Upon welcoming the Spanish sunrise into our room, we made our way downstairs to the shaded patio seating of Hotel Holos and were treated to a traditional Andalusian breakfast of "tostada con aceite y tomato". This boutique gem is a beautifully restored home, originally built for the Ibero-American Exhibition in 1929. Every detail was carefully prepared and locally sourced, as explained by Carmen, the owner doing double duty as hostess as she greeted us.
Our choice of hot teas were accompanied by a selection of fresh bread, made on the premises and toasted lightly. Accompaniments included the tomate, an Andalusian topping of chopped tomatoes and a selection of fresh jams - orange, apricot, raspberry, and strawberry. Carmen encouraged us to try the two locally made olive oils and taste the difference to see which we preferred. We enjoyed going back and forth between the two and noticing the subtleties that made each one unique.
She gave us the tip of poking holes in the bread with a fork to let the oil absorb in before spreading the tomate on top and garnishing with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. I enjoyed soaking my bread with oil, while Aaron had a lighter touch with it, preferring to let the flavor of the bread come through. We lingered for awhile, strategizing our plans for the rest of the day while sipping the freshly squeezed orange juice from the trees on the property.
Hotel Holos Calle Uruguay, 8, 41012 Sevilla, Spain
Located in Heliópolis, a quiet residential neighborhood just a short bus/cab ride away from the town center, Hotel Holos is minutes away from Sevilla-Santa Justa station. With only 7 rooms, we relished our time spent in the the homey, intimate atmosphere of the hotel.