Many Hotels are hidden away on the Albaicín hill opposite the Alhambra Palace in Granada. With reminders of it’s Islamic past at every turn it is a labryrinth of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. Keen-eyed visitors will spot its many architectural gems where the first Moorish Kings and Rulers had their fortress and palaces.
Staying in a hotel in the Albaicín is a wonderful experience but visitors need to consider parking. The Albaicín allows limited traffic but there are public car parks close-by. The hotels will suggest parking facilities when contacted. Below are some suggestions when looking for hotel accommodation in Granada’s Albaicín.
Mudéjar Architecture at its Best
Once a 16th century Mudejar Palace, the hotel Palacio Santa Ines is located at No. 9 Plaza de Santa Ines. The busy picturesque open space of the Plaza Nueva is a stone’s throw away with views up to the Alhambra Palace. Built in 1515 the building’s interior has been beautifully restored and retains many original features such as ornate carved wooden ceilings and galleries with pillars surrounding the lower patios.
Renaissance paintings created by disciples of Rafael grace the walls of the lower patio. The hotel’s 35 rooms are spread over three floors and although there is no restaurant visitors will be spoilt for choice outside in the Albaicin itself.
The Hotel Migueletes Belongs to the Room Mate Group
Andalucian patios and galleries greet visitors to the Room Mate Migueletes, a 3* Hotel loated at No.11 Calle Benalua just off the Carrera del Darro. This charming hotel was once the ruin of a 17th century mansion and it has been tastefully restored to include the necessary modern facilities while retaining features of its period. See photos.
The rooms are spread over the hotel’s three floors with some facing the attractive interior courtyard and others overlooking the Alhambra Palace. There is a further bedroom in the ‘tower room’ at the top of the building. Garage facilities are available but need to be reserved in advance.
Stay in a 15th Century Casa Morisca
The Hotel Casa Morisca is a 3* hotel that was originally a casa Morisco dating from the late 15th century. This is one of the many houses built by the wealthy Moors who decided to stay in Granada after the Christian Reconquest of 1492.
This hotel is located at No, 9 Cuesta de la Victoria on the lower Albaicin at the end of the Carrera del Darro. A great location for the historical district of the Albaicín and the Church of San Salvador.
The Casa Morisca has a fascinating interior with wooden ceilings, galleries and a central patio. It is just a few steps from the Paseo de los Tristes and has views up to the Alhambra Palace, to which there is a steped pathway
The Centuries Old Carmen de Santa InesDating from the 14th century, the Carmen Santa Ines is a 3* hotel located in the Placeta de Porras, just off Calle San Juan de los Reyes. Originally an old Moorish house built alongside the original fortress walls dating from the 9th century, it was enlarged between the 16th and 17th centuries. This smallish hotel, set in its own delightful gardens has a restaurant and 9 rooms that include 4 suites. See photo.
Staying in a 14th Century Renaissance Palace
The Casa del Capitel Nazari at No. 6 Cuesta Aceituneros dates from 1503 and was originally a Renaissance Palace. Its exquisite interior is full of original features such as Tuscan columns and ornate wooden ceilings. The hotel has 17 rooms is just a minute from the Carrera del Darro and has public parking close by. See photo.
Many Hotels in the Albaicin are Full of History and Atmosphere
The Albaicín district is full of history and delight so what better way can there be to explore it than having it right outside your hotel? A further selection of hotels in the Albaicín can be found in a separate article . Visitors to Granada looking for a hotel in the vicinity of the Alhambra Palace then this further article might be of interest.