Some of the great literary critics say that every story must have conflict, but this story does not. Granada is everything but conflicting, restricting; everything but a mirror to the oh-so-standard places in SLO. From the street you walk into a living novel, a place of culture, a room with a view, yet underground and unique in that there is no other place like this in SLO (or on earth for that matter). Who are the lunatics who designed and conceived this place? I would surely salute them for this project.
And now I wonder about some of the negative reviews that have been posted. I'm sure they didn't have such a horrendous time, for how could they? Maybe they don't get it. Or maybe they desire to keep this place a secret, thus turning everyone else away so they can enjoy it; a feast unto themselves. It really is a good idea, but I am so stoked on this place I cannot stop typing! And all this makes me sad, too, for I know that soon enough the superstars and celebrities will try to invade this place and I hope it doesn't ruin it or plasticize it for the local folks who are your cornerstone.
I've eaten here three times since the recent opening (in November) and I only have positive feedback The service is relaxed, not stuffy, but with all the steps of service that you find at finer restaurants. The food menu is incredible, and from what my server told me and what I tasted I can say that the Chef spares no expense in sourcing premium quality ingredients. Moreover: the food isn't excessively rich or overly dressed. You can TASTE the product and the chef doesn't hide what's on the dish. I leave full but not uncomfortable and out of balance. Well done, Chefs.
The charcuterie is amazing and fair in pricing, and the specialty cocktail list is home-made mixology at its best! Seriously, hats off to the gentlemen behind the bar. The wine list is eclectic and probably the most unique list in SLO. They have international offerings galore and the list is an explorative alternative to every other wine list in SLO. It was wonderful to peruse something new and fresh and young.
I walked out of the street into Granada Hotel and Bistro, and the staff and the menu took me in, making me a part of the story; it was like they dedicated a chapter of the novel to my experience. After a great night out with my friends and my significant other, we booked rooms for the night. It was the perfect ending to a perfect chapter, turning me to turn the page, to read and eat and drink in the next chapter to come...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique hotel and restaurant serving farm-to-table dishes inspired by Spanish cuisine. The hotel includes 17 rooms: 3 Classic, 10 Deluxe, and 4 Suites with balconies. The design exposes the raw elements of the original 1920's building. Each well-appointed room features original hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, antique Persian rugs, original artwork and the finest textiles. They are 100% non-smoking and offer air-conditioning, LCD flat-screen TVs, and bath products by C&O Bigelow and Kiki de Montoarnasse. Also included in the rate is a complimentary Linus Bikes for touring the area. Granada is situated in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, making it easy for guests to enjoy a wide range of activities including wine tasting, hiking through the lush countryside, a day at the beach, golfing, or strolling downtown shops and restaurants. The world famous Farmers Market is located one block from the hotel, and is held every Thursday night. Oprah Winfrey and National Geographic recently named this ‘the happiest city in America’. ... more less
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