Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla ♥ ♥ ♥

It didn't take me a long time to decide on a place to stay in Seville. When I saw photos of the rooms at Hotel Casa 1800, my heart was set. I made the booking immediately.

The cab dropped me off a few steps away from the hotel because the street leading to it was for 
pedestrians only. This photo was taken from where I got off the car. It was a mere 15-second walk
while dragging my luggage.

Right beside the hotel is a popular tapas bar. Bodega Santa Cruz was always full whenever
I walked past it in the morning and on my way back at night. The hotel concierge did not 
highly recommend it though, so I happily stuck to the restaurants in my itinerary.

Hotel Casa 1800 was a mansion-palace before it was converted into a four-star hotel

Reception area

Central courtyard

Everywhere you look it was oozing with charm

Piano, candelabra, sculpture of an unnamed man

Antique elevator

Hallway to the rooms


My room was filled with splendor of the past and I fell in love with it almost immediately. 
Being here made me feel like a medieval princess. I appreciate all things modern, 
but deep inside I am truly a very old soul.

So much character

The TV totally did not belong there

Complimentary coffee and tea

Wooden dresser

Closet, safe, mini fridge




Toilet with bidet

Monogrammed towels

Also the slippers

My bedroom looked out to the central courtyard

And I loved how the sound of people having breakfast woke me up
 in the mornings

I did not avail of the breakfast package, but the spread looked like this

Cold cuts, cheeses, fresh fruits and dried fruits

Breads, pastries and cereals

Nespresso coffee, tea, hot chocolate, other instant drinks. It was also a nice surprise to see
cup noodles, soybean milk, and Japanese crackers!

I took so many bottles of water from this fridge, there was no need to buy
for the duration of my stay. People who know me know I drink A LOT.

Everyday between 4-6pm, there is complimentary afternoon tea for hotel guests.

Donuts, pastries, cereals, palmiers

Fruits and fruit juices

I had a donut and coffee snack one afternoon when I went back
 to the hotel for a quick toilet break. 

Hotel Casa 1800 is very centrally located. I walked everywhere and never had to take public transport while exploring the city.

Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla at night 

From the corner you can already see the Cathedral and its famous bell tower, La Giralda

Every night I would stay a few minutes in this plaza before walking back to the hotel,
just marveling in the beauty of Seville. 

This capital of the Andalusian region is my favorite city in all of Spain. ♥

Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla: Rodrigo Caro 6, Seville, Spain
Tel: (34) 954 56 1800

Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla Website

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Chocolateria San Gines ♥

My first stop in all of Spain is Chocolateria San Gines, probably the oldest and most popular 
place for churros con chocolate in Madrid

I had a couple of hours before my train to Seville so I sprinted from Atocha Station to the
chocolateria as soon as I stored my luggage in the locker. It was a good 20 minutes of
brisk walk each way. I was that determined. 

A mural with the famous Spanish novelist Benito Perez Galdos. This must be his favorite place. 

Chocolateria San Gines is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There was already 
a line forming when I got there at 10am 

The line moved pretty fast. Before I knew it, I was already inside.

Photographs of famous customers covered the walls

You place your order and pay at the counter

Within seconds, you get your churros con chocolate

The churros were fresh from the fryer, golden and crisp

The chocolate, however, was a letdown for me. I expected it to be so much more - richer, darker, 
more decadent. The flavor was bland, like it was one part chocolate and four parts something else.

Dear tourists, you can find better churros con chocolate at Valor

Still, I guess it is something one must do when in Madrid, 
just to say you've been there, done that.


Best part about my trip to Chocolateria San Gines was passing through Plaza Mayor

 Must not let this photo op pass!

Chocolateria San Gines: Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, Madrid, Spain
Tel: +34 913 65 65 46

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