The Hostal Osio:
My friend and I spent two nights at the very cute, old-style Hostal Osio last week. We had two double rooms, but were charged the single-room rate (30 Euros each - Low Season until mid-March) since we were the only occupants in each. We were given the only two ground-level rooms facing the street, Calle Osio. The Hostal has two open-air patios, but only one is large enough for the 4 tables with chairs, bench, and lots of plants. Just off the patio is a vending-machine room which sells soft drinks, beer & wine as well as a small desk with a computer-internet terminal. Aside from the tables and chairs, there's also one sofa, chess board and books to read. When leaving the hostal, be it for a short walk or for the day, guests must leave room keys at reception in the tray or on the desk - which isn't always attended. Upon returning, all guests must ring the bell for one of the attendants to open the door and give you your room key. This seemed a bit uncomfortable, particularly if you return late at night, not wanting to bother other guests, but I suppose it's also a way for the hostal to keep track of who comes and goes. There are two large recycling bins located in the street, just outside the street-facing rooms - like ours. At 3:30am one night and 11:30pm the next night a worker wheeled the big bins out and back one at a time, bumping the heavy bins along the cobblestones, waking me up very abruptly the first night, not knowing what that very loud, vibrating, machine-gun noise was outside my window. I imagine the patio-facing rooms don't hear a thing. My friend in the adjacent room facing the street didn't hear anything, but his window was a little further down. My room directly faced the recycling bins.
I had room #8 and my friend had room #9, which are the three windows facing the street and immediately to the left of the Hostal Osio's entrance. The rooms themselves were very clean and spacious enough for the bed, a chair, two night stands, and a bench. The wood-beam ceilings were cathedral height and had a ceiling fan. The decorations are basic but nice. My room had a big window in the bedroom and another in the bathroom so there was plenty of natural light and fresh air. The 12-inch TVs are wall-bracket mounted and probably 10-years old and had about 20 channels, the first 4 of which were tarot-card reading programs. If you can figure out how to do it with the remote control, you can change the language of American programs/movies broadcasted to English (that's what I did). My friend couldn't get his TV to turn on part of the time. The TVs require about 3-steps to get a channel to turn on. Mine worked fine apart from having a tinny sound. Provided in-room was an electric kettle and a tea-bag, cups, a package of cookies and a package containing a muffin. This was a nice detail for the room when you want a light breakfast or just something to snack on at night. Rooms are cleaned and beds are made daily, but hanging bathroom towels aren't replaced with fresh ones - which is okay by me. Both our rooms had closets with some shelves and hangers.
All rooms have a private, complete and clean bathroom. They provide a single packet of shower jel and a pump, hand-soap dispenser on the sink and two plastic cups for drinking water. The water was fresh and tasted good. The bathtub shower was big and had a hand-held shower head. The water pressure was strong and water was (very) hot both at night and in the morning. My friend's room, #9, had a 3-step UP to the big, windowless bathroom. IMPORTANT NOTE: We both only had one bathroom "issue", but it's an important one and would probably have been a deal-breaker had I known before making the reservation. Because it's located in "La Judería", the old Jewish Quarter, they have plumbing issues. It's the same in Granada's Albaicín (old Jewish quarter), in fact. So what's the "issue", you ask? There's a small placard next to the toilet stating, in 3-languages, that all toilet tissue must be disposed of in the foot-lever-lidded trash receptacle instead of being thrown in the toilet itself. Well, I don't know about you, but this is rather... umm.... unpleasant to say the least, PARTICULARLY if you're sharing the room. Depending on one's "constitution", of course, that trash receptacle holding said toilet tissues can smell a bit funky by morning. Trash is emptied daily with the room cleaning. I'm very surprised I hadn't found this detail mentioned in any of the other Hostal Osio reviews so maybe it was only our two rooms???
The mattress was comfortable, but the two pillows were a bit flat so I doubled them up for more comfort. Floor rugs were on both sides of the bed. I was a bit concerned about the temperature of the room as "hostales" tend to be a bit chilly and they sometimes turn off the heat at night. But not at this place! Our rooms had modern radiators which stayed on 24-hours a day. Upon entering the room it was toasty warm and the beds had 2 thick blankets plus the bedspread. I was plenty warm at night in bed and it was chilly outside the days we were there. I noticed my room had air conditioning, too.
Hostal Osio is very well-located on a mainly pedestrian, cobblestone Calle Osio, 6, just about one block east of the Córdoba Mosque-Cathedral in what's known as "La Judería", the old Jewish Quarter, really the main part of Córdoba's Old Town. Calle Osio itself is narrow but not a through-street so only local traffic drives along its 130 meters length. I think I heard 2 cars pass through very, very slowly during my mornings/evenings there. There are no other stores or commercial entities along it until you hit Calle Alfayatas going south towards the river, where there's an old-fashion convenience store, attended by a middle-aged Spanish man. There, they sell all the basic foods, snacks, and drinks as well as some dry-goods. They are open until at least 10pm. Continuing another 60 meters south on Calle Alfayatas you hit the main northeast-southwest one-lane street Calle Cardenal González passing through "La Judería" and paralleling the river ("Rio Guadalquivir"), where there are dozens of shops, bars, restaurants, and other hostales/hotels as well as a lot more foot traffic and very light car traffic. All these streets, including Calle Osio and Calle Alfayatas, are very well-lighted and at no time did I feel unsafe or uneasy, even walking back alone at night.
Wi-Fi Internet is free to guests, but can only be accessed, as explained by the hostess/receptionist, in the reception area and in the rooms surrounding the main (nice) patio because the walls are so thick. Not sure why an additional router couldn't have been installed for the rooms surrounding the smaller patio, like mine. But even while sitting in the larger patio, I couldn't constantly connect. There were several interruptions. This was a minor issue.
Hostal Osio is a comfortable, old-style hostal just barely off-the-beaten-track in Córdoba's "La Judería", and a good value in the off-season. High season prices reach 60 Euros. For 60 Euros, I'd expect just a bit more like better TVs and better internet connection, but at 30 Euros in the off-season, I can't complain. The toilet-tissue disposal "issue" would have been a deal-breaker had I known before making the reservation. If traveling alone, I think some people could put up with it.
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