Hospes Palacio de los Patos, Granada
Tel: 34 958 53 57 90
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:This winsome turn-of-the-century villa with a contemporary annex is for those seeking a departure from Alhambra aesthetics. The signature of the rooms in the boldly designed annexmore fun than the retro ones in the villais oversized marble sinks and tubs. The restaurant, Senzone, is the best table in town, its rack of suckling pig not to be missed. The center city location can be a little noisy, but after a long day's touring, it's a treat to take a dip in the indoor pool, steep in the sauna, or unwind in the gardens. What's really memorable at this 42-room newcomer is the fun, sincere staff. 2006 Hot List
When to go: The cusp of spring, when the flowers are first out.
Which room to book: No. 123 in the annex offers a lot of comfort at a very good rate (doubles, $264–$348).