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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The hotel is very impressive, a romantic setting on there edge of the historic district so easy to walk around all the key sights. Our room was fine with one exception, the lack of a working AC, as a result the room was way too hot and no way to regulate the temperature. If I understand it correctly the hotel switch off the AC units over the winter, which is a shame when it can still be warm even in November. Breakfast selection was excellent and the bar was very nice as well.
This is a unique place in the city center of cordoba. Everything is in walking distance and you will be walking back and fort a lot because you also want to spend time in the lovely hotel. Check in was really great. The concierge took over and made sure everything was dealt with, he gave us great advice and made us feel like everything was possible. Our room was also ready before officiel check in time. The room is beautiful, we were welcomed with water and fresh figs, pomme granate and dried fruits. We got a private tour at the Roman remains and had a lovely time in the Roman baths. The Ayurvedic massage I booked was also great.
We’ve had 2 diners in the restaurant. The first evening was not so great. Some combinations of the food were not good at all and we mixers love in the dishes, the waitress we gave our feedback to did nothing with it which was quit disappointing. But since the hotel and staff were so good we decided to give it an other chance and the second evening was better. We are quite critical when it comes to food so It definitely did not ruin our overal experience.
Turn down service is really nice, breakfast is as good as you would expect in a five star hotel.
This hotel is perfect for a romantic and peaceful place to stay within walking distance of the older part of cordoba. The hotel is special and is affordable if you visit during the off peak season. The staff are helpful and courteous. It's a place you won't forget. We have no complaints.