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“Excellent hotel, excellent location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Exe Conquistador
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Magistral Gonzalez Frances 15-17, 14003 Cordoba, Spain (Formerly Hotel El Conquistador)   |  
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Ranked #25 of 70 Hotels in Cordoba
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31 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Excellent hotel, excellent location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The hotel is a beautiful hotel. The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. A little difficult to find, but once there the hotel provides a great base for exploring the historic centre of Cordoba. The rooms are lovely and quiet, although the piped music can get a bit much, and it is difficult to escape from.

The food is reasonable, but not brilliant, but with the number of excellent restaurants in the vicinity there should be no need to use the hotel restaurant.

Rally enjoyed stating here.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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12 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We booked direct with the hotel and had the room breakfast and parking rate in November 2012 for about 85 euros per night, which we considered good value. The 3rd floor room (302) had views over the old Mosque and was well appointed and comfortable. We didnt find it noisy but maybe that was because the hotel was generally quiet. Breakfast was very good with a good range of choices, eggs, bacon, fruit, cheese, cooked meats, rolls, croissants, etc. We had printed a map to guide us in to the hotel but the road along the river is currently closed so followed the tourist signs to the hotel (a little hair-raising driving on narrow cobbled streets around the mosque trying to avoid the tourists!). On arrival the porter unloaded our car and parked it in the underground car park for us. We were very glad we had taken parking as there is no parking in the old quarter which would mean a long walk dragging cases etc. There are no coffee or tea making facilities in the room. Plenty of tapas bars etc in this area and lots to see. We stayed for a week and found plenty to do. If you want to visit the mosque/cathedral and the Alcazar gardens, entry is free up to 10/10.30. They don't appear to kick you out!! We loved a stroll around the fountain gardens after breakfast and there are also battlements with superb views. We ate in the restaurant 4 times; we had the menu of the day 3 times which we found fantastic value (beer, glass of wine and 3 course meal for E16) but it didnt change at all. The a la carte menu was good and the food is better but you get what you pay for. We found the staff very friendly and helpful and the receptionists speak good English. Take a Spanish dictionary for a stay in Cordoba - we had good use of it! All in all a great holiday, would definitely return to this hotel and recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

If you are travelling by car, finding the Hotel Conquistador is your first challenge. It is situated in Cordoba Old Town which is full of narrow cobbled roads. We used our GPS system (TomTom) or "Deidre" as we like to call her. Because many of the streets are "No right turn" or "No left turn" we suffered many of the dreaded "Turn around when possible..." commands. However, Deidre finally sorted us out and we were on the pavement right outside the Reception to the hotel.

We were met by two very help staff members who both spoke very good English. One man offered immediately to park the car for us and the other went about sorting out our rooms. I had booked 2 rooms as we were travelling with another couple. The receptionist pointed out that I had booked 2 "City Break" rooms, which include the cost of of the car park, however, I only needed 1 plus a Bed and Breakfast. He very kind reimbused the additional costs to our invoice without even being asked.

Rooms: We had room 305 which looks out through quite a small window onto the walls of La Mezquita. It's classed as a "double room" but I have to say it really is very small. There is only one small wardrobe for hanging space for clothes, no drawer space whatsoever. The bathroom is large with a shower over the bath. There is a haidryer that looks like it came out of the arc, but it was functional. We were only spending 2 nights at the hotel, so we didn't bother asking to see something else. In hindsight, we should have.

Our friends had room 309 - what a difference. This room overlooks the inner courtyard. It is light, airy and much larger. Still a double, but with large wardrobes and plenty of space for clothes. The bathroom was big and had a nice new hairdryer (obviously the "arc" version had given up the ghost at some point).

Beds: If you like an ultra firm mattress you will be in heaven, if not ... well try putting the spare blanket under the sheet, that helps. However, the pillows are lovely. There were only two on the bed and we requested another two, which arrived within 5 minutes. Can't fault them on the service side at all.

Breakfast: I think had we been staying for more than 2 days breakfast would have been a bit boring, but there were choices of hot or cold food and all the usual cerals, cakes, croissants, etc. Everything was clean and nicely laid out and topped up regularly. The staff were friendly and very helpful. The room is quite small but we had no problem getting a table for 4 each morning. You get your own coffee from one of the two machines provided, which was actually much better than getting stewed coffee from a waiter's coffee pot.

The real plus for the hotel is its location. You really cannot get any more central and the mosque is literally feet away from the front door of the hotel. If you choose to go here, do be a fuss pot about the rooms. There are plenty of nice ones to be had here.

I would defintely return to this hotel again.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the inner courtyard are quieter than those overlooking La Mezquita.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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157 reviews 157 reviews
55 hotel reviews
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Nice, clean room. Well located. A little noisy front rooms.

Rang the front desk three times for a wake up call, each time it rang over 30 times with no answer. Finally called the kitchen (room service) and got the cook to get the attention of the desk clerk. She then called me and told me she had been busy talking with her friend when I had called!

Not good for a four star hotel!

Room Tip: Do not pick a room on the street between the hotel and the Mezquita; too much street noise.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle
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102 reviews 102 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

This hotel is right in the heart of the old town. There is parking underneath, but at 11 Euros per night. The staff were very helpful and spoke excellent english. There is a glass paneled walkway that covers some old excavations right underneath the hotel. We missed the lovely courtyard tucked away in the corner, and didn't spot it until the last day. Breakfast was 9 euros each so we skipped it. The wi-fi worked but we needed to reconnect every time we returned to the hotel. There was no tea or coffee facility in the room, and the safe was only a keyed system. The only major disappointment we had was that the room was stinking of smokers. The hotel is a no-smoking hotel and has smoke alarms fitted, but nevertheless the smell was off-putting. The balcony 'rejas' wasn't properly connected at it's top. It wasn't a real security hazard, but I'm sure it was supposed to be connected. Getting to the Hotel isn't straightforward. We followed the Hotel website instructions, and we had viewed the directions on street level maps, so we got there first time. Best to do a lot of homework on directions. To get out, just follow the one-way signs.

Room Tip: Ask for non-smoking
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

The price was very good; and the rooms were clean and the location was excellent, but that is all. For a one night stay it is okay, but in general the rooms are old and dated and in need of some maintenance, and the hotel certainly does not live up to its four stars (nor deserve them). I am still wondering how it came to be awarded four stars?

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The Hotel El Conquistador is alongside the Mezquita and at the heart of most the Córdoba has to offer. Like some other reviewers I found the desk staff unfriendly when I checked in. However, things were much better when I checked out and the receptionist was tolerant of my hesitant spanish when I asked her to order a taxi. The restaurant staff were friendly and accommodating. The breakfast buffet has a standard international selection and is a good start to the day. The hotel room was a little tired but the view of the Mezquita exceptional. The hotel has some archeological remains and a charming patio which is a great place to sit. On balance: a comfortable stay a few minutes walk form the river and no more than 15 minutes from the excellent Palacio de Viana. There are several good quality restaurants in the nearby streets.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Magistral Gonzalez Frances 15-17, 14003 Cordoba, Spain (Formerly Hotel El Conquistador)
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cordoba > Cordoba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Cordoba
#22 Romantic Hotel in Cordoba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Exe Conquistador 4*
Number of rooms: 132
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Business-oriented Hotel with old Cordoba styled architectural features; located in the center of the old Jewish quarter. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
El Conquistador Hotel
El Conquistador córdoba

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