Las Casas de la Judería de Córdoba ****, is the emblematic hotel of Córdoba, full of history and tradition
Boasting an ideal location in the old town, the hotel’s doors open out to the Jewish Quarter, just in front of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, the Royal Stables and the Caliphal Baths. Cordoba’s Mosque-Cathedral and the Conference Centre are just 200 metres away.
For most of its long history it has been a stately home, having belonged to noble families including the Fernández de Córdoba, Sigler de Espinosa, Aguilar, Góngora and Argote.
Crossing the threshold, the traveller is immersed in surroundings of great beauty, where peace and calm can be enjoyed alongside the services offered by a high-quality hotel.
Here, the small details make all the difference. In its 64 rooms you may find original and authentic period materials in the furniture, decoration and artwork, especially the “Cordobán” – tanned leather adorned with handcrafted reliefs and painted imagery.
The traveller discovers that you don’t even need to leave the hotel to become immersed in the city’s past; entering the room is itself part of the ongoing experience of discovering a new and special place.
Stepping through our doors is like entering a miniature Córdoba; a journey into the visual past that still retains all the amenities expected of a modern hotel. The rooms are spread across winding and labyrinthine corridors and courtyards which lead to Roman ruins, intimate alcoves and whispering fountains.
The hotel is itself a joining of several historic houses, mainly La Casa Palacio de las Pavas. It contains Mudejar and Renaissance style patios, and a garden with a pool-swimming pool and large terraces with views over the Mosque, including some reserved for private use in the most exclusive rooms.
At the end of the sixteenth century it underwent major renovations in the Renaissance style, which resulted in the patio del Crucero and the current Renaissance patio.
In Las Casas de la Judería de Cordoba no two bedrooms are alike. Each one is special, providing its own unique experience.
The owner’s story and what motivated them to start the business.
The current owners, Pedro Fernández-Salvador Fernández de Heredia and his wife, Cordovan writer María Martínez-Sagrera Martín, preserve these noble houses and their centuries-old history with utmost care. They strove to respect the building’s history and architecture and at the same time offering the clients the way of life that high class society lived during the XVI and XVII centuries.
Challenges the business/market is facing.
Over the past year technologies has ramped up within the hospitality industry; self- check-ins, contactless service, online ordering… to provide a good customer experience with a mix of human and tech-enabled interaction. Thus, the company must be doing everything they can do to adhere to this.
Moreover, the dependency towards booking companies does not allow flexibility on innovation or pricing strategies.
On the other hand, satisfying customer´s expectations regarding impeccable service, quality and customers unique experience incurs lots of costs that some companies do not reach.
Opportunities the business/market is facing
The world is changing very fast and the rise and shine momentum of hospitality industry in post-pandemic phase is worth appreciating. The hospitality industry has emerged stronger with newer challenges and demands. This calls for newer opportunities. People look for unique experiences such as what we offer: History, impeccable service, centric location, gastronomy, hygiene and sanitation… Specially US and Asian society feel attractive to European culture.
Advice to others about business
Impeccable service and installations are vital for the success of the business when you try to position as a boutique hotel.