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Parador de Granada, Granada 

Real de la Alhambra
Spain 18009
Tel: 34 958 22 1440
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Among Spain's state-run network of hotels, this parador in Granada ranks high on the list of the most spectacular, installed in a 15th-century convent that's actually within the grounds of the Alhambra. With arcaded cloisters and immaculate gardens as elaborate as those of the Alhambra palace and Generalife, it's no wonder this is also among the priciest paradores in Spain. The 35 rooms have modern comforts such as TVs and high-speed Internet but retain a Renaissance-style decor—dark wood furnishings carved with arabesque designs. There's a Moorish-style coffered ceiling over the dining room, where Granadino specialties are served (tortilla Sacromonte, Granada beans with Trevélez ham, and Andalusian gazpacho soup). This place is deservedly popular, so book well in advance—and ask for a room in the old wing, as those in the brick annex are more modern and lack that old-world panache.

Appeared in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, a directory of the world's best hotels and resorts, in 2008, 2007, 2005

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