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Holy Week plans in Seville

Holy Week is coming and you still have no plans or destination to celebrate?

CoolRooms Hotels, which has hotels in historical, urban and natural environments, has designed special plans to enjoy the Holy Week from the front row!

Every year, at the end of March / beginning of April, Easter is celebrated with great emotion, indeed it is one of the most traditional festivities in Spain. One week to live an extraordinary and mesmerising experience, accompanied by the deep thud of drums and mournful wailing of trumpets.

In Seville, Holy Week is synonymous of emotion and passion. In order not to miss any of its events, you can stay at Palacio de Villapanés, where you will be in a strategic location to enjoy the most emblematic parade.

Unique processions

Holy Week in Seville is a unique celebration that mixes the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Devotion, art, color and music are combined in an acts that commemorate the death of Jesus Christ: the processions. The members of the different brotherhoods, dressed in their characteristic costumes, walk through the streets under the weight of religious images (pasos) that they carry to the rhythm of drums and music, giving rise to scenes of simple beauty.

Holy Week Program in Seville

  • Saturday of Passion:
    • San José Obrero: Carmona Road (20:30h).
  • Palm Sunday:
    • The Borriquita: Plaza del Salvador (15:30h)
    • La Cena: C/ Gerona (15:30h), Plaza Alfalfa (20:30h), Calle Alhóndiga (22:30h)
    • San Roque: Ponce de León Square (18:00h) and Recaredo St. (01:00am)
    • El Amor: Plaza del salvador (21:30h).
  • Holy Monday:
    • Kiss of Judas: Santiago Street (14:45h and 23:30h)
    • Cautivo de San Pablo: Cuesta del Rosario (15:30h).
  • Holy Tuesday:
      • San Esteban: C/ Águilas (14:00/19:00/21:00h), Cuesta del Rosario (15:00h)
      • Candelaria: Plaza de la Alfalfa (16:30h)
      • San Benito: C/Muro de los Navarros (17:00h), Pilatos square (23:00h), Carmona door (23:30h)
  • Holy Wednesday:
    • Carmen Doloroso: Cuesta del Rosario (19:30h)
    • La Sed: Puerta Carmona (15:30 and 21:30h), Santiago street (16:00h), C/Águilas (20:00h)
    • San Bernardo: Cuesta del Rosario (16:30h) and door of the Flesh (23:00h)
    • La Lanzada: Plaza del salvador (22:30h)
    • Los Panaderos: Plaza del Salvador (01:00h)
  • Holy Thursday:
    • Los Negritos: Puerta de Carmona (15:30h), C/ Águilas (16:00 and 21:00h), C/ muro de los Navarros (21:30h), Recaredo (22:00h).
    • Exaltation: Cuesta del Rosario (21:00h), Santa Catalina (23:00h)
  • Madrugá:
    • El Silencio: Plaza del Salvador (03:30h)
    • Macarena: Plaza del Salvador (06:00h), Plaza de la encarnación (07:00 h), Santa Angela de la Cruz (08:00h)
    • Los gitanos: Cuesta del rosario (09:30h), plaza Ponce de león (12:00h).
  • Holy Saturday:
    • Trinidad: Cuesta del rosario (21:30h)
  • Resurrection Sunday:
    • La Resurrección (8:30h).

 

To read more information about the processions: see full program.

In addition, Palacio de Villapanés offers private tours through the processions, with an official guide, from 300€, with a duration of 3 hours. If you have any questions about the private tours at Easter, please do not hesitate to contact our Guest Experience Manager.

