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Hostelz.com's Review
Senses &Colours Seneca Hostel is one of three Senses &Colours hostels in Cordoba, and from what we hear, it's probably the best. The staff are mostly friendly, some more than others. They have a tapas bar in the downstairs that is frequented by locals and tourists and a mixture of shared and private rooms upstairs. There is no free breakfast but they do have free Wi-Fi and for-pay washing facilities.

The Location

The location is very good for exploring Cordoba, however if you're not up for a twenty-minute walk, then you will have to get a taxi or bus from the bus or train station (they are next to each other). The hostel is easy enough to find, just follow signs to the Mezquite-Cathedral, which is the main attraction in Cordoba -- the hostel is just around the corner.

Rooms and Bathrooms

We stayed in a four-bed dorm, which is ok, although one of the beds is a little, fold-away, camp bed -- not at all comfortable. The room has air conditioning and a sink, but no lockers or anywhere to put anything. Luckily, the door to the room does lock, but you have to carry everything of value around all day. If your window faces out onto the street then there is quite a lot of noise until 1 a.m. from the flamenco bar opposite. Closing the window doesn't seem to help much.

The bathrooms are a bit of a problem here. There are only two (both equipped with a shower and bath) to be shared by the entire hostel and also the patrons of the tapas bar. This can mean waiting up to an hour to use the bathroom, especially early in the day.

Common Spaces

As Cordoba isn't full of free things to do, we spent a fair bit of our time hanging out in the hostel. They have a really comfortable roof terrace, which is great for chatting to other guests and spending the evening with a glass of wine. If you are a guest of the hostel, you can hang out in the tapas bar area without actually having to buy anything; other than that, there is no indoor common area so we guess you'll have to sit in your room if you stay in the colder months.

The kitchen is unfortunately a real letdown. The hostel has obviously been done up recently, and a few loose tiles here and there are more than acceptable, but the kitchen has very little to cook with (two saucepans and a couple of frying pans, no cooking utensils, a few knives and forks, no mugs but a handful of glasses, a few mismatched plates) and is just generally dirty. In fact it has a real bad smell to it. We washed everything before and after using it. There is a sign on the fridge saying they clean it out every Sunday, but it certainly didn't look that way. This seems quite strange, as they clean the whole hostel every day, but just don't do a great job in the kitchen.

Summary

This is a nice little place to spend a few days and meet other backpackers, and nicely located in the heart of Cordoba. It just needs a couple more bathrooms and a new kitchen and this would be perfect.

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October 2011

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Seneca Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Excellent accommodations but sketchy internet Seneca Hostel is located in the old Jewish quarter very near the Mesquite and other historical sites. Nice inner courtyard for social and additional pay breakfast more Spanish continental. Really comfortable and clean Spanish style older house with upstairs terrace and friendly personnel. Would receive top rating if dorm rooms didn't have to pay extra for linings and towel and if Wifi reached rooms as reception is mostly limited to inconsistent courtyard. Not a party hostel!  , USA ()
5   Perfect stay! Highly recommended! staff very helpful, the best location, you can leave luggage after checking out, typical Andalusian patio will take your breath away, and if you need to escape you can chill out on the roof terrace. There is a small kitchen so you can prepare your own coffee and food. Rooms are clean and tidy not too high standard, but then the price is competitive as well. Enjoy your stay!  , Español ()
3   Senses &Colours Seneca Hostel A typical beautiful old house. A very quiet place indeed. It's part of Senses and Colours Anil hostel just down the road. Unfortunately over there, the terrace was closed and the kitchen too when I was there.  , French ()

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