We were left stranded in Spain by bad weather in January (we don't fly - our overnight trains Madrid>Paris were cancelled twice) and decided to book a hotel in Cordoba . My brother-in-law who lives in Spain said we had to stay in the Hotel Mezquita and booked the rooms for us.
I like 5* hotels, but am also happy in budget hotels that are in a good position, clean, decorated with good taste and are good value. The Mezquita offered this and more.
First of all it is in the best possible position right on the square of the 'Mezquita' itself (the famous mosque/cathedral). The beautiful walls and bronze doors of the mosque were opposite our window with just a pretty cobbled road between (only hotel visitors and perhaps traders can drive along the road, so pretty quiet).
The ground floor of the hotel is littered with 19C paintings and antique furniture. There is a large attractive covered courtyard in the middle where breakfast is served. Some of the receptionist s were outstanding and couldn't be more helpful - even offering suggestions on how to get free entrance to some of the sights.
Most rooms are accessible by lift. It is worth checking. But it wasn't a long way up the stairs to our 2nd floor room. The corridors are bright, marble paved (as are the rooms) . The air-conditioned rooms are in many ways better than 2 star. The beds were basic but we slept brilliantly. The wardrobe had 2 hangers, bit the friendly cleaners (it may help if you speak Spanish) quickly brought some more. The bathroom was compact but with bath/shower, bidet etc and perfectly nice, fully tiled and quite attractive. The room was nice warm with the heating on (as it was Winter).
Obviously you can't expect a 2 star hotel to be perfect. But I can only say that I would return very happily next time. And I am just so happy that for the 6 nights we were there, we paid about what a 5* hotel would cost for a night.
We were worried there wouldn't be enough to do in Cordoba, but the city really grew on us. (OK it was winter, it must be horribly crowded with tourists in the summer). It is a lovely walkable size - it took us 30 minutes to walk from the station - but there is a short ride by the No. 3 bus straight to the Mezquita. People are generally very polite and 'genuine'.
The restaurants and tapas bars are mainly really lovely (but not for vegetarians like me!). Unfortunately we are from the UK and the strong Euro has made Spain feel quite expensive. A meal of tapas with a nice bottle of wine and coffee for 2 - can easily set you back 30 to 40 Euro. And a meal anything from 40-100 Euro for 2. The last couple of nights we went to the Hotel El Triunfo (on the same square) which along with other restaurants offered 10/15 Euro 3 course menus. We found it very good value and wished we had eaten there from the beginning. Not Michelin food by a long distance, more like home cooking. But stay clear of the spaghetti dishes advertised on a poster outside many restaurants. I am sure the sauce comes from a packet. I had spaghetti with 4 cheeses which was vile and cost 9 Euro. It is best to stick with typical Cordoban food such as the pork, oxtail etc. My husband had a huge pork knuckle as part of the 10 Euro set menu.
See the main sights. The tourist office in the square provides free of charge maps, opening times and prices of sights. Then I really recommend just get lost along all the little lanes in the old city. Walk through the main shopping area which is a 10 minute walk up the cobbled roads. And take time to walk along the banks on both sides of the river.
Malaga (1h), Seville (40mins) and Madrid (1h45) are amongst the cities you can get to easily by high speed train.
- Also Known As:
- Mezquita Hotel córdoba
- Hotel Mezquita Cordoba
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the old Jewish Quarter, opposite the main entrance to the Mosque-Cathedral and surrounded by historical monuments, this hotel has 31 rooms with fully-fitted bathrooms, satellite TV, direct telephone and individual air-conditioning. ... more less
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