My Prettiest Hotel Breakfast of the Year

I’m rather partial to hotel breakfasts – if they are done right. You’d be surprised how many aren’t. My experiences this year have been above average, that means not too many moans from me, ask hubby.

Read my post with just a little rant about the Importance of Hotel Breakfasts.

When it comes to presentation or prettiness I’m just as fussy. When towards the end of last year we visited Hotel Viento 10 in Cordoba and had our own table-laid mini buffet breakfast it started my Best Breakfast of the Year idea.

Last year the hands down winner was Hotel Viento 10, here’s the spread and the beginning of my ‘awards!’

Hotel Viento 10, Cordoba

This year has been a little more difficult. Not only the lay out but the array of delicacies made me go for a joint win….. Out of the thirteen or so hotels I stayed in this year the winners of ‘My  Prettiest Breakfast of the Year’ award are …. Hotel Los Castanos and Hotel La Gastrocasa.

…both for presentation, thought and variety.

Hotel Los Castaños
Hotel Los Castaños
Hotel La Gastocasa Breakfast
Hotel La Gastocasa Breakfast

Read my Hotel Viento 10 Review.

See Hotel Los Castaños in Cartajima, Malaga and Hotel La Gastrocasa in Gandia, Valencia on my  OnlySpain ~ Boutique Hotels site.

 

 

Best Restaurants in San Sebastian

San Sebastian has a long held reputation for fine dining and excellent restaurants. Situated in the Basque Country on  Spain’s northern coast partly tucked away in the Bay of Biscay. San  Sebastian’s  location on the sea shore and on the edge of fertile growing area gives it a head start in producing fabulous local produce.

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Two of San Sebastian’s restaurants are in the World’s Best 50 Restaurants list for 2016  and they are Mugaritz and Arzak.

Arzak is run by Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak Espina and they serve Modern Basque cuisine. One of the their signature dishes is Pigeon with Potato Feathers.

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The restaurant, located on the top of a hill, has been in the family for generations. It was Juan Mari, now 74 years old, who made it into what it is today. It offers Tasting or A la Carte menus which display their skills and flair. If you want to try some different wines you won’t be disappointed, their wine cellar is said to hold over 100,000 bottles!

Mugaritz prides itself on a Techo-emotional style of food cooked by Chefs Andoni Luis Aduriz and Juan Vargas. Andoni follows in the footsteps of the pioneering chef Ferran Adria.

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In their elegant restaurant why not try the 20-course tasting meal with elements chosen from the mountains and the sea.

Photos and Source: World’s 50 Best  and Mugaritz

World’s First Sherry Boutique Hotel in Spain

The province of Cadiz well-known for its wines and wine cellars is to have the world’s first sherry hotel. The wine cellar, bodega in Spanish, González Byass has announced its plans to convert its old bodega housing in the town of Jerez de la Frontera.

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Situated in the old quarter the hotel, which González Byass say, will be a Boutique Hotel, the first Sherry Boutique  Hotel in which you can sleep in ancient wine cellars. The aroma and history of centuries wine making whisper secrets from the past in this historical location in front of Jerez Cathedral.

The famous bodega  is Tio Pepe, one of the best known and most visited wine cellars in Europe with over 200.000 a year. With the opening of the ‘Sherry Hotel’ planned for late 2018 visitors will be able to have a complete ‘wine’ experience, not only tours and tastings but sleeping in a wine cellar too, living and learning about its history and culture.

I’ll put my name on the list to stay, what about you?

Sources/Photo credit: Diario de Jerez/González Byass / Manuel Aranda

Historic Castle Hotel in Malaga

Overlooking the Mediterranean sea and city of Malaga the Hotel Santa Catalina has the best view of the city and it’s only a brief taxi ride or short walk down the Malaga’s port, shopping and old town.

Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina

Sitting on the hill Santa Catalina in the El Limonar part of town the Santa Catalina castle began life by order of King Felipe IV in 1624 as the ultimate viewpoint to keep watch for invaders.

Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina

For a long time the unused castle fell into disrepair and was abandoned, later an Arab-style gentleman’s residence was built on the spot, retaining the castle ruins which lend a romantic feel to the now hotel grounds with over 3,500 metres of gardens and terraces.

Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina

After being declared a listed building the hotel has without a doubt the best views of Malaga. History, romance, best views and gorgeous well-preserved mansion make this a wonderful setting for a visit to the Costa del Sol and a great location for a wedding.

Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina

My passion is antique Spanish tiles and they were in abundance in this lovely historic castle hotel to which I’d happily return.

I stayed earlier this year with my hubby on an elongated airport pick-up-family trip, which was funded by ourselves. All the photos @Hotel Castillo de Malaga