Palacio Bucarelli

San Lorenzo, Seville, Spain Book from Book from £108 per night

Historic apartments (sleeping 2-4) for couples or families in a 17th-century mansion with a courtyard pool, set in Seville's trendy San Lorenzo district
Built at the end of the 17th century, majestic Palacio Bucarelli has been home to the esteemed Bucarelli family for 4 centuries. After a recent rebirth, it now houses some of the city’s most alluring guest apartments, each enormous and brimming with history, offering a flavour of the Spain-that-was.

Stepping inside you leave the rattle and hum of the city’s narrow streets behind. Chalky wafer-bricking, terracotta tiles, pebbled floors and the exuberant colours of the mansion's collonaded courtyards impart a beguiling Sevillano air, as do a trickling fountain, slender cypresses and the scent of orange blossom: the aesthetic code of Moorish Andalucía is never far from you in Seville. Each of the 15 apartments is named after one of the Bucarelli's illustrious forebears, and the antique furniture and tapestries of the family heritage that decorate the rooms evoke the rich history of this grand palace. Breakfast hampers are brought to you each morning, and you’re a shake away from the lively bars and restaurants of the Plaza de San Lorenzo and Calle Eslava, the new foodie hub of the city.

Highs

  • You’re well away from the touristy bars and shops surrounding the Cathedral and the Santa Cruz quarter
  • A courtyard plunge pool is a huge plus during hot Sevillano summers
  • Rooftop views across Seville’s pantiled skyline are enchanting
  • A good option for families - the apartments are large, each has a kitchenette and some have sofabeds for children, plus there's a dedicated family apartment
  • With well-equipped kitchenettes in each apartment you have the option of eating a meal or two en casa

Lows

  • There’s no communal guest space apart from the courtyards but the apartments are so large that this isn’t an issue
  • Don’t expect full hotel facilities, though there is round-the-clock assistance in reception along with an honesty bar stashed with snacks and wines from the family bodega
  • It’s a 20-minute walk to the heart of town but the whole appeal of this place is that you’re far from the madding crowd
  • It’s too far to hump luggage from the nearest car park so you’ll need to grab a cab on arrival and departure

Best time to go

Seville is unforgettable in spring when the city's many orange trees are in blossom and the bougainvillaeas and geraniums are beginning to flower. In winter things are far less crowded and the weather is often sunny, and warm enough for alfresco lunches. Be aware that in summer temperatures can rise to the mid-forties.

Our top tips

  • Seeing as it's right on your doorstep, don't miss Eslava restaurant - but be sure to get there early if you want to have any chance of finding a place at one of the few outside tables or inside at the bar.
  • If you're happy staying out late then be sure to drop into La Carbonería, one of the city's oldest music venues, where there's live music 7 days a week.
  • Great for...

    City Style
    Family
    • Boutique Apart-hotel
    • 15 apartments for 2-4
    • Breakfast + walk to restaurants
    • All ages welcome
    • Open all year
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Daily Maid Service
    • Towels & Bedlinen
    Room:

    Rooms

    The 15 apartments are big, light and airy. Named after Bucarelli family members - a viceroy, a countess, high-ranking officials in the church and army - their decoration mirrors the family’s blue-blooded past.

    Towels, bathrobes and bed linen are embellished with the family coat of arms whilst framed prints are of people and places that shaped the family’s history. Ceilings rise to 6 metres with enough space to slip in mezzanines with sofabeds, whilst 2 of the swishest apartments (Penthouse with Terrace and Pool) have marble-lined plunge pools on their rooftop terraces.

    Walls painted in muted shades of grey are contrasted by bright kilims and bed runners whilst furnishings - lamps, easy chairs, bedside tables – mix things rustic, antique and contemporary. It hangs together well and all apartments have fully-equipped kitchenettes tucked away behind glass-panelled doors.

