A room at Hotel Alminar with a view of Seville's cathedral and belltower; courtesy Hotel Alimar
A visit to the enchanting southern Spanish city of Seville needn’t mean breaking the bank on accommodation. There are plenty of charming, reasonably priced hotels within strolling distance of all the city’s attractions and its most lively neighbourhoods. Read on for the top ten most affordable hotels in Seville.
Hotel Alminar, Sevilla
Cathedral views from the rooftop terrace at Hotel Alminar | courtesy Hotel Alminar
Located in a stately old townhouse within a two-minute stroll of all of Seville’s historic attractions, the three-star Alminar Hotel offers some of the best value accommodation in the city. The Superior Doubles and Twins boast views of the cathedral’s iconic Giralda belltower, while all rooms have their own balconies and bathrooms. The hotel’s facilities include a traditional Sevillano patio, daily buffet breakfast and a charming rooftop terrace with cathedral views (accessible only from the two Superior rooms on the top floor).
Cathedral views from the rooftop terrace at Hotel Alminar; courtesy Hotel Alminar
The super-cool boutique Ítaca nestles in the northern tip of Santa Cruz, the city’s enchanting former Jewish quarter. Within a two-minute stroll is Seville’s famous ‘Metropoal Parasol’ monument – known locally as Las Setas , or ‘The Mushrooms’ – while the city’s awesome cathedral is just ten minutes away. The rooms are decorated in slick oranges, whites and blacks and all open onto a gorgeous internal courtyard in the typical Andalusian style. Respite from the heat of summer in Seville is provided by a small rooftop pool and there’s also an in-house café and bar.
All of Ítaca’s rooms open onto a gorgeous internal courtyard; courtesy Hotel Ítaca
Hotel Patio de los Cruces is situated in the enchanting neighbourhood of Santa Cruz; Irina Sen
Hotel Patio Cruces’ 21 rooms were lovingly restored in 2009, each designed to combine a contemporary style with the original features of a traditional Andalusian townhouse. They are split into three types: Classic, Standard (both doubles) and Single, all of which have their own bathrooms and provide easy access to the hotel’s two charming patios. The spectacular Royal Alcazar palace is right next door, and within a two-minute walk is Plaza Alfaro – home to a building said to have inspired the balcony scene in Romeo & Juliet.
Hotel Patio de los Cruces is situated in the enchanting neighbourhood of Santa Cruz; Irina Sen/Shutterstock
Sandwiched between Seville’s greatest architectural treasures, the cathedral and the Alcazar Palace, this characterful boutique is housed in a 16th century townhouse and run by Sevillano couple Victor and Helena. Helena personally oversaw the decoration of El Rey Moro’s bedrooms, each of which has its own unique style and colour scheme. Included in the price of booking are some fantastic extras, such as a bicycle for the duration of your stay, a three-hour guided tour of the city and access to the stunning rooftop jacuzzi.
For refined and affordable accommodation in the thick of the action, the three-star Sacristia Santa Ana takes some beating. Situated directly on the bar-packed Alameda de Hercules, Sacristia offers 23 light-filled rooms in a carefully-restored 18th century mansion, at the centre of which is a cool and tranquil courtyard. Most of the Superior Doubles look out onto the Alameda, while some on the top floor have spectacular perspectives over the city’s rooftops. All the attractions of the old town are between a 10-15 minute walk away.
Sacristia Santa Ana offers elegant rooms in a popular part of the city; courtesy Hotel Sacristia Santa Ana
Seville cathedral's iconic belltower is a one-minute walks from Hotel Patio en Santa Cruz | Sandra Vallaure/flickr
As its name suggests, this two-star boutique’s key draw is a magical roof terrace that offers views over the centuries-old rooftops of Santa Cruz towards the cathedral’s Giralda belltower. The Giralda itself is less than a ten minute stroll away, as indeed are the Alcazar, Plaza de España and the elegant 18th century bullring. Un Patio en Santa Cruz’s rooms are are decorated with works by locals artists and come with fresh flowers and ultra-soft Egyptian bed linen – classy touches which, combined with their central location, offer guests superb value.
Seville cathedral’s iconic belltower is a one-minute walks from Hotel Patio en Santa Cruz; Sandra Vallaure/flickr
Named after the 17th century Sevillano painter Bartolomé Murillo, this warm and friendly two-star hotel offers stylish accommodation just 350 metres away from Seville’s sprawling Gothic cathedral. The Standard rooms offer views onto one of Santa Cruz’s prettiest streets or the attractive internal patio, while the fourth-floor Superior Doubles all come with their own private terraces. Murillo’s guests can also enjoy early-evening cocktails on a rooftop terrace so romantic that it must surely have seen more than its fair share of proposals.
Murillo provides a base from which to explore the enchanting squares and streets of Santa Cruz; Sandra Vallaure/flickr
Hotel Abril is a quaint and friendly two-star pension in the heart of Seville’s former Jewish quarter. It’s perfect if you want good value accommodation with easy access to the city’s nightlife, as the Alameda de Hercules – one of the Andalusian capital’s trendiest after-dark hangouts – is less than a ten minute walk away. Closer still are the lively bars, restaurants and cafés of Plaza Encarnacion. All rooms offer private bathrooms and free wifi, and if you book directly with the hotel you can enjoy the extensive breakfast buffet for just one euro per person.
Hotel Abril is less than a 10 minute walk from the bars and restaurants of Alameda de Hercules; afloresm/flickr
Another gem of a hotel situated close to the bars of Alameda and Seville’s best shops, the H10 Corregidor Boutique offers guests one of the warmest welcomes in the Andalusian capital: upon arriving at reception, you’re handed a free glass of cava to enjoy as you’re checked in. Other of the H10’s charms include a picture-postcard Andalusian patio on which coffee, drinks and snacks can be enjoyed and a restaurant in which one of the best hotel breakfasts in Seville is served every morning. The old town and its attractions surround the hotel on every side, so all are easily reachable by foot.
H10 Corregidor Boutique is located in the heart of old Seville; StockSnap/pixabay
A family-run boutique set in a beautiful 18th century mansion, Casa de Colón is one of the most charming budget hotels in the Andalusian capital. All of its bedrooms are individually decorated to a high standard and offer comfortable accommodation, but the must-have spaces are the attic rooms right at the top, which come with their own private terraces overlooking the rooftops of Santa Cruz and the Giralda belltower. A cool ground floor courtyard offers a wonderful retreat from the midday heat and all of Seville’s UNESCO-protected monuments are less than ten minutes away on foot.
Seville’s spectatcular Alcazar palace is easily reachable on foot from the Casa de Colón; waldomiguez /pixabay