Casa Numero 7
, c/ Virgenes, 7, Seville.
Gonzalo del Rio y Gonzalez-Gordon created the Hotel Casa Numero 7 because the building took his fancy. At the time it was a crumbling ruin, but Gonzalo has turned it into a charming boutique hotel, furnished with antiques from his own personal collection, and feeling more like a private home than a hotel. Gonzalo’s family history is aristocratic Spanish (Tio Pepe sherry), laced with a splash of English (Gordon’s gin) so it is no surprise to find a white-gloved butler, silver-framed photos of the British royal family and scrambled eggs cooked with extra-virgin olive oil.
Casa Numero 7 is a traditional Seville townhouse squeezed into a narrow street in the old quarter of the city, very close to the cathedral and the Barrio Santa Cruz. The six rooms are arranged around the galleries of the central patio, that has been glazed over to create a soaring hall full of light. There is a fine drawing room full of family portraits and draped with plush fabrics, while breakfast is available in the dining room. Drinks, including products of the family firm of course, are available any time from the honesty bar on the first floor. The roof terrace has views over the old quarter of the city, including the cathedral and La Giralda, the 12th century bell-tower of the cathedral.
Each room has its own distinctive charm, and its own distinctive decoration. If you’re lucky enough to stay in the room at the top of the house, you’ll have your own direct access to the roof terrace. Whichever room you have, you’ll have all the usual luxuries of a quality small hotel, except a television!
When you stay at Casa Numero 7, you will get more than a luxurious hotel room close to all the historic sights of Seville, you will also get an unforgettable experience in the house of a unique host.
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Breakfast is served in the blue dining room. This is a meal to set you up for the day, combining the owner's anglophile propensities with the best produce of Andalucía: coffee or tea (made the way tea should be made), croissants and fresh bread, toast with Seville orange marmalade, eggs cooked in exta virgin olive oil.
Lunch and dinner are not available in Casa Numero 7, leaving you free to explore the restaurants of the surrounding area.
Out and About
Sevilla is like a mosaic of civilisations and cultures: Phoenicians, Romans, Moors, Christians. Its an adventure of discovery to wander through its streets and monuments. All of Seville is on your doorstep:
La Giralda - the most universal symbol of Seville
The cathedral - second largest cathedral in the world, built on the previous Moorish mosque
Torre del Oro - on the banks of the Guadalquivir river
The Royal Fortress
Barrio de Santa Cruz - narrow streets, white-washed houses, balconies overflowing with flowers,……
You could even visit at Easter or April Fair, but you'll need to book early.
Outside of Seville, you could visit:
Carmona (city walls, palaces, Roman mosaic)
Écija (moorish walled town)
Osuna (stunning scenery all around)
Jerez (for the sherry, of course, preferably from the house of Gonzalez-Byass!)
Coto Doñana National park
Golf and horse-riding are nearby.
Take the grand straircase up to your room, or use the lift. Each room has its own special decor and is tastefully appointed as only a luxury hotel of this calibre can be.
The en-suite bathrooms are equally unique with carefully selected tiles and sanitary ware proving that functional can also be elegant.
Reviews from Little Hotels Travellers:
|Great location. Great breakfast. Quiet. Concierge was extremely helpful and knowledgable and spoke great english. We really enjoyed our stay here.|
|We enjoyed our weekend break in the warmth of Seville. Like all the other tourists, we spent the first day peering at street names and a map, totally lost - but soon got the hang of it.|
Casa Numero 7:
Quirky, anachronistic, quiet, peaceful. We could live with all that, though the last time we had the white gloves waiter was in the equally anachronistic Hill Club in Sri Llanka. The Spanish perception of an English breakfast, however is much better than the Singhalese idea of an English dinner (unless you are really into Victorian school food, the latter is a thing to be avoided at all costs!).
The staff were always cheerful, helpful and efficient.
We had Room 2, which seemed to have been the best with its patio and roof-top views over Seville. For the price, however, the room was a little small and the bath had very badly chipped enamel (where, we imagine, the shower head must have fallen several times) and again at this price and in this climate it would have been good to have been able to keep cool drinks in the room. A small fridge mini-bar would be ideal.
And a small plug for Clickair. This was the only airline I could find flying UK-SVQ direct. Clean, efficient, modern aircraft, on time and at a very reasonable price (?346 return for two). Ol?! (Pity about Gatwick - long transit times there an absolute horror).
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Gonzalo del Rio y Gonzalez-Gordon has created a gentleman's residence in the heart of Seville that will welcome you with open arms. It is at the one time, characteristically Sevillano and yet infused with hints of Englishness.To stay here is truly an experience.