A suite. A hotel in a 16th century house.
The Albaicín. Granada.
I could not refuse the invitation. Having enjoyed the Sevillian Casa, I was more than willing to succumb to the charm again. Casa 1800 Granada is, officially, 3 stars. Yet, aren’t attention to details and discretion the true essence of luxury?
Casa 1800 Granada is located next to the Carrera del Darro, in the heart of the city but in an alley away from the tourist frenzy. We are only two steps away from the center and at the beginning of the mythical Albaicín, the most captivating district in Granada. The facade does not tell anything about what is hidden behind, as it should be in an authentic hotel de charme. The old Cuartel de los Migueletes is a historical construction where the Mudéjar and Castilian architecture coexist: hallway, access ramp and patio, around which the rooms are organized. Clay and wood. Marble columns. Popular flavor, almost rustic. We are in Granada.
The sound of the fountain and the singing of the swallows of the Alhambra are the only things that can be heard in the patio. Time has stopped. Some passers-by enter, just to impregnate themselves with this serenity. The calm, the joy and a certain melancholy recreated by man in a closed space. As a summary of Granada.
The reception staff welcomes me cordially, without unnecessary conventions. As at Casa 1800 Sevilla, the hotel offers a snack every day to its guests, so I sit on the patio with a cup of tea before going up to my room.
The suite is almost 4 meters high. Spectacular. The floor slabs and wooden ceiling beams frame the space. Living room, bedroom, dressing room and bathroom. Eighty square meters: more than the surface of an average apartment in Paris. Castillian austerity, but also the spirit of romantic Granada, underlined by French-inspired furniture. Sensual, warm and subtly decadent. The damask-covered canopy bed makes me feel out of time, away from everything. I could spend a lifetime here.
Computer, two televisions, sofas, armchairs, dining table, safe. Complete equipment.
The marble bathroom is a feast of attentions designed for the guest’s well-being: from bathrobes and towels embroidered with the emblem of the Casa to the hydro-massage bathtub or the Molton Brown amenities. The natural light that filters through the window and the play of mirrors confer amplitude and softness. I shower as I listen, in the distance, to the bells of some Mudejar church.
Breakfast is on the patio. One cannot get tired of spending time in it. Fresh fruits, breads, pastries, cereals, nuts, juices, cheeses … Nothing is missing, not even the dates to sweeten the moment. Rosa, the hotel second manager, friendly and professional, guides me through the hotel and shows me some other rooms. They’re all different but share the same romantic and elegant imprint. The fabrics, the materials and the tones bring coherence to the whole, as if it were indeed a private house.
A place to live.