Hotel Elvira Plaza

Santa Cruz, Seville, Spain Book from Book from £63 per night

Charming, minimalist 9-room hotel in the heart of the historic Barrio de Santa Cruz
Turn the corner into Plaza Doña Elvira and you’ll feel instantly transported back in time. The leafy orange trees, bubbling fountain and azulejo benches are quintessentially Sevillan. Smack in the centre of the city but removed from the tourist hustle and bustle, this square was once an outdoor theatre. It is now home to this gem of a hotel, and a handful of traditional restaurants.

The hotel opened in 2012 after a lengthy refurb that breathed new life into a historic building, whilst retaining its old charm. The owners took care to make things eco-friendly, too, using recycled wood for the room details (headboards, doors), and installing water- and energy-saving mechanisms. The result is a modern and comfortable retreat that's a pleasure to return to after a busy day of sightseeing. The rooftop terrace is a lovely spot for a morning coffee or sunset beer, and you'll want to try both of the delicious restaurants: tapas and cocktails at Vinela and traditional Andalusian fare in chic Doña Elvira.


  • A central location in an adorable little plaza, and a fantastic panoramic roof terrace with big views
  • Great-value rooms, which come with iPod docks
  • Friendly and helpful service
  • Within walking distance of Plaza de España, the Giralda district and the best flamenco bars
  • A quiet night’s sleep; the plaza is pedestrianised, and its restaurants close by midnight (unusual in Spain)


  • You'll have to park, or be dropped off, a 2-minute walk away, but you can call ahead for help carrying luggage
  • Breakfast costs extra
  • No twin rooms, extra beds or baby cots
  • Not much space to unpack or hang your belongings
  • A centralised power system, so if you turn off the main lights, plugs are disabled and your gadgets won’t charge

Best time to go

Seville is warm all year, with more hours of sunshine than any other major European city. The ideal time to visit is during spring, early summer and autumn; July and August are extremely hot and many businesses close. Seville hosts 2 of the largest festivals in Spain, Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) and the Feria de Abril, both in April. Prices soar during these big fiestas and bookings need to be made well in advance.

Our top tips

Visit the local artisan craft and souvenir shops, especially Las Moradas around the corner, which sells beautiful handicrafts and ceramics from a well-preserved, traditional Sevillan home.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 9
  • Bar and 2 restaurants (open daily)
  • Allowed but not ideal
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Roof terrace with tables and loungers
Room: Terrace Junior Suite


Unlike many restored buildings-turned-hotels in Seville, all 9 rooms have windows, giving them a light and airy feel, enhanced by an all-white colour scheme. There are beautiful reclaimed-wood headboards, tiled floors and crisp, white linens. Shiny white and chrome bathrooms have rain showers, plus a tub in the larger rooms. There are no wardrobes but you'll find hangers and rails.

Economic Double Rooms are compact but not stuffy, with floor-to-ceiling windows to an internal patio. The Ground Floor Double is of a similar size, but has a view of Doña Elvira plaza. The Double Rooms are more spacious with double-glazed windows facing the plaza or side street. We stayed in #105, which had lovely exposed brick details and a Juliet balcony. It’s worth upgrading to one of the Junior Suites for a sitting area and a private terrace that looks out onto the plaza and the Giralda beyond.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries


The hotel has 2 restaurants: Doña Elvira and Vinela. In the morning, a Continental breakfast buffet is laid out in Vinela - cakes, pastries, cheeses, fruits, tortilla and fresh juices, as well as Cava for that holiday spirit!

