A beautifully designed modern vacation home perched on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean ocean about 5km from Tarifa.
How would you describe Plácido y Grata Hotel in a nutshell?
Plácido y Grata is a boutique hotel in the historic heart of Seville that offers guests personalized service and a quiet stay. It occupies a 19th-century residence that has been transformed into 15 Danish-inspired rooms, plus a coffee shop, a cocktail bar and a restaurant.
What is the story behind Plácido y Grata Hotel, what was your inspiration to create it?
I’m an engineer and not from the hospitality world but I’ve travelled to many countries and feel that Seville is a special place. In the city are some very old, 5-star hotels but I wanted to create something different that really focused on providing an exceptional experience for our guests.
The house is from the early 19th century and was renovated by my daughter, who is an architect in Barcelona. Unlike most hotels that go with a very traditional design, we went with a Danish aesthetic that feels comfortable and homely.
The name translates as “Hospitality and Gratitude”, with our philosophy being centred around treating our guests with courtesy and respect. We believe that nothing should be taken for granted and in living in the “now”.
How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Plácido y Grata Hotel?
Plácido y Grata occupies a regionalist-style residence that was originally constructed in the late 19th century and was rebuilt in 1914. It is set across three floors and exudes the aesthetic of an authentic Sevillian manor house.
In the heart of the hotel is a wonderful courtyard with a fountain, around which is a gallery supported by 1o marble columns. At the highest point is a terrace, which is an ideal place for guests to relax.
Neutral colours have been used throughout the hotel spaces to create an aesthetically attractive environment. All of the interiors were designed by Your Living Space with a timeless, minimalist style that complements the architecture of the period.
All of the furnishings have been selected for their comfort and durability, with a combination of contemporary Scandinavian and 1950s vintage pieces. We have incorporated 1960s lighting by Miguel Milá and designs of Le Corbusier, as well as brands such as Ferm Living and Skagerak.
To you personally, what is so special about Plácido y Grata Hotel?
We set ourselves apart with the little details — the quality of coffee and artisan baked goods we serve at breakfast and our young, professional staff who always ensure our guests have a good time. In all of the rooms, there are Bluetooth speakers so guests can stream music and at our restaurant, La Tienda, we don’t add a big margin to our wines so that guests can enjoy a good quality glass over lunch, without having to pay too much.