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
Parking on site
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Beautifully restored 19th-century palace with minimalist interiors, a serene spa and a top-notch tapas restaurant
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.