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Granada is one of the most spectacular cities in southern Spain. It has a rich history, an exciting food scene, bustling nightlife, and lush natural attractions.
But some of the neighbourhoods don’t offer much to visitors and hotels fill up quickly, which is exactly why we created this guide to where to stay in Granada.
Written by our expert travel writers, this guide will help you pick the perfect neighbourhood and/or hotel in Granada.
Whether you want to see the top sights or sample the city’s best tapas, by the end of this guide you will definitely find a neighbourhood that suits your travel style and budget – we guarantee it!
So let’s get to it. Here are our top picks for where to stay in Granada, Spain.
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Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Granada.
Apartamentos Montesclaros is a stunning two-star property in Sacromonte. Comprised of comfortable apartments, it has a great rooftop terrace and an outdoor pool with stunning views. Charmingly decorated, each apartment is equipped with a private terrace, coffee facilities and wireless internet access. Surrounded by great restaurants, this property also has a unique on-site restaurant.
Enjoy five-star luxury at a fraction of the price at the Eurostars Washington Irvine hotel – our top recommendation for where to stay in Granada. This hotel has a sauna, swimming pool, coffee bar and library. It is close to a great variety of bars and restaurants and is a short walk to the city’s top sights.
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime stay inside on the grounds the historic Alhambra at the Parador de Granada. Built in a 15th-century convent, this modern and luxurious hotel has a terrace that offers stunning views over the Alhambra gardens. It has a traditional Andalusian restaurant, a stylish lounge bar and free wireless internet access.
Granada is one of the most interesting and historically significant cities in Southern Spain. A relatively small city, Granada is divided into six main districts.
Only a few of the city’s neighbourhoods are of great interest to travellers. These are mainly centred around Granada’s crown jewel and most famous attraction, the Alhambra.
El Centro is undoubtedly the most famous neighbourhood in Granada. Made up of winding cobbled streets and charming plazas, El Centro is walking distance to the best restaurants, coolest clubs, and the city’s most famous tourist attractions. Perfect for travellers of all ages, anyone visiting Granada for the first time will no doubt love staying in El Centro.
When it comes to enjoying Granada after dark, you’ll want to stay in Realejo. The city’s old Jewish quarter, Realejo is an edgy, alternative and creative neighbourhood that attracts students, artists and party people. No matter the time of day and night, this downtown neighbourhood is buzzing with energy and life.
Hotel Jules Insider TipFor budget backpackers and culture vultures, head up the hill and stay in Sacromonte and Albaicin. These neighbouring districts are two of the most interesting and coolest areas of the city. They offer stunning views, unique attractions and an insight into traditional Andalusian life.
There’s plenty to see and do in Granada for curious travellers. From dancing the night away and savouring traditional tapas to experiencing its diverse history and culture and exploring the lush natural wonders. No matter your interests, you won’t be bored in this amazing Andalusian city.
Still not sure where to stay in Granada? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
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Let’s take a look in greater detail at the best neighbourhoods to stay in Granada. Each is quite different to the last so be sure to check out which is right for you!
El Centro is the neighbourhood at the heart of Granada. Located – you guessed it – at the centre of the city, this small historic ‘hood is packed with ancient attractions, stunning architecture, and picturesque plazas.
This is where to stay in Granada if you’re visiting the city for the first time. Not only does it have a great variety of restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs, but is where you’ll find the best shopping, prettiest streets and the city’s top landmarks.
The crown jewel of El Centro – and Granada – is undoubtedly the Alhambra. Part fortress, part palace, the Alhambra is a vast complex of stunning buildings and lush gardens and is one of the best examples of the splendour of the Moorish civilization in southern Spain.
Opulent and otherworldly, the Alhambra stuns visitors with its splendid architecture, ornate decoration and panoramic views. It draws thousands of visitors each year and can be quite busy in the high season. Reserve your tickets online in advance so you won’t miss out on one of the most amazing sights in all of Spain.