La Madrugá, the highlight of Holy Week in Seville

The most special moment of this week, not to be missed, is the Madrugá, which takes place on the night of Holy Thursday to Good Friday. A religious festival that has been celebrated since 1777. It is one of the longest and most exciting nights of the Andalusian capital, during which the Sevillian faith reaches its full splendor. The streets of Seville are filled with a contrast between the sepulchral silence and the saetas, songs sung by the inhabitants of the city from their balconies. Very old brotherhoods, some of them from the Middle Ages, parade with two icons, objects of devotion, representing the Virgen de la Esperanza Macarena and the Virgen de la Esperanza de Triana. In addition, many of the most famous and prestigious brotherhoods of Seville will parade in the street during this magical night:

  • La Macarena: it has 13,000 brotherhoods and performs its penitential station at dawn on Good Friday (‘La Madrugá’). It is also the brotherhood with the longest route of the night (5.5 km) and a total duration of 14 hours of penitence.
  • La Esperanza de Triana: it has 11,100 members and also performs its penitential station during La Madrugá.
    Gran Poder: The number of brotherhoods totals 10,700 and is part of the group of brotherhoods that go out at dawn on Good Friday.

 

The scenes that can be contemplated in the streets of Seville will seem immutable, giving you the sensation of traveling through the centuries. Admire the pasos (a kind of altar carried on the back of a man) with sculptures made by great artists, from the Baroque to the present day. The procession that accompanies these representations consists mainly of Nazarenes, whose faces are hidden as a sign of penitence, in charge of carrying candles and incense. Emotions overflow to the sound of the saetas, those songs full of fervor and contemplation, or in the silence of the crowd that walks the streets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceso foto Roció de la Torre 2

Breakfast enjoying art

Mornings that taste like art

Photographs: Antonio Bellido 

Having breakfast while contemplating art is a luxury dream come true thanks to Rocío de la Torre.

All it took was a few brushstrokes from the Spanish artist to enjoy a palatial breakfast surrounded by art. The versatile artist has just finished weeks of work in the breakfast room of our palace, turning it into an inspiring and welcoming place.

 

Proceso foto Roció de la Torre

After dressing the walls of CoolRooms Palacio de Luces in Asturias and styling the English bar of CoolRooms Palacio de Atocha in Madrid, Roció de la Torre started a new work in our 18th century palace.  An illustration entirely handmade that invites you to discover Seville, its vegetation, monuments, landscapes and the joy of its people.

Mañanas con arte Palacio Villapanes

Proceso foto Roció de la Torre 2

 

An illustration entirely handmade that invites you to discover Seville, its vegetation, monuments, landscapes and the joy of its people.

 

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Breakfast is one of our guests’ favourite experiences, so we do it differently. Mornings that taste like art and invite you to travel.

 

 

Dior crucero 2023 Sevilla

Dior Cruise 2023

Dior pays Homage to the Spanish Artisianal Tradition

Header photo: STEPHANE CARDINALE – CORBIS GETTY IMAGES

 

The Dior Cruise 2023 presentation in Seville has been great news because of what it means that the ‘grand maison’ has picked a Spanish city to launch its emblematic collection of clothes and accessories, and at the same time the opportunity to involve in the show fifteen local artisans that have provided their creations to enhance Dior´s excellent work even more.

The fabulous show celebrated in Seville´s Plaza de España was the culmination of more than a year of hard work, when the artistic director for Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri picked the capital of Seville to host the event and the Andalusian artisanal traditions as an essential part of their models. Maria Grazia´s relationship with handcrafts is not recent. According to what she said to local news, she has been studying embroidery and laces for over 30 years. During her stay in Seville she visited  professionals that work with bobbin lace, and golden and silver thread and she admitted that “many times in fashion the very important crafts that are behind making a garment go unnoticed”. “This collection is intended so that, specially young people, realize that behind a textile product exists an artisanal history that expands centuries, sustained by workshops maintained through generations. Trades that need to be given visibility so they can continue”, explained Dior´s artistic director.

 

“This collection is intended so that, specially young people, realize that behind a textile product exists an artisanal history that expands centuries, sustained by workshops maintained through generations.

 

The show moved us with garments that enhance and strengthen a feminine and very Mediterranean woman, sieved by the Andalusian idiosyncrasy very present in numerous details, with a nod to our country´s religious devotion.

