Hospes Palacio del Bailío
What We Love
- Designer digs in a historic palace dating from the 16th century
- Original features include ceiling frescoes and terra-cotta floors
- The intimate dining room has beam ceilings and opens onto a glass-roofed courtyard
What To Know
- The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Cordoba's famous mosque-cathedral
- Free WiFi and bike rental
- The hotel is set around five secluded patios (one features a small plunge pool)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In Cordoba’s historic heart, the Hospes Palacio del Bailio is a hip heritage hotel a 15-minute stroll from the city’s iconic mosque-cathedral. The hotel occupies a collection of buildings built between the 16th and 18th centuries, and the interiors showcase original features including cool terra-cotta floor tiles and extravagant ceiling frescoes. The 53 design-centric rooms are decked out with dark walnut floors, hand-painted stucco walls and copper furnishings, and they also come with mod cons including free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Fill up on Andalusian fare at Restaurante Arbequina, an intimate dining room with beam ceilings that opens onto a glass-roofed courtyard, or snack on light bites at the Arbequina Bar, a subterranean tapas place. Cool off from the Spanish sunshine on one of the five patios (one reveals Roman ruins under a glass floor; another features a small plunge pool). Visit the Bodyna Spa for a dip in the Roman baths or to kick back in the relaxation courtyard.
In the Area
A mix of Christian, Muslim and Jewish influences has shaped Cordoba‘s architecture, cuisine and culture. For a look at the city’s historic foundations, follow the Roman Cordoba Route to see ruins from the first century AD. Explore the history of the Inquisition at sites throughout the city, or visit Alcazar Castle. The mosque-cathedral of Córdoba, built around the year 1000 AD, is a magnificent building within walking distance of the hotel. Get lost exploring the city’s hidden patios, leafy, private spaces that are open to the public or used as oasis-like restaurants and cafés. Cordoba is less than an hour from Seville and an hour and 20 minutes from Malaga.
How to Get There
Hotel is situated in quiet location, but within easy reach of Cordoba's sights. Lovely restaurant for dinner, and would recommend their 'tasting' menu that we had 2 nights running! Staff very friendly and helpful, and they were happy to provide tickets for entry to the Alcazar, without having to queue.
The Palacio del Bailio is centrally positioned in Córdoba but hidden away from the hustle and bustle. The rooms are not huge but they are very nicely appointed, super-clean and are quiet and cool. The hotel is like an old mansion with antique furnishings and decoration; all extremely well maintained with friendly staff who go out of their way to help. The breakfast room is beautiful and serves a great breakfast, again with lovely staff. An oasis of calm and exclusivity in the middle of Spanish summer heat!
I arrived at this charming hotel and had a very warm welcome. The staff was outstanding: friendly and efficient.
I got a quick tour of the hotel and discovered it was built on top of the ruins of a Roman Villa. The restaurant is built with partial glass floor to allow a view to these ruins. The spa is amazing, just magical.
But the gardens are beyond imagination!
The moment you open the door to descend to the garden, the scent of orange blossoms and jasmine hits you.
The experience was so intense; it was like stepping into the gardens of a fairy tale of an Arabian Night.
Back in my room, I opened the windows, in spite of the cool temperature, just to get the scent of the magical garden into my room.
Were to start, this hotel is superb, it's situated on the remains of an old Roman villa, so as you eat in the restaurant with it's glass floor the ruins are below your feet.
It also has a Spa, so as standard with the room price you get an hour a day in the Roman baths, it's worth it. There is also a very beautiful garden with a pool, we spent many an afternoon relaxing here after a mornings sight seeing. We used the service from the bar a lot and found the price to be comparable to bars in the city, did not expect that would of thought it'd be more.
The location is good on the northern end of town a short walk to all the major sites and the shopping district, train station, buses.
The staff as you'd expect in a five star hotel are excellent, we found the cleaning staff extremely helpful and friendly, the restaurant staff very attentive.
The room is well serve with treats arriving every afternoon. Coffee, milks etc are standard in the room but we always requested extra at no problem.
The standard is five star but on checking out the price was reasonable.
This amazing building has classified Roman remains beneath the glass floor of the dining room. The decor - the project took two years - is outstanding. I do not normally take photos inside a hotel but this time was an exception.
The welcome is so personalised that you feel you are in someone’s home as a special guest. They cannot do enough to anticipate and fulfil your wishes.
A somewhat whacky Roman spa - water at three different temperatures.
And the cooking: the chef deserves several Michelin stars! If you want plain food, not the place to eat - go to Churrasco in town.