Travel + Leisure
June 12, 2009

This Spanish city of miradores, Arab palaces, and snowcapped mountains now has historic inns to match its storybook setting. Hesperia Granada (Plaza Gamboa; 34/958-018-400;; doubles from $65), next to the 14th-century Corral del Carbón, has 67 spacious rooms within its winding maze of interior courtyards. • The Hotel El Ladrón de Agua (13 Car. del Darro; 34/958-215-040;; doubles from $125)—its name means "the water thief"—overlooks the Darro River. Steal a view of the Alhambra from the third-floor tower suite. • Thirteen guest rooms with exposed beams and terra-cotta floors surround a 1563 courtyard at the Hotel Zaguán del Darro (23 Car. del Darro; 34/958-215-730;; doubles from $105). Guests can play royalty in quarters named for famous Granada denizens such as King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.

Hotel Zaguán del Darro

Hotel El Ladrón de Agua

Hesperia Granada

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