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EME Catedral Mercer Hotel: History and Modernity

At Mercer Hotels, we believe in the conservation of the heritage and culture of the buildings of all our hotels. The integration of the old and the new is one of our hallmarks. Andalusian historical legacy converges with modernity at the EME Catedral Mercer Hotel​.


A HISTORICAL STREET

EME Catedral Mercer has an unbeatable location right in city center, by the Santa Cruz picturesque neighborhood and just in front of the majestic Cathedral north facade.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, attracted by the prosperity of trade with the New World, merchants arrived to the city and gathered around the Cathedral. In this sense, the ‘Calle Alemanes' [Germans Street] -in which the hotel is located- owes its name to German colony shops established by the street arcades (one of the few examples that are still preserved from the popular architecture of that time), in a multicultural Seville that was the commerce door with the Americas.

"History is the life of memory and the teacher of life." Cicerus


A BUILDING WITH ROOTS

The EME Catedral Mercer Hotel is housed in a historic building from the 16th century, originally composed by 14 typical Andalusian houses set on a land that was owned by Andrés Moro González –‘el Moro’–, a rich, eccentric and popular Sevillian antiques dealer.

The architectural renovation project was directed by the Spanish architect Juan Pedro Donaire, resulting in this modern hotel which combines the building’s Andalusian roots with a contemporary design.

EME Catedral Mercer Hotel

THE FACADE AND ITS BALCONATES

The façade dates from the 16th century and preserves a structure of historic arcades with coffered ceilings and with classic columns redefined as a porch open to the public. Located in front of the hotel, the Giralda is reflected in the balconies windows. These wrought iron balconies date from the early 20th century and their artistic enhancements and cast iron drawings were restored to highlight the traditional Andalusian architecture.

EME Catedral Mercer Hotel

THE ORANGE TREES COURTYARD

As in the Santa Cruz District typical houses (Jewish Quarter of Seville in medieval times), in the heart of the EME Catedral Mercer there is an open central courtyard that vertebrates the access to the hotel rooms.

The Orange Trees Courtyard is covered by an imposing structure whose design is inspired by Islamic ornament and reminds of a modern Moorish-style lattice. Its central fountain and its orange trees honor the Islamic culture.

EME Catedral Mercer Hotel

The Arabic-inspired ornament can be found in different hotel areas, both in the rooms, in the corridors and even in the the panoramic rooftop bar.

EME Catedral Mercer Hotel

THE LOBBY ALTARPIECE

Symbol of the deep religiosity of Seville that followed the Catholic Kings reign, a Baroque altarpiece clad in gold leaf stands out at the hotel lobby area. This altarpiece was acquired from a Madrid antiquarian who said that it was bought years before in Seville from Andrés Moro, a reputed Sevillian antiques dealer and also the former owner of the buildings where EME Catedral Mercer Hotel is located nowadays. If this story is true, the altarpiece has returned to the same place where it came from...


ROMAN TERMS SPACE

It is a hidden treasure: This private space has a spectacular glass floor from where guests can view the remains of Roman terms discovered during the hotel restoration work. A unique space in Seville, perfect for holding private events and celebrations for up to 15 people.

EME Catedral Mercer Hotel

TRADITIONAL WALLS

Rooms and common areas walls are plastered with lime mortar and covered with sandstone, in the manner of traditional Andalusian constructions: A material with a bioclimatic behavior highly appreciated in warm countries since it contributes to the temperature regulation.

Definitely, EME Catedral Mercer Hotel offers its guests a concept of fusion, respectful with history but fresh and vibrant at the same time, as well as a cosmopolitan atmosphere in a monumental environment.

EME Catedral Mercer Hotel
Calle Alemanes, 27
41004 Sevilla (Spain)
Tel. +34 954 560 000
reservas@emecatedralmercer.com

We interview José Hidalgo, Mercer Sevilla Head Bartender

Cocktail bars are fashionable. We talked about that with José Hidalgo, Head Bartender at the spectacular FIZZ Bar in Mercer Sevilla, the 5-star hotel in the Sevillian Arenal district.


