Staying in Córdoba
Córdoba is one of the smaller Andalusian cities, but with its multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites and history as an important Roman settlement and major Islamic center, it's worth staying a night or two. Our top picks for the best mid-range boutique hotels in Córdoba put you in the center of it all while still serving a range of budgets. Enjoy perks that you might expect at luxury properties, including some of the best rooftop terraces in the city, onsite dining, outdoor pools, Hammams, and unique histories.
Another thing we love about these mid-range options is that they're small enough to offer a more personal experience and fit into the city's historic Old Town. You'll be steps away from sites like Mezquita-Catedral, Puente Romano, Alcázar Andalusí, and Plaza de la Corredera, so it's easy to explore the entire city.
You'll feel like a friend at Hotel Madinat, welcomed by one of the five passionate owners who saved this 18th-century house from ruin. It's one of the best historic hotels in Córdoba and, today, it emulates its past with so many unique details that you have to experience the hotel to understand its full story. Enjoy breakfast in a quaint dining area, grab tapas and drinks at the bar, relax in the Hammam with its salt bath, and catch the sunset from the rooftop terrace, offering some of the best city views.
If you can, we recommend booking early to secure the hotel's only suite, which is worth the extra expense. Once the house's old loft where doves lived, you'll be on the top floor, with cushy furnishings and a unique Arab-style soaking tub. Though the suite is one of the best rooms, the other units are just as comfortable and historic, with spacious bathrooms and gentle reminders of the building's past. Some have balconies, original molding, and restored frescoes.
The hotel sits just slightly out of the busy touristic zone, so you can easily experience the city's history while staying on a quieter street. A five-minute walk takes you right to the Mezquita-Catedral, and you'll be within walking distance of many other significant sites, including the Puente Romano, Alcázar Andalusí, and Plaza de la Corredera.
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H10 Palacio Colomera
H10 Palacio Colomera allows you to stay in a renovated 19th-century palace, once home to counts. The location is directly on Plaza de las Tendillas, an energetic square in the middle of the city with plenty of outdoor restaurants and beautiful fountains. You'll also be within walking distance of all the significant sites, including the Mezquita-Catedral, Templo Romano, the 17th-century Plaza de la Corredera, and Calleja de las Flores.
This hotel once housed the Counts of Colomera, and you can enjoy nods to its history with stone columns, a grand marble staircase, a courtyard transformed into an outdoor plunge pool, and a preserved 16th-century well. The rooftop terrace with its tapas bar and city views is an excellent spot to watch the sunset. You'll enjoy breakfast in a beautiful inner courtyard and can relax on the sundeck.
From standard units to suites, all the rooms at H10 Palacio Colomera offer warm, comfortable, and stately decor, plus spacious and modern bathrooms. Upgraded rooms offer a bit more space, and you can request those with views of the plaza. Suites have private terraces with sun loungers and city views.
Las Casas de La Juderia
With five palace houses combined into one property, history abounds at Las Casas de La Juderia. Enjoy several architectural facades, numerous inner courtyards, and charming nooks and crannies, plus an outdoor pool open year-round. Enjoy coffee, drinks, and tapas in any of these areas and a daily breakfast buffet in the dining area. For lunch or dinner, grab a meal at the hotel's La Almudaina, a tasty restaurant open to the public.
You'll have your choice of ten different room types, all with warm decor and hints of the property's past. Economy rooms feel a little outdated in decor and furnishings, so we recommend upgrading to a deluxe room or opting for a suite. Some have private patios with views and lounge furniture, coffered ceilings, and/or seating areas. Bathrooms are clean, though you might find them a bit outdated with vintage sinks and striped tiling.
You'll be in the heart of the city's Jewish Quarter and next door to the Alcázar Andalusí de Córdoba. Down one street is the Mezquita-Catedral, and down the other, the Córdoba Synagogue, both just three minutes by foot. As a perk, you'll be close to some of the other sites that travelers tend to miss, including the Jardines del Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos and Patios Cordobeses, perfect if traveling in May during the Patios de Córdoba festival.
Hotel Macia Alfaros
Though not a historic hotel, Macia Alfaros gets the job done with a comfortable space and great location just north of the Templo Romano and Plaza de la Corredera. The hotel used traditional culture and architecture as inspiration, so you can relax in the open-air courtyard with stone flooring or at the outdoor pool area with mosaics and fountains. Breakfast is incredibly varied and diverse, served in a comfortable dining area. As a unique perk for Córdoba, you'll find onsite parking for a fee.
Despite the hotel having a historical vibe with details like fountains near the pool, the rooms feel left behind. They're spacious and feature vintage sconces for lighting, but the decor could use some refreshing, as could the bathrooms. The furniture and bedding are quite basic and overall the simple rooms don't quite match the hotel's general cherry exterior and outdoor spaces. Opt for a suite with a seating area and terrace for extra space.
A short five-minute walk from the hotel takes you to the 17th-century Plaza de la Corredera, passing the Templo Romano along the way. Continue walking to quickly get to other significant sites on foot, including the Mezquita-Catedral, Puente Romano, and all the spots in the Jewish Quarter, like the Synagogue and Plaza Maimónides.
Soho Boutique Córdoba
Soho Boutique Córdoba is a great option for those wanting to stay near the train station rather than in the city's historic core. If you're arriving late or leaving early by train, the hotel is just a quick five-minute walk away and still within 20 minutes of walking to the city's main sites. Enjoy the hotel's perks, including a rooftop pool and sundeck, plus the onsite bar and restaurant.
Rooms are bright, spacious, and comfortable with neutral colors, light-wood furnishings, and tasteful pops of color. You'll also find modern and comfortable bathrooms in all rooms. Units on the upper floors feature private terraces, and you can opt for suites if you'd like a bit more space and a sofa.
You can reach nearly all the significant sites in about 20 minutes, with the Puente Romano and Mezquita-Catedral being the furthest away. The route takes you through the historic city's core, passing all the major sites along the way. As a bonus, one of the best restaurants in the city (La Casa de Manolete Bistró) is just two blocks away.