EME catedral hotel

near the Giralda, Seville, Spain Book from Book from £122 per night

A fabulous hotel in Seville’s historic centre, with views of the Giralda and lashings of urban sophistication
EME greets the visitor generously in a warm and vibrant atmosphere. Escapism, rest and well-being is the order of the day here, whether it's indulging yourself in the spa or bedding down in one of the gorgeous rooms. Designed by renowned architect Juan Pedro Donaire, the hotel is spread between 14 traditional Sevillian houses, which sit around a patio courtyard with flowing fountains and an enchanting flower stall. This patio is the heart of the building, decorated with a large whitewashed wall latticed with undulating Islamic laceria inscriptions.

Inside, Hannes Wettstein chairs rub shoulders with Parentesi furnishings and funky Jasper floor lamps, but the whole vibe is low-key and discreet rather than showy. A rooftop terrace with a translucent alabaster bar provides a heady location for cocktails and fabulous cityscape views; better still, there are 3 restaurants to choose from, as well as a cafe and a bar which both serve light meals and snacks, so you can stay in every night without getting menu-fatigue. If you want traditional Spanish charm, it's not for you, but movers and shakers will love it.


  • The most stylish hotel in town, with full marks for location, sheer pampering and class
  • It's a stunning blend of traditional Moorish design with avant-garde architecture and lavish interiors
  • Slick service from friendly English-speaking staff, who give you as much attention as you require
  • Its flagship roof terrace is the place to see (and be seen) in town, with great drinks, front-row views of the cathedral, and a smattering of VIP guests
  • The café is the ideal place to start the day - watch the bustling boulevard while you sample gourmet pastries


  • Be prepared for a well-dressed, cliquey vibe (and pricey drinks) on the roof terrace: it's popular with high-class, frio y fino Sevillians
  • Nightlife at the bar, and across the road at the flamenco house, continues into the small hours; the hotel claims to be soundproofed, but you might want to bring earplugs
  • Some rooms are quite dark, and storage space is lacking
  • We've heard there is ongoing maintenance in different parts of the hotel - check when booking
  • The rooftop pool is more suited to a quick dip than swimming

Best time to go

The overall temperature for Seville is high all year round, and it has more hours of sunshine than any other major European city. Sevilla has 2 of the largest festivals in Spain, Semana Santa (Holy Week), and the Feria de Abril in April. Book well ahead if you want to be here during either.

Our top tips

  • Request a room overlooking the Giralda - the view is worth the extra Euros. Avoid the cheapest rooms, some of which have only internal windows.
  • Find the hotel's star mixologist and have him make you his winning cocktail, 'Magic Garden'. Heaven in a glass!
  • Use of the spa and thermal circuit requires a bit of persistence - and advance booking

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 57
  • Restaurants and bars
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Plunge Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The smallest rooms are the Superiors, which we didn't get to see, but from the photos we'd take a punt on functional rather than indulgent. Some of them seem to only have internal windows. We'd definitely recommend upgrading to a much-bigger Deluxe or a Deluxe View, which overlooks the Giralda.

Our Junior Suite had a charming Juliet balcony gazing towards the Giralda. But the jewel in EME's crown has to be its 2 exclusive Premium Junior Suites; a duplex at the very top of the hotel. Their beds have a direct line of vision to the Giralda, and their terraces have fabulous views over Seville.

Bathrooms throughout are a delight, with carved stone sinks, walk-in rainforest showers and/or in-room tubs.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Phone
  • Plunge pool
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • TV
  • WiFi


The sleek EME Lobby and Patio Restaurant serves up Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, just what you crave after a day of sightseeing and exploring. We enjoyed a simple yet tasty goat’s cheese salad followed by sautéed crayfish with artichoke, before rounding off the evening in the hotel’s Santo Copas cocktail bar.

There’s also a spectacular rooftop restaurant-bar - La Terraza - with panoramic views of the city. And nestled on the street outside the hotel, the 20 Pasos café has a small menu of light dishes and sweet treats.

Understated Ostia Antica is an Italian restaurant serving up haute pasta, pizza and risottos. Ingredients are seasonal and many of the vegetables come straight from the local market.

In the morning, there’s a good continental breakfast buffet, the usual suspects along with a number of cooked options.

If you do decide to venture out, there are some great eateries in the vicinity, especially if you enjoy tapas. The cod in tomato and spinach with chickpeas at Rinconcillo was great, and delicious jamon iberico hangs in most eateries.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • La Giralda is one of the world's largest cathedrals and is set right in front of the hotel

  • After the Reconquest, the Spanish began to eliminate all traces of Moorish architecture. Luckily, some survived, including the best example of the Moors' lasting impact on Spanish architecture, Seville’s Alcázar. A row of royal palaces built by the Catholic kings Alfonso X and Pedro I in the 14th century make up the infrastructure, along with luxuriant Babylonia gardens containing towering topiary hedges, mazes and fountains

  • Seville’s most famous flamenco house, La Carbonería, is just across the road and is well worth a visit

  • Visit Aire de Sevilla, a very popular hammam spa open late-night daily. The 90-minute bathing experience is mixed, often in groups, and you can bring your own bathers. Stick around afterwards for refreshments; there are over 50 varieties of loose leaf tea, accompanied by delicate Turkish sweets and pastries - the cold mint tea is particularly refreshing

  • Santa Cruz is the medieval district behind the Alcázar and La Giralda, bordering Menéndez Pelayo and the the Moorish Jardines de Murillo. Formerly Seville’s main Jewish quarter, this is where the wealthy elite still reside. Don’t miss the Flamenco Museum or the horse-drawn taxis

  • The hotel spa, deSPAcio, provides the perfect excuse to pamper the body and relax the mind

  • Relax by the rooftop swimming pool and admire the Seville skyline

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being


Children of all ages are welcome, though there are no particular facilities for families.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Junior Suites and Premium rooms can hold an extra bed or baby cot.


Babysitting can be arranged.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots can be provided on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:


EME catedral hotel is situated in the very centre of Seville, looking out to the Giralda.

By Air
Seville San Pablo Airport (15km) has links from other cities within Spain and Europe.

From the Airport:
The hotel offers an airport transfer service. Airport buses run every 30 minutes to central Seville; the journey time is about 30 minutes. Taxis wait outside the terminal building, and prices are higher on weekends, public holidays, and late night.

By Train
The high-speed train service (AVE) links Seville with Madrid in just 2.5 hours. There are 15 trains daily and some stop in Córdoba and Ciudad Real. There are also frequent links to Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante and Cáceres.

By Car
If you don't plan to go further afield than the city, we don't recommend hiring a car as local transport is very good, and it's easy to get around by bike/on foot. If you do want to hire a car though, it's a 20-minute drive from the airport to the hotel. There's public valet parking 100m from the hotel for a daily charge.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Andalucia and getting around


  • Seville San Pablo 15.0 km SVQ


  • Beach 100.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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