Casa Morisca, Granada, Spain

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  • A small, stylish, historic residence with a Moorish-style inner court, in the quieter reaches of the medieval Albaicin quarter

    Morisca means ‘Moorish’ and, like many of the historic residences in Granada’s Albaicin district, it has a distinctly north African feel.

    A studded wooden gate leads into a cool courtyard with a tiled pool and trickling fountain, surrounded by marble columns and stuccoed archways. Overhead are 3 circuits of wooden landings, off which lie 14 bedrooms and suites, and a retractable canopy at the top to shield you from rain and sun alike. It’s so Moorish it could be Marrakesh.

    But, to make the obvious pun, it is also a very more-ish hotel. Many guests who we met were on their second or third visit, and said they would not book anywhere else in Granada.

    It’s not that the rooms are particularly large or better equipped than in the handful of other Casa hotels in the Albaicin. But the décor shows great care and style – architect Carlos Sanchez has a passion for Morocco and a reputation for perfectionism.

    The staff are attentive, the rooms spotlessly clean. And it is a quiet neighbourhood, just far enough from the late-night revellers and barking dogs that spill off the Plaza Nueva.

    Casa Morisca in Grenada is a small, stylish hotel with 14 rooms, with doubles costing from €93 on a room only basis.

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