 

Abanico de encaje del taller español Abanicos Carbonnell para la colección crucero Dior 2023.
Photo: CRISTINA GÓMEZ RUIZ / CORTESÍA DE DIOR

For instance, the fan, a very Spanish accessory that for the occasion was made with lace by the artisans from ‘abanicos Carbonell.

 

Dior en Sevilla
Photo: MARCELO DEL POZO /REUTERS

 

‘Orfebrería Ramos’ developed an entire line of jewelry about GranVille´s rose as an homage to Moinsineur Dior. There were also hats, with pieces created in the Sevillian workshop by Fernández y Roche. And of course leatherwork, with a clear equestrian inspiration that is so traditional in Andalusia, and in general all over Spain, and that for the occasion they had works from craftsmen like Daniel López-Obrero Carmona or Javier Menacho Guisado.

 

Desfile Dior 2023 Sevilla
Photo: DIOR CRUISE 2023 / LOOKS  DIOR

An emblematic garment for the Spanish woman is the Manila shawl. A Chinese embroidery technique that arrived in Seville thanks to the commerce established with the Philippines in the XVI century. And of course there was no lack of the best shawls  in Dior´s show thanks to the work of three generations of woman that work in María José Sánchez Espinar.

 

An emblematic garment for the Spanish woman is the Manila shawl. A Chinese embroidery technique that arrived in Seville thanks to the commerce established with the Philippines in the XVI century

 


Photo: ANDALUSIAN PATIO / COOLROOMS PALACIO VILLAPANÉS, SEVILLE

 

The Palacio de Villapanés hosted numerous celebrities that attended this great fashion party, journalists, designers, and some of the most important models chose the comfort of the Sevillian CoolRooms Hotels establishment.

 

The Dior Cruise 2023 is been a luxury for Seville and for Spain after its celebration in other big cities. As it couldn’t be otherwise, the Palacio de Villapanés hosted numerous celebrities that attended this great fashion party, journalists, designers, and some of the most important models chose the comfort of the Sevillian CoolRooms Hotels establishment during the duration of the event. Congratulations.

 

 

Sevilla

10 things you have to do in Seville

These are Coolrooms’s top 10 things you have to do in Seville:

1. Admire its monuments

Did you know that Seville has three sites on the World Heritage list? The Cathedral with its bell tower, better known as the Giralda, is one of them. It’s the biggest gothic cathedral in the world and the third Christian temple after Saint Peter in Rome and Saint Paul in London.
The second site is the Real Alcázar, a true architectural gem, whose current aspect is owed mostly to the city’s Islamic past. Strolling around the gardens among the orange trees could constitute one of the most unforgettable experiences of your visit.
In third place is the Archive of the Indies, which was created at king Charles III’s command, with the aim to centralize in one place all the documents related to the administration of the Spanish colonies. However, the building dates back to Philip II’s reign.
No less remarkable and deserving of a visit are the Church of the Divine Savior, the Maestranza Bullfighting Ring, the Gold Tower or the Plaza de España.
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2. Sample its gastronomy
Sevilla is proud of its tapas culture. From the more traditional ones in taurine taverns to the more innovative ones in more modern gastronomic spaces, there are tapas for every taste. As a curiosity, it’s worth mentioning that the oldest bar in Seville, El Rinconcillo, was opened in 1670.
However, that’s not all there is to Seville. Its culinary scene is full of creative spaces that elevate the traditional gastronomy to a whole new level. A clear example of that is Los Rincones del Marqués, the restaurant at the Palacio de Villapanés Hotel, which preserves the Andalusian essence while introducing flavors from other cuisines to create unique dishes.
The city has, so far, one Michelin Star restaurant, Abantal. But there are many others worth taking a look at, like El Gallinero de Sandra or Torres y García, both serving a more contemporary cuisine.

