uide.jpg”>In this guide we share the absolute best hostels in Granada, Spain and a few more important things you HAVE to prepare.
Please, read this guide. It will enrich your overall experience.
Here is your shortcut:
- ECO Hostel – great for solo travellers
- Granada Inn Backpackers – top pick for backpackers
- Lemon Rock Hostel – perfect for female solo travellers
Most important sight to prebook:
Due to limited space, you have to prebook your Alhambra Ticket.
Get ready for looming Sierra Nevada mountains, medieval architecture and awesome design hostels.
YES is the answer to “is Granada a place worth visiting?”
Granada holds some of the best hostels in Spain, in our opinion. Make sure you read this backpacking Spain guide linked here too.
We included our preferred itinerary and hidden gems.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- Comparison chart of 3 best hostels
- cheapest hostels in Granada
- best hostels in Granada for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Granada
- best backpacker hostels in Granada
- great hostels for older travellers
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
- 7 local secret tips and what to prepare ( <<< read this!)
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We’ve found options for older travellers, couples and of course, solo travellers. Not far down the road in Malaga there is also another 5 star hostel called Urban Jungle Hostel – well worth a visit!
Quick Introduction to Granada, Spain
Average price for a bed: Granada Hostels cost 12€ – 14€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 31€ up to 77€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Book your Alhambra Ticket before: This is crucial!! The Alhambra can be sold-out and just showing up won’t do the trick. You have to prebook your Alhambra Ticket, same as Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and Colosseum in Rome.
Seriously, this happened to several travelers! Do not miss out, it is really worth it! Check out all our 7 tips for Granada.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Granada
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Granada.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. ECO Hostel
It’s all about the urban vibe and nature related design at ECO Hostel Granada. The clue is in the name!
Wander round and spot recycled materials, minimalist design and a fresh decor that lets in plenty of light.
Though not a party hostel, there is something happening here every night:
- Tortilla & Gazpacho courses
- Paella evenings
- Yummy mojitos
- Movie nights & games
This is your opportunity to mingle with people from around the world and get social.
Hang out in the living room, kitchen, cafe and cinema room – there is so much space to stretch out in.
The accommodation is ideal for urban lovers and families.
Dorms range from 4-6 beds – nice and cosy – and privates can sleep 2-5 people.
We LOVE the private rooms. Kids will love the clever hanging beds, and parents will surely appreciate the ensuite bathroom. Oh and kids under 12 stay free!
Note: Breakfast is available from 8am-11am, though it isn’t included.
At the cafe downstairs you can treat yourself to breakfast, brunch and lunch. The coffee is great, too!
Once you’ve checked in, ask staff about the free walking tour. It runs every day and is a great way to familiarise yourself with Granada.
Location: Right in Granada city center, within walking distance of all the main sights.
This is one of the best hostels in Granada for
- Solo travellers
2. Granada Inn Backpackers
Sometimes less words and more experience is better. At Granada Inn Backpackers, the philosophy is:
“ShareINN the experience.”
So with that being said, it’s up to them to help you to share your Granada experience with others.
And boy, have they gone to great lengths with…
- FREE breakfast on the outdoor terrace
- FREE daily city tour
- Paella & sangria party evenings
- Coffee and relaxing music all day
- Big, social dorms
No doubt these inclusions will help the social vibes and conversation flow.
The reception is open 24/7, and friendly faces will greet you. They have a lot of knowledge about the area, so don’t be shy in chatting with them.
They can also help book excursions to the Alhambra, Flamenco show and Hamman bath.
As for rooms? There are many options to throw down your bag.
Shared dorms come with 8, 10 and 12-beds. There is also a 6-bed female only dorm.
Each bed has its very own reading light, socket and big locker space. There are also seating areas and air conditioning in each room.
If you prefer privacy, there is a triple, double and deluxe apartment to consider. The apartment is great for groups of up to 8!
Location: Situated in a privileged part of central Granada. The cathedral is a 10-minute walk, and it’s 20-minutes to the Alhambra.
This is one of the top hostels in Granada Spain for
3. Lemon Rock Hostel
Our 5 star awarded Lemon Rock Hostel offers a really cool vintage style and an obvious passion for music.
