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
We stayed for a couple of nights at Palacio del Baillo and will definitely go back when we visit Córdoba again. The day before we arrived I got a phone call from the hotel to make sure everything was on track for our arrival and to make sure we received an email describing the route in as there were some roadworks which meant the normal way in was closed off. When we got there the valet took our bags and parked the car in their own secure car park. A very nice welcome to the hotel and walk round to show us the amenities, we were offered an upgrade to a suite for a small addition (compared to the normal rate) and when we saw it compared to room we booked we just said what the heck and went for it. That said the room we had booked originally was also very nice. The hotel has a nice pool to cool down in, especially when it is hot there, it got 47c when were there. A nice couple of bars and also a spa which you can book for free if you just want to use the baths, be sure to book ahead so you don’t miss out. The staff were all excellent, my wife emailed ahead about an iron and it was already in the room with the ironing board when we arrived, of course they moved it to the room we upgraded to. The location is good as well, a short walk through the old town and you hit the centre with the grand mosque and other attractions close by. Enjoy.
We had a great stay in Cordoba for 3 nights at Palacio del Bailio. It was horrifically hot during that time (43-45 degrees) but the hotel was fresh throughout and smelt wonderful. What a pleasure to cross the threshold after each of our visits to the town centre!
The hotel is well situated, in a very quiet street, around 15 minutes walk from the Mezquita, with a number of good restaurants nearby.
The pool was extremely busy when we were there and not 100% kids friendly as most other guests seemed to be couples (honeymooners and older couples). We felt fine with well behaved children aged 11, but this is not the place for younger kids to jump around. The atmosphere is too serene and sophisticated!
We also booked the underground spa area (hot/ cold / tepid pools) just for our family which allowed our kids to get their hair down without anyone frowning! (At a cost of EUR 100).
Breakfast is a plentiful buffet with fresh fruits and juice, pastries, yogurts, some savoury offerings, and eggs / porridge à la carte. The breakfast room (an indoor patio) is built over ruins of a Roman villa, which can be seen through the glass floor.
We also had dinner on the outside patio and lunch by the pool bar. Both were excellent, albeit pricey.
Our suite was large and comfortable. The olive soap smelled wonderful.
The staff at reception were always extremely helpful, from car parking to recommendations. My only poor experience was when we were told to go to El Corte Ingles to book tickets for the Mosque’s light and sound night show, whereas the tickets can in fact be booked on line from El Corte’s website. But I will let the hotel off on this one!
From the minute we checked in until the minute we checked out, we were made to feel valued guests. The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. Our room (a double dreamer) was beautiful with a lovely view over the attractive courtyard, and the bathroom gorgeous and spacious (two basins, bath with shower over and walk in shower. Every afternoon, fresh towels, bottled water and a little treat (fruit or cake) was brought to our room. The whole hotel has wonderful fragrances wafting through it. The gardens and pool area are a beautiful oasis with fruit trees, hibiscus etc. Just scrumptious.
Really enjoyed this lovely place and would certainly stay here again. Plenty of charm and authenticity with lovely staff making our stay excellent.
Breakfast was great with an amazing glass floor overlooking the Roman ruins beneath. Pool and hamman spa lovely too. Garden in the centre of the hotel was a delightful and cool hideaway once sightseeing required a break.
If you want to feel the royalty feeling! This is the best hotel in Cordoba to be in! Wonderful, friendly, helpful, loving staff, breathtaking interior design, and amazing location! Highly recommended!!