Carmen del Cobertizo, Granada $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Perfectly positioned just a few steps from the Albaicín's main riverside thoroughfare, this small hotel was built as a family home by owner Lorena Padilla Torres's Arab ancestors in the 16th century. It was restored ten years ago but retains its original charm, with heirloom furniture and a few family photos thrown in for good measure. The six individual, cozy bedrooms—some of them a bit heavy on the chintz—have traditional tiled bathrooms. Our favorite is the Alhambra suite, which is large, light-filled, and done up in pale tones. It also has original wooden shutters that perfectly frame the lovely view of Nasrid Palace (if you can't get the room, at least you can get the same outlook from the hotel terrace). This place is all old-style elegance; grab a book from the well-stocked library and settle into one of the comfy sofas in the plant-filled patio, or have a cup of tea in the garden, where there's also a plunge pool (unusual in these parts). It's probably not the place for you if you can't survive without a TV in your room, but you'll be hard pressed to find anything equal to the warm welcome and friendly staff at double the price.
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