HOTEL CASA ROMANA
Review by Fiona Flores Watson
Why should I stay there?
To enjoy an elegant ambience, smack between the hip Alameda and the shopping area - craft-beer bars or shoe heaven - and hang out in a breezy rooftop bar with views.
Where is it?
This hotel is located on a main street (rooms are well-insulated for sound) which runs between the Alameda de Hercules, a main nightlife centre with tapas bars and nightclubs galore, and the main shopping area, where you can't move for Zara branches and shoes shops. It's not the prettiest street, and lacks that picturesque quality of Santa Cruz, but it's also more "real".
What kind of person stays there?
Those who prefer tasteful décor in muted tones, and aren't bothered about being 15 minutes' walk through the centre from the main attractions, the Cathedral and Alcazar Palace. And, of course, shopaholics will be beside themselves, with all those fabulous bags, shoes, fans, shawls and frocks.
What's it like?
A medium-sized hotel with 26 rooms, the facade is traditional terracotta and cream coloured. Inside, you’ll find reproduction Roman sculptures and reliefs, pretty patios with tiled fountains, and antique prints of Seville. There’s a rooftop Jacuzzi, handily located next to the bar.
What the rooms like?
All the rooms have a light, airy feel, and are individually decorated in classic shades of eau de nil, accented with primrose-yellow, royal blue and terracotta, in classic prints and stripes; wooden floors add a contemporary angle. A tactile touch is provided by soft velvet throws in rich gold, silver and red tones. One suite has an enormous terrace located below (and visible from) the rooftop restaurant.
What should I eat there?
The ground-floor restaurant, RoomZero, has classic Sevilano cuisine with a twist, while the roof-terrace bar has a relaxed, lounge-y downstairs area for cocktails with a resident DJ, and two smaller areas upstairs, perfect for catching the breeze on a hot summer night. The views of Metropol Parasol lit up at night are spectacular.
What should I see and do in the area?
See above - by day, the shopping streets Sierpes, Tetuan and Cuna entice with their mix of big chains (Zara, Mango, Sephora, Pull&Bear), and smaller, traditional shops selling hats and fans.
Calle Trajano 15,