Balcón de Córdoba
Unbeatable: subtly tucked into a slim old-town Córdoba road, only metres from the glittering Mezquita, surrounded by narrow alleys bursting with bold-blue plant baskets along with a abundance of pubs and restaurants. The rooftop terrace provides excellent views around red-tiled roofs into the Mezquita, its own Patio de los Naranjos and 10th-century minaret, as well as the Andalucian countryside. Córdoba’s Alcázar and main shopping area are a 10-minute stroll off. Arriving by car can be complicated, but employees manage parking.
Style & personality
This cautious transformation of a centuries-old monastery to an upmarket boutique bolthole skilfully combines original open-brick walls, heavy wooden doors, thick columns and red-brick arches with sleek modern design. You arrive to a romantic, cobbled, geranium-studded terrace lined with interval tile-work and overlooked with a towering tree. Adding into the resort’s historic ambience is its own scattered 100-strong assortment of historical oriental treasures situated in and about Córdoba.
Service & amenities
Service is the best mixture of healthful, efficient, professional and personal, without being intrusive. You will find fast tours of this historical resort on arrival, also welcome drinks. Elegant rooms, complete with fresh fruit bowls, have been turned down as you are out for supper. Guests may escape to courtyard corners or the sensationally positioned rooftop terrace-bar, using its sprawling panoramas and cushy white-wicker seats.
Regardless of the resort’s super-central place, the 10 all-different rooms are personal, scattered round the numerous patios. They are a mixture of doubles and suites, all of chicly performed in muted turquoises, soft creams and light beiges, with discreet contemporary art and carnations offering pops of hot-red. Our Deluxe Terrace area ‘Ruzbahan’ had a personal Mezquita-facing rooftop deck with mattress, chairs and small olive trees, also olive oil toiletries, his-and-hers countertops, bathrobes, slippers and a rain shower.
Food & beverage
Breakfast occurs in the silent principal courtyard or only within on comfortable booths; it is a fantastic buffet (pastries, cheeses, cereals, fruit salad, fresh orange juice, and so forth) topped up with eggs of your choice. The on site restaurant, Pairi Daeza, divide between the terrace and the roof patio, provides creative Andalucian-Mediterranean dishes along with platters of local cheese, ham and cold meats (mains #14 to19).
Value for cash
Double rooms from #150 (#268 for your junior suite) in low season; climbing to #244 (junior suite #390) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Yes; high-ceilinged Superior area ‘Pantea’ — that conveys the monastery’s converted chapel — is adapted for guests with reduced mobility.
Even though it’s more of a couples-oriented resort, lounge-equipped Junior Suite ‘Maryam’ accommodates households, and kids are welcome to remain.
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