Granada Hotel & Bistro
What We Love
- Free bikes for exploring the town
- Outdoor firepits and a seasonal, local-minded menu at the convivial restaurant
- Concierge-level service with personal attention and insider local tips
- Complimentary Blue Bottle coffee is available for guests in the lounge alongside a selection of daily newspapers
What To Know
- The historic building doesn’t always keep out sound from surrounding rooms and outside
- Accessed via a narrow alley, the hotel’s parking lot fills up; free overflow parking is available off-site
- The front desk isn’t staffed after 11 p.m.; after-hours check-ins must be prearranged
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Wrought iron wall sconces, brass railings and heavy wooden doors echo the Spanish colonial heritage of this California mission town at the Granada Hotel & Bistro. Fringed boudoir lamps, glimmering candles and velvet couches nod to the building’s rumored past as a bordello. White-on-white bedding and clean-lined furniture in the rooms brings things into the 21st century.
Bed & Bath
17 rooms marry historical touches — exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, vintage books — with contemporary flourishes such as studded leather headboards, whisper-quiet air conditioning and Kiki de Montparnasse and C.O. Bigelow bath products. Gleaming chrome and marble bathrooms are designed with couples in mind; some allow peekaboo views from bed. More spacious Deluxe Rooms and Suites come with gas-burning fireplaces. Request Suite 1 for a sexy steam shower big enough for two.
Granada Bistro serves farm-to-table fare with international flavors; think crisp local squash blossoms stuffed with herbed cheese and harissa basil pesto or San Diego yellowtail with purple potatoes, mechoui aioli and marinated string beans. Nods to the hotel’s Spanish colonial theme show up in the seafood paella and house-made sangria. Nab a table in the tin-roofed dining room or around the outdoor firepits. Upstairs is a guests-only fireplace lounge and rooftop patio with a direct phone line to the bartenders downstairs. The hotel’s one-room spa specializes in massage and ayurvedic treatments.
With a youthful infusion of energy from college students, San Luis Obispo has been voted one of the USA’s happiest cities. Although it’s short on traditional tourist to-dos (see the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and you’re pretty much done), it’s ideal for weekend wanderers, with boutiques, cafés, restaurants and bars. On Thursday nights head to the downtown farmers market, one of California’s biggest and best, for locally made artisanal food, BBQ smokers, live music and entertainment. During the day, head to Avila Beach, with its sunny promenade, crescent-shaped Pismo Beach or the fishing port of Morro Bay. Not one but two award-winning wine regions — Paso Robles and Edna Valley — are also just a quick drive away from “SLO.”
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This hotel was awesome. The rooms were cool and hip. Great bedding and tv very clean and new. The staff was fully 5 star hotel caliber. The food was savory and there were treats in room that were yummy. The guests were so sweet too! Cool upper patio to have a glass of wine and relax. Right downtown and has parking. Highly recommend
Came here for brunch with my girls and had great service. Loved the chicken meatballs. Well curated wine list so we chose both the Leitz rose and Sancerre rose. Who says there’s such thing as too much rose?
The Granada is a hip little boutique hotel in the middle of quaint downtown San Luis Obispo. Numerous restaurants and shops can be found just outside the front door, and there's also a pretty happening bar and bistro on the ground floor. The hotel has some cool design quirks and is definitely unique in many ways. The room wasn't huge, but had a very comfortable king bed and all of the customary amenities you'd expect. The shower was great and the wi-fi reception was quite good. Complimentary breakfast items are available on the second floor where you'll find a litlle loung and a veranda overlooking the street. The only negative worth mentioning was a strange abundance of mosquitos in certain areas, especially on the second floor in the lounge area. Aside from that, I'd definitely stay here again when in SLO and would receommend it to anyone visiting the area.