With only 28 years, this Sevillian trained between the Superior School of Hospitality of Seville and the Himkok cocktail bar in Oslo, has received several awards since 2016, being 'Art of Italicus 2019 National Finalist' and 'Top 50 World Class Diageo Iberia'. His secret: Passion and perseverance.

How did you become a bartender?

After my studies at the Superior School of Hospitality of Seville and do my internships nationwide, I decided to make the leap to bartending. I moved to Norway in order to acquire knowledge at the Himkok, considered one of the world best cocktail bars (currently "Top 50 Best Bars" ranking 19th position).

What got you hooked into this profession?

When you go into the cocktails world, you discover that there is a lot of work behind each drink, a lot of research to discover new sensations and flavors, and that aroused my interest and desire to learn.

FIZZ Bar Mercer Sevilla

What do you like the most about being a bartender?

Being able to offer new sensations, unique and different experiences, having direct contact with clients, giving advices to them: When a client enjoy one of my recommendations or creations, I feel satisfaction for my job.

In your opinion, what qualities should have a good bartender?

First of all, hospitality is a must. Any hospitality professional should be hospitable to the client above all. In addition, it is important to move forward and innovate through new techniques, products or flavors.

How should be a perfect mixed drink?

I don’t think there is a perfect mixed drink as it will depend on the taste of each consumer, which is given by multiple factors such as origin or eating habits. Our palate is formed with the memories of everything we taste and this largely defines our tastes. Therefore, the perfect mixed drink will be the one that has the conditions of each person to make it pleasant and unique.

FIZZ Bar Mercer Sevilla

What is the best time of day to have a cocktail?

Any time can be great to enjoy a good cocktail, from a mid-morning Bloody Mary to recharge the batteries, to a Dry Martini as a snack before having lunch. It will depend on your mood, but always making responsible alcohol consumption.

What is the consumers current taste?

Little by little consumers are acquiring more knowledge about the cocktail world, each time they are more curious and daring. This supposes a bigger challenge and rigorousness. Of course, the classic mixology continues being the starting point for the consumer as for the bartender.

FIZZ Bar Mercer Sevilla

Mixology is in fashion nowadays, where are the new trends going?

Certainly, we are currently living a new mixology golden age. And I think that those who are offering local and artisan products are succeeding. Behind these products there is a great R&D work to improve the customer experience, which is reflected in the final drink. I think this is and will be the trend: Offering a unique and different experience to the customer.

FIZZ Bar Mercer Sevilla

What can you tell us about the FIZZ Bar?

The FIZZ Bar is located in the extraordinary setting of the Mercer Sevilla, the 5*GL hotel in the historical district of Arenal, next to La Maestranza. It is a 19th century bourgeois palace with only 12 rooms, whose philosophy is to offer an impeccable service so that each client lives a memorable experience. And the FIZZ Bar contributes to that experience.

What do you think you are offering your clients that is unique in Seville?

It's one of the most pleasant, elegant and sophisticated places in the city for a quiet drink. And in addition toclassic cocktails, we propose our distinctive 'cocktail culture' with a series of exclusive cocktails.

FIZZ Bar Mercer Sevilla

What is the most requested cocktail in the FIZZ Bar?

‘Perfetto Errore’ is the most appreciated cocktail from our menu. We make it with a homemade grapefruit bitter, Palo Cortado and bergamot Rosolio. It’s an aperitif with sherry wine flavor, dry and fresh, with little alcohol content, which allows you to drink it before enjoying a dinner, as well as get closer to the Andalusian culture through our wines.

Favourite Cocktail Bar: Although I will always feel part of the Himkok family where I was trained, the Fizz Bar is my favorite cocktail bar, it’s the one that represents me and where I can express myself.
Favourite cocktail: Sidecar. I love this cocktail complexity with a brandy base, citrus and dry touches.
Favourite ingredient: I like to work with generous wines, I think they give a personal touch to the current mixology.
Distilled fetish: Rum, definitely. Each rum is unique. I love to enjoy a glass of rum to relax.
Not missing in your bar: The smile and the desire to make the customer live a unique experience.

FIZZ Bar

Calle Castelar, 26 (Sevilla)

Tel. +34 95 422 30 04

fizzbar@mercersevilla.com

www.mercersevilla.com

From Monday to Sunday, from 4pm to 12pm

Mercer Hoteles expands its portfolio managing the renowned Hotel EME Catedral in Sevilla

With this new addition, the group specialized in the luxury market sums up eight establishments, three of them under renovation, and will achieve a portfolio of twelve hotels in the following three years.


