La Casa del Maestro

Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville, Spain Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
Small, cosy hotel in the centre of Seville which was once home to a renowned flamenco guitarist
This was the home of Nino Ricardo, one of Spain’s great flamenco guitar players. He lived here for nearly 60 years and pictures of him still adorn the walls. Ricardo’s family still own the hotel and keep it alive partly in his memory - look out for the commemorative plaque outside.

The house itself is also a real find, with great prices for the centre of town. The feel is warm, authentic and welcoming, with more than a little style. Step in off the pedestrian street and you enter a small courtyard with a fountain; several floors above you sun pours in through a glass dome. You'll find whitewashed walls, traditional tiled floors, a cast-iron door and elegant cane armchairs. The 11 rooms vary in size but not in style; with comfortable beds, smart furniture and gleaming bathrooms. Climb to the top of the house to find the roof terrace, where you can breakfast with views over Seville’s rooftops to the Giralda and the Cathedral.


  • History, simplicity, tradition and style all come together here with an easy grace
  • The stylish, uncluttered bedrooms offer good value for money
  • The friendly, helpful staff offer a personal service
  • There's a lovely roof terrace for breakfasts overlooking the city
  • It's in a quiet location on the edge of the historic Barrio de Santa Cruz


  • There's no lift, but ground-floor rooms are available and staff can help with luggage
  • Some rooms are now in need of a new lick of paint, and some Standard Rooms are very small
  • Don't expect fancy service; this is a B&B and you'll have to go out to eat
  • It can be hard to find in Seville's maze of narrow streets - best to take a taxi

Best time to go

April until October brings warm, sunny days, though we'd avoid July and August when Seville bakes in the heat and most hotels close. A flamenco festival takes place in the city in September and October, or you can come in April for Semana Santa or the week-long Feria, when women parade around in colourful dresses, men ride immaculately groomed horses and everyone parties 'til dawn. Just book we ahead and expect inflated prices.

Our top tips

Visit Seville during Easter's Holy Week (Semana Santa) and you'll be treated to processions of hooded penitents, religious floats and lingering incense. It's a solemn, atmospheric and fascinating spectacle, but make sure you book a room well in advance.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 11
  • Breakfast only (+ walk to restaurants)
  • Over 8s welcome
  • 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


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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Extra beds
  • Phone
  • Terrace
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


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.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Honestly bar
  • Restaurants nearby


Seville's key sights are all within a pleasant 20-minute walk of the hotel.

  • The gothic Cathedral is Seville's most important building, climb up to the top of its ancient tower, La Giralda, for 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
  • Walk through the maze of narrow streets in the historic Santa Cruz district. You'll find scores of white and yellow mansions with elaborate wooden doors and you can stop for a glass of fresh orange juice or tapas at one of the pavement cafés
  • Cross over to the south bank and follow the river up to the museum of contemporary art
  • Real Betis and Sevilla both play top-flight football in town

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures
  • Wine tasting


Well-behaved children over 8 years old are welcome.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Superior Rooms can accommodate one extra person on a sofabed (for a supplement).


Babysitting is available by arrangement.

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