Set on a cobbled, tree-lined lane in the centre of Seville, Las Casas de El Arenal combines two former homes dating from the 18th century – back when the city was a prosperous port. Much of the interior alludes to this era, with sumptuous fabrics, period furniture and antique etchings of old Seville. Modern tech takes the form of loaner tablets for guests, and why not upgrade to a room with a jacuzzi tub for a treat?
A pair of serene plant-filled courtyards with pillared arches offer a window into the 16th-century birth of the building. Moorish touches intermingle with more traditionally Spanish decor, adding to a sense of combined heritage that continues throughout the rooms. A location on the edge of the old town means easy access to numerous historical sites, including the nearby Casa de Pilatos, a beautiful palace with photogenic patios and gardens.
Crushed velvet couches, cut-glass chandeliers, gilt-framed artworks – when it comes to timeless elegance, Casa 1800 has it in spades. All this traditional refinement, however, is artfully balanced with contemporary style resulting in a superb marriage of the two. Set on the edge of the old Jewish quarter, this converted two-centuries-old mansion is also a mere amble from both the Real Alcázar and cathedral; views of the latter can be enjoyed from a sunny rooftop pool.
A rather sombre facade belies the fabulous abundance of light and colour within. A stained-glass skylight crowns a magnificently restored central space, while herringbone floors and contemporary design make guest rooms in which you’ll want to linger. A super-central setting puts Casco Antiguo on your doorstep and, if you’re visiting over the warmer seasons, be sure to hit the rooftop for a dip in the pool.
This modest but undeniably charming hotel is housed in a corner building overlooking the Alameda de Hércules, a leafy boulevard lined with eateries and bars. The hotel terrace restaurant forms part of the buzzy vibe of the plaza and is a great spot to soak up the atmosphere while sampling an excellent menu of global cuisine. If you’d rather be away from the crowds, a cute rooftop bar opens whenever weather allows.
This luxurious hotel is situated just a short distance from the cathedral and the Real Alcázar, which makes it perfect for those visiting the city. The building was built in 1929 and has retained plenty of the original character despite being renovated in 2012. The hotel consists of 151 rooms decorated in varying styles, from the Castilian era to the Moorish era. Traditional styles are crossed with modern decor, throughout, with original features such as an inner courtyard decorated with Corinthian columns and marble medallions depicting famous Spaniards. Expect five-star standards and service.
Situated in La Alameda de Hércules in the historical quarter of Seville, Hotel Sacristía de Santa Ana is only a short walk from the city centre. Its location is perfect for guests who wish to remain close to the centre but not at its heart. Found within a former 18th-century vestry, the hotel fits right in with the baroque and avant-garde style of the surrounding buildings. The building provides plenty of character with a hospitable and comforting ambiance in the 24 rooms. The staff are always on hand to help guests with any enquiries.
Centrally located near the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, Hotel Palacio de Vallapanés is a convenient stay for all travellers. Built in the 18th century and home to Manuel Lopez Pintado, the building provides guests with an air of elegance and sophistication. Despite renovations, the hotel has retained much of its original charm in the baroque decor, such as beautiful high ceilings with marble and stone arches and columns. With a pretty patio and efficient, friendly service, this is a welcome haven in the centre of Seville.
Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.
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