Hotel Alhambra in La Orotava (Northern Tenerife in the Canary Islands) is a Moorish former gentleman's residence that has been converted into an intimate hotel.
My host takes me on a brief tour of the magnificent 18th century residence, dutifully describing the over-the-top (but awesome) murals in the dining room, which were painted by Venezuela's renown Antonio Otazzo, who vacations in La Orotava.
On the second floor busts (representing the four seasons) guard over what just could be a courtyard from Rick's Cafe Americain.
I'm eventually led to my chambers. I love my chambers! Floor-to-ceiling windows open up to fresh air and a view of the ocean. The bathroom is spectacular, tiled from floor to ceiling in blue and white patterns.
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