Currently the company is redefining the luxury hotel industry in Spain with an innovative approach that is perceived in each of its properties. Mercer Hoteles commitment is to create hotels where the hospitality takes place in historical settings, signed by great architects, accompanied by an outstanding service and haute cuisine.

MERCER HOTELS UNTIL TODAY

The company was born in 2005 with the Mercer House Bòria BCN opening, set in an 18th century palace in the Barcelona Born District. Four years later, the Mercer Hotel Casa Torner i Güell opened in a Modernist building located in Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona).

Mercer House Bòria BCN y Mercer Vilafranca

In 2012 the first 5-star establishment of the chain was inaugurated. The Mercer Hotel Barcelona is located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. The Mercer Hotels flagship occupies a medieval palace on part of the Roman wall of Barcino and was restored by the prestigious architect Rafael Moneo (Pritzker Prize). 

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

In 2016 a new opening takes place in Sevilla. The Mercer Sevilla is an innovative 5-star hotel located in the Casa Palacio Castelar, a 19th century bourgeois palace in the historical Arenal district. Architects Cruz and Ortiz are responsible for the hotel renovation, responsible of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum rehabilitation within other projects.

Mercer Hotel Sevilla


This autumn of 2018 sets the beginning of an ambitious expansion project for this Spanish hotel chain that starts with the incorporation of the renowned EME Catedral Hotel in Seville.

EME CATEDRAL HOTEL

EME Catedral Hotel opens its doors in 2008, being the first hotel in Seville combining history and modernity, with the impressive background of La Giralda and the Seville Cathedral (the largest Gothic church in the world), in the picturesque Santa Cruz district, city’s old Jewish quarter.

EME Catedral Hotel Sevilla

EME is placed in a historic building, originally composed of 14 defined typical Sevillian houses from the 16th century, which restoration result is a modern and young hotel, with a design that reflects the contemporary Sevillian lifestyle.

EME Catedral Hotel Sevilla

Due to its excellent location and unique views over the Cathedral and the Giralda, the hotel's terrace quickly becomes popular among Sevillians, becoming a must do along these ten years.

EME Catedral Hotel Sevilla

From December 2018, the EME Catedral Hotel management passes into Mercer Hoteles hands. So during 2019, the hotel will experience a series of updates to adapt it to Mercer Hoteles standards, respecting the identity and character of the building.

Without losing the Mercer Hotels luxury and sophistication characteristics, the new EME marks the starting point of an innovative hotel concept, more vibrant, young and urban.

“Services will also be adapted to contemporary luxury. The spa, the panoramic restaurant or the cocktail bar will take a new main role”, explains Amanda Molina, Mercer Hoteles Projects Manager. “The interventions in the hotel will be light, decorative and especially respectful with its architecture, surroundings and history. This will allow maintaining its doors open during the process”.

 

Welcome EME Catedral Hotel!
Mamen Bonet, Pastry Chef at the Mercer Barcelona

We interview Mamen Bonet, Pastry Chef at the Mercer Hotel Barcelona who creates the treats that surprise our guests every morning...


Bringing together the tangible with the intangible to transform the stay of each guest into an unforgettable experience: This is the philosophy of Mercer Hoteles. In this sense, the Mercer Barcelona pays special attention to the breakfast service where every detail is taken care of to make each morning a gift for the senses.

Mercer Barcelona


Breakfast is served daily from 7.30-11.00am in the unique setting of the Mercer Restaurant, with part of the original Roman wall of the ancient Barcino city as a backdrop. In spring and summer seasons, guests can also enjoy breakfast at the Orange Tree Courtyard, an oasis of absolute tranquility in the heart of the Gothic Quarter.

Mercer Barcelona


Mamen Bonet (Barcelona, 1985), Pastry Chef at Mercer Barcelona, is in charge of the 5-star hotel gourmet breakfasts. Since she joined the Mercer's kitchen, this young baker has added a series of delicious novelties to the breakfast buffet: An assortment of small pieces of art -both sweet and savory- freshly made every morning to make guests fall in love. Mamen is a discreet professional who prefers her creations to speak for herself. Her key principle is "work, work and humility". We chatted with her to discover the sweetest details of Mercer Barcelona.


