I love the area around Plaza St Ana, which is right at the edge of Albaicin in Granada, with easy access to Alhambra, restaurants, bars and all the historic gems. You are also right next to the Alhambra bus stop, a big taxi rank and if you sit down to enjoy a morning coffee, you get the best seats for watching local street flamenco performances.
If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Granada, this area would be one of the best to settle on. I have stayed here three times already and I’m happy to report I have also found the best apartment in the area!
LimeHome Appartments were a last-minute find for my 3-night trip to Granada. As I was travelling with the whole family, we needed a 2-bedroom place somewhere close to the old town, and those were not that easy to find.
This place instantly caught my eye as it looked like a brand-new apartment in a traditional Andalusian building with the perfect location and price.
Here is a short review of my stay!
Head to the end of the post where you will also find details about the booking, prices and exact location.
The Building and Location
As I mentioned the apartment is at the foothills of Sabikah Hill, with Alhambra being only 15 minutes walk away, and the Granada Cathedral only 400 meters away.
If you walk next door, you will find the Hamman Al Andalus where you can experience traditional Arab baths, and further up I found another hidden gem loved by locals – Huerto del Loro, a terrace pub which offers not only local wine but some of the best views of Granada (will follow up with a blog post from there!).
The building is accessed from a flight of stairs next to the church on Santa Ana square, and by inserting a code into the dial next to the door. The apartments are in a traditional Andalusian building with a central courtyard, with each floor having on average two to three apartments.
The building is very well maintained and had a lift for fast access to the upper floors – we were on the 3rd floor.
The Kitchen & Lounge
Our apartment was a two-bedroom place with a roof terrace and one bathroom. It was beautifully decorated, and for such an old building with small windows, it was surprisingly light.
Best of all – it was super quiet, you couldn’t hear any noise from the streets or buildings nearby, which is something we had a big issue with, in the last apartment where I stayed.
The apartment opens up to a lounge area with a small but very well-equipped kitchen and continues through a narrow hallway where you can find the first bedroom on the left, followed by the master bedroom and access to the bathroom and roof terrace.
The bright sofa in the living space was actually a sofa bed, which came in really handy.
The kitchen had a large fridge, a small oven / microwave, and everything you need to cook up a simple meal. They also provided some coffee capsules for the Nespresso machine and tea bags.
The whole space was very tastefully decorated, without any clutter and plenty of space to sit and enjoy the surroundings.
The living room has a full-length door that opens up to a small patio balcony, and with only one apartment on the same floor, we could actually enjoy the space in relative privacy.
The first bedroom has two single beds, a large wardrobe and almost a full-length mirror. Even though it wasn’t the biggest one, there was a lot of room to move around and the small window provided enough daylight.
The second bedroom was the master, which was much bigger and spacious with a double bed and the same size wardrobe. Both bedrooms have a small window overlooking the main courtyard area, so it’s very quiet.
Most importantly though, the bed was super comfy to sleep on!
What I appreciated a lot was the heating unit that was installed in each bedroom – in most places central heating is unheard of.
From the main bedroom you can walk across the hallway to the main roof terrace, and access to the main bathroom right next to it.
The Welcome Goodie
I was very pleasantly surprised to find a little welcome goodie package in the master bedroom. It contained a travel coffee mug, a pack of ear plugs and a travel toothbrush.
Everything was branded and with a cute message all around – such a sweet gift!
The apartment had a good size bathroom with a window overlooking the roof terrace.
The shower cubicle was a bit of a tight fit for most, but everything else worked really well and the bathroom was stylishly decorated.
Ok, there is no roof to speak of as you have other buildings overlooking the area, but this terrace had a very generous space with lots of seating and even an umbrella provided!
For the evenings, you can put on the string lights (I love the attention to detail!) and enjoy sipping your wine on your very own terrace!
We ended up not using it much as it was too cold to stay there in the evening (this was shot in the middle of October) and we were out almost all day, every day during our stay.
The terrace was a big bonus, but I didn’t realize it doesn’t provide almost any privacy as you have all the windows from the upper hill buildings pointing that way, and the sounds travel quite a bit.
Still, for an outdoor space that comes with an apartment, it’s a massive plus – especially if you need a place for your kids to run around during the day.
As I mentioned earlier this was my 4th time staying in Granada, and I have to say this was my favorite apartment by far.
The value for money, size and ease of access to the property (no keys, just pin codes for doors) will make this my top choice when I’m returning to Granada again.
If you need a place to stay that work well for families with kids or couples, I can honestly highly recommend booking LimeHome apartments. They also have one more property in Granada further away from Albaicin.
Check out their website where you will see the availability and prices, and if you want to see other reviews for this property, they are also on booking.com where I booked them.
LimeHome Appartments Calle St. Ana
Booking: you can use their own website to book the property. They also have other properties available around Spain, which you can find here.
Location: Calle St. Ana, next to Plaza St. Ana with easy access to Alhambra and close to restaurants and bars
Prices: we paid almost 380 euros for 3 nights (with a discount from booking.com), so it works out to roughly 126 euros per night (in our case that was for 3 adults and 2 kids, so great value!).
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Granada Monuments Tickets & Tours
Here are a few guided trip options for visiting the main sights in Alhambra. To check availability and prices please click on the link below.
- Alhambra & Nasrid Palaces Fast-Track Ticket – enjoy a fast-track access to all the sights within the grounds of Alhambra, including the Generalife Gardens. Does not include a guide.
- Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces, and Generalife Tour – fast track entry to the Alhambra complex with a private or shared tour guide.
- Nasrid Palaces & Generalife Ticket with Audioguide – the same tickets to Alhambra this time including an audio guide in the language of your choice.
- Sacromonte: Flamenco Show at Cuevas Los Tarantos Tickets – entry tickets to the popular flamenco performance in the Sacromonte district of Granada
Southern Spain Travel Planning Guide
Is it safe to drive in Spain?
YES! The roads in Southern Spain are generally in very good condition, with modern highways connecting the biggest cities. To rent a car, I highly recommend Discover Cars, which will get you the best deals on your car rental for your trip.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE?
PUBLIC TRANSPORT — Southern Spain has a well-established and modern network of trains and buses. To get the cheapest bus or train tickets, take a look at Omio to find the timetables and prices.
DAY TRIPS — If you don’t like the hassle of using public transport, local travel companies offer many day trip options from almost all the destinations in Southern Spain. You can check them out here.
WHERE SHOULD I BOOK MY ACCOMMODATION?
BOOKING.COM — I have been using booking.com for all my trips in Spain and abroad, and have never had any negative experiences. Their reviews are very accurate and you get the best deals even on apartments, not just hotels.
ARE THERE LUGGAGE STORE OPTIONS IN THE CITIES?
YES — If you would like to leave your luggage behind to explore the city on your last day, before heading to the airport, you can use Radical Storage service, which lets you book luggage storage options in almost all the destinations in Southern Spain.
DO I NEED TO BUY A LOCAL SIM CARD FOR THIS TRIP?
YES – You can, of course, use your own card if you have roaming data available. If you want to avoid surprising extra charges from your operator, you can use a service like Airalo, where you can buy digital packs for e-sim cards, avoiding the hassle of sourcing local physical sim cards and extra roaming charges anywhere you go.
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