Hotel Casas del Rey de Baeza
Rustic-chic cobbled courtyards in a 18th-century corral, with minimalist rooms, rooftop pool and spa. So-called after former owner, the King of Baeza.
A perfectly preserved example of a traditional Sevillano corral de vecinos (houses built around a central patio), this hotel is exquisitely decorated with understated good taste; the two courtyards feel thoroughly authentic, with cobblestone floors, baskets of oranges, rolled-up esparto grass blinds, sea-blue wooden balconies with winding plants, and potted geraniums on the wall; even the stone and terracotta pots look artfully aged. The ambience is relaxed: sitting rooms have colonial furniture and abstract art, worn leather sofas and cool shades of eau de nil, with board games to while away your time; you can also hire these rooms for private use. Cool off in the bijou rooftop pool, then eat under the vine-covered pergola next to it. Or indulge yourself with a spa treatment.
The 41 rooms (three types, ranging from 15 to 50m2) are contemporary without being cold: slate floors, dark wood and huge beds, with plasma TVs and DVD players, and thoughtful touches such as cordless phones and bathroom products by hip Greek company Korres. Inner rooms looking onto the courtyard are darker, outer ones lighter but noisier; it’s located on the edge of barrio Santa Cruz. An impressive breakfast includes smoothies, cheese, cured ham, cold meats and tortilla; otherwise the restaurant offers contemporary Andalucian cuisine. Part of the excellent Hospes group.
- Location isn’t the best; slightly out of the way, although that makes it quieter
- Excellent modern restaurant
- Roof-top massages
- Another hotel opposite with a great patio bar, if you want try a different ambience
- Own car park, handy as parking in Seville is not easy
- Free wifi
Best for: smooching couples, fans of low-key contemporary design
Address: Santiago, Plaza Jesús De La Redencion, 2, Casco Antiguo, 41003 Sevilla