Cordoba one of Southern Spain‘s most famous citites and contender for the European Capital of Culture 2016, former Roman outpost and Moorish kingdom also has one of the oldest ‘old towns’ in Europe. This UNESCO world heritage city with its long history, and array of monuments is also home a quaint, bijou yet luxurious hotel in the old Jewish Quarter and just a minute’s walk from Cordoba’s crown jewel – The Mezquita.
Hotel Balcon de Cordoba has its impressive entrance patio just off a narrow cobbled street. A typical 18th century Andalusian house with a mosaic patio and ancient orange tree also offers an outside eating area with plenty of shade and a tinkling fountain, an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the buzz of this Spanish city.
Once a family home, this two-storey hotel is stylish and modern yet oozing with charm and architectural artefacts throughout its public spaces and individual rooms. My stay at the beginning of December wasn’t the moment for sitting outside, but I did admire the fabulous stone mosaic floor and antique-tile fountain from my windows.
Having been shown around the gorgeous hotel, inner courtyards, roof-top terrace and summer restaurant, and a chocolate-box small patio opening onto the famous Calle de Flores, a tiny patio and flower-filled street with views of the cathedral tower, I was then shown to my abode.
My room for the night was Maryam, the 75 sq m Royal Junior Suite with an orange-tree courtyard view from fabulous arched windows. Calm and luxurious as well as welcoming and comfortable, my instant approval grew into contentment.
Armchairs, sofas, work stations, shower and bath I could have had a party, instead I put up my feet, closed my eyes and felt completely at home. I’d have been happy to stay put but the threadlike maze of ancient lanes beckoned.
Some rooms come complete with terrace and day beds for a relaxing after sightseeing, sunbathing or a romantic evening watching the stars above.
After a sightseeing exploration, a visit to the awe-inspiring Mezquita and The Alcazar I took a very fine glass of white wine to my suite.
The large curtained-off bathroom with wardrobe, two large mirrors and fabulous ample shower revived my aching feet. I could have relaxed in a claw-footed bath and wallowed away my time with the Oliva del Mediterraneo bath products . Sadly one night in Cordoba isn’t enough and I wanted to make the most of every minute and being a queen of leisure, although most alluring and with a longer stay I’d have basked in my surroundings, seeing as much as Cordoba as possible was on my agenda.
Each of the 10 unique rooms and suites are stylish, some with private terraces and Mezquita-views. This is a beautiful bijou hotel in a lovely location with superb service, memorable and special.