3. Fall in love with Flamenco

Flamenco is probably the purest expression of Andalusian folklore. It seems that its origins are related to the arrival of the gypsies to the countryside of Cadiz and Seville back in the 15th century. Halfway through the 19th century it became popular through the singing cafés, the first of which opened in Seville around 1885.
The restaurant Los Rincones del Marqués offers you Luna Flamenca, a dinner with a Flamenco show in our orange tree courtyard.
Moreover, the city has numerous tablaos where you can enjoy this artistic discipline, while tasting a typically Andalusian menu. El Arenal, El Patio Sevillano, Los Gallos or Pura Esencia are just some examples. Other choices for a full cultural immersion are Triana’s Flamenco Theater, the Flamenco Dance Museum or the Casa de la Memoria Cultural Center.
In addition, the Bienal Flamenco takes place every two years and it has brought together the best singers and dancers for over 20 years.

4. Contemplate its silhouette

It’s worth it to stop for a second and stare at the inimitable skyline of Seville. The rooftop at CoolRooms Palacio de Villapanés proposes a day of sunbathing and swimming with unbeatable views. For its part, Las Setas, which we’ve already mentioned before, also have a 360° viewpoint, particularly magical when night falls. In addition, they have bars and restaurants where you can prolong the experience a bit longer.
Needless to say, the Giralda regales us with one-of-a-kind views at no less than 104 meters of height. Much shorter, but just as charming awaits the Torre del Oro.
And for those who aren’t friends of heights, the panoramic views from both sides of the river and from the San Telmo bridge are a must-see.
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5. Stroll around its Parks
If Andalusian cities are characterized by anything, it’s the communion between architecture and nature. In Seville, this is not only present in the famous Andalusian patios, but also in its green areas.
The most popular one is the Maria Luisa Park, next to the monumental Plaza de España. It’s been declared a Cultural Heritage Asset. The Murillo Gardens, also known as the Catalina de Ribera Gardens, conform a nice walk along the outside of the Real Alcázar. The most recent incorporation is the Magallanes Park, in the Cartuja Island. And if you find yourself walking around the La Buhaira area, it’s worth it to pay a visit to its gardens to see their Almohad palace.

6. Learn at its museums
Seville is a millenary city where different civilizations and cultures have left a mark that can now be discovered in its different museums.
The oldest legacy can be found at the Archaeological Museum (temporarily closed due to renovations). At the Antiquarium you will find an archaeological site from the Roman era, discovered when the Metropol Parasol (best-known as Las Setas or the Mushrooms) was built. Especially relevant for their artistic value are the Museum of Fine Arts, which houses works from Spanish painters such as Murillo, Zurbarán or Goya, and the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art.
For something a bit different, Sevilla has its Arts and Popular Traditions Museum, the Navigation Pavilion and the Naval Museum Torre del Oro.

7. Visit its palaces
Seville experienced such splendor during the Renaissance that it was dubbed Nova Roma. From this time are preserved several house-palaces around the city, whose visit is mandatory for anyone spending a few days in Seville.
The Casa de Pilatos combines the Italian Renaissance style with the Spanish Mudejar. The coffered ceilings and the porticoed patio are some of its best assets. The Palacio de las Dueñas mixes Gothic and Mudejar in patios and gardens that will take your breath away. Besides, its art and furniture collection have an important historical and artistic value. The Lebrija Palace Museum stands out with its impressive collection of Roman mosaics, which has earned it the title of “the best-paved house-palace in Europe”. In the Casa de Salinas, Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar find the perfect harmony. For its part, the Hospital of Charity constitutes a peak Spanish Baroque artistic ensemble. The access courtyard and the paintings inside, from artists the size of Zurbarán or Valdés Leal, are its top features.

