Since it was built in 1991, Las Casas de la Juderia simply hasn't stop growing, gradually buying out the surrounding houses and becoming an actual town within a town, complete with little alleyways and a subway which runs under the street! The complex now consists of a combination of 18 aristocratic and working-class houses from the 17th to the 19th centuries, covering an area of 18,000m²!
Even when you arrive in the lobby, where a large tapestry adorns the wall, you cannot imagine what surprises await beyond the entrance! This extraordinary hotel is continually changing and was last renovated in 2008. It bears references to Venice and Rome as well as the Greek and Arab worlds, making it an Ali Baba's cave of sorts, with a surprise around every corner! The 178 guestrooms are spread amid lush vegetation, among the complex's 32 flower-decked patios, embellished with fountains and ornamental pools. Indeed, the gardens are so large that it takes two full-time gardeners to take care of the 1,800 flower pots!
Unlike most hotels, this one is not built up vertically but is more of a long complex. It is easy to get lost in the estate but it does indeed add charm to this secret and mysterious village, bathed in a delightful scent of jasmine and orange blossom. It is a little like a medina or a riad. To sum up, this place is unclassifiable but definitely unique! Even the fabulous spa is like a second Sistine Chapel covered in mosaics from top to bottom including in the sauna and hammam! Our favourite feature was definitely the 'flotarium' where guests can float in water as salty as that of the Dead Sea, while staring at the fake starry sky. As far as water temperature is concerned, the choice between three pools, filled with cold, warm and hot water respectively, means that there is something to suit everyone. Add to this a jacuzzi, aromatherapy and even Scottish showers (all clad in mosaics), a thermal bench, a cobbled walkway for massaging your feet and two massage rooms completely covered in mosaics, and you're looking at a perfect place for relaxation!