In fact, music is so critical to the soul of this place because “music brings people together” right?
The mix of modern and industrial style is pretty cool. It’s within a Manor House with an Andalusian courtyard built in the XVII century.
By far the number one area to hang out in is the bar.
It’s composed of several areas including a restaurant and chill out zone with free WiFi. Wait until you see that food menu – vegetarian, vegan, traditional, you name it!
There is all sorts happening here too, including live music and science talks.
It’s quite a big place, with 73 beds distributed over 12 rooms. And each room has a private bathroom – get in.
Let’s have a look at the options:
- 6, 8 and 12-bed mixed dorm
- 6-bed female dorm
- 4, 5 and 6-bed private rooms
They’re all beautifully bright and spacious and will have you feeling at home in no time.
Location: This is an old town hostel in the historical centre of Granada, five minutes from the cathedral.
This is one of the best hostels in Granada for
- Female solo travellers
- Social butterflies
What are the cheapest hostels in Granada Spain?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels, so forget hotels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with a cheap hostel Granada.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.oasi
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Granada.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Granada
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Granada for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Granada for solo-travellers?
That’s easy; ECO Hostel.
If activities including tortilla making, movie nights and games don’t tickle your fancy, what will?
Ok well there’s also a cafe, cinema room and free walking tour.
AND the rooms are seriously spacious and bright. Some of the beds even hang from the ceiling!
Party Hostels in Granada
Well, believe it or not, there isn’t an official party hostel in Granada worth mentioning here.
But all is not lost!
In case you missed it, two of the hostels in this collection have a bar and great social vibes floating around.
Remember: neither of them are technically a party hostel.
Enjoy the organised activities and then continue the good times in nearby bars and nightlife. Sorted.
Best Hostel for Older Travellers and Adults?
Now let’s move swiftly on to a hostel perfect for peace seekers, adults and older travellers.
Alma San Nicolas radiates class in a cosy, relaxed environment.
There is just one 5-bed dorm, plus swanky private options if you prefer a bit of privacy.
The best bit? Easily the stunning views from each room and around the property. You can see the Alhambra from here!
Up on the enormous terrace is where we suggest enjoying breakfast and a kick start to your day.
Location: Just 10-minutes from the cathedral in an authentic neighbourhood of the city.
Best Backpacker Hostel Granada?
Ok dear backpackers of the world, we’re here for you.
Let me guess, you’re looking for fun vibes, social events and little inclusions that help you save money?
Just to make sure you’re satisfied, we’ve included four great backpacker hostels alongside the already mentioned #2 hostel Granada Inn Backpackers Hostel.
Makuto Backpackers Hostel (aka Makuto Hostel Granada)
For those backpackers tired of impersonal hostels, you’re going to love Makuto Backpackers Hostel.
It’s certainly got that hippie vibe.
Think hammocks, quirky furniture and clever decor that will have you snapping Instagram pics all day, if you’re not careful.
Get ready for:
- Free breakfast
- Daily activities (BBQ’s, Paella nights)
- Book exchange
Kitchen, patio, bar, common areas, guitars, tree house – the list goes on!
Location: Find Makuto in the neighbourhood of Albaicin, between cobbled alleys and everything worth seeing.
The other hostels worth checking out for backpackers include:
- Oasis Backpackers Hostel Granada (aka Oasis Granada Hostel) – rooftop terrace, amazing location
- El Granado Hostel – rooftop terrace, games and family dinners (great youth hostel Granada)
- White Nest Hostel – colourful, funky & close by to a Flamenco bar
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- ECO Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Backpackers Inn Granada: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Lemon Rock Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Granada best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Granada. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Granada hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Royal Chapel of Granada
- Catedral de Granada
- Carthusian Monastery
- Gate of Elvira
- Federico García Lorca
7 local secret tips (+ what to prepare – Read this!!)
Granada is one of our favorite cities in South of Spain. The Alhambra is a magnificent building, the Albaicín simply marvelous, and the food, oh boy!
And right here: We share 7 Secret Tips Granada you won’t find anywhere else.
