A Sevillian house a stone’s throw away from the Cathedral, with 19th-century mansion’s cachet: monumental entrance door, hallway and patio. Outside, the Santa Cruz neighborhood, with tourist groups and its incessant activity; but once the hotel iron-wrought gate has been passed behind, calm and freshness come about smoothly. A haven of peace at the old town’s center.
In the central courtyard hangs a sumptuous crystal chandelier from the Royal Factory of La Granja (Segovia), anticipating the romantic imprint that owners have placed on this House. In the rooms, this spirit appears on beamed ceilings, gilt headboards, antique engravings hanging from walls or Damask-upholstered sofas. Linen-knitted curtains filter the daylight and, at night, small spiders create a cozy and homey atmosphere evoking art de vivre in a Sevillian manor house. I enter my room to discover what the hotel management has left for me: bottle of cava, Molton Brown amenities, fragrance and hand cream on the bedside table … Sound insulation is perfect, air conditioning is well adjusted and the bed is really comfortable. Suddenly, I feel like a spoiled Andalusian señorito … and I like it!
But the terrace is waiting for me and, after putting on my bathing suit, I go up to take a dip in the pool. Giralda Tower, the Cathedral and the rooftops of Seville unfold before me like a movie set. Stacked on several levels, this space offers a panoramic view of the old town, probably one of the most beautiful in Seville. In the afternoon, I sit in the main courtyard to enjoy a snack offered by the hotel to all its guests and, the following morning, I have in the very same place a breakfast worthy of a king. Everything is perfectly synchronized so that every detail appears at the right time and perfect place (I wake up to find today’s newspaper just in front of my room’s door). As if the staff could read my mind and know my wishes in advance. As if I was the master of this magnificent House.