8. Discover its handicrafts
The most traditional products in the Sevillian craft world are, without a doubt, ceramics, guitars and flamenco apparel.
Triana was the birthplace of pottery in the Islamic period and from there it has been adapted to the tastes of each era to our days. This is made patent in both buildings’ façades and interiors citywide. In fact, the Triana Ceramics Center, built over the old Santa Ana factory, is an exhibition and interpretative center, that organizes guided visits. It won’t be hard to find stores to buy some local handcrafted ceramic products in the city center.
In turn, Flamenco fashion is intimately bound to Sevilla’s lifestyle. Did you know that the flamenca dress is the only regional costume that evolves along with fashion trends? This way, it’s possible to purchase dresses, shawls, fans, combs and other accessories in the most traditional to the most avant-garde style.
For those looking for a different type of fashion, more international and trendier, Seville’s city center is full of boutiques with brands like Loewe, Tous or Roberto Verino. Curiously enough, there’s also a big concentration of bridal stores. We can easily imagine that celebrating a wedding in Seville would be a dream come true.

9. Enjoy its opera
Opera is in love with Seville. Our city has served as scenario or inspiration to around a hundred opera plays: The barber of Seville by Rossini, The marriage of Figaro by Mozart, Carmen by Bizet… In fact, Don Giovanni by Mozart is inspired in Don Juan’s myth, that archetypical Spanish character, who appeared for the first time in Tirso de Molina’s play The trickster of Seville and the stone guest from 1630.
These days, the Maestranza Theater is the ideal place in Seville to enjoy this genre, as well as other music and dance shows. Every 25th of October they celebrate World Opera Day with activities and especial events.

10. Get lost in its streets
The song said it best: “Sevilla tiene un color especial” or Seville has a special color. And the best way to discover it is by exploring its neighborhoods. The Macarena quarter impacts us with its striking yellow arch and the whitewashed façade of its Basilica. Triana awaits us with its promenade along the river, its iconic bridge and its colorful streets and chapels. Also, it’s possible to take a panoramic cruise along the Guadalquivir to enjoy a different perspective of the city.
Traipsing around the streets of the old Jewish quarter in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, we will find some magical spots: little squares, alleyways, courtyards and some privileged views of the Giralda. Finally, don’t miss out of the Alameda de Hércules, one of the icons of the city, and the neighborhoods of San Lorenzo and San Vicente, characterized by the reddish, yellow and white façades of its churches and houses.
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The best Valentine’s Day plans in Seville

Seville is a romantic city by nature. It has seen the birth of legendary literary characters, such as Don Juan, as well as key figures of the 19th-century Romantic movement, like the great poet Bécquer. That’s why, we at CoolRooms want to share with you the best plans to celebrate a totally cool Valentine’s Day in Seville.

1. Enjoy a cruise along the Guadalquivir.

A different way to get to know Seville and take advantage of its navigable river. At sunset, under the moonlight or the midday sun, you choose the moment. Many cruise companies offer private trips with lunch or dinner aboard. Some of them are Civitatis, Guadaluxe or Esturión Tours. Imagine drinking a glass of champagne with the Torre del Oro or the Giralda in the background.

2. Say “I love you” with flowers and chocolates.

Both traditions are quite set, not only in the Spanish culture, but also on a worldwide scale. The language of flowers or floriography, developed during the Victorian era, allows us to express feelings without the need for words, simply through the different species of flowers and their colours. Curiously, the “best artisan florist in Spain” in 2021 was the Sevillian Julio Boza. His store, La Floristería, and others like Búcaro or Cártamo are a guaranteed success.
The ones with a sweet tooth, for their part, can buy chocolates and other sweets in patisseries as emblematic as La Despensa de Palacio, working since no les tan 1743, La Campana, sice 1885 y some more modern ones like the French cake shops owned by Manu Jara.

3. Discover Seville’s most romantic spots.

The streets of Seville have a special charm. Her colorful façades, her cobblestone alleyways, her historical gardens are her impressive monuments are witnesses to the passing of the centuries. The cohabitation of different cultures in the city and the high concentration of artists have conferred it an almost fairy-tale-like atmosphere. Allow yourself to get lost in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, where the Callejón del Agua (Water Alley) was a mandatory stop for romantic travellers and writers, such as Washington Irving. At the María Luisa Park, you will find Bécquer’s roundabout, probably the most romantic sculptural ensemble in all of Seville. And as the climax to your stroll, don’t miss out on the popular sunset view over Triana.

