What We Love
- The hotel’s unexpected, rust-colored facade, which catches the light at different points of the day to dramatic effect
- The lobby design, with its metallic lighting fixtures, etched glass screens and floor-to-ceiling windows
- The property’s location, near Cordoba’s lively Jewish quarter
What To Know
- Ask at reception for towels for use by the rooftop pool
- There is free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby, but there is an added charge for access in the guest rooms
- Conveniently located to the Cordoba food market, perfect for picking up Aldalucian specialties
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In historic Cordoba, a warren of narrow, winding streets, it’s a rarity to find spacious, contemporary rooms and soaring public areas. Such is the charm of the AC Hotel Cordoba Palacio, with its on-site parking, rain showers, and clever touches like bedside spotlights for reading. From the atrium of a lobby, with dark wood floors and glass walls, to ultra-modern guestrooms with gorgeous views, the hotel brings a sleek design to this historic city. The pool deck also provides views to the city, as well as a relaxing place to swim an unwind. When it’s time for dinner, the restaurant provides international cuisine with a twist, by using traditional ingredients characteristic of Cordoban cuisine.
In the Area
The Andalucian city of Cordoba is known for its colorful medieval history, and the mix of Christian, Muslim and Jewish influences that have shaped its architecture, cuisine and culture. For a look at the city’s historic foundations, take a tour on the Roman Cordoba Route, to visit some of the remains of Roman Cordoba, circa the first century AD. Explore the history of the Inquisition at sites throughout the city, or visit the Alcazar Castle. The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, built around the year 1000 AD is a magnificent Renaissance Mosque, with walking distance of the hotel. Get lost exploring the city’s hidden patios, leafy, private spaces that are open to the public in May or used as oasis-like restaurants and cafes.
How to Get There
First, it is in an excellent location 5 minutes by taxi from train/bus station, and opposite the old city: just cross the street. The lobby and bar are impeccable and our room (junior Suite) was excellent.
The receptionists and Concierge are plain wonderful.
Would I stay there again: definitely (but see below)
There are a few irritants and I am only singling them so that the Hotel (in fact, the Chain as we noticed it in other Eurostars) can fix it:
There is no bottled water (5-star hotels do not do that)
There is no Kleenex box, just a dollar-store type pack of paper
The coffee in the room is not drinkable, compared to Nespresso for example
There should be more care for damaged paint and damaged wallpaper
The sofa in the room is made for people 6 feet tall or taller.
Now, a """""VERY IMPORTANT""""""" warning: the shower is enclosed in glass, a mix of blacked out horizontal lines and fully transparent ones that you can can see through. So, unless you are a NUDIST family this is not at all suitable for families, but only couples who do not mind. The toilet is OK but as many people noted, does not lock. I am not sure what went through the mind of the architect of the hotel, this is simply crazy and is an indication of a worldwide trend in which functionality is sacrificed to aesthetics.
I’ve stayed in 5 star hotels all over the world & this is the 1st that didn’t provide bottled water in the room or even a kettle 🤷🏼♂️. We got a deal as it was November for a room only rate but even still. The roof top pool was unfortunately closed for the winter months which wasn’t highlighted before booking but I’d say it is nice during the summer. The room was very strange & not very big . They have a wet room instead of a bathroom as you can see in pictures . They are going for the Modern look so if you’re looking for comfy or a wow factor dont visit this particular hotel.
We asked for a double room & got 2 single beds that were pushed together, not what you expect from a 5star.
The staff were very friendly & gave us directions to the main restaurant area which was very close.
Overall I wouldn’t visit again unless I got a very very good deal but I wouldn’t be paying big money to stay here.
Fantastic location....just steps to all the sights to be seen. Room layout a bit odd, bathroom and shower are closet like. Hotel is modern like....in the 1990's. But room was clean, staff friendly. And you just can't beat the proximity to everything. Car park is below the hotel...a bit tricky to get to...but if you are driving a car this hotel is super convenient. Breakfast was above average and good value. Rooms were super quiet!
We booked this hotel on Hotwire with a queen bed for 3 nights and received a confirmation for the same before we left home. But when we checked in, we were told, by a brusque young lady, that we were being assigned a room with 2 single beds. When we stated that we had booked a queen bed, we were told that there were no rooms available at the moment but we should check back the next morning. We did that but were told again that they still didn’t have anything available but that they would make an attempt to do something with the beds that we already had. When we returned to our room that night, nothing had changed.
Though it’s very conveniently located within walkable distance to the major tourist sites – the Mezquita, Alcazar, etc., it has 2 very busy roads around it, which makes it very noisy, especially at night.
The hotel and room décor is modern but with a lot of black with dim lighting, so it looks quite uninviting and depressing at night. The bed was okay and the bathroom room had a water closet with a bidet with a door and a double shower and a soaker tub with another door and double sinks.
The parking lot was difficult to navigate – the steep slopes and small parking spaces made it a challenge to get in and out.
Avoid booking this place if you can.
This hotel is superbly situated within a few minutes walk of the ancient Cordovian walls surrounding the winding streets of the old town. At the intersection of a very busy thoroughfare the entrance is rather underwhelmingly situated on the side. All the parking is also available to the public around the hotel which means it is used extensively. There are barely any available free spaces alongside the park that the hotel anchors or around the few number of spaces around the periphery. The underground car park is accessed at the entrance down a very steep slope. Once the intercom and barriers have been navigated there are 3 levels of parking. On our arrival only 1 space was available. The lift from the car park takes you direct into the lobby.
Breakfast was very good with a wide selection and a decent number of covers enabling a good number of guests to be accommodated however one of the mornings we experienced a huge quantity of tourists from the same tour descending at the same time, taking up most of the dining area and consuming the food en masse which resulted in food running out quickly and the kitchen not being able to replenish quickly enough.
Rooftop bar and pool is strangely accessed by, what appeared to be a fire escape stair and was closed at odd times during the day with no explanation as to why or when it would reopen.
The major disappointment was the quality of the rooms which was frankly disgusting for a hotel of 5 stars. The skirting boards were severely scuffed and peeling away from the wall, wallpaper was peeling badly in various locations, the bath/jacuzzi kept coming on each time I entered the room which sounded like a pneumatic drill, the sofa was unstable, the pale wallpaper was incredibly grubby, the vanity unit was scratched and damaged. I complained to Reception and was kindly given the key to another room which, upon inspection, suffered from the same level of disrepair. The first room had a better view so I stuck with that one. If your room is situated at the front, whilst affording great views, traffic noise will be heard even on the higher levels.
There were leaks in the reception area after some light rainfall.
The gym is inadequate; no natural light, in the lower ground floor amongst offices and event spaces. There is no air conditioning which is unacceptable. There are a couple of bikes, treadmills. Free weights only go up to 10kg and no bench. The stability ball needed pumping up. There is water though.
We ate in the restaurant a couple of times as the food was very good. The location feels slightly odd as there only about 20 covers and you’re sitting next to people in the bar. I feel that, as with some contemporary architects that more attention is spent on the exterior rather than how the interior functions and feels as a space; as the restaurant isn’t near the kitchen all food appears to go through reception and past the lifts to arrive. Operationally it fails.
There are glimmers of style but this hotel fails with its lack of maintenance and bad design. We had stayed in 2 Melia hotels prior and they both surpassed this one enormously with their service and quality of public areas and rooms. We were treated as individual guests there not another room number like this hotel. If it weren’t for the great location give this hotel a wide berth.