The charm of Seville Judaria neighborhood, also known as Barrio Santa Cruz, borders the UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Cathedral and Alcazar. Grand old houses have been converted into boutique hotels, which are useful for sightseeing, and many have roof terraces overlooking the historic city. Unlike other popular destinations, Seville has a wide range of accommodations to choose from without sacrificing precious travel time. Even at most good budget hotels, proximity to the city center is not a problem.
Where to stay for luxury
Every inch of Hotel Alfonso XIII is glamorous, from the stately exterior to the grand staircases and arched doors. The interior walls are decorated with detailed tile work, including the spacious central courtyard. Large rooms are authentically decorated in three different styles – Castilian, Andalusian and Moorish, and the hotel could not be better situated in its spot between the Alcazar and the Palacio de San Telmo and close to the Plaza de Espana and Parque de Maria Luisa.
Marble columns and stone arches give way to the beautiful courtyard at the luxurious Boutique Hotel Casa del Poeta, which overflows with balconies and a classical guitarist to serenade guests at the fountain. The hotel is centrally located, alone a ten minute walk from the Alcazar and the Cathedral and surrounded by shops, museums and various flamenco shows.
The newly opened Mercer Hotel Sevilla has already caught the attention of luxury travelers, housed in a restored 19th century palace, which is close to the Plaza de Toros, Seville’s historic bullring. The rooms are light and feel exceptionally spacious, with high ceilings and lots of windows. You won’t want to miss a meal at the hotel’s restaurant, María Luisa. Local products are used to create new Andalusian favorites.
The design of Hotel Casa 1800 Sevilla can only be described as classic, with a perfect balance between clean lines and decorations. Located in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, it is close to UNESCO sites as well as shopping and several tour centers including horse and carriage rides. Standout features include complimentary afternoon tea, spectacular service and stunning views of the cathedral from the roof at night.
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Where to stay for the best value
The beautiful courtyard of the El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique Sevilla is decorated with turreted plants from the inward-facing balconies. This is a luxury hotel in every way but the price, with rooms that are fun and bright and each uniquely decorated. The location is ideal for sightseeing, adjacent to the Alcazar and the Cathedralas well as several museums and flamenco shows.
Families and business travelers enjoy the homely, comfortable rooms at the environmentally conscious Hotel Becquer. Abundant amenities include a large rooftop pool, plasma TVs, 24-hour room service, and even a trouser press. Just a few blocks south is the immaculate Hotel Adriano Sevilla, known for its exceptionally accommodating and helpful reception staff. It is located in an 18th-century mansion just steps from the Plaza de Toros in the old town, it is also conveniently located for various shopping options.
Tucked away on a narrow street in the picturesque Barrio Santa Cruz, near Casa de Salinas, is Hotel Amadeus. As the name suggests, it has a classical music theme, which tastefully dominates the decor and creates a lovely atmosphere in the many communal areas and roof terrace. You may not want to leave the peaceful oasis, but those who do will find most major attractions within a 15-minute walk.
Where to Stay on a Budget
The Hotel Zaida is truly a hidden gem, where budget rates require no compromise on the important things. It is centrally located in a historic district, with many restaurants and shops nearby, just a few blocks from the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville and only 10 minutes walk to the Cathedral and Alcazar. Traditional Moorish architecture, quiet rooms and a cozy roof terrace make it especially popular with couples.
Hotel Goya is just as affordable and well located on a lively street minutes from the Alcazar and convenient to the Guitar Museum and the Casa del Flamenco. The peaceful Hotel Abril is located just a few blocks from Las Dueñas and even closer to the fantastically unique wooden sculpture Metropol Parasol. The friendly staff serves breakfast and replenishes the free coffee bar throughout the day. Located a few steps from the city center, the Ibis Sevilla offers consistent quality and modern comfort, serving a continental breakfast.
Where to stay for romance
Plaza de Espana
Couples will fall in love with the old-world atmosphere at El Rey Moro Hotel Boutique Sevilla, a classic Seville townhouse with multiple rooms opening onto a central courtyard. The entrance to the hotel is in a narrow street Barrio Santa Cruz next to the cathedral, which can be admired from the jacuzzi on the roof. In this same neighborhood, Hotel Palacio de Villapanes treats every guest like royalty. This Baroque palace was built in the 18th century with marble floors, grand entrances, vaulted ceilings and huge ornate wooden doors. When you’re not enjoying the spacious rooms, equipped with the most luxurious amenities and the latest technology, treat yourself to some pampering at the spa or a relaxing dip in the rooftop pool that overlooks the heart of the city.
The ultra-boutique hotel Corral del Rey has only six rooms, but offers an unforgettable experience in its careful design restored 17th century palace. Lazy holiday mornings are encouraged here with breakfast served until midday, and seclusion seekers needn’t worry about the crowds at the pool. If you want to explore the area, the Flamenco Museum is just a block away and the cathedral is a five-minute walk away.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas, Hotel Ateneo Sevilla is a secluded oasis in a fully restored historic building with stone arches, marble columns and frescoes. The rooms are fitted with antique furnishings and ornate decorative details, such as gilded mirrors and flowing canopies over king-size beds.