Need to know
Midday. Later check-out can be arranged, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $188.57 (€164), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (€18).
Those with an ear for Spanish and a heart for literature will love the Palacio’s regular cycle of poetry nights, when the hotel is visited by contemporary wordsmiths from Spain and Latin America to perform their work.
At the hotel
Spa with Turkish bath and sauna, DVD library, free WIFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar, Korres toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The rooms in the older part of the hotel have more soul to them, and include eye-pleasing original features such as plasterwork ceilings, Doric columns, and ornate friezes. In particular, we loved Junior Suite 40 for its silver-grey domed ceiling and marble-clad bath tub. Number 20 has lovely garden views through its three arched windows, and 43’s black crocodile-print headboard is especially memorable.
The spa has a small pool lined with grey marble tiles and a handful of cushioned white loungers – you can pull across the curtains if you want some poolside privacy.
The Bodyna Spa has a sauna, steam room, Roman baths and three treatment rooms. Pick from wraps, facials, massages and other sumptuous options, all using Cinq Monds products.
A big floppy sunhat to stave of that relentless Andalucían sun while you’re walking around the town (Flamenco skirts and flowers in the hair optional).
Some smoking rooms are available.
Under-sixes can stay free – cots are available. Extra beds for older children cost €50 a night (plus tax). Babysitting can be arranged for around €25 with two days’ notice.