Overlooking the city of Granada and just behind the Alhambra, the Hotel Alhambra Palace offers elegant luxury in an excellent location for exploring the city’s most famous landmark.
Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula
Located halfway down Granada’s central Gran Vía boulevard, the Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula takes its name from the convent that now forms the heart of the hotel. The building retains much of its original character, with a cobbled courtyard centred around a fountain and many details that celebrate the city’s rich Moorish history.
The 74 rooms are divided between the cloisters, an old Moorish house and a newer block overlooking the street. All feature dark wooden floors and modern furniture, with classic touches such as orange- and yellow-shuttered windows. Each room has an espresso machine and kettle, as well as air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The main restaurant, El Claustro, located off the central courtyard, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring traditional Spanish and Andalusian fare. There’s also a small bar, which opens onto the courtyard in the summer. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s small gym, sauna and Turkish bath.
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Rooms reflect the simplicity of the hotel’s days as a convent while offering modern-day comforts, with dark wooden furnishings, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Split between the convent, a Moorish house and a modern wing, rooms have views over the streets of Granada or the hotel’s central courtyard.
Situated along the Gran Vía de Colón, the hotel is less than a ten-minute walk to the verdant Jardines de Triunfo in one direction and Granada’s cathedral and Capilla Real (royal chapel) in the other. A short walk on from the cathedral is the city’s former bazaar, the Alcaicería, and the tapas-bar-lined Calle Navas. The Alhambra is a 15-minute drive or 30-minute uphill walk away.
Food and drink
The hotel’s restaurant, El Claustro, serves traditional Andalusian cuisine showcasing the region’s blend of cultures and history. There’s also a small bar, which opens onto the courtyard in the summer.
Facilities and activities
The hotel has a small gym, sauna and Turkish bath.
Comfortable and characterful, the Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula is a historic gem in the heart of Granada. We love the understated charm and its peaceful central courtyard.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
On this private guided tour of Granada, you’ll explore Spain’s history while visiting the Moorish masterpiece of the Alhambra, the Capilla Real — final resting place of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the labyrinthine Albayzin district, which remains much as it was during medieval times.