There has been a crazy amount of construction going on in Seville over the past five years or so, including a lot of new hotels. Particularly trending at the moment are smaller boutique hotels, mainly in the centre of town, which seem to be trying to outdo each other in offering personalised service in distinctive surroundings. When referring to "patios" I mean the Sevillano interior patios with fountains that are typical of most old houses and palaces here. You might think of them as courtyards.
The majority of hotels I've chosen are in the centre of Seville, and all but one are within walking distance of the centre. This is because Seville is really a place to be experiened on foot. It boasts one of the largest – if not the largest – preserved old centres in Europe, so there is plenty to see and do within the casca antigua.
Things to consider before booking
I would say the most important consideration would be The Heat in July and August, which can often reach more than 40ºC. Of course all hotels on my list will have air-conditioning, and most will be centrally located so there won't be far to go to see the monuments and museums or do a bit of shopping. Most tapas bars are also air-conditioned these days and those with outdoor seating often employ a spray system that shoots out cooling jets of mist at regular intervals. To be honest I find these rather annoying, but they seem to be well-received by most diners.
Rates are fairly standard throughout the year with the exception of Semana Santa (Easter week) and the Feria de Abril (April Fair) when prices can sometimes double. Also, it's a good idea to check on hotel websites to see if the 8% tax has been included in the price. Low season is typically from mid-June to September.
Unless specified, breakfast is not included in the price. But having breakfast out at one of the many tapas bars that open early (usually serving breakfast until noon) is a typically Sevillano experience that shouldn't be missed.
How I've picked my hotels
The first criteria is location. As previously mentioned, Seville is a great town for walking and although the public transit system is very good, I find I seldom have need for it. The few hotels not located centrally have been chosen for having special charm.
In fact many of my choices are hoteles con encanto (hotels with charm) that have quite distinct “personalities”. Over the past few years these smaller boutique hotels have become increasingly popular due to their individuality and attention to personal service.
But I have tried to choose a selection that will offer something for everyone, from 5-star luxury hotels to small cheap & cheerful pensions or hostels (not to be confused with youth hostels – in Spain a hostel is simply a smaller hotel that is usually a family-run affair).
If you have stayed in any of the hotels I've listed I'd love to hear about your experience, as this will help me keep the information here fresh and up-to-date.