Hotels - Five Star Gran Lujo

Alfonso XIII, Seville
Alfonso XIII, Seville

Five-Star Gran Lujo Hotels in Andalucia

Andalucia has a total of 13 five-star Gran Lujo (GL) hotels in Malaga, Cadiz, Granada and Sevilla

Gran Lujo means Grand Luxury and represents a level of service and facilities in excess of the five-star rating. Some hotels around the world use the term "six-star" to denote an establishment which is another level above a five-star.  

Hotel star ratings in Spain, along with their criteria, vary from region to region; across Europe, they vary from country to country. Here in Europe, they are overseen by a European government agency. Unfortunately the rating systems, which are facility-based, have not kept up with the times. The number of four and five-star hotels has increased disproportionately in comparison to one and two-star hotels. While it is true that the quality of hotels has increased over recent decades, the distortion in the ratings means that they fail to serve the purpose intended: to be a guide for tourists to evaluate and compare hotels.   

In Andalucia, the hotel star-rating system is overseen by the Consejeria de Turismo y Deporte of the Junta de Andalucia (regional government's Ministry of Tourism and Sport) and has remained largely unchanged since 1984. The current legislation dates back to 2004 (Decree 47/2004, published in BOJA No 42, 2 March 2004) and consists of a scale of facilities offered by an establishment, including criteria such as minimum size of room, lift, passageway, separate goods entrance, and air-conditioning. It also includes outdated specifications such telephone cubicles, with no mention of today's most essential communications service: wifi.  

The 2004 Decree was slightly modified by Decree 80/2010 of 30 March 2010; however the information is not available in any easily comprehensible form - it has not been translated into English, and is not distributed to tourists or hotel guests; as such, no clear guidance is available for those wanting to book a hotel.  

Although the star system is generally accepted in the industry to be out of date and inaccurate as a guide for tourists, the government is reluctant to update it, as this would effectively 'downgrade' many hotels. Perhaps for this reason, the five-star Gran Lujo category was created as part of the 2004 legislation for those hotels which are a cut above the rest of five-star establishments.

A Gran Lujo classification is only for five-star hotels that have been "declared Gran Lujo by the Consejería de Turismo y Deporte for exceptional conditions with respect to their installations, equipment and service". The 2010 revised legislation stated that the Consejería de Turismo y Deporte would establish the conditions for Gran Lujo, but this has never been done, creating a loophole for new hotels.  

Legal loopholes aside, we list below the 13 current five-star GL hotels in Andalucia. One or two, in our humble opinion, do not merit inclusion, and there are some apparent omissions. Please also check our famous hotels in Andalucia listing for the region's most iconic establishments.. 



Alfonso XIIIAlfonso XIII

One of Spain's most prestigious hotels, Hotel Alfonso XIII is located close to Seville’s Real Alcazares (Royal Palace). It offers an outdoor swimming pool in a lush garden, gym and typical courtyard with fountain, as well as several restaurants and bars. Rooms are individually decorated. Read more


Barcelo La Bobadilla Barcelo La Bobadilla

This enchanting hotel in the very heart of Andalucia combines elegance and tranquility. Located in countryside near village of Loja (Granada province) on a magnificent private country estate, it is built in the style of a traditional Andalucian palace. The hotel is surrounded by extensive grounds with breathtaking views of the unspoilt countryside. Read more


Finca CortesinFinca Cortesin

This outstanding luxury hotel and spa, with its own championship golf course, is a five-minute drive from Bahía de Casares Beach at the western end of the Coasta del Sol. It features two outdoor pools and a private beach club with an infinity pool, restaurant and bar. Read more


 Hotel Villa Padierna Hotel Villa Padierna

A grand Italianate palace decorated in classical style, with an elegant and exclusive air which attracts many other celebrities including Michelle Obama who stayed in 2010. Located between Marbella and EsteponaRead More


Melia Sancti Petri Hotel Melia Sancti Petri Hotel

Set in an Andalusian palace, this luxury hotel on the Cadiz coast offers a free spa, a large outdoor pool and direct access to La Barrosa Beach, Sancti Petri, Chiclana, Cadiz. Each elegant, spacious room includes a furnished terrace. Beautiful marble courtyard with arches and fountains. Various restaurants are situated in the patio and gardens, including buffet and à la carte options. Read more


 Hotel Puente Romano Puente Romano

This hotel is named after a Roman bridge, which is at the centre of its lush grounds. On Marbella's Golden Mile, the Puente Romano boasts nine bars and restaurants, including Japanese and Italian. Read More


Gran Meliá Don Pepe Gran Meliá Don Pepe

Gran Meliá Don Pepe is located on the Marbella seafront. It offers three outdoor pools in gardens and a spa. Luxurious room have large plasma-screen TVs and views of the sea, hotel gardens, or mountains. Heated indoor pool and gym. Grill restaurant specialising in steak, and Mediterranean and barbecue specialties.



Kempinski Hotel BahíaKempinski Hotel Bahía

Kempinski Hotel Bahía is set on the beachfront in Estepona and offers views of the Mediterranean, just 20 minutes’ drive from Marbella. It features three outdoor swimming pools, gardens and a spa. Rooms are luxurious and feature a balcony or terrace. Read more


Los Monteros Marbella Hotel & Spa Los Monteros Marbella Hotel & Spa

At this stylish hotel located 500 m from beach in a quiet area of east Marbella,. you can enjoy an outdoor pool, beach club, rooms with balconies or terrace, and free Wi-Fi. State-of-the-art spa centre. Daily buffet breakfast including champagne in the poolside Flamingo restaurant, with El Corzo offering à la carte service. Shuttle service to La Cabane Beach Club.


Gran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso SpaGran Hotel Elba Estepona & Thalasso Spa

This luxury beachfront hotel is located just west of Estepona, on the Costa del Sol. It offers a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and elegant rooms with sea view and a private balcony or terrace.