“A small, stylish, historic residence with a Moorish-style inner court, in the quieter reaches of the medieval Albaicin quarter”
Most of the guest rooms lie off the landing that runs around the interior courtyard, with a couple more perched up in the corner ‘towers’. They are fairly small but neatly decorated, with tiled floors, muted colour schemes, beamed ceilings (in most cases), and dark-wood furniture including a wardrobe, a TV-cum-minibar cabinet and a small desk in all but the smallest rooms. Individual air-conditioning/heating means you can keep the windows closed at night to keep street noise out. Most have twin beds backed by upholstered headboards which can be pushed together create kingsize doubles.
The ensuite bathrooms are vividly tiled, and have a bathtub with a very satisfactory shower attachment and screen (except the Suite - see below). Expect Damana gel, shampoo and body cream in big chunky bottles and fluffy white towels embroidered with the hotel's CM logo.
The Deluxe Room is the largest, a long thin room running the length of one side of the first floor. It has a proper sitting area with a sofa and a coffee table, a beamed ceiling with Arabic wood-painting, and also the best equipped bathroom (twin basins, a Jacuzzi bathtub and a separate shower).
The most panoramic room is, not surprisingly, the tower-top Mirador (every Granada residence had to have one!), whose windows line the 2 sides facing the Alhambra. But, despite the blinds, it does get hot in summer. Another charming room, also situated a few steps above the rest, is the Blue Room (#14), whose walls and ceiling beams are painted pale lilac. Though small, it is probably the most special of the Standard Rooms. The remaining rooms are all pretty similar, except that the Superior Room has a minuscule balcony and a little more floor space. Some Standard Rooms have no exterior views, the smallest (#7) is worth avoiding if possible. There is a lift, incidentally.
A buffet breakfast is served to the strains of Baroque music. This consists of cereals, fruit (including melon in summer), potato omelette and hard-boiled eggs, hams, cheese, bread / toast, croissants, yoghurt, freshly squeezed orange juice and hot drinks. There's also olive oil and tomato in case you fancy a properly Andalusian tostada. It’s served in a vaulted and wafer-bricked subterranean room, once used for storage; but there’s also an open, plant-shaded patio at the rear where you can have a cold drink during the day.
For dinner there’s a variety of tapas bars and restaurants within walking distance. As well as a line of restaurants just around the first corner from Casa Morisca - all look straight up to the Alhambra - there are heaps of great eateries within easy striking distance. Our favourites are the Bodega Castaneda, though you’ll need to arrive early if you want a seat; and the typically Andalucian Casa Torcuata, though it’s a good 10 minutes away on foot.
For a slightly less ethnic dining experience, though one which will be droolingly romantic, climb up to the Plaza de San Nicolás and splash out at either the Mirador de Aixa or Las Tomasas. Both have alfresco dining on Alhambra-facing terraces.