Granada is a historical and cultural mecca in southern Spain’s Andalucia region, with cathedrals, museums, monasteries, gardens, and castles seemingly at every turn. (Most well-known of these attractions is the striking Alhambra palace, a symbol of Moorish culture with mosaic tiling, running fountains, and archways.) Many of Granada’s hotels are small boutiques occupying 15th- and 16th-century structures, but there are some options that suit families with their central locations, kids’ activities, and spacious rooms. 

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Hotel Barcelo Carmen Granada

Granada, Andalucia, Spain

The upscale 222-room Carmen Hotel might not be much to look at from the outside, but once inside it's hard not to be impressed by the lavish reception area. All rooms are air-conditioned and have mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Views from the rooftop terrace are a real highlight, and the kids' club and small pool are nice touches. Rates are very competitive for its central Granada location -- especially for guests who snag a higher-floor room with a balcony and great views of the surrounding city and countryside.


Melia Granada

Granada, Andalucia, Spain

This 232-room Granada chain hotel has a wonderful location within walking distance from Granada’s historic sights, shopping highlights, nightlife, and charming bars and restaurants. The rooms have 37-inch LCD TVs, free Wi-Fi, and tubs in the bathrooms. Some rooms have lovely terraces with breathtaking views of the city and its cathedral. Family Rooms feature sets of bunk beds. The Melia Granada has a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch and a lobby bar that serves coffee and drinks. 


Suites Gran Via 44

Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Located in a restored 19th-century building, Suites Gran Via 44 is a charming boutique hotel conveniently located on a busy street in the center of the Granada, close to the Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, and other tourist attractions. The 21 modern rooms are all one- and two-bedroom apartment-style suites with kitchens and living rooms. A "chill out" lounge downstairs has a computer, TV, coffee/tea, DVDs, books, and comfortable couches. There is no restaurant on-site, but many are located within a few blocks. At least once a week, the hotel offers a snack and movie night for kids.


Hotel Saray

Granada, Andalucia, Spain

The 213-room Saray Hotel is an upscale chain property next to the Exhibition and Congress Center outside central Granada. The hotel has beautiful landscaping with ornate fountains and spacious, renovated common areas inside. One hotel highlight is the big outdoor seasonal pool with fountains and a terrace bar. Double and triple rooms are small, but tasteful. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and minibars. Suites are a touch more special in decor, with antique furniture, paintings, and rugs. Each suite is different with unique amenities like living rooms, whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and terraces. 


Hotel Granada Center

Granada, Andalucia, Spain

This hotel is part of a small Spanish hotel chain, a 20-minute walk outside the heart of Granada. Its 169 rooms and suites are spacious and pleasant, with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Suites come with whirlpool tubs. The Granada Center's cafe/restaurant serves everything from snacks to steaks.