you can casually stroll around the Alhambra’s free-access areas, or soak up the charm from the hotel’s terrace.
Parador is one of Spain’s most coveted and history-rich accommodations and is approached through a fountain-studded cobbled courtyard.
The property’s multi-layered past is evoked through the Moroccan lanterns, the sprinkling of antiques, and the arch-framed Moorish patio, while the rooms and communal areas reveal a more modern outlook.
The on-site eatery is an upmarket space where fresh flowers and white-cloth tables set the tone for a refined dining experience.
- To book, check prices or availability for Parador de Granada
16. Casa del Capitel Nazarí – a one-of-a-kind boutique stay housed in an ancient Renaissance palace built in 1503
A refuge of renaissance charm from the 16th century, Casa del Capitel boasts Tuscan columns, Corinthian elements, and Arab chrome beams, coming together in a unique, artistic ensemble.
The 18 rooms are accessed via a luminous Andalusian patio, and boast coffered ceilings, tiled floors, and unique decorations alluding to the property’s Arabic influences. You can personalize your in-room experience by taking advantage of the pillow menu, choosing the items for the minibar, and selecting your preference for candles.
The hotel is situated in Granada’s Medieval Moorish quarter of Albayzín, and the neighbouring streets are surrounded by eclectic restaurants and bars.
- To book, check prices or availability for Casa del Capitel Nazarí
17. Palacio de Santa Inés – a stunning unique historic hotel ideal for all generations and tastes
Comprised of two Mudejar buildings with Plateresque façades, Palacio de Santa Inés boasts an unrivalled location in the historic centre of Granada. Both buildings were built in the 16th century and are separated by a fascinating courtyard graced by a fountain, columns, balustrades, and Renaissance frescos.
Throughout the property, exposed beams and tall ceilings allow plenty of space for the eclectic artwork to remind us of the palace’s storied past. The communal spaces radiate this traditional charm, but complement it with a whole host of cosy seating areas and fresh natural hues.
The guestrooms are dressed in a much more modern look and promote a blissful night’s sleep through plush linens and state-of-the-art amenities.
- To book, check prices or availability for Palacio de Santa Inés
18. Casa Bombo – a cool and unique B&B that provides guests with Insta-worthy panoramic views of the Alhambra and the Generalife
The spirit of this historic house has been preserved through its décor and furnishings, which bring to light a relic of Granadian traditions.
The interiors have been elegantly dressed in luxury materials to bring the Moorish architectural essence back to life in a unique way. At Casa Bombo, guests can revel in an informal atmosphere with a homely feel, with a handful of communal spaces laid out to enhance conversation and storytelling.
The guestrooms feature epic views of the Alhambra, while the pool area stands in the backdrop of the lush mountain vegetation. The staff are always on hand to draft up the perfect Granadian itinerary for independent travellers, putting the very best of the city at your fingertips.
- To book, check prices or availability for Casa Bombo
19. Hotel Boutique Las Almenas – a cute, unique and charming boutique hotel that provides a romantic environment
Located in the heart of the city, Las Almenas is a hip boutique hotel designed to soothe the soul, through pretty furnishings which stand side by side with centuries-old decor.
An opulent tone is set in the corridors through black and white tiled floors, which lead you to the large wooden doors that open into the graceful guestrooms. Bohemian, lavish, and slightly eccentric, the hotel was designed for the young at heart who are keen to experience the city’s illustrious heritage.
Sitting in a supreme location, the world-famous Alhambra and the charming Albaizín district can both be reached within a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
- To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Boutique Las Almenas
20. La Corrala del Realejo – Boutique Apartamentos – a beautiful Spanish-style boutique aparthotel where pets are welcome
A few steps from the Alhambra lies this mystical and fascinating hotel, which has restored the beauty of its original architecture in a head-to-toe revamp, owing to great care and delicacy in design.
This has given rise to a family apartment building with refined Mudejar touches, evoking an authentic Andalusian character. Here, imperial furniture and artistic exclusivity combine to fuel a tone of opulence in the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada.
La Corrala del Realejo greets with serenity in the form of an outdoor heated jacuzzi with panoramic views, where you can get together with friends and savour champagne and snacks.
- To book, check prices or availability for La Corrala del Realejo – Boutique Apartamentos
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