PRESS SECTION - Great small hotels in Spain



Casa No. 7 Hotel
Andalucia.
Calle Virgenes 7,
1004 Sevilla.


Don Gonzalo del Rio, an exceptionally kind aristocrat from Jerez has a great fondness for Britain and the British. And perhaps it was memories of England’s country houses, which inspired the conversion of his home to a hostelry. It was no rush job; he preferred to spend “an extra year or two” so that every last inch should evoke a mood of privileged intimacy, in keeping with Seville’s Moorish architecture. Bedrooms are regal affairs; fabrics, furniture, lighting and bathrooms are all top-notch and the photos of famous forebears, books and magazines help create the mood of a home-from-home. The elegant drawing room is a perfect spot for a pre-dinner glass of sherry; it will be from the family’s Jerez Bodega, of course. In a quiet dining room there are scrambled eggs for breakfast served by one of the hotel’s two butlers. You are in a quiet Santa Cruz street, Gonzalo knows all the best places to eat and drink and nearby is a great flamenco bar.

It is therefore completely understandable that Casa No. 7 hotel was chosen as the winner of the Tatler Travel Award 2001 for “The Best Small Hotel” and nominated at “The Best Luxe for Less Weekend Getaway” in the Harpers & Queen Travel Awards 2002.

Gonzálo del Rio, un aristocrata de Jerez excepciónalmente amable tiene una gran simpatia por Gran Bretaña y por los britanicos. Quizas fueron los recuerdos de las casa de campo inglesas los que inspiraron la conversion de su carqa en un pequeño hotel. Las obras no se hicieron depris, prefirio dedicar el eiempo necesario para que el ultimo rincon de las casa evocara un ambiente de privilegiada intimidad. Las habitaciones son majestuosas; muebles, lamparas y baños son extraordinarios. Las fotos de antepasados famosos, los libres y revistas ayudan a crear un carácter de hogar lejos del hogar. La elegante drawing room es el lgar perfecto para tomar una copa de Jerez antes de la cena, que por supuesto sera de la dobega familiar. Se encuentre en una tranquila calle de Santa Cruz, barrio en que Gonzalo puede recomendar los mejores locales para comer, tomar una copa o disfrutar del flamenco.

It is therefore completely understandable that hotel Casa No. 7 was chosen as the winner of the Tatler Travel Award 2001 for “The Best Small Hotel” and nominated at “The Best Luxe for Less Weekend Getaway” in the Harpers & Queen Travel Awards 2002.