“Terrace views of the Alhambra, a tranquil garden with a plunge pool, and only 7 rooms - plus a great position in Granada's bohemian Albaicin quarter”
The 7 rooms are spread over the buiding's 3 storeys and each has something special about it. The furniture is an eclectic mix of antiques, creating a charming, homely atmosphere. Mosaic ensuite bathrooms all have walk-in showers and His'n'Her 'beauty packs'; views are of the river, garden or the Alhambra.
The 2 Suites lie on the top floor, and are undoubtedly the best rooms. For starters, they share a roof terrace with views of the Alhambra, and furthermore, they're sumptuous in size. The Alhambra Suite has a pretty white broderie anglaise bedcover, french doors, panoramic windows, a limestone floor and a selection of black and white photos above the bed. Across the hall, the Sacromonte Suite has a darker and less impressive bedroom, but the payoff is a private lounge, with velvet armchairs, a Persian rug, an antique wooden chest acting as a coffee table and a big bathroom with twin sinks set in a long run of white marble. Leading off from the bathroom a tiny, low-ceilinged (1.6m) twin bedroom with a couple of small, patio-facing windows has recently been created. It's not suitable for adults but kids would love its hidey-hole vibe.
The Cobertizo Junior Suite is slightly twee in décor - a chintzy rose bedspread and a faded velvet headboard - but its charm lies in traditional wooden shutters, pretty oil paintings and its cobertizo - the former 14th-century bridge between the hotel and the house next door. Set up as a lounge, or a space for an extra bed, it's the oldest part of the house and believed to be the oldest cobertizo in Andalucia.
The Alberca (a Superior) has pretty blue and white bedspreads and a latticed balcony overlooking the plunge pool and Alhambra, plus it's flooded with light throughout the day. Huerto and Alfarje are both light and airy rooms. Huerto (a Superior) has crisp white bedlinen, sunshine-yellow walls and shuttered windows; Alfarje (a Double) is a slightly smaller street-facing room with an intricate wooden ceiling and a bathroom with both bathtub and shower.
The 1 ground-floor room is Jardin (a Superior) which is high-ceilinged with French windows leading out to the leafy garden. The room would be perfect for families with 1 adventurous child: a near vertical ladder leads up to a single bed hoisted up on a high mezzanine platform.
Served in the family style dining room or, weather permitting, outside, the breakfasts are nice and hearty. Cereals, orange juice, fruit salads, hams, cheeses, black tomatoes, eggs, bacon, toast, croissants, sweet cakes, homemade jams, honey... it's a veritable feast but be aware it is a little pricey.
A recent innovation at Carmen del Cobertizo is that lunches and dinners can now be prepared by an outside caterer. Menus are matched to your own culinary brief and - to quote Lorena - can be 'anything you want'. A light supper or lunch starts at around EUR 30 whilst a gourmet dinner with wine could cost 3 or 4 times that. In house dining would really come into its own in summer when things go alfresco. Wine buffs will be delighted to discover a well-stocked bodega where, alongside top coupages from La Rioja and Ribera del Duero, you'll find flagship regional wines like Calvente or Señorio de Nevada.
If you'd prefer to venture out, there are heaps of good places to eat and drink in this university town. Right outside the door, the Albaicin district is lined with cool cafes and tapas bars or you can head to the Plaza Nueva or Bib-Rambla Square for a mix of European eateries. If you enjoy fish, check out Cunini one night; elbow your way to the bar and gesticulate towards anything that takes your fancy. Or if you're searching for Basque cuisine, make your way to the nearby Mesón El Trillo: the flagship dish is the classic bacalao al pil pil - salt cod in a rich garlic and olive oil sauce. For big chunks of superbly prepared meat the Real Asador de Castilla, a real institution in Granada, is the place, but book as soon as you hit town to avoid disappointment.
All ages are welcome, cots are free of charge and an extra bed in parent's room incur a small charge.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Cobertizo Junior Suite can hold an extra bed in its cobertizo, the Sacromonte Suite has a tiny twin bedroom hidden away beyond its bathroom, whilst Jardin has a spare single bed on a high platform: be aware that it is accessed by way of a steep ladder.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking