In a city so full of vibrant history, it seems only fit to stay somewhere that allows you to continue to soak up heritage beyond your street wanderings. Hotel Patio Andaluz can be found in a 16th century colonial style town house and its boutique size affords a luxurious homeliness for every guest who checks in. The 32 rooms (of which 11 are suites) are set on various levels of the house, with traditional archways and balconies set around a shady courtyard on the ground floor.
This hotel could be anywhere in the city and its authentic charm would lure you in; but it’s not just anywhere, its slap bang in the centre of the city’s colonial borough. Walk 150 metres out of the door and you’ll find yourself in the main square – in fact, potter a few minutes’ walk in any direction and you’ll stumble across some kind of historical wonder, from museums and churches, to theatres, restaurants and bars.
This may be a boutique townhouse, but the rooms are still wonderfully spacious – and if you can book one on the top floor you’ll also get incredible views reaching out across the city. The décor isn’t fussy or super modern, but has a sumptuous authenticity that is sits seamlessly with the rest of the hotel. Think a rich yet muted palette with traditional colours that allow the city outside your window to really take the limelight.
Why we like it
It has a cava bar… need we say more? After a day exploring the city, grab a table in the stone-walled bar and sample the different varieties of the Spanish take on champagne. Or, if you want to rest your weary feet with a good book, escape to the tranquil library for a little while. Whatever takes your fancy, Hotel Patio Andaluz provides a sophisticated and authentic haven right in the middle of the city action.