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Hospes Palacio del Bailio
Ranked #4 of 65 Hotels in Cordoba
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 18, 2013

I suppose that like most people I visited Cordoba as a tourist to see its many historic sites - dating from Roman times - and to learn about the history of Andalusia and the sad ramifications of the Spanish Inquisition.

The old part of the city occupies an area which can easily be covered by foot and I chose an hotel within walking distance of the sites which offered a comfortable respite from each day's sightseeing.

Hospes Palacio del Bailio occupies good sized grounds and has been modernised in a manner sympathetic to the Moorish heritage of Cordoba while offering a luxurious and comfortable atmosphere.

My friend and I had standard rooms which were in a building separated from the main hotel by a charming garden and swimming pool. We did not have any views to speak of although we could have upgraded on arrival to suites with nicer outlooks. As we did not expect to spend much time in the rooms we did not think the premium was justified for us.

The rooms were well equipped and fitted out to a high standard.

From the moment of arrival the staff were welcoming, friendly, informative and helpful. This is not a cheap hotel but the personal and professional standard of its management are worth its price.

There are two restaurants which adjoin one another. The one with the glass floor revealing Roman ruins below provides high quality dining and also a good breakfast. The other serves lighter, tapas style dishes. The wine list is good but, like the food, it is not inexpensive.

They would have needed to sharpen up their room food service and their evening turn down service to win 5 stars from me, however to err is human and our stay was divine.

Room Tip: You may like to enquire as to the outlook. Our rooms were a little dark.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

This hotel is a converted palace. The building is spectacular - you feel as if you are living in history. The garden is particularly beautiful - well maintained plants, orange trees covered in oranges and a lovely quiet atmosphere. The pool is small but elegant. In the evening there is a strong and lovely smell of Jasmine - so lovely.
The staff are friendly and helpful, giving advice on drive times, parking, and helping book restaurants.

However we were assigned rather substandard rooms, overlooking a narrow street and very close to the opposite building - looking straight into the opposite neighbours rooms. This was unnecessary because the hotel was quite empty and I am sure we could have had a view of the garden. I guess we should have asked to change but we arrived at 12.00 midnight and we were keen to get something to eat before we went to bed.

The lovely smell of the garden was not replicated in our bedroom. There was a really horrible smell in the room and in the bathroom - sort of stale and lavatorial. I did mention this to the staff on the first morning, and they did sort it out so the following afternoon when we got back from sightseeing it did not smell any longer. However that night, after we had had dinner the pong was back. I reported it again on check out but our very considerable bill was not reduced. This was a bit of a disappointment.


The room was warm so we slept with the window open - there was a lot of noise from the street on Friday night but Saturday night was quieter
The dining room is built over beautiful roman ruins - interesting. The roman baths need to be booked - which we did. The cold bath was the same temperature as the lukewarm bath so we decided to use the swimming pool for our cold dip.

Don't make the error of eating the crisps that are left in the room - they are part of the mini bar and they are charged at 3 euro.

Room Tip: ask for one overlooking the garden
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

" You'd like extra pillows Sir? Of course. Soft, large, small, down? ...we'll bring them right up.." Five-star hotels in my experience fall into two categories: those that offer glitz and marble bathrooms, half a dozen restaurants, a patina of courtesy and not much else ( most) and those which blend impeccable taste, style, old-fashioned Spanish cortesia and comfort.. without breaking sweat. The Hospes in Cordoba falls squarely in the latter category and shoots straight into my top 20.

This exceptional property also manages a trick which very few conversions ( it's a 16th century palace built around three lovely patios) manage without ending up with dungeon-like rooms shoehorned into claustrophobic spaces: it's interior is a contrasting modern blend of cool white and black marble, pastel colours, outsize chandeliers like silver honeycombs, comfy furniture and an ever-so-slightly quirky mix of styles encased in a handsome old building.

The staff are professional and charming without being obsequious, cheerful and relaxed and, unusually for such a team, young. We were there in early November so enjoyed the added luxury of being upgraded, with quiet, unfussy modesty, and not having too many other guests. Inland Andalucia is the sensuous, vibrant, laid-back heart of Spain (away from the insanity of the Costas) and this hotel captures its essence.

