Granada, university city, home to the incredible Alhambra and the lovely Moorish Albaycin district finds The Gar Anat Hotel Boutique well-located between the city centre and the gorgeous old town. A small 17th-century palace once offering shelter to the peregrines or pilgrims, it has a long history of providing for guests, but none so well as it does today.
Having lived less than two hours away, for longer than I want to share, I didn’t know Granada very well so when the opportunity arose for hubby and me to escape for a short break that’s where we chose. Then my absolute favourite pastime of trawling through hotels began. The choice in Granada is huge but I soon found the perfect place for our two-night stay, a stylish, historic boutique hotel in southern Spain.
With the whole of Granada to explore on foot it’d be hard to find a better spot with so much charm. Gorgeous, original wooden galleries rise up above a central open-air courtyard with stone pillars, a fountain and a slightly out of keeping and quirky stainless steel ‘tree of desires’ to add your wish to.
Pomp and Passion
Each of the rooms and suites are designed and named after a personality or book of yesteryear. Our room on the ground floor, behind a white curtain hiding the door, was called ‘Viaje a la Alpujarra’ pictured below.
Being on the ground floor and staying during one of the religious processions gave us great views of the parades. It was hard to negotiate the streets and see anything with so many people around so we were pleasantly surprised on returning to our room that we had a perfect view.
With only 15 rooms the hotel has no restaurant but, with so much choice so close to hand, we would have chosen to explore Granada and its tapas bars in any case.
Breakfast is offered down in the attractive arched cellar and tea and coffee-making facilities are always available in the cosy lounge, as is a laptop.
All the details
Gar Anat Hotel Boutique
Location: Placeta de Peregrinos, 1 Granada 18009 (Granada city centre)
Reservations: +34 958 22 55 28 firstname.lastname@example.org
TripAdvisor: Hotel Gar Anat
Hotel star rating: 3 stars
Number of rooms: 15 rooms
Room types: Basic doubles, superior doubles, suites
From price per room low season (budget double): 80€*
From price per room low season ( suite): 250€*
Room types: budget double room, twin standard room, superior twin room, deluxe room and the suite
Standard room facilities: shower, dryer, safe, TV, air-conditioning, toiletries
Highest Upgraded room facilities: shower or bath / shower and bath, dryer, tv, safe, air-conditioning
Hotel facilities: free wi-fi & use of communal laptop, free all-day self-service tea & coffee
*These prices are for guidance only. For up-to-date prices and information please visit the hotels website, HotelGarAnat.com.
About the Aurthor: Rachel has lived in rural Andalucia since 1996 and enjoys exploring Spain, staying in lovely hotels and writing about her finds. She can be found on Twitter as @spaniola and @LuxurySpainTrav on instagram as rachelspaniola and at Only Spain – Boutique Hotels and Luxury Spain.
Photography: ‘Viaje a la Alpujarra’ bedroom and breakfast cellar shots by Rachel Webb. Remaining images courtesy of Gar Anat Hotel Boutique.
Disclosure: Rachel selected Gar Anat Hotel Boutique for her complimentary two night stay having won a competition run by Rusticae.