Hospes Palacio del Bailío
- Style Art-inspired Moorish palace
- Setting Quiet corner of cultured Córdoba
Hospes Palacio del Bailío hotel is a historic, art-enlivened home in Cordoba turned boutique retreat with lush gardens and a peaceful spa. This high-ceiling hideaway is a mishmash of styles – Roman ruins share the space with Moorish gates, modern furniture and sculptural chandeliers. Art is a focal point in the breezy marble corridors and a subterranean bar serves cocktails beneath a vaulted ceiling.
Need to know
- Rooms 53, including eight suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $187.48 (€136), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- 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.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips 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.
- Also Filled with friezes, frescoes, murals and motifs, the hotel is a living art gallery, with some pieces dating back to the 16th century.
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 details