Top 30 Hotels
These are my personal picks for the top 30 hotels in Sevilla.
Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
Plaza Jesús De La Redencion, 2
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Of the new breed of chic 4-star hotels in renovated historical buildings, Las Casa del Rey de Baeza is my favourite. Pass through the modern reception area, and you will find yourself in the traditional interior courtyards. There are a couple of lounges with terracotta floors and leather sofas around the garden patios. The rooftop pool is a bit small, but there’s a nice sundeck where you can relax with a drink or a book, and a well eqipped spa. The bedrooms are furnished in a mix of the traditional and modern, and fresh flowers are a nice touch. The hotel has its own restaurant for lunch and dinner, doubling as a breakfast room in the morning. It’s in a quiet little square away from the main streets, but still within easy walking distance of the sights and the shops.
Hotel Casa 1800
Rodrigo Caro, 6
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This little gem of a hotel, perfectly located just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral, is acquiring a good reputation as the place to stay for a romantic getaway. It’s in a renovated townhouse, and I love the way many of the original exposed brick walls and beamed ceilings have been preserved or restored. The best rooms have their own private patio and jacuzzi, but they’re all beautifully, and individually decorated. A nice touch is the complimentary afternoon tea, which can be a welcome escape from the summer afternoon sun. There’s no restaurant, but there’s no shortage of good places to eat nearby.
Gran Melia Colon
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As soon as you go into the grand circular lobby (the Albero, after the yellow sand used in the bullring), you can see that this 5-star hotel really looks the part. It’s quite large, with 189 rooms on six floors, each of which is designed around the work of a particular Spanish artistic period or painter, with reproductions of famous paintings on all the doors. I love the combination of high style, with furnishings by Edra, Starck and Wanders, art, and humour. There’s a spa and wellness centre to pamper the outer man, and a top notch restaurant and designer tapas bar to satisfy the inner man. Watch out for visiting celebrities, particularly bullfighters and footballers. The location is just outside the tourist areas, but within a short walk of almost everywhere you might want to go.
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The Itaca is one of the growing number of boutique hotels in converted townhouses that take advantage of the interior courtyard to provide light and relaxation space. It’s quite easy to find, too, as it’s next to the distinctive Metropol Parasols. A good breakfast is provided in a charming little breakfast room off the patio, and although there is no restaurant there are lots of places to eat within a few minutes of the hotel. I’ve always found the staff more than helpful, and willing to give advice on where to go. There’s also a summer only rooftop pool.
AlmaSevilla Palacio Villapanes
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By discreetly declining to mention the word hotel on its august portals, the 5-star AlmaSevilla adds a dash of exclusivity to its undoubted quality. The main lobby is a classic colonnaded patio with a central fountain, and as well as a second large courtyard at the back with a bar and lots of greenery, there are a plush lounge and a library to relax in. The bedrooms are spacious and luxurious and have modern bathrooms and all the complimentary bits and bobs that you’d expect. The retaurant downstairs serves typical Andalusian cuisine. It’s located in a quiet side street near the centre, so it’s handy for pretty much everywhere you need to go.
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A perfect getaway hotel in the Barrio Santa Cruz, the Fontecruz is clean and spacious, from the splendid central patio with its high wooden ceiling, to my favourite rooftop bar with the best view of the cathedral in Seville. Come up here to relax on the sofas and daybeds after a day’s sightseeing, and catch the deep blue sky at nightfall. The bedrooms have bathrooms with tubs as well as showers, and the suites are especially luxurious. The Morrison’s restaurant has a reasonably priced set lunch menu.
Hotel Alfonso XIII
San Fernando, 2
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The grande dame of luxury hotels in Seville, and a real landmark near the Puerta Jerez, the Alfonso has a slightly old-fashioned magnificence that doesn’t detract from its comfort and high standards of service, and it’s still the preferred place to stay for the rich and famous The glassed-in central courtyard and its associated bars and restaurants is unique in Seville, and if you can afford it, it’s the place to go for evening cocktails. Unfortunately, there is a 30€ daily charge for WiFi, which is frankly unbelievable at this level of hotel.
Las Casas de la Juderia
Santa Maria La Blanca, 5
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The charm of the Casas is that it actually is, as the name suggests, a lot of separate houses joined together by patios, passageways, courtyards, and even a tunnel, so it’s full of little nooks and crannies with fountains and quiet places to relax, and the different areas of the hotel all have their own character. There’s a brand new restaurant too, the Emporión, and a Roman style spa with jacuzzis and a sauna, both open to the public.
