“A restored mansion with a bold alabaster-and-glass wing, offering a choice of romantic or contemporary rooms in downtown Granada”
Split between the original Palacio and the New Wing, the rooms and suites range from ornate, high-ceilinged spaces in the former to minimalist modern architecture in the latter - plenty to suit all tastes.
In the Palacio, there's a mix of old-fashioned, opulent rooms and funkier options. One contemporary-style Junior Suite was spacious and light, with a very comfortable kingsize bed and a giant porthole window. Another had intricate ceiling moulds and original silver radiators. Either way, all the requisite luxuries are in place.
The Palacio's other rooms are equally lovely, combining original features (parquet floors, huge bay windows) with cool lighting and chrome basins in all-marble bathrooms. Our Deluxe Room was very comfy, if somewhat compact, but the Suites and Grand Suite were extremely spacious. The pièce de résistance is the Presidential Suite: amazingly romantic, with an intricately woven metal headboard, a trompe l'oeil ceiling, velvet chairs and drapes, and a separate living area.
In stark contrast, the modern New Wing is very slick, with bold angles and walls of glass. Here you’ll find the small, rather functional Dreamers Rooms and a larger Suite. As always, it's a matter of taste - and there's no doubting the vigour and originality of the design. Almost everything is snowy white and the alabaster bedside tables beautifully reflect the sunlight. Best of all are the ‘curtains’. The front of the building is a lattice of metre-squared alabaster blocks, which allow shafts of light to flood in, but provide enough cover that no one can see you. Genius.
Meals are served in the ground-floor Los Patos restaurant, overlooking the courtyard and fountain; in warm weather the tables spill outside. The Valencian chef is well known on the Spanish culinary scene, and really delivers on hearty Andaluz cuisine. We kicked off with a local white recommended by our knowledgeable waiter and an excellent amuse bouche of tapenade crostini. Then out came a massive bowl of tomato and basil salad, generously topped with creamy mozzarella. Of course, we followed this with that most classic of Spanish dishes: Paella Valenciana (beautifully prepared with crispy rabbit and ample saffron). But the show was stolen by the finale, a massive crème brulee with wonderfully indulgent cinnamon ice cream.
Come morning, table upon table of breakfast treats are laid out, from smoked salmon and capers to countless Spanish jamons and salamis. Fresh juices include peach, pineapple and grapefruit, but it was the Cava that really caught our eye. If you don’t fancy investing in a large breakfast, start the day with croissants and seriously strong coffee in the town's main square.
In fact, there are heaps of good places to eat and drink in this university town. Head up to the Albaicín district for cool cafés or to the Bib-Rambla Square for a mix of European eateries - ask the team for the latest culinary hot spots.
As you would expect in a hotel of this calibre, room service is available 24 hours a day, with sandwiches, paella, and lighter bites.
Children are welcome, but the hotel wouldn't be our first choice for families in Granada. Most guests are romantic couples or business travelers, plus you might find yourself worrying about the the kids putting jam handprints on the wall.
In the Palacio, 2 of the Deluxe Rooms can be linked to create a family suite, as can one of the Suites with another Deluxe Room. Extra beds can also be squeezed into the Dreamer Rooms in the New Wing though you won't be left with much lebensraum if you go for this option. All rooms can hold a baby cot, most have space for an extra bed.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking