Hotel Palacio Marques de la Gomera, Spain

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  • Curl up for a night or two at this comfortable nobleman’s palace in the ancient town of Osuna

    You get a bit of aristocratic splendour at this 18th-century baroque palace on the best street in town.

    Step though ancient wood doors and you find a classical Moorish patio: arches and columns flank the sides, a private chapel stands in one corner and an ancient marble staircase leads up to covered galleries.

    Best of all is the Tower suite, where windows on three sides give views over town, a wrap-around balcony encircles you, and stone columns rise to meet a beamed ceiling open to the rafters.

    Elsewhere you find busts and sculptures, wicker chairs, flourishing ferns and a small fountain in the patio. The 20 rooms tend to be large, some with high beamed ceilings.

    The galleries are strewn with big comfy sofas, the large bar has a couple of fine baroque mirrors on the walls. The décor is plush without being grand, a little conservative perhaps, but this is a provincial hotel and it suits.
    Hotel Palacio Marques de la Gomera in Osuna, Andalucia Southern Spain, is a palace hotel with 19 rooms, with doubles costing from €99 for bed and breakfast.

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