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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

hotels

Casa 1800 Hotel

Boasting an exceptional location next to Seville’s famous Cathedral, Casa 1800 is an elegantly restored palace dating back to 1864. Chic elegance collides with traditional charm at this luxurious hotel. Spoil yourself in a deluxe room with a Jacuzzi on the terrace and, embrace the spirit of Seville on the hotel’s roof terrace. The staff genuinely believe that ‘mi casa es tu casa’ and we genuinely would love for ‘mi casa’ to be Casa 1800.

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 View Map ... Calle de Rodrigo Caro, 6 Seville 41004 Spain
Corral Del Rey

Hidden in a narrow cobbled street in Seville’s old quarter, this whitewashed boutique hotel is a reinvention of a 17th century casa palacio. Six charming bedrooms are meticulously designed and décorated, complete with iPod and dock (note the pre-programmed playlists), walk-in rain shower and a complimentary bottle of local sherry. You will quickly feel at home with the delightful staff, including the charming Anglo-Spanish brothers who own the hotel and take immense pride in every aspect of it. It won’t take long to fall in love with this unique boutique hotel and its private terrace with plunge pool.

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 View Map ... Calle Corral del Rey, 12, Seville, Spain
EME Fusion Hotel

EME Fusion Hotel is best described as a work of art wrapped up and disguised as a contemporary hotel. It is a boutique hotel facing the inspiring Giralda and its Moorish design redefines luxury and style. A stunning rooftop terrace bar and pool provide a remarkable view of the Seville skyline and its multitude of diverse bars and restaurant are simply exceptional.

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 View Map ... Alemanes 27, Seville, Spain
Hacienda De San Rafael

Formerly an olive farm, Hacienda de San Rafael is an intimate boutique hideaway in the Sevilla countryside, and well worth the journey. The bougainvillea filled courtyard is the centrepiece for individually decorated rooms and, for something even more special, indulge in the Hacienda’s enchanting casitas (complete with upstairs siesta zone). These thatched houses are dotted around a private garden with a shared infinity pool and are rustic chic in every way. The hacienda is informal and romantic, with a great Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and homely sitting room, all exquisitely nurtured by the savvy and hospitable Reid brothers from Corral del Rey.

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 View Map ... Apartado 28 Carretera N-IV (Km 594), 41730 Las Cabezas de San Juan, (Seville) Spain
Hospes La Casas del Rey de Baeza

Hospes La Casas del Rey de Baeza excudes culture from every angle, whether it is the baskets of Andalucia’s famous oranges, the Moorish arches or the library stacked with Spanish literature. The spacious rooms are superbly décorated, and provide welcome respite to Seville’s burning sun. The swish rooftop swimming pool and sundeck, draped in white organza, is truly peaceful. This Casa will immediately feel like your casa and, in your private retreat centring on a rustic cobblestone courtyard, you will feel Seville coming to life.

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 View Map ... C/Santiago, Plaza Jesús de la Redención 2, Seville, Spain

what we think

Seville is a Spanish cliché of flamenco, sherry and bullfighting. It claims to have invented the culinary art of tapas and has more than 4,000 tapas bars to support its contention. The energy emanating from the locals is infectious and the buzz is undeniable. Luxury accommodation exists in the form of trendy minimalist hotels or charming converted palaces. As the capital of Andalucia it is easy to combine a visit to Seville with a journey to discover any one of the many white-washed moorish Andalucian towns or miles of unspoilt sandy beaches. Try to squeeze in a night or two at a chic private hacienda set amidst olive groves. Treat yourself to a perfect indulgence traversing between the vivacious Seville and the idyllic surrounds of the wider Andalusian region.