4. Attend a candlelit concert.

Fever came up with this proposal with the idea to offer more intimate concerts, accompanied by the soft light of hundreds of candles. Candlelight is present in over 85 cities in the world and Seville is one of the lucky chosen. The atmosphere and the sensory experience are joined by the wonderful locations in emblematic spots around the city. In Seville’s case, these are the Salinas House and The Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo Foundation. The tickets sell out fast, so it’s advisable to get them ahead of time.

5. Spend a dreamy night in CoolRooms Palacio de Villapanés.

This last proposal seems to us like the best way to end a day of pure romance in Seville. CoolRooms Palacio de Villapanés has created two special Valentine’s Day stays inspired by the most romantic songs in history. Enjoying the most exclusive luxury as a couple in our 18th-century palace is within your reach. Chocolate-covered strawberries, a romantic dinner, a holistic massage… Magic is guaranteed.

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We hope you enjoyed our 5 top best Valentine’s Day plans to do in Seville this year. Which one is your favorite?

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A dreamy Christmas in Seville

If you are lucky enough to end the year in Seville, you will notice that its citizens live Christmas passionately. It’s a time for family, where the streets fill with lights, decorations and joy to welcome Sevillians and tourists alike.
Write down this date: November 26. This will be the day Seville turns on all of its Christmas lights in no less than 287 streets. Walking under the city lights enjoying the roasted chestnut smell will be a total delight this time of the year.
During the stroll you will come across several Christmas markets, where you can buy ornaments, Nativity figurines or the traditional polvorones from Estepa, a type of shortbread made with almond meal and lard. The main markets are located in Muelle de las Delicias, Alameda de Hércules, Plaza de la Encarnación and Plaza Nueva.
No one can leave Seville without trying its mantecados, marzipans and other Christmas sweets. That’s why it’s necessary to stop by the Convent Sweets Exihibit, which celebrates its 37th edition at the Real Alcázar between the 4th and the 7th of December. Here you can sample and buy traditional pastries and cookies made by cloistered nuns. But if you aren’t in Seville during those days, not to worry. There are stores specialized in these delicacies and they are open year-round. Mantecados la Colchona, La Despensa de Palacio, La Campana or La Dulcería de la Rondeña are some of the best.
For the superstitious ones, there are two lottery retailers where you must make a stop to buy some tickets: Sagasta los Millones and El Gato Negro.
On a different note, you can’t skip the Nativities: at the City Hall, the Cathedral, the Hospital de la Caridad, the Church of el Santo Ángel, the Bellver Museum, the Church of el Salvador… In addition, the Nativity Fair takes place every year next to the Archive of the Indies, where storekeepers and artisans in the sector offer their goods.
If this isn’t enough for you, the City Hall organizes audiovisual shows every year in some spots around the city, like San Francisco Square.
The little ones will have a great time in Sevillalandia, an amusement park with rides and shows at FIBES (the Conference and Exhibition Center), and Sevilla On Ice, a huge ice-skating rink at the Muelle de las Delicias.
The Maestranza Theater  joins the celebration with an Extraordinary Christmas Concert on December 29. The Cathedral and other churches tend to also offer religious music concerts during this time of the year.
As a grand finale, the Cabalgata takes place on January 5 to celebrate the Three Wise Men. Organized by the Ateneo de Sevilla, it runs the streets of the city with over 30 carriages, sweetening children’s and adults’ hearts alike with its candy.
However, the rest of the city’s cultural activity doesn’t stop during these months: museums, monuments, tablaos and restaurants await visitors with open arms. The combination of culture, gastronomy, leisure and warmth make Seville the perfect place to spend a dreamy Christmas.

We at CoolRooms Palacio de Villapanés would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

The French artist REMED exhibits one of his work at Palacio de Villapanés

The French artist Guillaume Alby, more famous under the name REMED, has chosen Palacio de Villapanés to exhibit until mid-December a piece of his latest exhibition “Conversation with the void, Observation of the magic”.
A work that our guests will be able to enjoy in the wonderful courtyard of our palace.

