“Cool, contemporary hotel with gorgeous courtyards and a rooftop pool, in the heart of Seville's old town”
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.
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.
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.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All rooms can fit an extra bed or baby cot; Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites have space for one of each.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pool is unfenced and small so kids playing in it need to be mindful of other guests.