It’s hard to imagine the walls surrounding me – now covered in striking period details and the kind of typical Andalusian charm one expects here in Granada – were crumbling apart not too long ago. When Silvia and Eilko decided to pack their corporate bags and make their mark as boutique hoteliers less than 10 years ago, the road they were heading down wasn’t all to clear. Now, 6 years after opening, their vision is unmistakable. Cortijo del Marqués is a place with hospitality, quality and comfort part of its identity. It feels luxurious without the fuss and its backdrop couldn’t be any more serene. Switch off your cellphone, pick up one of the fine readings scattered throughout and take it all in.
This seriously popular hidden gem is home to 15 unique, sophisticated yet down-to-earth rooms, a wonderfully restored chapel, a poolside you will have troubles leaving as well as a neat dining (be sure to stay for dinner, food and wine are excellent!) and lounge space. Stepping outside, get lost in the surrounding sunflower fields, head for new heights on your mountain bike or take a day trip to the magnificent Alhambra. Granada is 14 miles out, so renting a car could be a great option. Rooms start at 110€, with El Silo offering the most spectacular setting by far. It is closed between November and March. Head to their website for more info or book your stay here.
Once a nunnery, then an army barracks and now one of Spain’s most inviting and picture-perfect boutique hotels: Cortijo del Marqués is not short of character; that’s for sure. Instead of spreading the word of what locals call ‘Granada’s best kept secret’, I suggest you get in quick and fall in love with this place yourself. I, for one, did.