    You’ll have a snazzy bathroom featuring twin sinks, bidets, walk-in rain showers, big mirrors, natural bath products and the same wood-effect tiles you find in the bedrooms.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Coffee maker
    • Hairdryer
    • Kitchenette
    • Toiletries

    Eating

    The makings of your breakfast - bread, cereal, juice and so on - is delivered in a hamper outside your apartment each morning. In spite of all the kitchen gear – toaster, Nespresso machine, kettle and so on - we found it a bit of a fiddle and there are no dining tables and chairs inside some of the apartments. You’ll find a menu for the city’s best takeaway service should you fancy a lunch or supper in.

    There’s no need to leave the San Lorenzo quarter when you head out to eat: some great eateries are right on your doorstep. Eslava, just around the corner, offers unforgettable tapas-style dining if you’re happy dining elbow-to-elbow with a crowd of animated Sevillanos. La Abacería de San Lorenzo also has oodles of local flavour whilst for fine dining Az-Zait, to one side to the quarter’s main square, is the place for a splurge.

    Features include:

    • All meals included
    • Bar
    • Breakfast
    • Coffee / tea making
    • Coffee maker
    • Kitchenette
    • Restaurants nearby
    Eating:
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Grab one of the Palacio’s bikes and explore old Seville or head off with a guide to discover the city’s best tapas bars
    • Visit La Basilica del Gran Poder, home to one of the city’s most venerated icons and a hub of the Easter week processions
    • Dip into the Centro de Arte de Santa Clara, a former convent which is home to the extraordinary creations of Sevillano artist Luis Gordillo
    • Wander labyrinthine streets to window shop in Calle Sierpes then have coffee and cakes at La Campana
    • Watch the world go by on the Plaza de San Lorenzo with a coffee or a chilled glass of sherry

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Cycling
    • Historical sites
    • Museums / galleries
    • Nightlife

    Kids

    Children are very welcome here. There's a Family Apartment, and having your own kitchenette could be a big plus for parents with young kids - who will probably be in their beds long before the Sevillanos are even considering heading out for supper! Children will enjoy the communal plunge pool or those in the mezzanine suites. Cots and high chairs are available and babysitting can be organised with prior warning.

    Family friendly accommodation:

    The Family Apartment has 4 beds - 1 double, 2 singles - as well as a dining table seating 6. The Apartments with 2 Floors, the Penthouse with Terraces and the Suite Apartment have sofabeds that can each sleep 1 child.

    Babysitting:

    Babysitting available with prior arrangement.

    Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool in the courtyard

  • Distances:

    • Airport: 20 minutes
    • Hospital: 12 minutes
    • Shops: 5 minutes
    Kid Friendly:

    Location

    Palacio Bucarelli is located on Calle Dalia in San Lorenzo, approximately 20 minutes from the Cathedral and the Santa Cruz quarter.

    By Air
    Seville San Pablo (25km) is the closest airport, or you could fly into Jerez (98km) or Malaga (217km). Taxis from the airport are reasonably priced (approximately EUR25)

    By Car
    Driving can be tricky in Seville, but if you want to hire a car there is public parking near the hotel (hourly/daily charge) and there is also usually safe on-street parking.

    By Train
    The Spanish high-speed trains are excellent: the AVE trains operate on the Madrid-Córdoba-Seville route (it takes only 2.5 hours from Madrid). Many other (slower) routes are available, including trains from Malaga and Granada.

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

    Airports:

    • Seville Airport 10.0 km SVQ

    Other:

    • Beach 91.0 km
    • Shops 0.1 km
    • Restaurant 0.1 km

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    10/10
    Room
    10/10
    Food
    10/10
    Service
    10/10
    Value
    10/10
    Overall

    It was lovely to stay in this beautifully restored old palace. We stayed in an apartment with terrace - perfect for breakfast, very comfortable large room. Great location and good tips and advice from Constanza. Special thanks to her for helping us to get a lift to the airport as the taxis were on strike.

    10/10,

    Overall a fantastic stay - it’s worth paying for a terrace
    (we had a penthouse with terrace) as having breakfast there
    was lovely. The hotel manager was so helpful and nice and the hotel
    is stunning, so peaceful, traditional but stylish

    10/10,

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