The artist REMED inaugurating his work at Palacio de Villapanés with Martina Cam, General Director of the hotel

An intimate work

The French artist Remed returns to Seville at the DELIMBO gallery to show the work he has created during the last year and a half, including those made during lockdown in which he shows a more intimate work than he is used to.
“Conversation with the void, Observation of the magic” is the suggestive title of the new exhibition by the artist Guillaume Alby, better known by his artistic name Remed.
The exhibition gathers a total of 10 large-format paintings, 14 drawings and marble sculptures that the artist has produced together with artisans from the city of Seville, thus complying with his work ethic under which he seeks to involve local agents in his process, enriching both his work and his knowledge.
“The void, or the illusion of the void, is something like the egg of our reality. I understand it as the cradle of the possible, that is where they are extracted, where they can become reality. The furnace where ideas, or rather intentions, conscious or unconscious, can be turned into matter ”this is how the artist describes his latest work.
Remed develops a work with a great relationship between the spiritual, the mathematical and the aesthetic, creating a harmony both visual and sensorial. Where it invites us to converse with the void and observe the magic.

One of the work of the exhibition “Conversation with the void, Observation of the magic” at the Delimbo art gallery

Interview with Remed

Interview with the artist REMED in the Concha courtyard of our palace

It is in the intimacy of one of our courtyard that we have been able to enjoy an exclusive moment with Guillaume Alby. During this interview, the artist explained to us his special relationship with Seville and Spain, the secrets of his latest work and his main inspirations.
(Video available soon in our Instagram @palaciovillapanes)

Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence: vote for Palacio de Villapanés, “Best Value Experience”

We are very proud and happy to announce you that our hotel of Seville Palacio de Villapanés is in the Europe & the Mediterranean shortlist for the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2021, in the category “Best Value Experience”
More than ever, we need your vote! To vote, click here and select “Best Value Experience”
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The results will be announced on the night of November 2 through the Condé Nast Johansens website. www.johansens.com

Awards for Excellence: vote for our property!

Palacio de Villapanés nominated for the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence

Every year,  Condé Nast Johansens traditionally celebrates the Awards for Excellence. They reward and celebrate excellence across their recommended properties, their world-renowned Awards for Excellence are a trusted mark of quality recognised by consumers and travel professionals alike.
Palacio de Villapanés is included in the fine selection of Condé Nast Johansens; a selection that includes 26 hotels and resorts in Spain, Palacio de Villapanés is the only one selected in the city of Seville.

A place full of history


City of civilizations, the legend say it the city was founded by Hercules. Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region and is famous for its dance, its flamenco, which make visitors fall in love when traveling. An incredible combination of culture, art and gastronomy.
Sevilla is a charming city and so is the story of our palace. A special and unique history that started in 1729. 
The hotel Palacio de Villapanés – which belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels collection – is a refurbished palace from the 18th century which combines traditional nobility and modernity. Former home of the Admiral López-Pintado, Marqués de Torre Blanca de Aljarafe, this is one of the most authentic property in Seville, and its historical details meet pieces of international design by GCA Arquitectos and Patricia Urquiola.

A design hotel


From its monumental entrance, with marble columns and its charming patio, our five-star hotel invites you to experience the Andalusian hospitality, and this is the best starting point to discover Sevillian traditions and to enjoy the treasures of the city, with the Plaza Jesús de la Redención, the Real Alcázar of Seville or the Museum of Fine Arts a stone’s throw away.
Its 50 spacious rooms feature the elegance of a palace and the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Our guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the city and the cosiness of our courtyards. Among these amazing facilities, the Suite named El Torreón is a treasure: an amazing 85m2 Suite, with stunning ceilings and authentic marble from the 19th century.

