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Hacienda Minerva
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Zuheros
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

As part of a biking tour of Andalusia, our group stayed in this rural hotel for two nights. It is beautifully situated, by the bike trail and a lovely 2 km walk from the quaint little hilltop village of Zuheros. Views of the olive groves are unforgettable.

The hotel itself is a very interesting building, with courtyards and several scenic rooftop terraces, including one for breakfast.

Each room is slightly different. Ours had a little sitting area with a fireplace. Others had two floors. However, not all were equally comfortable and some had problems with their showers and the water pressure for flushing the toilets.

The property has so much potential but could use some tender loving care to get everything spruced up and in good working order. Still, it is a very special spot.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

We stayed in this hotel for one night as part of a large cycling group.
The hotel itself is interesting, being spread out over a large area with eternal passages connecting rooms and facilities.
We had a room on the second floor which entailed hauling heavy cases up a stone staircase.
Almost fell when leaving the hotel.
Lots of heavy oak doors and furniture, very ranch style.
Each room had its own boiler, so lots of hot water.
Rooms were clean and bright.
No slip mat in the bath, my wife slipped and hurt herself.
We had a special dinner, well prepared and tasty, drinks were very reasonable.
Breakfast was varied and adequate.
Staff were friendly.
Was a better house than a hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

The hotel is about an hour and a half's drive from both Malaga and Cordoba. It's in a relatively isolated location (but within walking and biking distance to two towns) in the middle of hundreds of square miles of olive groves, on the side of a hill. The views were spectacular, and the staff friendly. My favourite part of our stay were the early evenings spent sitting on the terrace, drinking a glass of wine before dinner. Lovely. This hotel is also very nicely situated for bike touring. It's located directly on the Via Verde Subbettica (not always paved--better for mountain bikes and hybrids) and the roads in the region are beautifully paved, quiet, and ideal for road biking.
The hotel is charming and comfortable but not luxurious (e.g., instead of bar service at the pool there is a self-serve fridge with soft drinks and beer; we also had some problems with our shower). This is not a pro or a con, just a fact. If you want overblown five-star service, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a shady spot to read in a beautiful garden, the Hacienda will suit you right down to the ground.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Hollyrood125
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Reviewed 25 May 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at the Hacienda Minerva. It is conveniently located for Zuheros, Cordoba, Subbetica, ruta verde, and many other inland Andalucian towns. The accommodation was comfortable and spacious. We tried the hammam and that was very relaxing. The food was amazing and the staff were helpful and friendly. A lovely characterful place to unwind and relax in or come back to for a more active day out. Can recommend it unreservedly.

Room Tip: We had room 2 which was a suite with 2 double bedrooms and a sitting room too.
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Nszponar
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

This hotel is very picturesque, both in its location on a hillside overlooking a glorious valley and hills and next to the bike path. The inner courtyards and very nice and colorful with a variety of plants everywhere. There are also swalllows flying everywhere. The public rooms are nicely paneled and furnished.
Our room was small, particularly for being out in the country versus a cramped city but mostly OK. It overlooked the valley which was very nice. However the shower head could not be fixed to the wall resulting in awkward showering and some inadvertent sprays on the floor. You also had to step up into the bathroom which I thought was hazardous at night. The lock to the door was a key that had to be fiddled with to both turn the cylinder and to move the bolt. My wife had quite a bit of trouble with it.
However the lack of maintenance of the general property was it's biggest failing. The pool was not cleaned of bugs and leaves, all the lounge chairs were broken and some had bird deposits on them, only one umbrella for the entire area, a stray dog had left deposits that we had to report, and the bathrooms had no soap or even evidence of a soap dispenser.
Another public room also had no soap in the bathrooms where a cooking class was held.
All those swallows left their deposits everywhere as well and it seemed to me that there was no regular cleaning to get rid of that.
The included breakfast was on a patio with a spectacular view but the breakfast itself was the most meager of our bicycling tour.
My pet peeve on top of cleanliness is no wifi in the rooms. In this day and age, I find it annoying.

Room Tip: Get one with a view
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hacienda Minerva

Address: Carretera Zuheros | Doña Mencía Km 9,8, 14870 Zuheros, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Cordoba > Zuheros
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Zuheros
Price Range: $73 - $217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hacienda Minerva 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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