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Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
Hotel Corral del Rey
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HOTEL Corral del rey

Review by Fiona Flores Watson

Why should I stay there?

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Right in the historic centre of Seville, yet on a quiet street, this superb, luxurious boutique hotel in a traditional Sevillano mansion offers faultless service and sumptuous décor, from monogrammed linens to Lutron lighting, and all-round high-tech wizardry. 

What kind of person stays there?

Fans of low-key luxe, who like being close to the action, and who enjoy their gadgets, and those who enjoy all kinds of activities - gastronomic, sporting and cultural, both in the city and further afield, which the hotel can arrange. It's a celeb favourite,
but they're too discreet to name any names.

Where is it?

Bang in the buzzing heart of Seville - five minutes from the cathedral and Alcazar, and close to shops and restaurants. Don't even attempt to drive there as the narrow streets and one-way systems are fiendishly tricky to negotiate; if you have a car, leave it in the Jardines de Murillo underground car park. Santa Justa train station (AVE to Madrid, Cordoba, Malaga, Barcelona) is 10 minutes away and San Pablo airport 30 minutes.

What's it like?

A meticulously converted 17th-century Sevillano house with patio, boasting Roman pillars and original wood doors and beams; eclectic ethnic-chic décor, with wood carvings and statues from Burma, Morocco and India adorning rooms and communal areas. Contemporary art hangs on the walls; the vibe is stylish without the fashion-dictated hard edges or garish splashes of colour often found in such establishments. Tech-savvy, it has the fastest and most reliable WIFI we've ever used in a hotel (and free), plus state-of-the-art entertainment system. Corral del Rey is co-owned and run by two very charming and knowledgeable Anglo-Spanish brothers, Anthony and Patrick Reid, who are often on site. They also have a sister property, Hacienda de San Rafael, about 50km south of Seville towards Jerez - each room has a small tin of the farm's olive oil for guests to take home, a nice touch.

What are the rooms like?

The 13 rooms and suites (6 in the original building with patio, 7 in the annexe across the road) are decorated in an elegant, understated palette of taupe and sage, in varying shapes and layouts (rooms in the annexe and first-floor main building have higher ceilings). Choose from superior or deluxe room, or junior suite; each room has a super-comfortable bed (some have extra pull-out beds for children). We love the flat-screen TV on an extending angled arm, so you can watch it wherever you are in the room, with satellite channels, plus iPod dock and Blueray player, discreetly hidden in a cream-coloured cupboard, all ingeniously controlled by one remote. Feel pampered in the huge walk-in rain-showers of cream-coloured marble or limestone, some of which have spectacular glass walls overlooking a light well with original bricks; suites have bathtubs. Annexe rooms feature another clever cupboard hiding a microwave, coffee machine, fridge and sink. The minibar is stocked with Cadiz wine, manzanilla sherry, champagne and cava (mini and full-size), spirits and mixers. For the ultimate in glamour, the penthouse has its own private wrap-around terrace with plunge-pool.

 What should I eat there?

The restaurant doesn't serve dinner, but you're stepping distance from Seville's superb tapas scene so we suggest you head off and explore (the hotel has a good list of recommended bars). If you fancy a snack in your room, you can order a plate of jamon serrano or cheese. The breakfast is excellent, served at your table or on the bijou roof terrace: freshly-squeezed orange juice, tea or coffee, pastries, toast with jam, or cheese and ham, fresh fruit and cereal; a full English is extra.

What should I see and do in the area?

Wander around neighbouring barrio Santa Cruz, the old Jewish Quarter, and marvel at the nearby gothic Cathedral, and the mudejar Alcazar palace. Browse characterful shops bursting with hand-made ceramic tiles, fans and embroidered shawls. The hotel can organise personal yoga and massage sessions, bike or tapas tours, cooking classes, and wine tastings in the city; and further afield, horse-riding, golf, sailing, visits to bull-breeding farms or safaris in Doñana National Park. Ask, and it shall be yours.

Insider knowledge

Next summer four new rooms adjacent to the current annexe will further up the ante, two of which will be suites with private terraces featuring plunge pools. In addition there will be a ground-floor bar and library with fireplace, massage room and chill-out area. Further plans include a tapas bar and large roof terrace with full-sized pool.

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Contact details
Hotel Corral del Rey,
Calle Corral del Rey, 12,
41004 Sevilla