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Shine Albayzin 3.0

Granada, Andalucia, Spain

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  • Boutique hotel housed in a former 16th-century palace
  • Scenic location within walking distance of the Alhambra 
  • Lovely traditional Moorish courtyard and original architecture
  • Modern guest rooms with minibars and flat-screen TVs
  • Apartments with kitchens available
  • Some units offer views of the Alhambra 
  • Continental breakfast and an outdoor patio
  • Free afternoon tea and cookies 
  • Laundry service and 24-hour front desk
  • Assistance booking tickets for the Alhambra 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 


  • Fee for breakfast
  • Most rooms don't have kettles or coffeemakers
  • No on-site parking 
  • No elevator in the apartment building 

Bottom Line

Shine Albayzin is a small three-pearl property housed in a former 16th-century palace in the historic and scenic Albaicin district. It's one of the city's best hotels for visiting the Alhambra, with the western end of the complex about a five-minute walk away. The property's 12 guest rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs, minibars, and free Wi-Fi, and apartments with kitchens are available in a nearby annex building. Some units offer views of the Alhambra and have espresso makers, but most don't have coffeemakers or kettles. Features include a continental buffet breakfast buffet for a fee, and free afternoon tea and cookies. Travelers who want to stay closer to the city center can consider the nearby El Ladron de Agua. 

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An elegant, historic property with an intimate atmosphere for couples 

Shine Albayzin has a beautiful Moorish courtyard that serves as the hotel's lobby, and is its most striking common space. It has classic elements, like dark-wood trim and railings and two tiers of marble pillars, combined with a minimalist-chic seating area that has sleek, white side tables, and gray sofas dotted with hot-pink velvet pillows. The breakfast room's decor is simple but elegant, with neutral tones, white walls, and traditional accents. The setting is hushed and unhurried, and guests tend to keep to themselves. With its romantic atmosphere and charming architecture, the hotel attracts sightseeing couples. 


In Albaicin overlooking Darro River, about a five-minute walk from the Alhambra

Shine Albayzin is situated on busy Carrera del Darro street in Albaicin, one of the city's most picturesque areas, with winding streets and Moorish architecture. The property overlooks the Darro River and Espinosa Bridge, and there are several shops, restaurants, and bars just a short walk away.

The hotel is in a terrific location for visiting the Alhambra: the Watch Tower at the western end is a little more than a five-minute walk east. The Alhambra also contains the Renaissance-era Palace of Charles V, the Alcazaba Moorish fortress (the oldest part of the Alhambra), and Nazaries Palace, often considered the most beautiful islamic building in Europe.

Other sights within walking distance include The Palace of the Forgotten museum, which documents Granada's Sephardic Jewish history, and is a two-minute walk away. It's only a three-minute stroll to Plaza Nueva, Granada's oldest square, and it's 10 minutes on foot to Mirador de San Nicolas, which boasts sweeping views of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The 16th-century Granada Cathedral is only a five-minute walk west of the hotel. 

Granada train station is a little more than a 10-minute drive, and Malaga–Costa del Sol Airport is roughly 30 minutes away by car.


Stylish with flat-screen TVs and minibars, but some don't have kettles or coffeemakers 

The spacious guest rooms at Shine Albayzin are attractive, with modern decor and charming original architecture. They're dressed in warm neutrals like cafe au lait and chocolate brown, and there are wood-beamed ceilings, walls with traditional artworks and mirrors framed with intricate metalwork, and high-quality furniture covered in contemporary prints. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Some boast views of the Alhambra and espresso machines, but most lack coffeemakers or kettles. The hotel also has apartments in a separate building nearby, and units all feature living areas and kitchens. 

The marble-clad bathrooms are equally stylish and roomy, and all contain large walk-in showers with removable showerheads, double sinks, bidets, hairdryers, and toiletries. 


Outdoor patio, free afternoon tea and cookies, and free Wi-Fi, but fee for breakfast 

As a small hotel, the Shine Albayzin has few on-site amenities. But there's a solid continental breakfast for a fee, with a spread that includes boiled eggs, cold meats and cheeses, pastries, cereal, and fruit. The hotel also offers free tea and cookies in the afternoon, and there's an outdoor patio that's open in warm weather to have breakfast and snacks. The Shine also offers luggage storage, laundry service, and a 24-hour front desk that provides information for tourist and books Alhambra tickets. There's free Wi-Fi throughout, but no on-site parking. Guests are advised to call the hotel ahead of time for directions to a nearby parking lot, as it can be difficult to find. Also, travelers with limited mobility should be aware that the apartment annex doesn't have an elevator, though there is one in the main building. 

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Carrera Darro 25, Granada, Province of Granada 18010, Spain

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