We stayed at the Hacienda to kick off our 25th wedding anniversary trip. Of course we stayed because of the famous El Bulli chef, Ferran Adria. However, that is not why we would come back (and we definitely would). The "best breakfast in the world" is what pulled me in. I had to try it!
Breakfast is my favorite travel meal, and I am a food writer, so this was an irresistible claim to me. While the breakfast is really good--with good coffee, pretty good pastries, fruit and yogurt, interesting egg dishes--"best in the world" is pushing it. I think we have just traveled in too many superb hotels to take that seriously. (In my ever so humble opinion, the best hotel breakfasts are: Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, either the English or Japanese breakfast--a choice no one should have to make!; and the Taj West End in Bangalore's unbelievable buffet. Both of these meals were so outstanding, I would consider traveling there just for the breakfasts.)
As far as the restaurant, La Alqueria, what can I say. The food is obviously really interesting, and molecular gastronomy is something that appeals to you or not. I am too much of a traditionalist to be in the former category. My two biggest complaints about the experience: 1) the food itself must be served very quickly, or it deteriorates; this forces the wait staff to be extremely stressed and rushed, which cannot make for a relaxing dinner. The amount of trotting back and forth is unnerving. I think this is why some reviews criticize the staff. 2) No course is really delicious, just strange and interesting. So while the meal is fascinating, you don't come away craving anything, just sort of marveling at the weirdness. Once is fine for us!
That all said, we would absolutely come back. We were upgraded to a suite, which was so beautiful and romantic. The bed had pressed linen (actual linen, not cotton) sheets, which are such a treat! And the bar! We loved that high-ceilinged madder-colored space, with its wonderful barman, and great little bar treats. Just walking the public spaces is worth the stay. The hacienda is gorgeous.
The hotel is 20 minutes outside of Seville, and very easy to drive back and forth to. The little town adjacent to the hacienda is very cute and also pleasant to walk through.
This is a perfect hotel for honeymooners, or for a romantic getaway.
- Also Known As:
- El Bulli Hotel
- El Bulli Hotel Hacienda Benazuza
- El Bulli Hotel - Hacienda Benazuza Province Of Seville, Spain - Sanlucar La Mayor
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