Barrio Alfalfa, Seville, Spain
Conde Nast Traveller (UK), November 2013
"Down a quiet, narrow cobbled street in Seville's old quarter of Barrio Alfalfa you'll find Corral del Rey, a charming boutique hotel which was once (upon a time) a 17th-century palace. Inside, the hotel walls are bright white, illuminated by glass and metal lanterns which hang from dark wooden ceilings. Your room has a comfy king size bed and marble bathroom with a walk-in rain shower (plus custom bathrobes). Seville's famous cathedral is just a five-minute walk away and you can see parts of the city from the hotel's rooftop terrace which has its own plunge pool. There's a bar and café downstairs with an all-day tapas menu and a select list of Spanish wines."
Conde Nast Traveller (UK), May 2013
"Location In the barrio Alfalfa with its romantic spider's web of narrow, cobbled streets and tapas bars
Look It's set in two case palacios on opposite sides of the street. The 17th-century original house has a three-storey internal hall with pretty arcaded balcony - bijou boho in the most stylish sense
Rooms Just 13 rooms done in a chic mix of cherry-picked antiques and natural fabrics with limed-oak floors. The penthouse has swoon-induced views of the Giralda (and a hot tub)
Eating & drinking There's no restaurant, but breakfast is served in the rooftop garden; dinner is also available on request"
Sunday Mirror, February 2013
"Set in a restored 17th century palace in the Cathedral district, this riad-style hotel has a rooftop terrace with plunge pool. Each sleek room has a walk-in rain shower and you don't have to go far to find top restaurants."
The Sunday Times, January 2013
"The Corral del Rey in Seville [is] a restored 17th-century palace near the cathedral."
The Guardian, March 2011
"A small, family-run hotel in the heart of Seville. It's a 17th-century house that was sensitively restored by an Anglo-Spanish family, maintaining all the beauty of the original ruin, complete with a small but impressive contemporary art collection. There are great breakfast and tapas, and a plunge pool on the roof."
"An elegant, small hotel run by two youthful but whip-smart brothers from an aristocratic Anglo-Spanish family. These guys have shown extraordinary attention to detail in restoring their 17th-century palace... Norwegian limed-oak floors, made-to-measure marble bathrooms with huge shower cubicles, eclectic furniture, and original wooden doors and windows... Book one of the second-floor rooms, which feel more spacious due to their higher, vaulted ceilings. There's also a tiled plunge pool up there that's perfect for an after-dinner dip. An annex across the street opened in September 2011 with seven additional rooms... Although the hotel has no restaurant, a private dining space is available for groups."
Conde Nast Traveller (UK), March 2011
"This is the place to be if you like tapas, Moorish architecture and wandering in palm-tree-lined streets. Having partied in the chic, central Corral del Rey, with its sleek urban rooms and rooftop gardens, head out into the countryside."
Reviews are only from people who have stayed there and booked through i-escape.
“The young women who run the hotel are very good, pleasant and very helpful. The hotel itself is very nice. The rooms are a little dark, designed to keep out the heat of the day, the air conditioning is very effective and very quiet. Bed linen is of very good quality and the bed was comfortable. The breakfast room is internal with very little natural light, again for obvious reasons. The hotel is in a quiet street, a short walk from the cathedral and other places of interest. Overall, staying at Corral del Rey was a very good experience.”
Sue, United Kingdom (07.06.14)
“The room was very nice, very clean and attractive, very well equipped, but very noisy. We only had breakfast which was fine. The hotel appears to be run by girls only which makes suitcase handling a bit of a problem as there are lots of steps. Taxis cannot really get to it and no porters. Staff a bit overwhelmed by the small reception and clients continually arriving. Very nice place but we would not stay again.”
Patti, United Kingdom (25.04.14)
“Fabulous location for exploring Seville. Easy walking distance for sightseeing, museums, shopping, bars and restaurants.
Excellent food nearby at Ovejas Negra and Abantal.”
Lisa, United Kingdom (31.03.14)
“Perfect position for walking into city with ease. Good information from staff working there. Room, breakfast, and value all really good.”
m, United Kingdom (02.02.14)
“We were given Room 4 on the top (2nd) floor facing the street. It was certainly not a ‘Superior’ room although it had an impressive array of gadgets. There was very little space to move around in the room itself (as opposed to the en-suite), only one chair and no mirror. One case had to be moved to open the wardrobe (cupboard) door and the other slid in and out from underneath the desk. The room was very susceptible to noise from the street (bar next door) and from the open ‘well’ down to reception. Just above Room 4 is some form of a/c pump which seems to run at various levels from ‘hum’ to ‘noisy’ up to around 11.30pm!! The breakfast was ‘continental’ (croissant, roll & toast) with muesli, yoghurt, fresh fruit etc. being charged as ‘extras’. The staff were excellent and full of very useful information and always helpful and happy to provide background information, book taxis, rail tickets etc. The location is ideal with all the major sites within easy walking distance along with plenty of restaurants, tapas bars, bakers, shops etc. At £160 per night (incl 30% discount) (+ breakfast extras) and given its location, the price was somewhat high for what was provided – although a €10 bottle of Mazanilla from the mini-bar was not charged at check-out due to ‘our long stay’.
TIPS: Do not even think of arriving by car! It’s a bit pricey at €45, but use the airport transfer taxi organised by the Hotel – ‘Name on Board’ at Arrivals – excellent! Had the same driver for return at €30. Taxi to main Railway Station (Sta Justa) is €10. Cordoba is a good day-trip by train. Local trains take a bit longer but are cheaper than the high-speed trains.”
Maurice, United Kingdom (21.11.13)
“Very obliging and helpful staff, particularly Rocio. We thought the breakfast was limited.”
martin, United Kingdom (17.11.13)
“The hotel was excellent. The service excellent. Staff excellent. We will definitely return. We could not have been more satisfied. The location was perfect! Bodega for tapas right around the corner excellent and authentic.”
victoria, United States (23.10.13)
“Location was great and rooms very comfortable. Staff weren't great. Breakfast was poor, and there was an extra charge for eggs etc. Personally we wouldn't stay again.”
Lynn, United Kingdom (10.07.13)
“Lovely friendly hotel. Very helpful staff. Totally relaxing stay. We loved it.”
Sarah, United Kingdom (16.05.13)
“A truly sophisticated, small retreat in the midst of the narrow cobbled lanes of old Seville. Quiet, yet literally steps away from the action. We stayed in one of the smaller rooms (second floor in the front) which was all we needed. Once the shutters were closed there was no street noise that we noticed. Elegant but very simple breakfast (toast, juice, coffee) is served at anytime in the am - cappuccino on request. Fresh fruit would have been welcomed. Staff are discrete but welcoming and very helpful - arranged tickets to a Flamenco show at the last minute for us and they went around to the theater as they couldn't get through by phone. We had 2 large bike bags that were accommodated in storage without any concerns. The Flamenco show in the basement of the hotel was fabulous and worth it! The roof deck is a nice retreat (and the only place where you will get a view of the surrounding city roof tops). The pictures on the website are reflective of the actual hotel - quality is evident throughout.”
Meggie, Canada (08.10.12)