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.”
How to Get There
This cute hotel is right in the middle of downtown San Luis Obispo and we loved being able to park the car (there's a small lot behind the hotel) and walk around town. The room was small -- basically one room with a shower stall and sink in the corner, but well appointed and perfectly fine for the two of us. There's a nice lounge area with indoor and outdoor seating that we used for reading in the mornings and late afternoons since the room wasn't large enough for that. There was free coffee and little breakfast cookies there in the morning and wine in the evenings. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it if you don't need much space in the room.
Our family of 6 just spent two nights at this beautiful hotel and totally enjoyed it. It is like a step back in time when you were treated like royalty in a hotel. It was quaint, beautiful and very unique. Small pretty room's each a little different! Great wine at check in, and fresh coffee and sweets each morning. A pretty patio on the second floor to enjoy also! We enjoyed it all very much!
Beautiful patio and atmosphere. Not a huge selection of beer and overpriced. When I mentioned that the drinks were warm all that was said was sorry I think our refrigeration system is having problems. Good customer service would be to bring a cold glass, discount the bill or bring out nuts or something. Wouldn’t go back when there’s so many options in town.