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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
...And I also have some nice property on the moon to sell you. This is not the ROOM standard expected of Autograph or Marriot.
Arrival; nobody to help us in with heavy luggage. Front desk; really friendly (Emma) but asked us to pay because she did not know we had already paid in full in advance. Troubling and whilst I asked for this to be clarified, nobody did so up to the last evening of four when I had to go and check personally. Come on Marriott!
Reception area; very unappealing and bland.
Room; very small, dated, bouncy laminate floor, good bed, bins not emptied two days out of four, milk cartons not replaced two days out of four, cups not washed up, pillows were very poor indeed. No electric socket on one side of the bed for charging. A/c was efficient and quiet. These rooms are barely 4 star. No wonder they are doing some renovations apparently.
Breakfast; a thoroughly good buffet breakfast, with good freshly cooked options in addition. Wonderful staff. The courtyard setting is quite exceptionally beautiful.
Dinner; such was the wonderful setting of the courtyard and the excellent staff we ate dinner here twice, both times choosing the Mercado (market) menu which changes daily. Six courses for €50. We are proper foodies and a few of these courses were truly distinctive. You have to try the handmade, soft centred olive! Belongs in a Michelin restaurant. Excellent, excellent value and good cooking.
A hotel of 2 halves, a wonderful courtyard and food service downstairs but with a poor room and below-par cleaning service.
The facility, location, service, and spacious size of the room are excellent – on these attributes alone, I would probably rate this hotel 4 stars. But what makes this a 5-star rating is the hotel’s special feature of being part of a historic building, a former convent. The courtyard is gorgeous and makes you feel like you’re visiting another attraction in the city. Make sure you eat a meal in the courtyard or just have a drink and relax there for a while.
great service from check in to check out, most helpful staff, beautiful rooms and restaurant, Staff are more than helpful. Close to the city center and walking distance of everything it was a real pleasure to spend time there
Beautiful lobby, huge courtyard outside, good size room, flat screen TV, good neighborhood. Walk to bus for Alhambra, walk to Moroccan section with lots of activity. Actually the location was great and you could walk everywhere.
We spent two nights in the hotel in the renovated area on the second floor and we did enjoy our stay. The room was facing the Main Street but the windows are very good and therefore the room was really quite and also far away from the Patio. The room was quite new with good WiFi and a decent bathroom.
The breakfast buffet is quite rich and you have several choices including eggs in different styles freshly prepared.
The staff is friendly and helpful. Overall the front desk seems to be a bit overloaded from time to time.
The drive to the hotel is quite complicated and the sat nav sends you through a restricted area. I guess I will find out how much this will cost us.
The hotel is well located if you visit Granada and a good choice, reading the other reviews you might be better of with a room in a new building.