Staying in Córdoba
With Córdoba's multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you might consider staying at least one night in this charming Andalusian city. Though it's possible to enjoy a day trip from other hubs, like Seville, Málaga, or Granada, spending the night means extra time to enjoy sites like the Teatro Romano, Puente Romano, and Mezquita-Catedral, a fascinating 8th-century mosque converted into a Catholic cathedral in the 13th century.
Some of the best luxury boutique hotels in Córdoba are right next to these famous sites. Plus, these cushy accommodations offer perks like rooftop terraces—the perfect place to watch the sunset over the ancient city—outdoor dining, spas, and the convenience of parking (which can be a challenge in Córdoba's Old Town).
Balcón de Córdoba Hotel
The Balcón de Córdoba Hotel is one of the best historic hotels in Córdoba and gets its name from the rooftop terrace views, which sit atop the city and open up to the Mezquita-Catedral. Enjoy some of the best views of the Mezquita-Catedral while sipping a tinto de verano or coffee. You can also enjoy dinner from the rooftop or opt for a table in the leafy courtyard downstairs. And since the building combines two old houses, you'll find several common spaces to enjoy.
The rooms at Balcón de Córdoba are instantly calming, almost feeling like a little oasis with bright and airy spaces, neutral tones, and cushy furnishings. The rooms feature names of Roman and Greek goddesses and unique international words that represent the building's decor and history. Bathrooms are bright with modern conveniences, and some have bathtubs.
Tucked in the winding streets of the Jewish Quarter, the hotel is within easy walking distance of all the sites of the city. You'll be less than one block from the Mezquita-Catedral and its Patio de los Naranjos, filled with orange trees. A five-minute walk takes you to the Puerta del Puente leading to the old Roman bridge, and another five minutes passing the Alcázar as you make your way to the old Synagogue.
Hospes Palacio del Bailio
Live Córdoba's Roman past by staying in a villa of the same era, complete with preserved ruins, an inner courtyard, and ancient frescoes. Explore Hospes Palacio del Bailio grounds and stumble upon its own archeological site with preserved columns and a mosaic floor, plus an underground Roman bath where you'll find a thermal water circuit stretching down corridors. But if you want to take your swim in the sunshine, enjoy the outdoor pool with a sundeck, lounge, and gardens. The onsite restaurant is another highlight, offering outdoor dining on the patio or within a grand hall.
Rooms feature unique historical elements, including hand-painted walls, mosaics, and stone archways. Bathrooms are clean, modern, and spacious, with rainfall showers and double sinks, while suites provide Juliette balconies, garden views, and/or free-standing soaking tubs. Reserve the Junior Historic Suite to feel like you've stepped back in time, with century-old frescoes and molding, plus floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the garden.
Hotel Hospes Palacio del Bailío takes you out of the winding streets of the Jewish Quarter and into a corner of the Old Town, providing a reprieve from the city's buzz. Still, you can easily walk to the Mezquita-Catedral in less than 15 minutes, passing the Templo Romano and picturesque Plaza de la Corredera along the way.
NH Collection Amistad Cordoba Hotel
Stay in the heart of the city's Jewish Quarter at NH Collection Amistad Córdoba, around the corner from sites like the Capilla Mudéjar de San Bartolomé mosque and Córdoba Synagogue. You'll also be within within walking distance of the Alcázar Andalusí de Córdoba, Baños del Alcázar Califal, Mezquita-Catedral, and Puente Romano.
Enjoy staying among the city's history, as the hotel combines two buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries and features beautiful inner courtyards, stone archways, and original woodwork. Enjoy swimming in the outdoor pool nestled among several room balconies in one of the hotel's courtyards. You can also relax in one of the lounges and enjoy breakfast in the onsite restaurant's dining room. Other amenities include a bar with a patio, a gym, indoor parking, and flexible check-in and check-out times.
The rooms lack the hotel's historic character and ambiance, feeling a little outdated and left behind. Still, they're spacious, bright, and comfortable with all the modern conveniences you could want. All have views of either the hotel's courtyards, the picturesque Maimónides Square, or the historic wall that once separated the Jewish and Christian sections of the city. Families can opt for connecting rooms.