Why did you decide to work in pastry?

Actually, it was like “to let myself flow". When I was studying Fine Arts, I realized that I wanted to be a cook, so I studied Hospitality and Pastry at the Hofmann School in Barcelona where I lay the foundations of everything I currently know.

Mamen, tell us a bit about your trajectory until you reached Mercer Hoteles...

While I was still, studying at Hofmann School, I did two stages: At Mugaritz and Celler de Can Roca. After that, when I finished my studies, I went to Akelarre again as a stagier. At this point I realized that I wanted to specialize in pastry... First I did an internship in the Dolç Pastry from Yann Duytsche and from there I went to work in several bakeries like Melissa (Athens), Pomme Sucre (Gijón), Moulin Chocolat (Madrid) or Baluard (Barcelona).

How would you describe your profession?

It is often said that pastry is the sweet and measured version of cooking. For me it’s also "a bottomless pit" of tests, knowledge and amusement. Actually, it’s magical to be able to make clients happy or surprise them through your work and the pastry is often associated with happy moments...

Mercer Barcelona

What are your creations at the Mercer Barcelona based on?

I’m basically inspired by the classic pastry cookbook, as well as recipes from my previous experiences that seems delicious to me and from creations of other pastry chefs who share their work in books or social media. And I also like to investigate on my own and try new ideas.

What attributes should have a good pastry chef?

A good pastry chef must have the same characteristics as a good cook: He/she must be disciplined, orderly, responsible and a good colleague. In addition to this, I think it's important to be curious and to learn a bit more each day.

Mercer Barcelona


What do you like most about your job?

I love working with doughs and chocolate (of course!), making fruit tartlets and petit fours. All my elaborations are handmade as pralines, chocolates, brioches... I like to have time to fuss over everything I do. I try to pay attention to details so that guests have a good memory of sweet moments at the hotel. 

What are your favorite ingredients?

I love working with good raw materials. I really enjoy working with chocolate (I also love to eat it!) and all its utilities or subtleties. I am also a fruit lover (such as raspberries, pineapple or apricot) and nuts (especially hazelnut and pistachio).

What do you think a good dessert should contain?

Balance and sobriety, especially in sugars, fats and jellies use.

What is the essential utensil in your work?

In pastry there are many indispensable utensils, but I think that brain, hands and a good oven are primary...

Mercer Barcelona

A cake...

I like the coulant and a good strawberry cake!

Recommend us a patisserie...

The bakery where I learned: Hofmann!

Mercer Hoteles Guest Relations Team

We interview the Guest Relations Managers regarding the customer service at Mercer Hoteles

MERCER PHILOSOPHY

Location, architecture, design, gastronomy and above all, the excellence of a service exclusively focused on exceeding our guest highest expectations. Mercer Hoteles takes care of the smallest detail to turn each guest stay into a memorable experience: A way of understanding customer service by which Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla have become a luxury hospitality reference in both cities.

Mercer Barcelona
GUEST RELATIONS, GENUINE DESIRE TO SERVE OUR CUSTOMERS

Joan Manel Salamanca and Javier García are Head Concierges of Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla respectively. Both are professionals with large experience as Guest Relations and “Les Clefs d'Or” members (International Association of Hospitality Concierges). 


What does the Mercer Service consists of?

JOAN MANEL (JM): The Guest Relations department manages any requirements (legal and reasonable) that the guest has before, during and / or after their stay at the Mercer. This global and expert service is one of the main Mercer philosophy pillars. We give a close, professional and trustworthy service for guests to enjoy a relaxed and memorable stay. 

Mercer Barcelona


Do we find the same level of service in all Mercer 5*GL hotels?

JAVIER (JG): Of course! Both at Mercer Barcelona and at Mercer Sevilla, guests will find the same service standards. Being boutique hotels with few rooms, we have the opportunity to provide a completely personalized service. Not only Guest Relations but all departments are focused on offering excellence.


How does the Guest Relations Department work?

