Hello again! Are you ready for this month’s getaway? In December I was lucky enough to spend two weeks traveling through Spain. While I visited four cities there’s one that really stuck out. I was on a train from Madrid to Sevilla, and on our way everyone we met told us we would love Andalucía. Of course we would, we were in Spain and it’s gorgeous. Even after hearing it for several days I was blown away when I actually stepped foot in Sevilla. It was a little bit warmer than Madrid because of its location, and it was so much more laid back. I was sold. I’m moving to Sevilla! (One day I really hope to!)
Sevilla is the capital of Andalucía and is a combination of European and Arabic architecture. You could see the touches of both in the facades of buildings (and the food!). The city is divided in two parts, separated by the Guadalquivir river. The two sides of the town are connected by several bridges the are built above the river. If you stand on any of the bridges you’ll be blown away by the city’s beauty!
The Design Hotel I’m going to highlight for you today is the Hospes Las Casas del Ray de Baeza. Although I didn’t stay here I had a chance to visit and I think you should see it too. The 18th century multi-dwelling building was converted into a hotel which now holds 41 guest rooms. The rustic touches remain, which can be seen with the draw string window shades, the rock paver path in the courtyard and the wooden balconies. The wooden posts are reused, originally from 19th century Tavera de Toledo Hospital.
While the exterior remains authentic the guest rooms are the opposite. The interiors are comprised of clean-lined Indonesian wood beds with metal headboards and large floor cushions. The guest rooms and common spaces are not overly modern. The big leather couches and wicker tray coffee tables make for a comfortable space, which looks a little “Ralph Lauren” to me. What do you think?
The rooftop pool offers expansive views of the city. I would love to go back and relax on the roofdeck!