The Granada Inn 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.
I have stayed in countless hostels over the last 15 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.
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.
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. This was 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.
Ready to book? The Granada Inn’s website can be found here.
This article was written in partnership with Nomad Spain and with accommodation provided by Granada Inn Hostel. The views and opinions expressed are entirely the authors own based on personal experiences when travelling and are honest and factual without any bias.