Saturday, March 7, 2009
Spaghetti Western Locations
Hotel Cortijo el Sotillo (Marisol’s house).
“Located at the entrance of San Jose, Cabo de Gata, Almeria. You can't miss it, travelling into San Jose on the only main road into the town, it’s on the left hand side at the entrance to San Jose. This building is the main reception area of the hotel and contains several lounges, bar, and restaurant. On one of the lounge walls are some photo collages that Donald Bruce put together from ‘Fistful of Dollars’ with modern day comparative pictures.” – El Cortijo el Sotillo Hotel
I can’t relate to you how amazing it felt the first time I entered this building and saw the almost identical interior that was Marisol’s house in “Fistful of Dollars”. The fireplace and mantel were still there, the same doorway entrance, etc. The hotel is located on one side and a real estate office is located on the other side of the driveway (the location where Julian and Jesus lived). Don Bruce and Marla Johnson had their condo in the village of San Jose which you can see in the background on the hillside. We initially parked where this picture was taken which would have been the location of the well that Clint stops at for a drink of water and observes young Jesus sneaking into the house to visit his mother.
Hotel Cortijo el Sotillo link: http://www.husa.es/en/fichaHotel.php?id=257
For a more detailed view of this site and other Spaghetti Western locations please visit my friend Yoshi “Garringo” Yasuda’s excellent website: http://garringo.cool.ne.jp/