Have you met Granada, the history-steeped Spanish beauty that’s part elaborate Moorish citadel, part cultured flamenco hotspot, and all gloriously sun baked? Make Hospes Palacio de los Patos hotel your home from home and pretend to be a stylish local for a few hot summer nights…
STYLE Whims ancient and modern
SETTING Shopping streets of downtown Granada
WHY THIS WEEK?
We’re halfway through summer already, so if you’ve been putting off making holiday plans then now’s the time. Spain is, of course, spectacularly popular when the sun’s shining, but you’re in luck: there are still a few super-sexy rooms at Hospes Palacio de los Patos awaiting Señores and Señoras Smith… plus, we’ve an exclusive 20 per cent off two-night stays.
OUR FAVOURITE BITS
Feeling intellectual? Those with an ear for Spanish and a heart for literature will love the Palacio’s regular cycle of poetry nights, when the hotel is visited by contemporary wordsmiths from Spain and Latin America to perform their work. Prefer to chill hard? The spa has a small pool lined with grey marble tiles and a handful of cushioned white loungers – you can pull across the curtains if you want some poolside privacy. And as for where to lay your head, the rooms in the older part of the hotel have more soul to them, and include eye-pleasing original features such as plasterwork ceilings, Doric columns, and ornate friezes. In particular, we loved Junior Suite 40 for its silver-grey domed ceiling and marble-clad bath tub. Number 20 has lovely garden views through its three arched windows, and 43’s black crocodile-print headboard is especially memorable.
MR & MRS SMITH SAY…
‘The story goes that Boabdil, last of the Moorish kings of Granada, wept when he lost his city and infamously beautiful palace to the conquering Castilian armies. Five hundred years later and our invasion is a quieter affair; we slip into the city at night, arriving at our palace, the Hospes Palacio de los Patos, as darkness cloaks the city from view. Our bellboy ushers us into our junior suite. I glance around the vast period beauty of a room, at its original plasterwork Doric columns and corniced ceiling, wide bay window with sheer silver voile drapes and huge expanse of pale-grey marble floor. An enormous bed dominates the space, flanked by mirrored bedside tables and modern silver lamps; it’s gloriously romantic and a wonderful place to begin our foray into the wonders of Granada.’ Read globe-searching scribbler Simone Topolski’s full anonymous review.