The Best Hotels in Cordoba for Every Traveller

Explore Córdobian style and culture in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia.
Explore Córdobian style and culture in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. | © Luis Cardoso / Unsplash.com
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10 July 2018

Córdoba has an interesting history: in the 10th century it was the largest city in Europe with a population of half a million. It’s now one of the first choices for tourists looking to explore Spain beyond Madrid and Barcelona. Drawing the crowds is La Mezquita (the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba) and the 8th-century Alcazar – home to a castle, gardens and Moorish baths. There is a wide range of hotels in this Andalusian city, ranging from tiny boutique retreats to rooms in a former palace.

Patio del Posadero

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Patio del Posadero
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Eight years of loving restoration by couple Lisa and José transformed this 15th-century abode into one of the smallest – and loveliest – hotels in Córdoba. In fact, they prefer to call it a boutique B&B, with just six uniquely themed guest rooms and home-cooked breakfasts to rival any in the city. It’s peaceful, cobbled-lane location is within easy walking distance of all the main sights, and there’s a rooftop plunge pool waiting for you when you return.
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Casa de los Azulejos

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Casa de los Azulejos
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After a spell in Mexico, the owner of this pretty hotel infused this grand 17th-century Andalusian house with Latin American spirit. There’s still plenty of local tradition within the walls, too, most notably an abundance of azulejos (traditional tiles) and elegantly carved wood. It’s all fused into a broadly colonial look and feel, with a leafy courtyard and shady terrace with plunge pool adding to the appeal. As for location, you could hardly be more central.
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Hotel Boutique Caireles

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Directly overlooking the mighty walls of the famous Mosque-Cathedral, Hotel Boutique Caireles is right in the historic heart of the city. The vibe at this whitewashed townhouse, however, is distinctly 21st century, with a crisp minimalist chic that runs throughout. Subtle geometric detailing nods to the nearby Mezquita, while if you shell out for a room with views you get to see the real thing over the wall. Otherwise, head to the small rooftop terrace for superb panoramas.
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Las Casas de la Judería

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Las Casas de la Juderia Hotel
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A former home to a string of aristocratic Spanish families, this labyrinthine cluster of centuries-old abodes feels like a world in itself. Various shaded courtyards dotted with tinkling fountains provide seclusion and sanctuary, as well as a fabulous decent-sized pool. No two of the 64 rooms are identical, though all juggle a blend of old-school elegance with plush Arabian touches. The location on the edge of the Jewish Quarter puts it close to numerous historic sites, including the Alcázar a matter of steps away.

Hotel Córdoba Center

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Hotel Córdoba Center
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This smart, modern hotel may be a world away from historic Córdoba, but the Huerta de la Reina neighbourhood location offers plenty of city buzz and leafy boulevards – all a short taxi ride from the sights. Pillow menus aid slumber, and you can wake up to the arrival of breakfast to your room. The Al-Zagal Barbecue Restaurant speaks for itself, or if you fancy a snack why not head to the rooftop bar, where there’s a large pool and glorious panoramas.
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Balcon de Córdoba

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Balcon de Córdoba
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Balcon de Córdoba features three charming patios inside, and a restaurant with excellent food and great customer service. Rooms vary from double beds to royal suites, and have large, open balconies; plus standard facilities with an authentic touch presented in impeccable decor. It’s located on Calle Encarnación, a street featuring the renowned restaurants and tapas bars of Córdoba.

Hotel Palacio Del Bailío

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Hotel Palacio Del Bailio
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Palacio del Bailío should be your first choice if you want to combine a central location with cultural and historical importance. The 16th-century building in which this five-star hotel now sits was once a palace and, thanks to a faithful restoration, it retains many original features including fabulous frescos. The interior is made from limestone, adorned with greenery and aromatic flowers. Relax in the Arbequina restaurant and tapas bar or soak in the Bodyna Spa.

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Hotel Viento 10

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Hotel Viento 10
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Located in a secluded area, but within walking distance of all the main sights, Hotel Viento 10 will be your oasis in the hot summers. The interior is made from stone and there are only seven rooms, which are spacious and clean. There’s a comfortable rooftop terrace from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of La Mezquita and the city skyline. Typical breakfasts include hot and crispy butter croissants, blueberry jam and Andalusian olive oil and tomato salsa.
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Hotel Conquistador

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Located across the street from La Mezquita – quite literally in its shadow – Hotel Conquistador is a firm favourite for the history-loving traveller. It has 128 rooms with Mozarabic motifs, most notably on the decorative bedheads. There’s also a delightful Andalusian-style courtyard with preserved ancient mosaics, while the 85-seater restaurant serves a fine-dining version of Andalusian cuisine.
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NH Collection Amistad Córdoba

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NH Collection Amistad Córdoba
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The Amistad Córdoba building dazzles thanks to an eye-catching internal courtyard. Once a palace, it’s now been renovated into a modern hotel with traditional yet stylish decor. Rooms are equipped with large comfortable beds, a safe to store your valuables, a coffee maker and other bonuses to make your stay extra comfortable. It’s also well positioned – close to the mosque, Alcázar and Plaza Constitución.
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  • Hospederia de el Churrasco

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    Built in the Andalusian style, Hospederia de el Churrasco is perfect if you’re a history lover who would like a slow-paced retreat in Córdoba. There are just nine rooms, but each comes with the essentials for a comfortable stay. During the day, head to the outdoor terrace for a refreshing drink ordered from the lounge bar; while during the evenings, enjoy a delicious meal from El Churrasco restaurant, an internationally acclaimed Cordovan and Andalusian eatery on the same site.
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    Hostería Lineros 38

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    Hosteria Lineros 38
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    Hostería Lineros 38 stands out for its unique setting and design. Rooms are decorated in a Mozarabic style, with Moroccan-influenced details and colourful walls. It’s also in a convenient location, plus you can take advantage of the bicycle hire and parking. If you fancy venturing further out, the friendly reception staff will gladly arrange day trips and excursions for you.

    Hacienda Posada de Vallina

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    Hacienda Posada de Vallina
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    Hacienda Posada de Vallina offers three-star accommodation in a central location, within walking distance of the cathedral, Roman Bridge and Alcazar. It features a large traditional Andalusian courtyard dotted with flowers, where a buffet breakfast is held every day. Alternatively, explore the narrow, old city streets outside the hotel and pop into one of the busy local cafes.
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    Eurostars Patios De Córdoba

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    Eurostars Patios De Córdoba
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    Eurostars has an excellent location in the heart of the new town. It has great shopping venues nearby, yet it’s a chic location, hidden from the bustle of the busiest streets. It’s a small-sized hotel with a sophisticated interior decorated in soothing, chocolatey colours. Rooms are spacious and well equipped with excellent beds and immaculate bathrooms. Some rooms come with a complimentary welcome drink – an excellent start to your stay.
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    Hotel de los Faroles

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    Hotel de los Faroles
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    Located a couple of streets from the main shopping area of Córdoba, Hotel de los Faroles is a delightful space for all types of tourists, whether you prefer an active or more relaxed holiday. It was built in traditional Andalusian style, with the main attraction being a sunny indoor patio with stylish but simple decor where delicious breakfasts are served and you can enjoy a relaxing time.
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    Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.

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