JG: We contact the clients before their arrival because many times they need prior attention, as a private car, a restaurant reservation or tickets to a monument or show in the city. On the first day of the stay, we introduce ourselves personally for whatever they may need. And after the departure, we keep in touch with many guests...

Mercer Sevilla

What do you do to keep up to date with the city latest news? 

JG: We love our city and we are interested in everything that happens there. And obviously, we have our information sources got over the years (friends, colleagues or contacts).

JM: I agree with Javier. We try to have a wide network of professional contacts, plus the information we get from press, blogs, Social Media and “Les Clefs d’Or” Association.


Tell us about a special moment or a curious story...

JM: An important achievement is that guests remember us. For example, last Christmas I received a postcard from guests from USA who remembered us even several months after their stay... and invited me to visit them. This is a very special detail!

JG: From my side, during the last “Feria de Abril” (April Fair), I met by chance a couple who where staying at the hotel (a little disoriented) and took them to my private stand, to eat ham, drink wine and even dance some “sevillanas”.


What is it like working with guests at a 5*GL boutique hotel?

JG: The Mercer Hoteles team reason to be is the client total satisfaction. In this sense, our main goal goes beyond fulfilling their demands. Our purpose is to exceed their expectations, surprise them, make them “fall in love” or make them feel at home, perceiving they have a "friend" or "allied" in the city, willing to support them during their visit. And all this, with a professional, unpretentious, sincere and discreet service.

JM: I think that guests who decide to stay at a boutique hotel are clients who expect a direct, calm and personal treatment from the hotel team. 

Mercer Sevilla

What is the best thing about dealing with guests?

JG: Dealing with guests is a task as demanding as rewarding. We love to see that guests are happy when they leave the hotel, because they enjoyed their visit. It’s also nice to read guests reviews on TripAdvisor, of course, customers who appreciate our work and recommend us to their friends and family. 

JM: Exactly, a customer who becomes a prescriber of our brand is a great reward. The best feeling is to check how some guests return to the hotel year after year. 


What do you like the most about your job?

JM: I like to share my city and make other people see it "through my eyes", by creating wonderful experiences.

JG: Definitely what I appreciate the most is the human touch and the multiculturalism.


OUR GUESTS REVIEWS ON TRIP ADVISOR
The best thing about the hotel? The incredible staff! [USA]
The only thing that could compete with the building is the staff: they were without exception first class in their attentiveness and helpfulness. [United Arab Emirates]
Even before our arrival at the Mercer we were contacted by Guest Relations with a request to personalize our stay. That was only the beginning of the incredible service we received at the Mercer. We've stayed at many five star hotels and his service is by far the best ever. [USA]
Some of the most accommodating, professional and service oriented personnel we've ever enjoyed! [USA]
Of all the boutique hotels we have stayed at many locations around the world, the Mercer is a standout high achiever. This reflects the professionalism and warmth that all the staff provided throughout our stay. The Mercer is a leader in luxury boutique hotels. [Australia]
Perhaps the best feature of all is the incredible staff. We could not have felt more welcomed and really missed some of their faces when we returned home. [USA]
Service and staff attitude is close to perfection: They give you the feel of the comfort of home but at the same time show the professionalism of a house of this category. [China]
Everything about this hotel was excellent except the staff which was superb. [Canada]
The staff is some of the best in the hospitality industry. [USA]
Palace-Houses in Seville

Seville has several dozen stately palace-houses, great past and present lineages residences.

With the discovery of America (1492), the port of Seville becomes a strategic enclave for trade with the Indies. This represents an important economic development as well as a cultural and artistic transformation, known as the “Sevillian Golden Century”. Some of the most prosperous families, enriched by trade with the New World, commissioned the construction of beautiful manor houses in which they set their new residences (XV-XVI centuries). Currently there are about 25 palace-houses in Seville, some of which remain private residences.


1. “LAS DUEÑAS” HOUSE

Founded by the Pineda family in the 15th century and owned by the Duchy of Alba since the 17th century, the house occupies the space of the old monastery of “Santa María de las Dueñas”. In the 19th century, the Palace is converted into a neighbor's house. One of the dependencies is rented to the parents of the Spanish poet Antonio Machado (who was one of the 1898 Poetic Generation main exponents), who was born and spent his childhood here. Years later, the palace becomes a witness to the Dukes of Alba illustrious guests such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Grace Kelly or Rainier de Monaco. Its buildings and courtyards range different architectural styles and stands out for its historical value and its collection of paintings, tapestries, sculptures, photographs or furniture.