A unique gastronomic experience


Gastronomy forms part an integral part of our travels and of each region in Spain. Palacio de Villapanés’ gastronomy is designed by the Head Chef of our restaurant Los Rincones del Marqués, Jorge Cortés. A traditional Andalusian and Mediterranean cuisine enjoyable from one of our patios or from the old cellars of the palace where our guests can enjoy live music sessions.

A service of excellence


But the most exclusive thing that our 18th century provides is an impeccable service and an incredible attention to details. The great team of professionals led by Martina Cam, its General Manager for 10 years, make every effort to make the guest feel at home.

Unforgettable experiences


Among the hotel experiences, Martina Cam highlights the incredible solarium rooftop: “I try to enjoy it every day”, she says. “It is a magical, dreamlike moment dream, contemplating in the distance the cathedral with the Giralda, the bell towers, the churches and the arabic roofs”.  But this hotel also offers other experiences, from treatments in its wellness area that allows its guests to relax in the sauna, enjoy the Turkish bath, receive a massage in the cabin or working out in its modern gym with 24-hour Kinesis equipment… to boat trips on the Guadalquivir river, guided bike routes through the city or dressing up session to look like an authentic flamenco dancer with a shooting photo session in a typical Andalusian patio.

Travelling Through History


Today, some of its treasures are still visible to the visitor: in its main staircase, you can observe the display of the Solano family (the admiral’s wife family, necessary for him to agree to form a part of the Sevillian nobility) with the motto “They went with sun and came those who defeated the Moors”.
After crossing the entrance, we receive a spectacular triple arch gate that gives way to a magnificent Andalusian patio. A square silver space surrounded by arches supported by marble columns, presided over by a hexagonal plant fountain adorned with palm trees and banana trees.
The exterior has a large two-story facade to Santiago Street, finished with the Sevillian technique of brick called “avitolado”.

Andalusian patios


Its Patio de los Naranjos is perfect to enjoy a cocktail or delicious gastronomic proposals with aromas of orange blossom. Las Conchas is famous for historical reasons, since it is said to be the original starting point of the Via de la Jacobea Route Silver, whose ritual requires the pilgrim to wet their hands in a cave-style fountain before leaving.

Palacio de Villapanés, Site of Cultural Interest


Since December 2009, the Villapanés Palace has been protected as an Asset of Interest of the city of Seville, as it is considered to be one of the main exhibitions of the 18th century and retains most of its original architectural elements. A miracle of hospitality and the perfect host to discover the city.
The hotel itself is history, but what stands out the most is a service geared towards customer excellence. The staff uniforms, made by the Galician designer Roberto Diz, adds a level of exclusivity to the experience.  The great work of our team has been awarded for more than 10 years, with several awards for excellence. This is why they deserve to be nominated in the short list of “Best Service” and “Best Value Experience” for the Conde Nast Johansens Excellence Awards.

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Cooking in Quarantine: Jorge Cortés, Head Chef at Palacio de Villapanés shares one of his recipes.

Jorge Cortés, Head Chef at Palacio de Villapanés shares with us its recipe of the traditional Iberian pork cheek, a native dish from the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula.  The perfect recipe to impress during quarantine!
Ingredients (for 2 people):
300 gr of Iberian cheeks
60 ml olive oil
30 ml of amontillado (Amontillado is a pale dry sherry wine made in Montilla, a town in southern Spain), any other dry sherry wine you have will be appropriate
30 ml of red wine
100 gr of onion
60 gr of green pepper
60 gr of red pepper
100 tomato
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of paprika
Fine salt
1 lt of water
Recipe:
1. Clean the meat leaving the surplus membranes all around and season it with salt and pepper.
2. Cut the garlic


3. Cut all the vegetables mentioned in the ingredients list




4. Add the oil and heat it

5. Fry the garlic, then the onion



6. Once fried, we add the rest of vegetables until they are cooked



7. Then we add the cheeks, and we braise.

8. Add the species and the wines

9. We cover with water and we leave it on low heat for 2 and a half hours until it becomes tender.

10. Once you reach the good tenderness, we put apart the cheeks and we blend the surplus of juice

11. Serve it!