Sneaking in with a late post today…Had been looking for inspiration and found it via the Hospes Palacio Del Bailio Boutique Hotel in Cordoba, Spain. Of course, it’s always the properties with deep historical roots and a repurposed storyline that have me hooked. This one, of course, is just that. Several buildings which dot the once Andalusian agrarian estate are centered on five patios and house 53 guestrooms. The owners took great care to preserve the property’s vibrancy by maintaining original detailing, wrought-iron railings, terracotta tiles, Moorish embellishments and frescoes. One shining example of restoration efforts takes place en route to the main patio where traditional pavers were substituted for a glass walkway to highlight dramatic Roman ruins some 4.5 meters below the earth. Inside guests indulge their senses through the surrounding dark walnut, polished marble and copper-and-champagne-toned textiles that produce a balanced picture of historical and design perfection.