2. “PILATOS” HOUSE OR MEDINACELI DUKES PALACE

Built in the 15th century, it is owned by the Duchy of Medinaceli. Its history is as important as its heritage value. Courtyards, gardens, galleries, fountains, columns, plasterwork, tiles, pavilions, halls, furniture, together with a large collection of classic art and a series of bullfighting paintings by Goya, constitute the largest of all Sevillian palace-houses. Declared a Property of Cultural Interest and Spanish Historical Heritage, this house has been the scene of productions such as "Lawrence of Arabia" (1942).


3. “LEBRIJA” COUNTESS PALACE

Built in the 16th century, it passes through different owners until in 1901 it is acquired and restored by the Countess of Lebrija (illustrious lady and archeology lover). Considered “the best paved palace in Europe”, it stands out for its collection of Roman mosaics (especially those that cover the central patio floor), its arts collection, as well as a library with 4,000 volumes. This Renaissance palace is a Cultural Interest and Spanish Historical Heritage Property.


4. “LA ALGABA” MARQUISES PALACE

This Renaissance palatial residence was built in the 15th century by the Marquises of La Algaba, and it is one of the Sevillian civil Mudejar style best exponents. During its history, the building has different owners and it was intended for different uses (theater, neighbors' house and summer cinema), until it is acquired and rehabilitated by the Seville City Council, to house the Mudéjar Art Center of Sevilla.


Mercer Sevilla

5. CASTELAR HOUSE-PALACE

Another of these Sevillian architectural treasures is the Casa Palacio Castelar, located in the historic center and in which the Mercer Hotel Sevilla is located. It is a bourgeois small palace dating from 1880, carefully restored by the Sevillian architects Cruz and Ortiz. The Mercer Hotel Sevilla preserves the original structure around the central courtyard or patio, the marble staircase or the high ceilings in the rooms situated in the "noble" floor of the old palace-house.

Mercer Sevilla

Andalusian Patios

The Andalusian patio constitutes the common space by excellence within the popular architecture of Southern Spain. This architectural characteristic was consolidated by Romans, Arabs and Christians, over the centuries.

ROMAN PATIOS

In the patricians or wealthy Roman families homes ('domus'), there used to be a pond for rainwater collection (the 'impluvium') located in the center of an opened courtyard (the 'atrium') where rooms ('cubiculas') were distributed. The Roman Hispania courtyards used to be in marble, surrounded by columns and decorated with small statues and greenery.

MUSLIM PATIOS

The Muslim patios model was developed in the Al-Andalus from the 10th century. It was originally from the Eastern Countries, where houses were traditionally decorated with plants, flowers, fountains, canals or wells, as a symbolic representation of the ‘Garden Paradise'.

SEVILLIAN PATIOS

Seville has monumental courtyards examples as the ‘Patio de los Naranjos’ (Orange Tree Courtyard) in the  Cathedral; or the historical and impressive patios at the ‘Real Alcázar’; or the ‘Palacio de Las Dueñas’ patio where the Spansih poet Antonio Machado played in his childhood...

LIFE IN THE PATIOS

The patio represented the heart of the house, in which the family social life was structured, with dances, songs, meals, parties and celebrations. The house was organized around this interior courtyard. Being an opened air space, the patio helped the conditioning of the house: during the day, light entered in the house interior areas, and at night, the fresh air circulated to the adjacent rooms. Some houses had different patios which were used for the private owners life, the family and the domestic service.

Besides the daily life around the courtyards, they were also used for folkloric celebrations or spring festivals, such as the ‘courtyards festival’ in Córdoba or the ‘Fiesta de las Cruces de Mayo’ (My Crosses Festival) in Seville.

THE MERCER SEVILLA COURTYARD

There are many Sevillian patios styles. Beyond the classic Andalusian patio, there are modern concepts that are faithful to tradition. This is the case of the Mercer Sevilla courtyard.

