Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza

Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville, Spain Book from Book from £124 per night

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
  • 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

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.

Location

Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is located in the northern limits of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, in central Seville, Andalucia.

By Air
Seville San Pablo (9km) is the closest airport. You could also fly into Jerez (95km) or Madrid (550km). A regular bus service runs into town for Seville Airport, but a taxi is quite reasonable.

By Car
We wouldn't recommend driving a car in Seville; lanes are narrow, parking difficult and it's easy to get lost. But if you want to hire a car, there is parking in front of the hotel.

By Train
The Spanish high speed trains are excellent: the AVE trains operate on the Madrid-Cordoba-Seville route (it takes only 2.5 hours from Madrid). Many other routes are available.

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

More on getting to Andalucia and getting around

Airports:

  • Seville San Pablo 9.0 km SVQ
  • Jerez De La Frontera 95.0 km XRY

Other:

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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 9 independent reviews from i-escape guests

8/10
Room
9/10
Food
9/10
Service
8/10
Value
9/10
Overall

The hotel is very nice. The staff are helpful, and it is an oasis of cool in this sweltering city. The taxi was expensive from the airport, the sounds reverberated through the hotel. It is however charming - library and pool are very pleasant. The decor is beautifully presented conveying a sense of history and class.

8/10,

A beautiful hotel within easy walking distance from everything we wanted to see in Seville. The staff were very helpful and we had a lovely relaxing break!

9/10,

Great stay with rooftop pool to cool you down, just outside main town which was perfect with loads of great tapas nearby.

10/10,

Amazing!

10/10,

We had a wonderful stay at Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza. The staff were warm and friendly and very service oriented. The room we were given was very spacious, light and beautifully decorated. We especially enjoyed the rooftop pool to cool down and relax after sightseeing in the heat. The only minor additions I would add to the room would be to install a full-length mirror and a couple of towel hooks for hand towels.

10/10,

Room was pretty expensive for what it was. Basically paying for the roof terrace, albeit that that is nice.

4/10,

5 (room 45 is a junior suite and rather oddly laid out - bathroom between the sitting room and bedroom). Service was great, outstanding with help for taxis, left luggage after checkout, and navigation. Not bad value considering it was peak ‘Feria’ season - but it is not cheap by any means. It’s a quirky and interesting (non-formulaic) hotel with great service and the roof top pool area was fun although the water was mighty cold in April!

Hotel recommendations for restaurants seldom work because they can’t assess the guests’ preferences but for a first night suggestion before we got our bearings it worked well enough.
I would suggest to anyone to avoid the tapas packages [eg. 6 for €14] in the tourist bars/restaurants.
The tour buses in most cities are a good way to get an initial feel for the place, but the best of Sevile is the narrow streets of the ‘old town’/‘barrios’ and the tour helped little. Everywhere is in walking distance although navigation is more by luck than judgement!

10/10,

I visited with my 2 daughters for a short city break. The hotel was lovely and the staff were very friendly and very helpful. We ate out for all our meals apart from one breakfast, which while good was very expensive. The location of the hotel is great, just a short 10 min walk away from the Cathedral, Palace & main shopping area. I would finitely stay here again.

8/10,

Light and spacious room, and all the public areas are lovely: baskets of oranges, patterned tiles, trailing plants and many other beautiful touches. We had a deluxe room, and, unlike some of the other comments, it was neither noisy or dark. The hotel is about 15 minutes walk to the Cathedral, through a labyrinth of narrow lanes. By the time we left, we had found our landmark tapas bars to guide us!

10/10,

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