This fun and funky three-star hotel is close to all of Granada’s top sights. A short walk from the Alhambra, this hotel is near to restaurants, shops, bars and public transit. Guests will love relaxing after a day of sightseeing on the sun-soaked lounge or in the stylish lounge bar and restaurant.
This elegant three-star hotel is conveniently located in central Granada. It is close to Granada Cathedral and Carrera del Darro. It has a Jacuzzi, massage services as well as babysitting and family facilities. Enjoy a drink at the bar or a meal at the on-site restaurant.
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience by staying inside the grounds of the historic Alhambra at the Parador de Granada.
Built in a 15th-century convent, this modern and luxurious hotel has a terrace that offers stunning views over the Alhambra gardens. It has a traditional Andalusian restaurant, a stylish lounge bar and free wireless internet access.
Located in the hills high above the city is the unique neighbourhood of Sacromonte. Traditionally a gipsy settlement, this neighbourhood is filled with winding roads, whitewashed caves, and dwellings built right into the mountainside.
It’s a neighbourhood where time has stood still, and it is the perfect destination if you’re looking to experience an authentic slice of Andalusian life.
Lively and vibrant, Sacromonte is where you’ll find some of the best flamenco in the city. From shows and lessons to impromptu gatherings, the streets and alleys of Sacromonte ring with the infectious sounds of flamenco both day and night.
Ideal for backpackers and travellers on a budget, Sacromonte is also where you’ll find the most option for low-cost accommodations. From rustic cave apartments to charming hotels, this area of the city has something for every budget.
Apartamentos Montesclaros is a stunning two-star property in Sacromonte. Comprised of comfortable apartments, it has a great rooftop terrace and an outdoor pool with stunning views.
Charmingly decorated, each apartment has a private terrace, coffee facilities and wireless internet access. Surrounded by great restaurants, this property also has a unique on-site restaurant.
Made up of eight apartments, this 3.5-star property is your perfect home away from home in Granada. It’s close to shops, restaurants, the Alhambra and many of Granada’s top attractions.
It has a range of amenities and each apartment is fully equipped for a comfortable stay. Enjoy free wifi, a terrace and a garden.
Solar MontesClaros is a centrally located property in the Sacromonte neighbourhood. Each individual apartment has rustic décor, spacious rooms, comfortable beds and private bathrooms.
It has a sun-soaked terrace, a stylish lounge bar, and is within walking distance of restaurants and cafes. A hot breakfast and free wireless internet are also available.
Realejo is one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Granada. Located east of the centre, it is the city’s old Jewish quarter that features historic buildings, ornate churches, traditional tapas bars, and winding streets.
It’s also where you’ll find the liveliest nightlife in Granada. This central neighbourhood is filled with some of Granada’s coolest bars and wildest clubs. If you’re looking for fun after dark, look no further than Realejo.
Clustered around Campo Principe are a great variety of pubs and eateries that cater to travellers of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a traditional Spanish spot or an Irish pub, this Granada neighbourhood has a distinctly foreign and familiar feel.
Realejo is also a paradise for those looking to feast on local cuisine. Thanks to a great number of tapas bars, you can sample the best Andalusian and Spanish snacks – often for free! – while enjoying a pint of local beer or a cocktail or two.
Hotel La Almenas is a great hotel for anyone interested in exploring Granada’s nightlife scene. Located in Realejo, it is a short walk to historic landmarks, tapas restaurants, and great bars and clubs. It has a restaurant, hair salon, and each room is well equipped with amenities for a wonderful stay.
Enjoy five-star luxury at a fraction of the price at the Eurostars Washington Irvine hotel – our top recommendation for where to stay in Realejo. This hotel has a sauna, swimming pool, coffee bar and library. It is close to a great variety of bars and restaurants and is a short walk to the city’s top sights.
The NH Collection Victoria is an elegant and centrally located hotel. Close to shopping, sightseeing, and the entertainment district, this hotel is ideal for exploring Granada. It has a coffee bar, and restaurant and lounge. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom and coffee making facilities.