Mercer Sevilla

The hotel is set in the old ‘Casa Palacio Castelar’, a 19th century small bourgeois palace renovated by the renowned Sevillian architects Cruz y Ortiz. It preserves original elements of the palace as the spectacular Andalusian central patio -the soul of the Mercer Sevilla- around which the 12 hotel rooms are located.

Mercer Sevilla

It’s an interior beautiful courtyard with marble floor and covered by a spectacular dome bathing the space with natural day light and harmony. Surrounding the patio, guests are astonished by the arches, the majestic marble staircase and high ceilings from the ancient palace noble floor.

Mercer Sevilla

It's cocktail time!

The cocktail is a bicentennial drink which history has had ups and downs, although in the last decades it has become very fashionable, gaining fans to the original drinks.


ORIGIN

It seems that the word cocktail comes from an establishment in Mexico that served a mixture of liquors with fruit juices. Due to its color, this drink was called "cock's tail". And it was not only widely accepted, but also quickly internationalized, first in the US (where "cocktail hour" and "cocktail suits" were invented) and later on worldwide.

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of cocktails, some of them very popular, and modern cocktail recipes increase day by day with recognized bartender’s new creations.

Mercer Hotel Barcelona


MERCER BARCELONA AND MERCER SEVILLA COCKTAIL BARS

Mercer hotels are well known for a great location, an impeccable design, a personalized guest service and an excellent gastronomic offer. Part of this philosophy is to offer a distinctive cocktail culture, for both guests and the local public who want to discover our Cocktail Bars in Barcelona and Seville.

Mercer Hotel Sevilla

The Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla Cocktail Bars are intimate and elegant spaces, dominated by an impressive shelving with a collection of bottles, as well as an exclusive furniture. Their menu combines classic cocktails with Mercer own creation cocktails and other non-alcoholic cocktails.

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

We invite you to relax in a refined setting and to share a drink in good company, either enjoying your favorite cocktail or letting yourself be advised and surprised by our expert Bartenders...


RECIPES

Discover how to prepare the famous "Mojito" and the sophisticated "Cosmopolitan", you can both taste them at Mercer Barcelona and Mercer Sevilla. Become a real Barman and impress your guests with our recipes!

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

MOJITO

The origin of the Mojito is a drink from the XVI century called "Draque" in honor of the English privateer Sir Francis Drake. His recipe included lime to help sailors vitamin C lacking fighting scurvy.

In the middle of the XVII, the recipe changes liquor for rum and the Cuban "Draquecito" starts being called Mojito, diminutive of "mojo" (sauce or dressing), probably because of the lime and mint used in its preparation.

The popularity of the Mojito comes from the Dry Law. During 1920 and 1930 many Americans used to cross the 150 km between Key West and Cuba to drink in a legal environment. According to the story said in Havana, Ernest Hemingway -one of the great writers and drinkers of the history-, used to drink Mojitos in the "Bodeguita del Medio" daily.

See Mojito Recipe


COSMOPOLITAN

Unlike other great cocktails that have a long history behind, Cosmopolitan has become so popular so fast that it even has a nickname for friends: Cosmo. Its origin is uncertain and its creation is attributed to several great bartenders.

In 1996, Madonna was seen taking a Cosmopolitan in the NY Rainbow Room and then the bartender received calls from around the world asking for the recipe. But it was "Sex and the City" heroine that definitely contributed to make it trendy: Is there anyone who doesn’t know that Cosmo is Carrie Bradshaw's favorite drink?

See Cosmopolitan Recipe

The Mercer gourmet breakfasts

Indulge yourself or treat someone else, with a gourmet breakfast in the exclusive environment of our luxury hotels.

There are several kinds of breakfast: American, English, continental, buffet, vegetarian, romantic... and even “at Tiffany's” like Audrey Hepburn!

In any case, experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, to face it with the right energy. They say that a good breakfast should include fruits, cereals and protein. Experts also recommend keeping ourselves well hydrated -with water and juice- and be seated to spend a relaxing moment. So, having a good breakfast not only helps us to take care of ourselves, but also to be in a better mood to start the day.

Mercer Hotel Sevilla

At Mercer Hoteles we are aware of this, reason why we offer to our guests our gourmet breakfast, to make the start of their journey more pleasant.

