Hotel Palacio de Santa Paula, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- The hotel, a designated historical monument, consists of a refurbished 19th century palace, 16th century convent and 14th century home
- Located near Grenada’s famous Alhambra
- Impressive selection of wines on offer at El Claustro restaurant
What To Know
- WiFi is available in guest rooms and common areas
- The hotel’s cloister hosts a number of free concerts during the summer
- Some rooms offer views of the historic courtyard
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on the site of a 12-century convent, the AC Palacio de Santa Paula shows an appreciation for its deep roots throughout. The 75 guestrooms and suites have sherbert orange accent walls and feature traditional stonework and dark wooden furnishings that nod to their Andalucian heritage, but also offer modern conveniences travelers expect such as air conditioning, room service and hardwood floors. The central cloister, which is part of the original Santa Paula convent, is the hotel’s central showpiece and the perfect spot for a summer drink or afternoon concert.
In the Area
The property is conveniently located nearby the breathtaking World Heritage Site, Alhambra, a sprawling fortress and palace dating to the 9th century and renowned for its Moorish architecture. Fortunately for history obsessives, in Grenada, a visit to the Alhambra is merely scratching the surface; the city is laden with historical buildings that pay homage to its rich past as a cultural crossroads. Take in the Albayzin (the Moorish old town), listen to live guitar music along the Carrera del Darro and mingle with locals in the evenings or visit the cathedral and royal chapel.
How to Get There
This hotel is modern on the outside but our room was in the old convent section. It was very attractive but the air conditioning was problematic. There was no way to adjust the temperature. It either was freezing on the lower setting or too hot because we had to shut it off altogether. No in-between. We had housekeeping come up but that was the system. We had to keep turning it on and off throughout the night. The hotel is in a good location. They have no designated concierge but the people at the desk say they can make suggestions. We asked for a dinner recommendation the first night and were sent to an unattractive and very touristy place. We passed many more pleasant looking places in our way. Very disappointing. We did not ask for any other suggestions. Breakfast was adequate. Lovely courtyard with a pleasant guitarist each night we were there.
Stayed here for one night only but what a lovely hotel! It has a courtyard where the bar and restaurant is located, filled with jasmine. It smelt divine! One thing I would say is, don’t use car sat nav to find the hotel as we ended up going down some narrow roads! When we turned on our phone sat nav, it took us to the hotel, no problem! Car was parked by valet. Warm welcome by staff. Had a night cap sitting in the courtyard with a Spanish guitar playing - very atmospheric! Easy walk to the old town too.
My room was great with a nespresso coffee machine and fridge available Bathroom amenities were excellent. Staff were very attentive and helpful. The music each night in the courtyard was lovely. They make great mojito.
My family enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Excellent location with easy access to el Albaicin, the cathedral and royal chapel and La Alhambra. Good service from front desk personnel. Staff provided excellent food recommendations.
It's not easy driving in Granada. We used our GPS to get to the hotel then left the car in the hotel garage during our three night stay. Hotel staff is great, concierge service and recommendations excellent for restaurants and attractions. Hotel breakfast is expensive but there are many cool cafes within a few blocks for pastries, coffee or a full breakfast. Tons of the nicer tapas bars within several blocks also. Also easy to get a taxi right out front with no waiting. Our room was very nice, comfortable bed, sitting area, desk area, walk-in closet with safe, big bathroom. We didn't even know the hotel had a new section. We stayed in the historical looking section with large courtyard, a couple of bars, nice restaurant. Overall a very pleasant stay.