“Small, cosy hotel in the centre of Seville which was once home to a renowned flamenco guitarist”
The rooms have a distinctly Spanish feel. Each is named after a Nino Ricardo song and daubed in a different bright colour: cornflower blue in La Gitana Arabesca, dusky pink in Recuerdo a Sevilla, lavender in Almoradi. They’re a little scuffed around the edges, but comfortable, with warm rugs, cast-iron beds, smart linen and good lighting.
If you’re going to be out most of the time a Standard Room will suffice; Superior Rooms are larger and have a sofa. Spread over 4 floors, ground-floor rooms don’t get as much natural light as those above, but compensation comes in the form of small terraces. A couple of the first-floor rooms have pretty French windows opening onto the street. There’s no lift, so a fitness centre was deemed unnecessary.
Spotless bathrooms come in blue and white, with big white towels and Escada toiletries; most have a shower only. Superior Room La Gitana Arabesca is unique in offering a tub and shower.
Breakfast is a moveable feast to be taken just about anywhere you want: in your room, down in the breakfast room or up on the roof terrace - a must in summer. The delightful views over Seville’s rooftops end up at the cathedral and the Giralda, while taking in several thousand TV aerials. Expect a classic buffet including freshly-squeezed orange juice, croissants, cakes, cold hams, cheeses and eggs cooked to order.
You’ll have to head out for lunch and dinner, but Seville is a big city and you won’t find it hard to get a good meal - ask the team for advice if you’re unsure. Don’t miss El Rinconcillo: it’s just around the corner and is the oldest tapas bar in town. Venture over the river to Plaza Cuba and drop into José Luís for more great tapas, or follow the river west up past Iglesia Santa Ana to Kiosko de Las Flores, one of the tascas bars, where you get drink, tapas and live flamenco all rolled into one.
Seville's key sights are all within a pleasant 20-minute walk of the hotel.