Our guests can take delight in our buffet with complete homemade elaborations, as well as an assortment of à la carte dishes, with top quality products prepared à la minute.

Guests can decide between our continental breakfast, Mercer breakfast or design their own breakfast à la carte à la carte, with a variety of breads and pastries, fruits, cereals and yogurts, cheeses and cold meats, sandwiches and bagels, eggs of their choice, coffees, teas and infusions, as well as waters, soft drinks, fresh juices, wines, cavas and champagnes.

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Another remarkable characteristic of Mercer breakfast is the breathtaking pastry selection. Every morning our pastry chefs give a sweet and tempting touch to our breakfast, so our guests can pamper themselves with delicious little treasures like cakes, tartlets, muffins...

Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Finally, we are glad to share our recipe of Mercer's classic "Marble Cake". Regardless you are an expert or a beginner at the kitchen, we encourage you to elaborate and enjoy this tasty cake.

Download the Mercer's Marble Cake recipe

Bon appétit!
¡Hello Mercer Sevilla!

Mercer Hoteles are proud to announce the opening of the new Mercer Sevilla, a 5*GL boutique hotel, located in the center of the Andalusian capital. With 12 exclusive guest rooms the hotel offers a highly personalized service and a thoughtful gastronomic offering that represents the basis of our philosophy.

In the heart of the historical city center

The Mercer Sevilla is located in “El Arenal”, a neighborhood full of history, architecture and culture, near Plaza Nueva and the bullring La Maestranza, where our guests will feel and live the Sevillian life.

Hotel Mercer Sevilla - Entrance

The Casa Palacio Castelar

The hotel is set in a small beautiful bourgeois palace dating from 1880 and has preserved original features such as the classical façade, the structure around a typical Andalusian central patio and an elegant marble staircase.

“Sevilla has a long and rich history and the city’s architecture is a reflection of that past. With a reputation for integrating the old and new, the best architects for the project were chosen: the prestigious firm of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos says Pedro Molina, owner. “The property, Casa Palacio Castelar, has been chosen because of its prime location in the city and the possibility to create a beautiful small luxury hotel from the existing building”. The result is a beautiful building bathed in natural light, sober and harmonic lines.

Hotel Mercer Sevilla - Patio

The interior of the hotel deserves a full mention. The furniture and decoration have been carefully planned and selected by the Mercer team. With the aim of dressing the hotel with a discreet and timeless elegance, brands such as Flexform, Fredericia, Cassina, Giorgetti, B&B Italia, Gubi or Knoll, are combined with the unmistakable mark #MercerStyle.

A boutique hotel

The Mercer Sevilla has 12 exclusive beautiful rooms spread over 2 floors. The rooms located in the Casa Palacio Castelar old noble floor have maintained the 4.5m ceiling height. All the rooms have elegant oak floors, exclusive furniture and infinite details for the absolute comfort of our guests.

The new hotel also has a delightful rooftop terrace, with swimming pool, solarium and bar service, overlooking the rooftops of El Arenal, one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of Seville.

Hotel Mercer Sevilla - Terrace

A different culinary offer

Gastronomy is another Mercer Hotels pillar. For this reason, the Mercer Seville hosts an exclusive restaurant for 20 guests, with an offer focused on local cuisine, based on quality and creativity: A different proposal that will undoubtedly surprise our guests and locals.

Along the same lines, the Mercer Cocktail Bar is another modern space of the hotel, where the renowned barman Diego Cabrera –Founder and Director of “Twist de Naranja”– has created a distinctive and original cocktail culture for the hotel, one more reason to approach the Mercer and be captivated.

Hotel Mercer Sevilla - Cocktail Bar

Mercer philosophy

Mercer Hoteles philosophy is based on the combination of the cultural heritage and the unique personality of our luxury hotels buildings, with the excellence of a service exclusively focused on overcoming the highest expectations of our guests. The same philosophy of the flagship Mercer Hotel Barcelona which become an icon of contemporary luxury hotels in the city since its opening in 2012. Under this same premise Mercer Hotels inaugurates the Mercer Seville: “We will deliver the same service levels that we have been recognized for here in Barcelona” says Francesc Holgado, General Manager.

Welcome on board Mercer Sevilla!

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