Review by Fiona Flores Watson
Why should I stay there?
This is the only hotel in Seville which directly overlooks the Alcazar gardens. It's a beautifully converted 17th century casa palacio, small and beautifully styled.
.What kind of person stays there?
Garden-lovers will be in heaven, with the full view of the palm-fringed palace gardens, especially if they can nab one of the top floor rooms with private plant-filled terrace, which enjoys unimpeded views over the fence. Those interested in history will enjoy seeing part of the original palace wall in the downstairs loo, and may want to stay in a ground-floor room with Moorish and Roman archaeological remains under the floor.
Where is it?
This four-star hotel is located in a quiet street with no through traffic, between Puerta Jerez, with its metro station (one option for car drivers is to park for free at a station just outside the city and ride in), and the cathedral. This is a less lively area than where many other hotels are located, tucked away from the cathedral and barrio Santa Cruz, and consequently you have fewer eating options on your doorstep, though they're not far away.
What's it like?
The hotel is very discreet, with no sign. The building used to be part of the Alcazar palace next door, and the peacocks used to nest in one of the suites. Rooms are arranged around several patios, in typical Andalucian style. Contemporary furniture and art make it feel bright and airy, while original hydraulic floor tiles, wooden roof beams, and iron gates add a sense of history.
What the rooms like?
Room sizes vary from small ground floor rooms, with archaeological remains under the glass floor, to large suites with four poster beds, ample sitting rooms and large balconies. Two ground floor rooms have a small shared patio, handy for families. The most covetable ones have a garden view, and two have private roof terraces with jasmine and bougainvillea. There is no communal roof terrace to take advantage of the enviable treetops feel, so if your room doesn't have that view, you have no way of enjoying it, which is a shame.
What should I eat there?
Breakfast is served in the small, pretty ground-floor café-bar looking onto the street: juice, fresh fruit salad, pastries and cooked options. You can also order drinks here, or in the patio.
What should I see and do in the area?
The Alcazar and Cathedral are five minutes' walk away up quiet back streets, avoiding the crowds. Past these two main monuments, the old Jewish quarter of barrio Santa Cruz is another five minutes, while the main shopping area is up past the cathedral. The river is also close, so it's worth walking over San Telmo bridge to the gypsy barrio of Triana.
Calle Mariana de Pineda 18, 41004 Seville. 0034 954 091 81