Something is happening in the centre of Seville. The traditional neighbourhoods around the Casco Antiguo are being slowly but surely upgraded. Galleries and luxe hotels are springing up where once there were ramshackle shops and shady streets.
We weren’t sure how to feel about this when we were making our way from Seville’s cavernous Santa Justa station to the hotel. As some of our readers may know, Gusto Guides are quite fond of ramshackle and shady places, not least because they tend to do the best food. When we eventually found the hotel though, we thought again.
Behind a discreet antique door on Calle Corral del Rey, the Hotel Corral del Rey does exactly what a hotel in the centre of a beautiful medieval city should do: it lets the city shine through. Occupying two buildings on either side of this narrow street, the hotel’s decor lets the architectural details studded around the 17th century buildings take centre stage, including Roman columns, iron-studded doors and a soaring covered atrium. Guests are welcomed with a gift of local olive oil, a nice touch.
Rooms are airy, impeccably designed and tastefully furnished, with arty nicknacks placed strategically around the room. Bedlinen is crisp and ridiculously plush, the entertainment system is top-notch and Wifi is fast and reliable. Our junior suite had three little balconies opening out onto the street, two from the bedroom and one from the bathroom as well as a handy kitchenette hidden away in a cupboard, and containing microwave, fridge, coffee maker and a proper (yes, proper! English people rejoice!) kettle and stash of tea.
We particularly liked the bathroom, with its black-marble surfaces, extra-large bath and rain shower. Complimentary toiletries from cult Spanish brand Alvarez Gómez.
Continental breakfast is served daily in the stylish bar area, with tea, buns and fresh fruit. There is also a choice of a-la-carte extras for if you are feeling extra hungry.
The staff were very helpful (although extremely discreet), spoke great English and keen to make our stay perfect. We loved the plunge pool on the roof (an essential for Seville‘s baking summer months) and the rooftop terrace with views over the medieval heart of the city including the cathedral and the Giralda. Hotel Corral del Rey also offers in-house beauty treatments and can arrange for tailor-made tours around Seville.
The hotel also has an on-site gallery and offers works by a select few contemporary artists for sale – check their website for the latest features names.
Hotel Corral del Rey also has a sister property, the Hacienda de San Rafael hotel in the countryside between Seville and Jerez de la Frontera, and often runs special offers for guests who would like to combine the two..
Just 5 minutes’ walk from the cathedral and within a gentle stroll of most of Seville’s main sights. The area around the hotel has a good number of decent restaurants to try out of an evening.
Address: Hotel Corral del Rey, Calle Corral del Rey 12, 41004, Seville, Spain
Tel: +34 954 227 116 (reservations) or +34 954 500 708 (direct)
Fax: +34 954 218 414
Gusto Guides was a guest of the Andalucia Tourism Board