Its breakfast room has a glass floor which looks down onto the remains of a beautifully preserved Roman villa. So you sit munching salmonejo drizzled in olive oil and scrumptious scrambled eggs with acorn-fed Iberian ham perched over 2000 years of history. Food is good. Tapas yummy. Decent wine cellar. I don't know why it describes itself as a "boutique" hotel ( a silly term which all-too-often hides a multitude of shortcomings) because it's much more.

It's pricey. And there are little imperfections: the funky square sinks in the marbled bathrooms don't have plugs which in a region parched of water seems daft. And there's hardly any shelf space. Towels could be fluffier. Bedside tables are awkward. It's as if, at the very end, the designer went slightly haywire. They could provide free mineral water at the price..but Wifi is free. Bedside lighting ( something even many top hotels can't get their head around) is good for that cosy,late- night read. Spa is a little cramped which, in the heart of a city once the centre of a Moorish empire with sumptuous Arab baths is disappointing. Still these are quibbles. Splurge on a deluxe room or suite overlooking the verdant garden and swimming pool area if you can. They will park your car for you if you drive ( and actually it's much easier getting into most of Cordoba than,say, getting into the old town of Seville)

The Ritz it is not or the Carlyle. But it is special. You arrive tired and leave refreshed. Oh, and it's very quiet.

Room Tip: Deluxe or up to get a view overlooking garden patio
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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

This is a lovely hotel, tucked away in the side streets of Cordoba but only a few minutes' walk from the main tourist sites. The hotel is built on Roman ruins (which you can visit) and is a beautifully restored palace, which, thanks to the large amount of glass and marble used in the restoration is full of light. The rooms are similarly light filled, spacious and modern. The service is excellent, warm and friendly. The ambience is luxurious and intimate. The hotel restaurant is also first class, well up to Michelin star standards. If you're visiting Cordoba, a small gem of a city, there can't be a better place to stay.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

My partner recently stayed here for one night. I don't usually write reviews, but I do book hotels based on other's reviews so since we had such a great experience here, I was compelled to write one for this property. The hotel is beautiful and stylish - a great mix of Spanish charm combined with modern convenience. Our room was great - very roomy and modern (Best wifi on our trip!). The grounds are gorgeous and we enjoyed sitting by the pool in the afternoon to catch some sun, and have our coffee in the morning in the garden. There are Turkish baths as part of the Spa, which we enjoyed and the hotel staff was extremely helpful and accomodating during our stay. I usually shy away from hotel restaraunts, but we ate at the dining room at the hotel because the setting is nothing short of spectacular. Plexiglass flooring looking down into ancient ruins that sit below the hotel. The meal, wine and service were outstanding and this was one of the highlight meals of our trip to Spain. Can't say enough about our great experience here.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Not usually a huge fan of the boutique hotel, but this was amazing. From the first person to the last, the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful.

The hotel is stunning. Keeping true to its location and heritage while offering the amenities we need today.

The pool and courtyard and beautiful. But the most amazing is the ancient Roman ruin beneath the glass floor in the main dining room. I wouldn't recommend dinner there because it seemed empty and without life, but eating breakfast each morning in that room is a truly special experience.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Having just spent the last week travelling from Malaga-Seville-Cordoba this has been the best stay of our holiday. We always try and stay at Hospes and have stayed in Alicante Seville and Grenada and this is the most outstanding of them all. From the greeting at reception upon our arrival Marcos was extremely helpful and very much in tune with our needs. We had spent the previous night at the Hospes in Seville and had rather a few noisey uncomfortable nights. Marcos ensured we had a quiet room in a beautiful part of the hotel. The gardens by the pool area are relaxing and so peaceful the bar staff attentive and everyone is happy helpful and cannot be more attentive. This is by far the best hotel I have ever as a well travelled mature woman stayed in five stars for everything. Thank you for a wonderful stay we wills we you again soon

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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HospesHotels, Director de Recepción at Hospes Palacio del Bailio, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2013

Dear Guest,

It is always a pleasure to read such a nice comment! We really appreciate you take the time to share you experience with other travellers, and give us the opportunity to thank you again for having chosen Hospes Palacio del Bailio during your stay in Cordoba.

We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again.

S. Estepa

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Address: Calle Ramirez de Las Casas Deza 10-12, 14001 Cordoba, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cordoba > Cordoba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Cordoba
#3 Luxury Hotel in Cordoba
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cordoba
#7 Family Hotel in Cordoba
Price Range: $172 - $562 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hospes Palacio del Bailio 5*
Number of rooms: 53
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