“Cool, contemporary hotel with gorgeous courtyards and a rooftop pool, in the heart of Seville's old town”
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.
- 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
- 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
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
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.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Safe box
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.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- 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
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
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)
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 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.
Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is located in the northern limits of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, in central Seville, Andalucia.
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.
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.
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
- Seville San Pablo 9.0 km SVQ
- Jerez De La Frontera 95.0 km XRY
- Beach 100.0 km
- Shops 0.1 km
- Restaurant 0.1 km