The Granada Inn Hostel in Granada, Spain, is a fantastic place to stay that has embraced the idea of the quality, boutique hostel with both arms, and is a perfect place to call home as you explore Granada.
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I have stayed in countless hostels over the last 20 years or so of travelling the world, some good, some not so good and some genuinely god awful, and although I can pretty much make most places comfortable and am not in any way fussy, it can still take quite a lot to genuinely impress me accommodation wise. The Granada Inn managed it in spades.
Like many city hostels, the location of the Granada Inn cannot be beat. Admittedly it is a little difficult to find at first, located as it is down a couple of Granada’s winding side streets, and I did make a few wrong turns before I finally found the little sign on the wall. As such I would not recommend arriving late at night if you can possibly help it as this will make the job much harder. Once you do find it though and once you get your bearings, this ceases to be a problem and becomes an absolute bonus. The hostel is located right in the heart of the city, is easy walking distance to anywhere you might like to go, but is just tucked away enough that it is a quiet, peaceful retreat too. All of the convenience of being right in the centre of the city and none of the inconvenience.
As soon as you walk in the relaxed social aspect of the hostel is obvious. The staff are warm and welcoming – and very popular it seems as every time I went through reception they were chatting to or helping a guest or wandering traveller – and the common room, or more accurately courtyard, is often full of other backpackers who are actually talking to each other rather than sticking their heads in their ipads.
There are the usual advertisements for pub crawls and social nights of course, as is de rigueur in most hostels now, but one thing that did impress me was that the hostel actually had a policy of asking guests to remain quiet and respectful of others, especially if going out into the street. This was a nice touch and surprisingly rare. More than that though, there are also a lot of little touches like free welcoming snacks, free milk in the shared, communal kitchen and in the spirit of the Spain I have come to love, the option of a cheap but tasty nightly shared meal taken around the communal table. This is a spirit of community and hospitality that feels perfectly at home in the relaxed and traditional Andalusian Corral style complex, and this extends through to the rooms too.
A True Boutique Hostel.
With a variety of backpacker apartments and even family and friend apartments available depending on your preference of how many you want to share with, the rooms are seriously well maintained and appointed. The attention to detail is fantastic, and they even have mini kitchens and balconies for anyone who needs them!
The dorms themselves are spotless and generally immaculate and well designed. The en suite bathrooms are equally impressive and I have honestly seen a lot worse in many more expensive hotels.
It isn’t perfect of course, not every bed in the dorm I was in has individual power sockets for example, which can be a bit of a pain in the backside if you are on the top bunk and need to charge your phone whilst in bed, but this is really a minor niggle and only mentioned because I like to balance any review out with both positive and negative, and this was genuinely the only negative I could find!
Given the attention to detail elsewhere, the large fridge in the dorms kitchenette, free liquid soap in the shower, free towels and extra pillows and bedding in the large wardrobes, any negatives are forgotten quickly.
It is the sheer quality of the dorms, the extra facilities that most hostels in Europe will not have and the attention to details that make you feel like you are staying in a boutique hotel that just happens to be shared, as opposed to a hostel.
The Granada Inn is the perfect example of why I keep telling everyone that the modern backpacker hostel has evolved far beyond the basic, grotty stereotype. Granted, this quality revolution has not hit large parts of Europe yet as much as it has in Asia and other parts of the world, but the Granada in embraces it, and delivers it in style!
I genuinely did love my stay at the Granada Inn, and I wholeheartedly recommend this fantastic hostel if you are ever in Granada.
The Granada Inn is situated on Calle Padre Alcover 10, 18005 Granada, Spain.
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This looks like a great place to stay! I’m travelling through a few countries in Europe starting next month, and Spain is high on the list. I’ll definitely be keeping this hostel in mind if we hit Granada. Thanks for the review.
You are more than welcome. 🙂
Perfect timing! I’m actually in Seville now, I have been travelling through Spain for three weeks and will be getting the bus to Granada tomorrow. I was just checking out a few hostel review sites for somewhere to stay but after reading this you’ve made my mind up.
That’s awesome! Hope you enjoy your stay, and have a great time in Granada!
I cant believe this is actually a hostel! And in Spain! I’m not being funny but I’ve been in some hostels in Europe that I wouldn’t let animals stay in. This looks amazing.
I know exactly what you mean, there are some really shocking ones out there, but the quality of this hostel is outstanding.
Those rooms look amazing, and they have fridges in the rooms? Not just the common room kitchen? I’m asking because I’m looking for somewhere to stay relatively long term to study Spanish with a couple of friends.
Yes they do, along with a small kitchenette and a table! Some of the smaller dorms are like mini apartments in that respect and if you are looking for somewhere to base yourself for a while this is a pretty good spot!
Okay, I think your changing my mind on hostels!
Haha, I’m glad!
Good tip about the location, there is nothing worse than having to hunt around street after street for the place you are staying in, but it really does sound like a pretty laid back central place.
I totally agree, especially at night! But once you know where it is it is easy to find again! And it is so laid back, absolutely loved it, especially the central common area!
Is this place brand new? Those room and bathroom looks spotless, and that is not the norm in most hostels I have stayed in!
No I don’t think it is new, but it really is that spotless throughout, and I checked! It really has upped the game for hostels!
This looks like an awesome hostel, clean, good location, safe, what more do you want? (Definitely hogging the bottom bunk for that plug socket though!)
I know what you mean, sockets by every bed really should be a normal thing to expect now!
I actually stayed here last month, had an amazing time and met a lot of great people on the bar crawls! Good times. Making me miss Spain now!
Glad you had an amazing time Rene, I miss Granada and Spain too!
Did you go on any of the tours here? Do they have a good selection? I’m worried about meeting people when I stay at a hostel and want to find somewhere that has a lot of choice.
No I didn’t do any of the tours personally Selena I preferred to explore myself and had other arrangements, but I did note that they had a lot of different and regular tours to choose from as well as regular pub crawls and group activities on the notice board so I can’t imagine you will have any trouble meeting people!
The Granada Inn is amazing, have stayed here three times now and will definitely do so again!
That’s awesome Olive, glad to hear another opinion!
The place looks fantastic and would certainly suit us. I love the fact hostels are really upping their game in recent years.
I know what you mean, they really are.