The historic city of Granada is unique in many ways. It is a must-visit destination when visiting the Andalusian cities of Sevilla and Córdoba. The majestic Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is watching over the city while in the background the snowy top of the Sierra Nevada appears to finish the perfect scenery of Granada.
Let us kick off with the most important task for you to prepare your trip!
1. Make your reservation for La Alhambra
It is very important to make your reservation for La Alhambra as soon as possible!
The entrance for the palace at La Alhambra is limited, and as you have might seen already, this is THE attraction in Granada.
Therefore, to make sure you can actually enter the palace, get your ticket.
When to visit: We would actually recommend to visit La Alhambra in the early morning when there is less people, and it is not that hot.
Also, do not miss out on the gardens of Alhambra, the Generalife. When entering and being blown away by the magnificent Alhambra, don’t forget to visit the gardens. They are a bit more “hidden”, so look for them and follow the signs. Some people missed out on them, simply because they had no idea it was worth it.
But you know better now!! 🙂
2. Sacromonte – breathtaking view!
This place requires stamina, and good shoes!
Sacromonte is located at the very top of Albayzin, passing all those hippie houses on the upper level of Albayzin.
From here you have a breathtaking view all over Granada, the Sierra Nevada, and surroundings.
We love to be here for the sunset, and there are usually just a few people around. Bring some snacks, drinks, and your camera – you will most likely wanna stay here for some time.
Address: Sacromonte, Granada
3. Los Diamantes Tapas Bar – Local!
This bar is a local place to get some tapas, and a cold beverage.
Just order at the bar, and you will get a big plate with delicious Spanish food.
You will find here any type of tapas.
Don’t be shy to ask in case you don’t know what the dishes mean: the bar tenders are happy to help.
IMPORTANT: There is another Los Diamantes Bar which belongs to the same owner, located at the main square.
However, don’t get confused as this one is more expensive, and a more tourist-version of the authentic one!
Therefore, check out the address below to end up at our recommended place!
Address: Calle Navas, 28, Granada, Spain
4. Bohemia Jazz Café & Bar
This Jazz café is a bohemian place with a big soul: plenty of books, a piano, old frames, …!
They organize different concerts, events, feature a fun bohemian design, and if you feel like playing the piano, go ahead!
Come here to enjoy a night out to mingle with the locals.
The milkshakes, smoothies, and also cocktails are famous here!
Follow Bohemia Jazz Café & bar on Facebook for updates.
Address: Plaza de los Lobos, 44, 18002 Granada, Spain
5. La Vinoteca – great food
The Vinoteca is Mediterranean restaurant with different typical Spanish food.
You can get here just a drink and you will get a simple tapa with it. During the day there are daily menus for a great price.
The restaurant is located in an old tavern, and if you fancy trying some local wine, try “vinos con D.O. Granada” (it simply means wine from the region of Granada).
Address: La Vinoteca Calle Almireceros, 518010 Granada, Spain
6. Casa Torcuato del Albayzin
Neighborhood feeling par excellence!
This tapas restaurant is located right in the old town, the Albayzin.
Enjoy the tapas at the outdoor terrace sitting under an orange tree – a recommended by locals!
And don’t be afraid to talk to strangers.
The Andalusian culture is very open, and people love to socialize!
Address: Calle Pagés, 31, 18010 Granada, Spain
7. The obvious things to do: get Lost in Albayzin
We thought this might be interesting for you as well. The obvious things to do in Granada is getting lost in the gorgeous district of Albayzin.
This neighborhood is declared as an UNESCO world heritage where small narrowed streets climb up the mountain next to La Alhambra.
This district was unpopular for the kings as when a revolution started, the soldiers could not enter this area very easily – this made this neighborhood even more popular for locals.
However, have a coffee or tea, visit the numerous art galleries, or just sit at one of the many small squares.
And for sure you will also pass the “Mirador de San Nicolas”, another look out point but with way more tourists than Sacromonte (Tip #1).
Flights to Granada?
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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Granada.
Read: our ultimate guide to the best hostels in Spain.
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Over to you
So now you have found the absolute best Granada Spain hostels!
Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries