Hotel Santa Isabel la Real, Granada

An immensely friendly and perfectly manicured small hotel at the heart of Granada's enchanting Albaicín. New!

The Albaicín quarter of Granada rises steeply up a hillside directly opposite the Alhambra: the views from its leafy squares across the Darro gorge to the exquisite Nasrid palaces have long been a magnet for travellers, romantics and dreamers.

Hotel Santa Isabel lies at the heart of its plexus of narrow alleyways, and nudges up to the convent of the same name: arriving in its sheltered patio you get that same sense of cloistered retreat.

The creation and management of the hotel is very much a family affair: managed by the friendliest trio of brother and sisters – Rafael, Elena and Lola – the hotel was created by their father after 3 years of inspired and meticulous restoration.

The building turns around its columned patio where a trickling fountain and a double tier of balconies evoke its 16th-century origins. The 11 guest rooms are exceptionally pretty and very spick and span: those at the top of the building grab a slice of that narcotic Alhambra vista. Santa Isabel really proves the rule that small is beautiful, and the Castillo family treat you as a guest of honour.
            
Hotel Santa Isabel la Real in Granada is a charming hotel with 11 rooms, with doubles costing from €85 for bed and breakfast.

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