The Albayzin (or the Albaicin) is the old Moorish quarters built into the side of the hill at the nape of Granada. Starting from lower ground at Plaza Nueva, you walk along the River Darro up the winding Carrera del Darro (otherwise known as Paseo de Los Tristes). These cobbled, narrow streets take you up and up on a magical walk into the heart of old town Granada. Steeped in history, you are surrounded by small Grenadine houses, shops, restaurants & bars. Stopping on your way for a tapa, which always comes as an accompaniment when you order a drink, will make the 20 minute walk uphill seem all the more worthwhile. At the very top of the hill, you'll see breathtaking views of the Alhambra opposite. You will have panoramic views of Granada and the often snow-capped Sierra Nevada in the backdrop -  worth the walk by day or night.

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Our Hotel

This 16th century noble house has been skilfully restored into a beautiful hotel with fifteen guestrooms. El Ladron de Agua, meaning "The Water Thief", is taken from the title of a poem by Juan Ramon Jimenez in Olvidos de Granada and is a showcase for local and regional art.

Our Legacy

On his visit to Granada, Juan Ramon Jimenez was taken by Granada's beauty and wrote a poetry collection drawing on his many Grenadine experiences; a collection now housed in the hotel library.


We stayed at this quaint hotel in Granada for vacation. The service, room and overall comfort were excellent. Highly recommend it. We stayed at the Generalife room, at the top of the hotel, very nice view of the Alhambra from our window.

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