NH AMISTAD HOTEL CORDOBA
Plaza de Maimonides, 3 | Juderia, 14004 | Córdoba, Spain
Our second to last night in Spain we spent the night in Cordoba. Since most of our trip we used hotel points or stayed with my brother and his wife (her family has a timeshare we stayed in for a week), we only had to pay for a hotel for a few nights. This night was one of them.
There was a festival going on the evening we were there (although I didn’t see it) so when I was booking the hotel there wasn’t much to choose from. Basically all of the nice cheaper hotels were booked and there weren’t any Airbnb options either. Maybe that was a blessing because this hotel was GORGEOUS.
Personally I like to stay in nice hotels, particularly during parts of a trip where you are tired and actually want to spend some time in your hotel. There are times where it doesn’t matter as much where you stay (we did cheap Airbnbs a few nights), but at the end of a 16-day trip I was happy to rest in luxury.
It also just happened to be the first day that we had overcast rainy weather of the entire trip and my husband and I were both exhausted, so it was nice to just go to this hotel and relax.
We checked in, took a quick tour of the hotel — which is made up of two Moorish mansions and is a 4-star hotel — drank some coffee provided in the room (but not before I photographed the entire room before we messed it up), then we headed out to see the city.
We were starving and I was dead set on eating paella again before we left Spain. So we looked up the best paella restaurant in Cordoba and ate lunch around 2 pm at El Choto. We ended up going to the Córdoba Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos right before it closed. Since it was rainy there wasn’t a line and there weren’t as many people there as I imagine there would be otherwise (full post with photos from the Alcázar coming up soon).
After that and a little more exploring, we came back to his lovely hotel and spent the evening lounging and basically not leaving our room.
The NH Amistad Cordoba had me at courtyard. Upon walking in the entrance you see this gorgeous light-filled courtyard that just invites you in to take a seat. I immediately knew I’d like this hotel.
The courtyard was beautiful, but the fact that they had three giant paintings had me swooning. I asked them about the paintings and they said they were by a Spanish artist named Antoni Puig. I tried searching for the names of these works but couldn’t find them. Also it seems as if the artist’s full name is Antoni Tàpies i Puig and on the Internet I mostly found him as Antoni Tàpies. So if anyone has any additional information about the paintings I’d LOVE to know! He is famous for his abstract and avant-garde works so finding information on these pieces shown has proved difficult. Regardless, the painting of the little girl is absolutely beautiful.
While I was showing my mom photos from our trip she was like, email that one to me! She recently got back into painting (she’s creative like me!) and she wants to try to replicate the painting. I’ll show you when she’s done if she’ll let me.
I booked a superior new style room because they were the ones that had been updated to this beautiful white and neutral palette. The bed was so comfortable, and the room was spacious. We had complete privacy because it overlooked a private courtyard. It was quiet, the room was large, I have no complaints.
And the bathroom. The only thing that could have made this beautiful bathroom better would have been a tub.
On your walk to different rooms you’ll see this courtyard with this small pool. I think this one is just for looks, not for swimming. Although the hotel does have a tiny pool on the roof with a sun lounge area. Had it not been raining most of the time we were there I would have sat in the sun.
Overall this was one of my favorite places we stayed at in Spain. My other favorite was The Principal Madrid. It’s in the Jewish Quarter, and near all of the sights you’ll want to see in Cordoba, but it also felt tucked away. It was easy to walk everywhere from our hotel, although the streets were a little confusing. I was glad I had a SIM card in my phone (explained in this post) and had service everywhere so I could easily get around all of the tiny streets with Google Maps. Cordoba is a bit of a maze.
The only thing I didn’t like about the hotel was that the breakfast was so expensive. Most American-style breakfast buffets in hotels are expensive — at least from what we experienced in Spain. And there weren’t many healthy breakfast options that we could find elsewhere. If you like a big American breakfast to sustain you for a while, if you haven’t done research about where else you can find that, the hotel might be your best bet, but know you’ll pay around $25+ per person for breakfast.
Otherwise, this hotel was absolutely lovely and I highly recommend it. I’d love to go back with I have more time to enjoy it with better weather and see the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba. The Mosque-Cathedral was the big sight we didn’t have time to see and I hear it’s beautiful.
Photos by Meg Biram. Do not use without written permission.
This hotel stay was not sponsored, I paid to stay there.
*Córdoba has an accent over the first o, but since most Americans probably don’t know that and wouldn’t search with the accent, I didn’t want them to not be able to find this post due to an accent error, so I used both throughout the post so both spellings can be found.