AC Palacio de Santa Paula, Granada $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
High-design values have been applied to the restoration of this Renaissance convent built around a large cloister with two stories of arcades, located on the city's main drag. Modern minimalist furnishings are set against ancient brick arches and plaster walls painted in deep, warm colors like burnt orange. The 75 rooms are split between the restored convent and the main building. The Restaurant El Claustro, in the former convent library, serves a breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner. Dishes are traditional Spanish, such as baked hake with mushrooms, green beans and potato puree or trevelez ham and beans. In a refreshing change from the annoying nickel-and-diming you find at most hotels these days, the minibars in the AC Palacio's rooms are entirely free of charge, as is the coffee shop downstairs.