Nascent Spanish hotel group Mercer Hotels opened a 5-star hotel in the southern city of Seville at the end of last year. This, the group’s second hotel, comes hot on the heels of a successful debut opening in Barcelona, and has already been included in Conde Nast Traveler Spain’s 2016 Hot List of Top Hotels in the World. Conde Nast says that “Pedro Molina, founder and owner of the Mercer brand, believes in the integration of old and new, of fusing the values of the tangible and intangible, in preserving and highlighting the heritage and history of the buildings the hotels occupy.” This ethos has most certainly been applied to the renovation of the former residence of a Spanish aristocrat into a luxury oasis in the heart of Seville.
The 12 room boutique hotel embodies the best of Seville; stylish and elegant, but laden with history and character. Typically Andalusian, the hotel has a grand, high ceiling foyer bedecked with neutral yet solid columns and arches, and an bar takes full advantage of the courtyard. Architectural details such as cornices and architraves have been lovingly restored by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos and interior designer , who have applied a sensitive yet contemporary treatment to the works. Molina asserts, “the overall effect is opulent yet entirely understated.”
Modern flourishes such as bold swathes of colour like gold and orange contrast with antique and traditional elements. The central atrium and skylight floods the lobby with the soft Spanish sun, while the rooftop pool offers respite from the heat of the day.