Hospes Palacio del Bailío
Style Art-inspired Moorish palace
Setting Quiet corner of cultured Córdoba
Roman ruins, carved Moorish gates, Tuscan-inspired frescoes and 16th-century Spanish architecture create a cultural and historical hodgepodge of heritage, yanked into modernity by sculptural chandeliers and smart contemporary furniture. Hospes Palacio del Bailío is alive with art; even the air seems heavy with grandeur as it breezes through the hotel’s marble corridors and orange-grove gardens.
Need to know
- Rooms 53, including eight suites.
Double rooms from $199.04 (€154), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (€154) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (€18) but include use of the (recently restored) Roman baths.
- Facilities Spa with thermal plunge pools, sauna and beauty salon, library, free Wifi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar.
- Poolside The small, copper-brown tiled swimming pool is tucked in an orange grove surrounded by pink roses and low-lying sun loungers (snag the four-poster canopied one with billowing curtains if you fancy reclining in style).
- Check-out Midday.
- Children Under-6s stay free Cots (free) and extra beds (€50 plus tax) can be provided and babysitting can be arranged on request.
- Also Non-smoking rooms are available, and lightweight (under 15kg) pets can stay too, for €50 a night.
Food and drink at Hospes Palacio del Bailío
- Hotel restaurant The hotel’s Andalucían restaurant, Senzone, occupies a wood-beamed indoor area and spills out into the glass-roofed central courtyard, where you can see the ruins of an ancient Roman house through the transparent floor panels below.
- Dress code You’ll get by in jeans, but we recommend dressing up to the quality of the Córdoban cuisine (as much as you can in this heat, anyway).
- Top table Try to get a table tucked in the corner of the courtyard rather towards the middle – the combination of the clear glass floor and ceiling can conjure uneasy goldfish-bowl sensations.
- Last orders Senzone doles out the dishes from 8.30pm until 11pm, but the tapas bar stays serving until midnight at the weekend.
- Room service Snacks, sandwiches and salads can be brought to your room at any time.
- Hotel bar Decorated with black-and-white matador-themed photographs, the Palacio’s subterranean tapas bar is both an informal dining alternative to Senzone, and a great place to relax with a glass or two of vino tinto.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More...
Hospes Palacio del Bailío 10–12 Ramírez de las Casas Deza, Córdoba, SPAIN, 14001
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Smith extra at Hospes Palacio del Bailío
A bottle of local olive oil; guests staying in a Dreamers Room will also get a bottle of cava when they dine in Senzone restaurant; those in a Superior Room or Suite will get a bottle of champagne.
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Our favourite rooms
The rooms overlooking the citrus-filled courtyard are the most peaceful and boast the prettiest views – number 117, a small deluxe, is top of our list with its petite balcony, floor-to-ceiling French doors and smart egg bath tub under the window. Room 108 gets the most light and has a fantastic loft-apartment feel. The Grand Suite Loft is definitely not misnamed – the room occupies a vast space on the top floor with rows of shuttered windows and a whopping open-plan bathroom with a freestanding tub.
Fear not if you forget your swimming costume – the hotel has a supply of (only slightly comical) disposable, French-made, Hawaiian-print, one-piece swimsuits.
Filled with friezes, frescoes, murals and motifs, the hotel is a living art gallery, with some pieces dating back to the 16th century.