Seville Hotels

As you would expect from the fairy-tale capital of Andalucia, the city of Seville offers guests a handful of choice palaces to indulge their fantasies and relax in comfort and style. The most attractive area, offering the best hotels in Seville, is the Barrio Santa Cruz. Farther out of the city, the Plaza Nueva is home to some of the less expensive hotels in Seville. Seville is a city that thrives on festivals; and travelers visiting Seville during these holiday periods should be ready to pay higher prices for even the most basic Seville accommodation.

An interesting Seville accommodation for travelers is a parador. Parador literally means "stopping place" and most paradores are old Spanish monuments, castles and monasteries located between cities. Since 1926 the Spanish tourism board has converted these historic places into comfortable, elegant and interesting lodging options for foreign tourists and Spaniards. Western Andalucia has four paradores. Near Seville you can stay at the Parador Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro. From its hilltop location among the ruins of Pedro the Cruel's summer palace, this parador is among the best hotels in Seville Spain for anyone in search of a scenic retreat from the city. The vaulted dining hall and bar open onto a terrace, and all but six of the Moorish-style rooms face out onto the courtyard and look south over the valley.

If you'd rather be closer to the major Seville attractions, try the majestic Alfonso XIII. This, the most opulent of hotels in Seville Spain, was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII himself in 1929. In addition to being a first class hotel, this historical palace on the east bank of the Guadalquivir River is also a major Seville tourist attraction. The public rooms are richly decorated with stained glass windows, wood-paneled ceilings and marbled floors.

Remember that during Seville's Holy Week and April Fair Seville hotels need to be reserved—sometimes six to eight months in advance. Prices in hotels can more than double during the festival season, and cheap hotels in Seville during this time are little more than un-lit cells.

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