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Palacio Garvey

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Reviewed by Michael Soffe

SWEET, MEDIUM OR DRY ..............

If you are looking for a wow factor Hotel in the middle of this delightful city made famous by “sherry”, then look no further than Palacio Garvey. Opened in 2005, this reformation of the sherry family “Garvey’s” palatial home is an exemplary lesson of how to mix the old with the new. Passing through the antique entrance doors you will be stunned by the cool, chic restoration with elaborate use of contemporary works of art, glass and classic furniture. Space and light are a feature of the Hotel and the glazed central patio courtyard is filled with wicker sofas and chairs, vibrant coloured scatter cushions and plants. A wonderful place to taste your first sherry on arrival in Jerez.

Stone walls ( some of them part of the old city walls) intermingle with white painted walls and works of art invade every nook and cranny. There are several seating areas in the Hotel and these again are decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary furniture.

The 16 bedrooms, 7 Doubles and 9 Junior Suites are remarkably large and light considering they are in a coverted old palace. I loved the classical music playing discreetly from the CD players as I entered each bedroom – nice touch! All the rooms are different, but all verge on “funky”. Leather or rattan furniture, effective use of striking works of art, highly polished wooden floors and chrome are the order of the day. What comes to the fore is the use of simple, clean lines used by the interior designer. The bedrooms are beautifully equipped, many with seating areas and sofas. Some of the Suites have terraces or balconies. Bathrooms are sumptuous and elegant with wonderful hand basins and baths – all have hydromassage baths and power showers. There is a free mini-bar. Facilities include satellite plasma TVs, heating, air-con, WiFi, safe, bathrobes and slippers. There is one room especially adapted for wheelchair users or for those with mobility problems.

Breakfasts are served at your leisure in the restaurant, La Condesa, and I do mean “at your leisure” - unusually there is no time limit. This too is an “eye catcher” with its bright red furnishings and paintings. Lunches and dinner are also available with an “eye catching” menu too – a mix of Mediterranean cuisine with an international twist. As with all areas of this Hotel, presentation is given high priority in its dishes. The restaurant leads onto a small terrace, an ideal place for tapas, olives and a fino, amontillado or manzanilla – you will be a sherry expert by the time you leave!

I have to mention the service at the Hotel which is of a very high standard. The receptionists (who always seem to be smiling) act as concierges and are happy to arrange visits and tastings at the numerous sherry bodegas. They can also arrange tickets for the Andalucian Equestrian School, a dazzling two hour display of horse-riding. They are several flamenco shows in Jerez and again reception will advise.

An ideal Hotel for those who want a grand historical building, beautifully converted and with an excellent location. A dream of a Hotel for a city break just 15 minutes from Jerez airport by taxi.



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Low Season: 1st January to 16th April, June, July and 1st November to 23rd December

High Season: 17th to 24th April (Easter Week), 25th April to 31st May, August, September, October and 24th to 31st December

Extra Season:
30th March to 2nd April 2011 (Motorcycle GP)
8th to 15th May (Jerez Horse Fair)

The Hotel requires credit card details in order to confirm a reservation in Low and High seasons.

For reservations during the Motorcycle Grand Prix or Jerez Horse Fair, a 50% deposit is required in order to guarantee a reservation. This deposit is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation 30 days or less before the arrival date.

Cancellations in Low and High Seasons made more than 48 hours before the arrival date will incur no penalty.

Cancellations in Low and High Seasons made less than 48 hours before the arrival and "No Shows": the total cost of one nights accommodation will be charged by the Hotel.

For all cancellations will charge an administration fee of 15 Euros.