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Corral del Rey

Barrio Alfalfa, Seville, Spain

Activities

  • Head up to the roof terrace to admire the views and soak in the plunge pool

  • Borrow a DVD from reception, or listen to an eclectic selection of music from your private iPod

  • Visit the family owned bodega (wine cellar) and taste the home-grown sherries

  • Wander through the quaint cobbled streets, stopping for a glass of Spanish wine or bite of tapas. The streets are filled with orange trees, which add a glorious splash of colour and a citrus smell to the air in spring

  • Head into the Giralda district and see the third largest cathedral in the world. The Gothic architecture is mind-blowing, and inside are works by Murillo, Goya, Pedro de Campaña and Luis de Vargas. Be sure to look up at the flying buttresses from the gates of the Alcazar gardens

  • Spend a morning at the royal Alcazar Palace and gardens to absorb the opulence of 17th-century Mudejar architecture. Some of the carving and tile work beggars belief, as does the gilt domes of the courtyard rooms. There's also a great maze to explore

  • Hit the high street: the shopping is great in Spain (with much cheaper Zara and Mango), and there's a good smattering of boutiques too

  • Seville is tapas Mecca: follow your nose or spot the bars with the locals in. The Sevillians like to go on a tapas crawl in the evenings, having a couple of platas in each bar

  • Take a boat trip along the Guadalquivir River then wander through the beautiful Plaza de Espana

  • Go and see a dramatic bullfight at the world famous Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, or take in a flamenco dancing display

  • Have a steam and soak at the Moorish baths, 2 streets away from the hotel. They also do a great massage

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Food and wine
  • Historical sites
  • Museums/galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping/markets
Save to favouritesPrintMailCorral del ReyItís easy to walk past the Corral del Rey, which sits discreetly on a cobbled street of the same name, minutes from the bustle and beauty of the Cathedral district. Set behind heavy studded Moorish doors, it maintains a smart coolness, with the private, intimate air of the best Moroccan riads. From the small but sleek reception area, you look up a central airwell to 3 arched galleries, off which are 6 of the rooms. A stone staircase leads up past them to a roof terrace, ideal for breakfast or cocktails; a tiny plunge pool offers respite from the city heat. The rest of the rooms sit in an annex across the street. Sleekly bohemian, all of the [r:SP029:bedrooms] drip with high-end comforts, including a plasma TV with surround-sound in the bathroom, a walk-in rain shower and iPods with first-class playlists. In fact, you could easily spend the day inside and forget about seeing Seville. But try not to. The jaw-droppingly lovely Giralda, Alcazar and Gardens are just around the corner; explore further and you'll find some of the greatest tapas bars on earth. A great little hotel - more of an upmarket B&B really - which is worth a bit of a splurge.

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