The hotel is housed in a former palace home of the Duke of Medinaceli, the aristocrat responsible for helping Christopher Columbus to plan the journey that would result in the discovery of America. The elegant residence was once home to the Terry family, which also owned the legendary El Puerto de Santa María wine cellar close to the hotel. In fact, you can see some of the cellar buildings, as well the courtyards, from some of the guest rooms. Guests staying at this charming boutique hotel will no doubt feel like royalty for a few days, with access to the most sophisticated of lounges with rather garish light fittings, elegant tapestries, rugs, and paintings, and comfortable velvet sofas giving the place real character. The hotel's usual clientele consists of couples, entrepreneurs, and international tourists who come here for the sun, the beach, and the golfing, for which this part of Andalusia is renowned. You'll also find families staying here, but bear in mind that there are no specific facilities or entertainment for children. The hotel does, however, offer a few additional services, such as in-room massages, charged at around £45 for 50 minutes. You might be interested to know that the King of Norway, Julio Iglesias, and various bullfighters have stayed at this hotel. In collaboration with the neighbouring San Miguel Monastery (which both belong to the same chain, namely Jale), the hotel has organised various gourmet days dedicated to a specific type of food, such as fish or mushrooms, and offers special set meals for around £31. It also gives its guests the opportunity to acquire a 'Privilege Card' that, among other advantages, gives couples (or any two guests) a 50% discount on their restaurant bill.