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“Their staff is stealing!”
Review of Hostal El Triunfo

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Hostal El Triunfo
Ranked #32 of 39 Cordoba B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Although they might have a good location, or good prices - it's not worth it if their cleaning staff steals! We were staying there for two nights, and when we were packing I noticed that my expensive designer t-shirt is missing. I traveled in it when coming to Cordoba, and put it in the closet, which means they couldn't take it by accident. Recommend you to book another place to stay....

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Senada D
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

On arrival we were offered Room 11 buried deep in the bowels of the building- all four windowless walls are internal, and very old. With no natural light, the only illumination was from one dull fluorescent light. There was a severe problem with damp- the room smelled mouldy and the sheets were damp and cold and there were more than a half dozen moths residing in my bed linen. One of the walls had water running down it from the damp. The shower was broken, but did have warm water. This was in mid-May, so I could only imagine how much more depressing and cold it would be in winter.

After a long-argument (we wasted half a day waiting for them to sort out our problem) with the very disinterested staff, we were reluctantly given a different room, even though we were initially told they were completely full. The new room was very warm, with a broken air-con unit. The beds were thin and lumpy and we were woken each morning by the noise of flushing toilets and running showers in any one of the adjacent rooms.

The breakfast doesn't have much selection, but is adequate.

Cordoba is quite small, so there is no need to stay this close to the Cathedral. Move a few streets away and you will get much better value. This place was over-priced, grotty, uncomfortable, with terrible, rude staff.

Room Tip: LOOK AT THE ROOM BEFORE ACCEPTING IT! Some of the rooms are disgraceful and with a team of Basil Faw...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Xaribdis
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

This premises looks, at first glance, to be a modest hotel in a superb location; it is not! It is a pit in a superb location. Desk staff spend more time staring moodily into their screens than greeting paying guests; there was no attempt to engage with guests or to offer advice.

We were given Room 10 and 11. DO NOT accept the key to Room 10, 11, or 12. They are internal dungeons; gloomy, poorly lit, and DAMP. They smell of mould and the beds in room 11 were damp! We were told there were no other rooms available but as soon as we went on the warpath (we had not yet paid) they found two other rooms. One was at the back of the buildings and had a tiny window; the other room IS ON THE ROOF! It is one of four flat-roof chalets. In summer these rooms would be like ovens. Even in Spring, the air con had difficulty cooling the room by day. The nights were, fortunately, unseasonably cool.

There is a safe in each room at a small additional cost.

On several occasions, we saw new guests given one or other of the dungeon rooms; they walked out as soon as they saw them. We know these guests were allocated a dungeon as the route to them is through the dining room(s); the three of them have a window & door opening onto a dining room.

Again; DO NOT accept keys to Rooms 10, 11, 12 or, in warm weather, rooms with an "A" (A2, A3, etc) as these are the pigeon lofts on the roof.

Bathrooms were shoe-horned in and may have been decorated by a committee of painters and tilers. Unfortunately, the painters laid the tiles and..... well, you get the picture. The theme in the hotel is a navy blue wall at the bedhead. This serves to make the rooms look smaller and gloomier. The overall lighting effect was ghastly.

Corridor carpets were stained & worn and tiles crunched and moved under our feet as we navigated the twists & turns and changes in height as the corridor moves from one building to another. .

Breakfast was a very modest affair but probably adequate if you are not fussy. Bring your own tea bags if you are fussy. The backgroud soundtrack was of crashing cutlery and clattering crockery. This seemed to go on all day.

You can do far, far. better at the price in this small, easy-to-walk city. Public transport is excellent so you do not need to stay at the wall of the (wonderful) mosque-Cathedral. As a matter of fact - it would be better and quieter to stay a few streets back.

Cordoba is well worth a visit. We do NOT recommend Hostal El Triunfo.

Room Tip: Choose another hotel in Cordoba.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank Tyremarxx
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Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Zero service, not even acknowledged at front desk, not thanked on departure, details incorrect from my passport. Noisy, very noisy. Shower broken. Worst night's sleep. Been traveling in Europe for 5 weeks often different hotel each night with my partner and 10yo son. This is the second worst hotel we've stayed in. Horrible. (The worst didn't even have hot water). Please don't let this hotel tarnish your trip to magical Cordoba - this is truly a beautiful place and well worth the visit - just as much as Alhambra! Happy trails.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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3  Thank Uwishuwerehere
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

The best thing about this hotel is definitely the location, right next to the Mezquita and the river. But the hotel itself is fine, better than I was expecting. Our room was small but very clean with a nice, modern bathroom and a TV. The buffet breakfast was quite basic (bread rolls, ham, cheese, jam, fruit, orange juice, coffee etc) but was fine for our needs and considering the cheap price, I don't see what else you would expect. Overall, I'd say this hotel is fine for a short stay.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Claire B
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

The hotel is located in front of the Mezcita. But location is about the only good thing about this hotel. Staff was great too, but I won't score the hotel higher for good service because the most fundamental "ingredient" in a hotel, a place to sleep, failed big time. There is not much traffic on the street in front of the hotel, but every time a bigger car passed by, the whole room started shaking, the windows were loose, so I couldn't sleep all night. This happened every 10 minutes or so. The hotel sewer system was also very noisy.

Room Tip: ask for a room NOT facing the street.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed here on october 12, since it was a Spain national holiday Córdoba hotels were all booked up and this was our only option, location is superb next to the Mezquita, it has secure parking and free WIFI in the lobby. Since it was a big holiday and no rooms available anywhere management took advantage of this, we had to pay 140 Euros for a triple room when the normal price is 45 and what we got was a 45 room, incredible small, no curtain in the shower, no doors on the closet and a terrible smell in the room coming from the bathroom, the whole location is old and worn down, there are much better places for the price.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Iliana70
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Address: Calle Corregidor Luis de La Cerda 79, 14003 Cordoba, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cordoba > Cordoba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Cordoba
Price Range: $32 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal El Triunfo 2*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal "El Triunfo" is located in the historic heart of the city and enjoys one of the best enclaves in the area. In less than a minute, guests can walk to the Roman bridge, crossing the Guadalquivir river to the Calahorra bridge, to the Christian Kings Alcazar together with the Royal Stables and the Jewish Quarter, with its beautiful network of streets. ... more   less 
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