Casa Sacristia de Santa Ana
Alameda de Hercules, 22
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This is a delightful boutique hotel in the renovated sacristy of one of the local churches (you can see the before and after pictures on their website), on the upwardly mobile Alameda de Hercules. Like a lot of hotels in the old centre of Seville, it features a traditional patio where you can put in a little downtime with a drink or magazine, with the rooms and other facilities arranged around it. These include a cosy little computer room, and the Santa Ana restaurant/café. The bedrooms are in relaxing muted colours and have all the modcons, and I’ve always found the service pleasant and friendly.
Corral del Rey
Corral de Rey, 12
This is a very small, but shamelessly luxurious, hotel, and an excellent place to disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate on your holiday. There are iPod decks and free WiFi in the rooms, and a cosy courtyard downstairs, but no intrusive TV. In fact, the whole atmosphere is very personal, from the superb service to the artwork, decor, and fresh flowers.
EME Fusion Hotel
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This is definitely the trendiest hotel in town, with “gangsta” doormen and day-glo lighting in the lobby, and the rooftop terrace and bar is one of the top “must-be-seen-at” places in Seville. It also has a wide choice of places to eat, including an Italian restaurant, tapas bar and fusion gastrobar. The location is perfectly central – literally just across the street from the Cathedral.
Seville’s very first boutique hotel, Casa nº7 actually feels more like a private guesthouse offering great personal service. Small, tasteful and discreet, it boasts a level of luxury that belies its official 2-star status. No TV or radio here, although there is free WiFi, so its quiet and relaxed, right down to the antique filled sitting room. The location in a quiet street on the edge of the Santa Cruz is perfect, too, if a little difficult to find. A home from home for the seasoned traveller with a bit of cash.
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This small quiet hotel is in a great central location between the Alameda and the main shopping streets. There’s a ground level patio where you can enjoy a better than average breakfast, and a two-level rooftop terrace with a bar and tapas, some wonderful views over the city (binoculars provided) and a small pool. WiFi is available, but there’s a charge. And if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, ask about the Alcazar Suite.
Álvarez Quintero, 52
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This cosy little boutique hotel in the heart of the city is the perfect choice for anyone who likes their creature comforts but doesn’t have unlimited resources – which is to say, most of us. Location doesn’t come much better than this, a quiet pedestrian street within a few minutes walk of the sights, the shops, and lots of excellent tapas bars. Not too many frills, but the rooms are well-equipped, and you can get free hot and cold drinks all day. Definitely value for money.
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As you might guess, the Amadeus/la Musica has a musical theme to its decor, but it also has practical facilities for successful and budding musicians. For the rest of us it offers a good location on the edge of the Santa Cruz, comfy rooms, typical patios, and a rooftop terrazza with views over the city. No bar, but you can bring your own, and if you order the day before, its a fabulous place for a rooftop breakfast.
La Casa del Maestro
Niño Ricardo 5
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This small boutique hotel is centrally located in a little pedestrian street near the centre, about 15 minutes walk from the central shops and main monuments. The interior patio terrace is perfect for breakfast and planning your day. The rooms are brightly decorated in vivid colours, and have beautiful bathrooms.
Hotel Petit Palace Marquez Santa Ana
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I love the contrast here between the old 19th century palace building, and the modern furnishings, which include laptops and iPod decks in every room, and fabulous modern bathrooms. Lovely rooftop terrace with views over the city, and a patio lounge on the ground floor to relax and plan your day in. The location is excellent, just far enough off the main Avenida de la Constitución to be quiet and peaceful, still close enough to be in the thick of things in two minutes flat.
Plaza Nueva, 7
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As the name suggests, the elegant Hotel Inglaterra has something of a British feel to it, including an Irish pub, the Trinity, on the ground floor, and a full service retaurant on the first floor. The upper rooms have stunning views across Seville’s main square, the Plaza Nueva, to the historic city hall at the opposite end, which you can also enjoy from the rooftop terrace cocktail bar. The location is central and close to shops, monuments, and restaurants. Sorted.
Un Patio en Santa Cruz
This lovely little 2 star hotel is in a restored 18th century townhouse in a pedestrian street in the heart of the Santa Cruz, close to the Cathedral, Alcazar, and other monuments, which you can see from the rooftop terrace while having a drink at the bar. A nice touch is the free morning coffee which you can enjoy in the unusual white marble patio. Some of the rooms lack an external window.
