Hotel La Arruzafa
The Parador La Arruzafa at Cordoba gets its name from being built on
the site of the small summer palace of the Arab caliph Abdu'r-Raman who
in 765 A.D. planted the first palm trees in Europe, Arruzafa being Arabic
for "Garden of the palm trees".
It is in a hilly area, three kilometres from the town, at the foot of
the Cordoba mountain range.
During the warm summer months, it is possible to dine outside on the terrace. The surrounding luxurious vegetation and flowers make the swimming pool area very attractive.
The public rooms are elegant and spacious with furnishings of carved wood with metal and leather trim. The decor combines the Arabic with Andalusian influences with earthy colours, wood floors and an abundance of plants.
In the restaurant, the menu combines international food with the local
dishes of the region. Recommendations include:
"Salmorejo cordobes", a hearty cold vegetable soup made with
lean meat, garlic and olive oil.
From the eighth to eleventh centuries Muslims, Jews and Christians lived
in harmony making a rich contribution to the city. In those days the city
had a population of 500,000 and more than 300 mosques - and more than double
that number of inns!
Also in the town is the ”Alcazar”, the castle-palace of the later Spanish
kings who received Columbus there before his voyage that led to the discovery
Not far away are the ruins of Medina-Azahara, a city built in the tenth century by Abdu'r-Rahman III in honour of Zoraida, his favourite wife. The city was destroyed by the Barbers in the eleventh century but the remains still give an idea of its grandeur.
Cordoba celebrates the festival of Nuestra Senora de la Salud each May and Nuestra Senora de la Fuensanta from September 6 to 9.
The Pedroches valley has the biggest oak forest in Europe and has a
very important wildlife reserve. Also nearby, in the ”sierra” of Hornachuelos,
is a Natural Park that is worthy of a visit.
The Parador Cordoba has eighty two twin bedded rooms, four rooms with a double bed, two single rooms and six suites. All these spacious rooms have an en suite bathroom.
All rooms have a telephone, satellite television, safe and a mini bar.
The building has air conditioning and central heating, restaurant, bar, parking facilities (without security and limited places), free wireless internet, currency exchange, lift, satellite television and gift shop. Facilities for business meetings are available on request. Other facilities include garden, children's play area, seasonal swimming pool and tennis court.
The Parador of Cordoba overlooks the town from he hill behind and is about 10 minutes by taxi or there is a bus from near the hotel.
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Avda. de la Arruzafa, 37
14012 Cordoba, Cordoba
Latitude: 37° 54' 23.1114" N (37.9061475960424)
Longitude: 4° 48' 0.216" W (-4.800081253051758)
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|Comment posted by David Neilson|
|We stayed overnight at Cordoba at the end of August. We had been before. We like Paradors and your one is very attractive in a most interesting city. We enjoyed our brief stay. The room was good and the food was well up top standard.|
|Comment posted by Donna Miller|
|Travelled from Seville by car using GPS and like others found the signage lacking. Eventually found it and the hotel was lovely. Headed out to Córdoba to sight see and got lost, so wished we had read the reviews first to learn how easy it is to get into Córdoba by bus. We ended up coming back to the hotel, relaxed around the beautiful pool and look forward to dinner in the restaurant. Would recommend this hotel and hope to return|
|Comment posted by Sylvia and Ted Tarbell|
|We stayed at the Parador last fall and had a delightful stay. Our room was large, clean, comfortable, and afforded a lovely view of the pool and the city. The Parador is in a quiet neighborhood, and we enjoyed taking walks in the pleasant weather. Fabulous breakfasts! And the dinners were also very good, but not quite in the same league as other Paradors.|
|Comment posted by Jenny Court|
|We stayed in the Cordoba parador on 6 and 7th September 2014. Apart from the trouble we had in finding it, it was splendid. Very helpful staff, very pleasant rooms, great views and a wonderful swimming pool. We were served delicious tapas in the bar on one night and an excellent meal on the terrace on our second. We would recommend it highly and old Cordoba is a treat.|
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The elevated position of this Parador hotel makes it cooler than staying in the city of Cordoba.