Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza

Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville, Spain Book from Eur124

Reviewed by Tom Bell
Cool, contemporary hotel with gorgeous courtyards and a rooftop pool, in the heart of Seville's old town
A sublime city, a lovely hotel. You’re in the old town with a palace on one side of a cobbled square and a whitewashed church on another. Step inside and crisp, contemporary interiors seduce immediately. Impeccable rooms, airy sitting rooms and a rooftop swimming pool all elate, but it’s the 3 courtyards that take the biscuit. Old ceramic pots and mill stones are scattered about, colour spills from flowerbeds, stone pillars flank the sides and steps lead up to cloistered walkways that wrap around above. A great place to eat at any time.

Inside, the style is warmly chic: smart, but you feel at home. In the dining room, a wall of glass looks onto a tiny courtyard shaded by banana trees. Sitting rooms are adorned with modern art, leather sofas and perhaps the odd occupied Victorian birdcage. You sleep on starched linen in charming rooms, the best of which have French windows that open onto the square. Delightful.

Highs

  • The whole place is gorgeous, with lots of relaxing corners, but the courtyards are hard to beat
  • The tiny rooftop pool and spa with views across Seville's terracotta skyline
  • A convenient, quiet location - the Old Town's labyrinthine alleyways are just round the corner, the Catedral and Alcazar are a 10-minute walk
  • During our 2015 revisit, we loved borrowing the hotel's bicycles and exploring the city

Lows

  • Rooms are expensive, but we feel they're worth it
  • Some rooms are quite dark due to their windows opening onto the interior courtyard
  • The lower level rooms can be noisy, particularly those around the courtyard. Try to get a top floor room if you can

Best time to go

Spring and Autumn are the main tourist seasons in Seville. Summer can become extremely hot. In August the locals head to the coast and much of the city closes.

Our top tips

To make the most of the birthplace of flamenco, come during the festivals in September and October, or in April for the week long Feria: women parade in colourful dresses, men ride immaculately groomed horses and everyone parties 'til dawn.

Great for...

City Style
Foodie
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 41
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

Rooms are all entered from galleried walkways that look down on the courtyards. Doors and window frames are painted in a smart blue-grey and windows have exterior seagrass blinds that give exteriors a nice colonial appearance.

Bedrooms are charming. Décor is kept simple and striking: white walls, slate floors, Indian wall hangings, contemporary paintings, cast-iron beds, plump pillows. We thought the Dreamers Rooms were great, thought the Deluxe Rooms have added living space. The Junior Suites are the biggest, each has a dressing room and a sitting room dressed with chenille sofas and glass-topped tables.

All rooms come with flat screen TVs, and you can request a DVD players at reception. Rooms at the front have French windows that open onto the square or a side street, although they're often a little smaller than others. Bathrooms are smart, some are tiled in yellow, others come in blond wood. There are bathrobes, too - don’t forget to loaf around in one.

Unfortunately, single travellers often get Dreamers Room #43 (as we did on one visit), which is located underneath the roof top pool and is darker than the other rooms. If you stay for 3 nights or more, you might want to get a bigger room.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

You can have breakfast in bed, but the courtyards are so lovely, you might want to spurn laziness and eat in the sun. A buffet is laid out in the warm yet contemporary dining room: freshly-squeezed orange juice, cereals and yoghurts, croissants and rolls, cold meats and cheeses.

The restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus take a modern slant on the traditional. You may get goats cheese salad with basil, oil and nuts, roasted sea bass or a lasagne of bull’s tail cooked with mashed carrots and sherry. There's tapas, too - octopus, seafood-stuffed peppers - and the usual array of irresistible puddings like tiramisu, or wine and cava sorbet. The room service menu also offers tapas, as well as satisfying soups, salads, pasta and pizza.

If you want to eat out, don’t miss El Rinconcillo, Seville’s oldest tapas bar - it’s well loved and the wine is very good. If you’re keen to mix with the locals, head over the river to Triana’s tascas bars - tapas, wine and song. Quite often, people bring their guitars and just start playing: open-mic for flamenco guitarists. Try El Tamboril, El Arenal (jazz, classical, blues, flamenco) or the much-loved La Anselma, named after its septuagenarian owner who still enjoys a dance.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Most visitors walk around Seville, but the hotel has bikes to borrow, so you can glide around the city and simply follow your nose
  • The Gothic Catedral is a real draw, one of the biggest in Europe. Its ancient tower, the Giralda, was built by the Moors and gives fine views across the city
  • Close by is the Alcazar palace, a sublime example of Moorish architecture and not to be missed. You can also visit the beautiful old La Casa de Pilatos palace, just around the corner from the hotel. Quite spectacular
  • Real Betis and Sevilla both play top-flight football in town. Tickets are surprisingly well-priced tickets and are usually available at short notice
  • After all that sightseeing, treat yourself to a massage at the spa on the sun-kissed roof terrace

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Children are welcome, but the hotel (and its restaurant-bar) has quite a romantic, adult atmosphere so families may feel out of place. There are no special amenities for little ones but we saw a family with 3 children staying during our visit and they seemed perfectly happy.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

All rooms can fit an extra bed or baby cot; Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites have space for one of each.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

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

Families Should Know:

The pool is unfenced and small so kids playing in it need to be mindful of other guests.

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
8/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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