Hotel Abba Triana
Plaza de la Chapina
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The first thing that strikes you when you go into the Abba is the stunning triangular 5-storey atrium that lets light into the centre of the hotel, with all the rooms and other facilities arranged around it. Glass lifts and plenty of greenery help to give it a nice airy feel. If you can, take a room that faces the river, where the views are better. The Abba is on the Triana bank of the river, so it’s more accessible by car than most places in the centre, and it’s handy for Isla Magica and the Cartuja, but it’s also a bit further from the main monuments.
Hotel Vime Corregidor
Pasaje Morgado 17
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Close to both the centre and the Alameda, the Vime is built around a traditional Sevillano patio with a fountain and lots of space to relax. There’s a restaurant and snack bar, and lots of great places to eat within a few minutes of the hotel. The decor of the rooms is simple, but everything is clean and comfortable, and the staff are attentive and helpful.
Best Western Hotel Cervantes
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In general, this is a solidly comfortable 4-star chain hotel, but built around two renovated 19th century buildings, each with a typical indoor Sevillano patio that gives it a touch of local ambience – the one next to the bar, where you can sit with your drink and tapas, has jasmine and an orange tree. The location is in a small street close to the centre, within five minutes of the main shops and the Alameda. Unusually in Seville, it also has onsite parking.
Reyes Catolicos, 4
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It’s easy to miss the slightly nondescript frontage when you walk past it, but if you’re looking for somewhere comfortable to stay that won’t break the bank you could do a lot worse than the Becquer. It’s in a good central location, but still easily accessible, including by car, which is unusual in Seville. There’s a nice cafeteria, popular with locals as well as guests, but my favourite place is the rooftop solarium and swimming pool, which has some splendid views over the city to whet your appetite.
Parras 28, 41002
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This is a nice quiet hotel, close to the Macarena and Alameda, but a bit of a walk from the main monuments and the Santa Cruz. It was built in a converted palace for the exposición of 1992, and a modern new wing with a rooftop pool and groundfloor restaurant was added a few years later. In between the two buildings is a patio garden with palm trees, mosaics and fountains.
Alcoba del Rey de Sevilla
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This cosy and intimate boutique hotel in a former Mudejar palace is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, its 15 rooms featuring large comfortable beds with bright silks and cottons, and really nice bathrooms – one of my unfulfilled ambitions is to try the circular jacuzzi in the junior suite. Downstairs is a beautiful Andalusian style patio and breakfast room, and during the summer months there is a also a rooftop bar. I really like the Moorish style and colour of this hotel. The location near the Macarena gate and basilica is at the opposite end of the old city to most of the principle monuments, but close to the lively Alameda de Hercules and the Isla Magica theme park.
Hotel Vincci La Rabida
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Despite being part of a chain, this hotel is very much in “traditional Sevillano style”. Like a lot of hotels in Seville it’s a restored and converted palace, this one from the 18th century, and it has a spectacular central patio with a fountain, sofas and small tables. The spacious bedrooms continue the theme with terracotta tiles and dark wood. The main restaurant is off the courtyard downstairs, with another on the rooftop that opens in the evenings. The hotel is close to the cathedral and I love the spectacular views from there. One big drawback for me is that there is no free WiFi – surely not too much to expect in this day and age?
This is an unpretentious but comfortable little 2-star close to the bullring (so it’s best avoided during the April Fería bullfights). The rooms are surprisingly spacious, with the best ones facing the street. There’s a lounge area next to reception, and an all day café with a little terrace on the street outside.
Hotel Un Patio al Sur
Fernan Caballero 7
Although it’s only a 2-star, I really like the ambience of this pretty little boutique hotel. It’s built around a light and airy central patio with comfy sofas, and the rooms and bathrooms are clean and brightly coloured.
Handily located in a quiet pedestrianised street just off the main shopping area, it’s also close to all the main monuments, and lots of good tapas bars and restaurants.
Ximenez del Enciso, 28
This is an unassuming and cosy hotel right in the Barrio Santa Cruz, and a good choice for a short stay on a budget. Fairly basic, but clean, quiet and affordable, it’s close to all the main monuments, as well as shops, tapas bars and restaurants. It’s also next door to the Casa de la Memoria, one of the best flamenco venues in town.
Ximénez de Enciso, 11
If you’re looking for somewhere cheap, you can’t do much better than the Vergara. It’s basic, but it’s clean and comfy, so at only 20 euros a night it’s excellent value, especially as it’s right in the Santa Cruz, and close to the cathedral and Alcázar, and although there are no eating facilities, there are so many good bars and cafés around that it doesn’t really matter. The only possible drawbacks are that bathrooms are shared (one for each two rooms), and that access is by a steep stairway, so it’s not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.