One day last fall, I stumbled upon the Lemon Rock Hostel and Bar. I believe it was a Sunday and I was in search of a place to do some work from my laptop. Somehow I had stumbled upon one of the best Granada hostels and it had a very cozy-looking cafe.
I quickly learned that the Lemon Rock was more than just a hostel. The Lemon Rock is a place enjoy good coffee, beer and food. It’s a place that Spanish people love just as much as the tourists. They host good concerts, dj sets and even language exchanges. In short, it’s a place you have to visit when you come to Granada.
I rarely ever write about my favorite Granada spots. I suppose when you live in a place, you can forget that it too has many amazing hidden gems. While I had been to the Lemon Rock dozens of times in the past, I had never really thought to write about it. It seems a little crazy to me as I love to write about hostels on here.
I put this killer outfit together from Gamiss. It all started with those killer boots. They are like none others that I own. The dress is in a vintage style, which I love and the necklace just seemed to finish it off well. I just started working with a new photographer named Miguel and he envisioned a coffeeshop setting for this look. The Lemon Rock was the first place to come to mind.
The story of the Lemon Rock
The hostel, restaurant and concert venue is located inside of an old manor house from the XVII century, according to their website. The space now is completely decorated with sort of a hip, vintage vibe. It honestly reminds me a lot of coffeeshops or trendy restaurants back home in the United States. I have found that here in Spain, less restaurants try to compete in that sort of way. I suppose when all the menus are rather similar, the most important thing is to make sure the space is clean and well-kept. Back home, the restaurants are trying to be more modern than everyone else. They’re trying to have a more unique and original menu than their competitor down the road. The Lemon Rock reminds me of one of those kind of places.
I remember wondering how Spanish people liked the place when I first drank a coffee there. Well I didn’t have to wait very long to find out that it was a favorite amongst Granadinos as well. If you go there anytime after say 5 p.m., it will be full. That’s when Spanish people love to drink a coffee and have what they call a merienda (basically a sweet snack). Then around 9 p.m. it’s time for dinner.
One of the best Granada hostels
If you’re a traveler looking to visit Granada for the first time, look no further. The Lemon Rock has dorm-style rooms with beds as low as 16.20 euros a night. If you’re traveling with a group, there’s also a 6-bed room that you could rent for just yourselves. Each room has it’s own private bathroom and available locker space. I know when I travel, it’s important to have a space to securely store things like my camera. I always feel better when I know there’s a space to do so.
Overall, the space is just comfortable. They really seem to take pride in being one of the best Granada hostels.
This look comes from Gamiss, an online retailer with quite a large selection.
What do you typically look for in a hostel or coffeeshop?
The dress, necklace and boots were gifted to me for the purposes of this review. However my opinions are all my own.
Photos by Miguel Valdelvira.