Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz, a benchmark in Extremadura hotel and gastronomy


This past weekend, once again and not to lose good habits, we have gathered some good friends to enjoy in the company of what we like most: travel and know the beautiful corners that this country hides. This time the chosen place was Villanueva de la Serena (Badajoz), a city known above all for its cheese industry, although it hides many other attractions that I will tell you in the next post. But as you know those who follow me normally in the blog, we do not usually choose bad places to sleep and rest from the cultural and gastronomic agenda that we usually schedule. In this case it could not be different and therefore the selected accommodation to enjoy our rest was the wonderful Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz .

I do not exaggerate if I say that it is the best hotel, not only of Villanueva de la Serena, but of all the surrounding towns. Only the Paradores de Trujillo, Mérida and Guadalupe can shade it, but all of them are about 100 kilometers away from La Serena, so it undoubtedly becomes the hotel reference in this area of ​​Badajoz.

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Facade of the Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz

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Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz has a swimming pool for adults and another for children

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From the entrance hall we can see the interior courtyard of the Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz

This charming hotel was built on an old 19th century farmhouse. The owners, after a facelift and several months of restoration, have managed to maintain the architectural attractiveness of this typical Spanish construction while providing it with all the comforts and services that a four-star establishment requires. It stands out above all that, although it has been open for nine years, its facilities are in perfect condition. If I ever say that this hotel opened a couple of years ago, I would have believed it.

The Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz is composed of a total of 3 buildings and is located in a natural space that occupies an area of ​​65,000 square meters. In the central body of the old farmhouse we will find its 48 modern and equipped rooms with vaulted ceilings: 40 of them double, four suites (some of them with Jacuzzi), two adapted rooms and other two single ones. All of them have been carefully designed so that they offer maximum comfort and rest in our stay.

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Standard room of Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz

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One of the suites at Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz

 

La Encomienda Restaurant

In addition to all the benefits that I have told you before, if that were not enough, Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz hides a wonderful treasure: its restaurant La Encomienda. Hand in hand with its Argentine chef Nicolás Gómez Salvai , the restaurant La Encomienda has become in a short time a reference not only of Villanueva de la Serena, but of this whole region of Badajoz. This young chef (he is only 33 years old) has managed to fuse with elegance and affection the Extremaduran products with the most modern and innovative cuisine, without ever losing respect for traditional cuisine.

Their dishes, all made with excellent raw materials, are a real pleasure for our senses. Among other delicacies, in its seasonal cuisine we can taste delicacies such as: delicious tuna tartar cannelloni, a spectacular Iberian sirloin (I have rarely eaten one), a tasty red tuna, exquisite ham croquettes or desserts as original and striking as the apple puff pastry with coffee.

Just to enjoy this gastronomic corner of Badajoz, I assure you that it is very worth making a stop at the Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz .

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La Encomienda Restaurant

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Gastronomic orgasm at @_LaEncomienda by chef @NicolasRBChef #AmigosdeViaje @HotelCSC

 

Other services of the Hotel Cortijo Santa Cruz

The rest of services offered by this hotel are focused and designed for our rest and well-being. In addition to the two swimming pools, one for children and one for adults with a Jacuzzi, the hotel has a small SPA composed of a sauna, a Turkish bath, a Jacuzzi and thermal loungers, although you must take into account that it is only open on Thursdays. , Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

For sports lovers, you can get fit in the full gym and on its tennis and paddle courts. If you are passionate about golf, the hotel also has a pitch-and-putt and a perfect driving range for practicing swing. The only thing is that you can not practice with the woods, since the training field only measures 180 meters long.

Other services available to the hotel are: free Wi-Fi connection , free parking, laundry and dry cleaning service, access for the disabled, bar-cafeteria, business center and newspapers in common areas.

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The hotel has a large gym

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The SPA of the hotel has a jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath and thermal loungers

The hotel also has a driving range for golf lovers

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The paddle and tennis courts are next to the hotel parking