Both restaurants are open from 11am-midnight, and hotel guests get a 10% discount. We enjoyed our traditional dinner of croquetitas variadas (mixed croquettes), paella andaluza and carrillada de Ibérico (pork cheek) in Doña Elvira. (Tip, don't miss the chocolate cake with clementine ice cream or Sevillan custard if you've got room for dessert). If you fancy a lighter meal or snack, order tapas and cocktails at Vinela. For a change of scene, ask staff for recommendations - the neighbourhood is full of great eateries.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Tapas restaurant
Eating: Restaurant


  • Walk to the Giralda district to see the world's third largest cathedral. The Gothic architecture is mind-blowing, and inside are works by Murillo, Goya, Pedro de Campaña and Luis de Vargas
  • We loved the Real Alcázar palace and gardens, with their beautiful gilded architecture and formal maze
  • The Plaza de España is a majestic sight, with Art Deco buildings, a river and a moat, originally built for the 1928 Ibero-American Exposition
  • Take a traditional horse and carriage ride or just wander through the city's quaint cobbled streets, soaking up the citrus smell from the orange trees
  • Cruise up the river on an electric-powered boat trip with local company Guadaluxe. They take small tours of 10-12 people (so a much nicer experience than the large diesel cruisers with hundreds of passengers), and the bi-lingual guides are excellent

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wine tasting


Children are allowed but it's not a family hotel. No baby cots or extra beds are available, so you'd need to bring your own baby cot or book 2 rooms for older children.

Kid Friendly:


Hotel Elvira Plaza is in a pedestrianised square in Seville's central Santa Cruz district.

By Air:
Fly into Seville's San Pablo Airport (10km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving it.

From the Airport
It's a 20-minute taxi ride from the airport (or the hotel can arrange a transfer on request). You will need to stop in Plaza de Santa Cruz, and from there walk the final few yards (call ahead if you need help with your luggage). Alternatively, buses go from the airport every 30 minutes, and you can get off 5 minutes' walk from the hotel.

By Car:
We wouldn't recommend driving - Seville is easily explored on foot or by tram, and driving can be a pain due to numerous one-way systems and little in the way of public parking. Having said that, if you do hire a car, there's a public car park nearby.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Andalucia and getting around.


  • Seville San Pablo 10.0 km SVQ


  • Beach 65.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 10 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Bed and breakfast hotel Elvira Plaza is beautifully & quietly situated near the Alcazar. Our junior suite was charming with a lovely balcony & view of the cathedral.We enjoyed eating a good breakfast in pretty Dona Elvira Square.


The location was excellent, by a quite little Plaza, the breakfast that was not included but served in the restaurant next door, was a fantastic buffet style with lots of choice and value for money. Although comfortable bed, and clean room, we were disappointed with the room, very small and a bit run down. Not what we expected booking with i-escape. Too expensive for what it was.


Room was clean and air conditioned. Lovely view over the square. Complementary cava and nespresso capsules on arrival, shame the nespresso capsules weren't replaced each day as there was no breakfast. Great location. Very enjoyable stay.


Room small and tired, in need of update. Very good location in lovely square situated in central Sevilla.


All in all a nice hotel at a great location - directly inside the Santa Cruz quarter, which is very "in" and hosts lots of bars, restaurants and other points of interest. Still the room was very small - actually we had trouble placing our two bags somewhere. And air conditioning blows a little bit to strongly on one side of the bed - being a must in Sevilla at this part of the year (temperatures over 40°) we had to turn it on and off several times per night. The hotel doesn't offer parking at all but there is an underground parking lot at 200m distance for around 21€ per day.


The room was lovely and the Plaza it is in is enchanting but very small. Breakfast really disappointing - just not sophisticated enough for a hotel like this in our opinion.


After being greeted by a surly receptionist, I was a little worried. But I soon fell in love with the hotel and the location and decided the receptionist was a small price to pay. It really is a gem of a hotel. Guests will leave feeling like they've stumbled across a tightly held secret. Can wait to go back!


Lovely friendly little hotel in the heart of Santa Cruz. Excellent overall but the room was on the small side with no space at all to hang clothes etc. It would have been nice to have a blanket for the bed given the cold weather.


Really enjoyed our 3 night stay at Hotel Elvira Plaza - great location, good food in both restaurants , very helpful reception. Would recommend and would love to stay again.


Room small but with a lovely outlook. Very clean and comfortable. Good shower. Not a lot of storage space.


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