Tucked away in a quiet corner of Seville’s old town, this boutique bolthole is a serene and stylish option for a romantic break.
You’re embraced by a sense of timeless elegance the moment you pull up in Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza’s front courtyard, which is framed by orange trees and whitewashed 18th-century buildings with tall blue-shuttered windows. Inside, it’s even more atmospheric; there are shady inner patios surrounded by three storeys of galleried walkways and blue-painted balustrades, plus a cleverly uncluttered interior design that respects the building’s history but also feels quietly contemporary.
The hotel’s crowning glory, literally, is its rooftop terrace with superb views over the old town and - an unexpected treasure - a swimming pool. This means you can explore the delights on the doorstep all morning before tottering back for a reviving dip, something light-ish to eat from the pool-bar menu and a siesta on the inviting loungers before heading out into Seville life again. And later on, you can return here for a muscle-soothing massage at the bijou Bodyna Spa, followed by cocktails and tapas as the light begins to fade, before descending to ground level to savour the fabulous Andalucian-with-a-twist cuisine at the rustic-chic à la carte restaurant.
The 41 rooms and suites, which are grouped around the inner courtyards, are just as inviting and individual. The simple old-meets-new design - whitewashed walls, tiled floors with esparto-grass rugs, and splashes of warm blue from the painted wooden shutters and soft furnishings - creates an impression of space and lightness, even in the smallest rooms, the aptly named Dreamer’s. If you want more actual space, opt for either a Superior Room or a Deluxe; the latter has a separate sitting area where you can have a third bed set up for a child. Largest of all is the Junior Suite, which comes with a separate sitting room and a dressing room, so there’s no issue about where to put an additional single bed if you need it.
In Seville’s Alfalfa district, around 10 minutes’ walk from the cathedral, the Alcázar and the Santa Cruz area
Good to know
Restaurant, pool bar, room service from 0730-2330
Breakfast at Azahar.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at Azahar.
*Denotes local charge