Hospes Palacio de Los Patos
What We Love
- Impressive mix of classic architecture and cutting-edge interior design
- Located away from the most touristy areas of Granada
- Painted ceilings — worth the crick in the neck you’ll get from staring in awe
What To Know
- The spa is small, so book your treatments in advance
- Granada’s premier tourist spot, the Alhambra, is always crowded, so plan on going early in the morning or in the evening (it’s also a bit of a hike to get up there)
- Dreamer's Rooms start at a snug 215 square feet
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Andalusia is studded with boutique hotels in lovingly restored historic buildings, and with the Palacio de los Patos, the Hospes group has added its own unique 21st-century twist to one of Granada’s mid-19th-century gems. Almost everything is in a subtle shade of white, alabaster or gray, set off in just the right places by a hint of a darker hue. The effect is atmospheric. This is a spot where you’ll actually want to hang out — and maybe absorb some design inspiration, too.
Bed & Bath
Although the guestrooms can be snug (Dreamer’s Rooms start at 215 square feet), the modern decor, geometric themes and whitewashed walls keep things gorgeous enough that you won’t notice. Besides, Andalusia’s weather is conducive to lingering in the hotel’s tranquil gardens with a drink or a good book. The guestrooms in the older part of the hotel have loads of character and plenty of original features, including plasterwork ceilings and elaborate friezes. Some come with arched windows or dome ceilings, and all have air conditioning, hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi.
After hiking up and around the Alhambra, by far Granada’s top sight, recharge with a treatment at the hotel’s Bodyna spa (the ayurvedic massage is a decadent delight). This part of Spain is famous for long lunches and evenings fueled by tapas and endless glasses of wine. The restaurant, Los Patos, answers the call with dishes like tiny grilled Motril squid and roasted San Pedro fish with polenta. And for dessert: licorice or lemon verbena ice cream.
In the Area
Granada (not to mention the rest of Andalusia) has its own style of cooking, and there’s a wide choice of bars and restaurants in the city. Top spots include Sevilla, Raro de Luna, La Oliva and Damasqueros. The Alhambra, the Generalife gardens and the old quarter of Albaycin mark the high points of Arabic rule in Andalusia. But Granada also has a rich Jewish and Christian heritage and boasts some of Spain’s finest buildings. Book a walking tour or a private guide to learn the inside story. After all that walking, try an authentic Arabian bathhouse experience with a steam and massage at Hammam Al Andalus.
How to Get There
We stayed at Hospes Palacio de los Patos in July, on our spain/morocco/Portugal tour. We spent about two nights in each city, including Seville, Granada, Marbella, Fes, and Lisbon. I would have to say the hospitality at Hospes Palacia de los Patos was superb. Upon check in, we were upgraded to their presidential suite, which was amazing. There was a beautiful terrace in our room, sitting area, and beautiful master bedroom. The vibe of the room and hotel was boutique, with touches of classic grandeur and contemporary chic. The location was close to the downtown area, but a bit
The title of my review (and the accompanying four stars) seems, in retrospect, somewhat unkind given that the hotel, the comfort of the room and the most helpful and some of the most solicitous staff I have ever encountered made my stay a pleasure. Additionally, I had to truncate my 3-day visit by a day in order to rush back to London on business and I was not charged for the third night - a very welcome surprise. However, this is a website that depends upon constructive criticism so here we go. The buffet breakfast that we could (and did) enjoy on the terrace was a delight (we had a small schnauzer in tow) but whilst dinner in the beautiful gardens was a pleasure, the quality of the food did not QUITE match the pricing. An example, as I am a stickler for detail; the penne al pesto rosso con rucula y parmesano - nice enough (certainly plenty of parmesano so not lacking in taste), but somewhat overcooked (certainly not al dente), and not worth anything approaching 14 Euros (my local Italian deli in SW11 - London, Battersea - would charge 5 quid for something infinitely better). And so to the "environs" or area. I do not know, and have not researched the history of the hotel, but it is clear that a number of fairly low-rent apartment blocks were erected nearby (an understatement), some of which are now blighted with graffiti, and the lower levels of which are home to some restaurants with...let's be honest...outrageously ambitious pricing given their offering and ambience, simply because of their proximity to the hotel. Avoid at all costs.
Earlier in the month we stayed at Hospes hotel in Salamanca - yesterday we left Hospes hotel Palaciao de los Patos - it was a great stay!
Location is super - an oasis close to the commercial center of Granada. Most of monuments and musea in walking distance - main shopping area just around the corner. Alhambra is 10 minutes by taxi away.
Hotel has own parking - and valet parking service is great!
Check-in was efficient and with care and a smile. Since we were a party of 3 adults we were granted an upgrade to a suite - which is a truly amazing room. Lots of character and space. The interior has a modern touch in an ancient building - a very nice combination.
Room was well equipped - shower offers a lot of space - bed is very large and tall - and offers great sleep quality.
Only missing piece in room is a Nespresso coffee machine.
Breakfast was truly excellent - large choice and very fresh ingredients. Service at breakfast efficient but a smile in the morning would be great :)
Worthwhile mentioning is the pool - not truly a swimming pool but rather a XXL jacuzzi (can handle more than 10 pax) in a nice spa-like environment. No daylight but great place to relax after a long and hot walk in the Alhambra.
We had dinner one night in the restaurant which was super - recommended to make advanced booking since we had last table available on a sunday evening.
Check out was also efficient and with warm smile.
Overall a great stay - very consistent with Hospes experience in Salamanca - can only recommend staying in Hospes hotels.