Albaicin is far and away the coolest neighbourhood in Granada. The city’s former Arabic quarter, this rustic and charming neighbourhood is now Granada’s creative and artistic centre. It has all the allure of a typical Andalusian village, with whitewashed buildings and snaking alleys, combined with trendy restaurants and hip teahouses.
One of the oldest and most iconic areas of the city, Albaicin is a car-free neighbourhood made up of winding streets lined with cute houses. It’s home to a great variety of shops and boutiques, as well as hip bars and funky restaurants.
Located in the hills between El Centro and Sacromonte, Albaicin is where you’ll find some of the best views in Granada. It is home to a great number of miradors, or viewpoints and is the place to visit to see panoramic and bird’s eye views of Granada, the Alhambra and beyond!
Shine Albayzin is a quaint and charming three-star hotel in Albaicin. It is stylishly decorated and each room has air conditioning, free wifi and a small business centre. Conveniently located near Granada’s top tourist attractions, this hotel is a short walk from the Alhambra, restaurants, bars and more.
Charming, authentic, and incredibly cute, this hotel is one of the best hotels in Albaicin. It is a short distance from Granada’s main tourist attractions and is close to shops, restaurants and historic landmarks. Each room is spacious, comfortable and equipped for a great stay.
Hotel Casa 1800 Granada is elegant, luxurious and brimming with charm. This three-star Albaicin hotel is an easy walk to the centre of Granada, the Alhambra, and all of the city’s top tourist attractions and restaurants. Guests will love relaxing in their grand air-conditioned suites.
La Chana is a cheap and cheerful neighbourhood in northwestern Granada. A short 10-minute bus ride outside of the city, La Chana is a neighbourhood full of life.
One of the most popular residential districts in the city, La Chana is where to stay in Granada if you’re travelling with children. It is one of the greenest districts in the city and is where you’ll find a great number of parks and playgrounds perfect for entertaining excited mini-travellers.
La Chana is also a great place to tease your taste buds by sampling traditional Spanish foods. Whether you opt for a myriad of tapas or a large portion of paella, this neighbourhood is where you satisfy your hunger at a very reasonable price.
But there’s more to La Chana than great food. This neighbourhood is also where you’ll find significant religious sites as well as open-air museums, concert halls, and bustling commercial boulevards.
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This chic three-star hotel is conveniently located in La Chana. It is a short drive to the city centre and is close to a great variety of tapas restaurants. Outfitted in traditionally Spanish décor, each room has comfortable beds and en-suite bathrooms. It has a fitness centre, pool and relaxing sun deck.
This charming hotel is our top pick for where to stay in La Chana. Located within a refurbished historical townhouse, this authentic Andalusian hotel has a terrace, courtyard, and stunning views of the Alhambra. Each room has great Spanish décor, air conditioning and internet access.
A convenient location, spacious rooms and elegant décor are just a few of the reasons we love this La Chana hotel. The perfect hotel year round, El Ladron de Agua is close to ski facilities in the winter and tourist attractions in the summer. It has a restaurant, lounge bar and a number of family facilities.
It’s easy to see why Granada is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. With its rich history and the Alhambra, its wild nightlife and scrumptious food scene, it is a small city that packs a big punch.
Just to recap; El Centro is our number one choice for where to stay in Granada. Not only is it home to Granada’s most famous attractions, but it is where you’ll find yourself at the centre of the action both day and night.
Our top pick for the best hotel in Granada is the Eurostars Washington Irving because you can enjoy five-star luxury, service and wellness amenities at a fraction of the price!
Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below. Happy travels and have a safe trip to Granada, Spain!
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Emma Johnson lives to travel! Born in Washington D.C., Emma is a hotel connoisseur and a staff writer at Hotel Jules. An army brat, Emma got the travel bug early and has never been able to stop. Now, she has proudly visited 70+ countries and plans to visit every country in the world! Passionate about her ukelele (obviously) and her family, Emma eventually wants to retire in Thailand and write a book about all of her travel experiences.