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
- 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 little gem of a hotel has been lovingly restored with great attention to detail. Beyond the creature comforts and aesthetic pleasures a stay here offers is the exceptional standard of service. When an important taxi reservation went awry, Molly and Jack personally got me to and from my event. When I mentioned I needed an early breakfast on the weekend, they installed a small refrigerator in my room. Without being asked, they brought an additional lamp when they realized more light in my room in the evening would add to the quality of my stay. When I left a borrowed umbrella at my destination, they waved away my offer to reimburse. You will be in excellent hands here!
I stayed there mid week in early January. The students were not back yet and they streets were deserted. When someone began playing very loud music I finally decided to investigate at 11:40. I discovered it was coming from the bar which was right below my room. The bar was empty so i asked if they could turn the music down. They said yes but did not. I don't know what time they turned it off but it was sometime after 12:30. I had an early morning and didn't get much sleep. For the price I paid I should feel pampered, not stay up all night due to loud music in my room.
Loved this spot! Free glass of wine with check in, amazing ambiance, comfortable bed, prime location and excellent service. I left my Kindle there by accident and it was FedExed to me asap! The restaurant is also delicious.
I did not know what to expect when I booked my reservation for the Granada Hotel and Bistro but I was absolutely delighted by the experience. The hotel itself is super comfortable, in a great location, and a beautiful establishment in general. The rooms were delightful and service knocked it out of the park. The Bistro was amazing. Food was outstanding, drinks were quenching, and the service was the best I've had. They truly went all the way to make it an enjoyable experience. I'd come back in a heartbeat.
My husband and I stayed here for two nights and absolutely loved it. It’s a super unique and well-appointed boutique hotel, and you can tell the designers paid close attention to detail. Among other interesting features, our room had exposed brick and a fireplace (which was welcome during the chilly winter nights). The staff was amazingly helpful and friendly; special thanks to Jack at the front desk for his advice on local activities. We also thought the food in the attached bistro and the complimentary morning coffee were very tasty. Overall, a really great stay!