El Escondite Del Viento, Andalucia, Spain

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  • A hip and colourful town-centre hotel and restaurant, which doubles as a showcase for iconic, contemporary design

    José and Alejandra left high-flying careers in Madrid for a new life in the über-trendy historic centre of Tarifa.

    The 200-year-old building they rebirthed as a boutique hotel is yards from the town’s central square yet hidden away from the brouhaha of its crowded bars and the levante wind that blows hard for much of the year. Thus the hotel’s name: ‘Refuge from the Wind‘.

    From the outside, the building’s 19th-century façade is in synch with its urban context, but inside Escondite waves tradition goodbye. Iron, glass and wood have been fabulously commingled to provide a light, sculptural and edgy backdrop for an iconic collection of modern design classics: Van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair and bed, Panton chairs in red and black, George Nelson’s whimsical Marshmallow armchair.

    There’s an eclectic collection of paintings and sculpture, good sounds and a high feel-good factor permeating every corner of the hotel. Add to this great food, easy and pro-active management, and 6 design-mag-perfect bedrooms… it’s purrfect..

    El Escondite Del Viento in Tarifa is a boutique hotel with doubles costing from €90 B&B

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