Hotel Alhambra Palace, Granada $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
First opened in 1910, this pink monolith of a faux-Moorish palace on Alhambra hill (the fortress is a mere five minutes away) is still a good luxury option—especially for connoisseurs of full-on Arabian kitsch. Think lots of tile work, battlements on the roof, a dome, and a mini-minaret and a terrace looking out over the city. The hotel's age—approaching a century now—doesn't show in the 115 rooms and 11 suites: Most are bright and airy, with rich colors saturating the walls, curtains, and bedspreads. Junior suites offer king beds and an upgrade on the amenities, but if you need to keep in budget, ask for one of the standards with a balcony. The restaurant serves upscale cuisine (duck in orange sauce and dried fruit stew, veal filled with foie-gras).