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MORE THAN A TEAM | pt. 1

At Plácido y Grata, we feel like a big family. The staff from the hotel is the most human side of it and the one that gives shape to the whole project.
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Their warmth, kindness and expertise will make your stay even more pleasant. 

We are starting a new series of interviews introducing the people who are behind Plácido y Grata.

Desiré Roldán | Guest Experience

How long have you been living in Seville? How do you relate to this city?
I have lived in Seville since I was born. I have been lucky enough to grow up, study and now work in this beautiful city. All my family and close friends are from here, and it is a city that hooks. I can’t imagine living anywhere other than Seville. 

What do you like most about this city?
The atmosphere, the joy in the streets, the hospitality of the people and its special color.

The best picture postcard of the city, according to you.
Plaza de España, without a doubt; it’s stunning.

A scent that immediately takes you to Seville, wherever you are.
The scent of incense and orange blossom during Easter or the smell of wet ‘albero’ sand and Manzanilla at the Feria de Abril.

A place where you like to go to relax and replenish energy.
There is no better place than the Aire baths to relax and wind down; it’s a haven of peace and tranquility. Entering through one of Seville’s narrowest alleys, admiring the Mudejar-style architecture of this residential palace, soaking in ancient baths to the sound of music and water … It’s quite a relaxing experience. 

What is the best area to go for a walk?
Maria Luisa Park. It has a large area and is quite pleasant to walk among fountains and trees.

A place to try a delicious bite.
This city has a very wide gastronomic offer to suit all tastes, but when you are here, you must definitely try the local food. I love going for tapas in typical bars like Antonio Romero or Los Coloniales, and visiting gastropubs like Torres y García or El Pintón.

A store you find special.
There is a bookstore on Sierpes Street called VERBO, which was the old Imperial Theater. They still keep the original structure of the theater, as the seating area, the stage and the amphitheater are still preserved, only that where people used to sit, there are now thousands of books. The first time I came in I was very surprised, and since then it is one of my favorite places. 

A sound that comes to your mind and that is characteristic of the city.
The clopping sound of the horses’ hooves and the carriages.

A good plan to do in Seville with children?
Going to Maria Luisa Park for a bike ride and feeding the pigeons; visiting the Museum of Illusions or going to the Aquarium.  

Jose Quiles Alba | Barista

How long have you been living in Seville? How do you relate to this city?
I have always lived in Seville. I was born in a town very near but soon I moved here. I have been living in Seville since I started my career and I relate to this city through gastronomy.

What do you like most about this city?
Definitely, spring. It lasts very little in Seville, but walking, coffee in hand, and getting lost in streets where I haven’t passed yet is what I like the most.

The best picture postcard of the city, according to you.
For me, looking at the Triana Bridge from the Cristo de la Expiración Bridge in the early hours of Good Friday: when the brotherhood passes, you can only see the silhouettes and shapes and sense what is happening there.

A scent that immediately takes you to Seville, wherever you are.
The incense and the orange blossom…

A place where you like to go to relax and replenish energy.
The banks of the river, watching people pass by as the sun goes down.

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What is the best area to go for a walk?
Barrio Santa Cruz. It’s amazing to think what could have happened there; what must be lying underground from where you walk…

A place to try a delicious bite.
La Casa del Tigre, in the Santa Catalina neighborhood 

A store you find special.
The Triana market, for its history and people and because despite being in the center of Seville, it still retains the essence of the neighborhood.

A sound that comes to your mind and that is characteristic of the city.
Church bells. Here, churches mark the time by ringing their bells and that is something that we Sevillians carry inside.

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