Tucked away in Seville’s old Barrio Alfalfa quarter is the Calle Corral del Rey, a small cobbled street where the buildings almost touch. Split between two buildings (on either side of the street) is the Corral del Rey boutique hotel. From the street there’s little to give it away, just a large wooden door and a small sign in the wall. Once inside, it feels intimate and you feel protected by the building. Seville is by no means chaotic but there’s something uniquely relaxing and private about this restored 17th century casa palacio. With just 17 rooms it’s not a noisy, bustling hotel and, at times, we felt as though we had the place to ourselves.
We stayed in a room on the top floor and although not huge (it wasn’t easy squeezing in our two large suitcases), it was beautifully designed. There’s a homely style throughout the building that brings together comfort and luxury in equal measures. Our room had a small Juliet balcony that allowed us to look onto the Calle Corral del Rey below. Our bathroom was almost the same size as our bedroom, with stunning limestone used throughout.
The staff at the hotel are discreet but quick to respond to any request, and the room service is exceptional. One evening we chose to have a chilled night in, ordered food from room service and watched movies on Netflix. I ordered the pumpkin soup, cheese and ham croquetas, and an avocado and mozzarella salad. It arrived hot and was incredibly delicious. Breakfast at the hotel was equally delicious, with tasty eggs and acorn-fed ham, fresh fruit, breads, jams and croissants.
The hotel is located close to the Cathedral and a short walk from some incredible tapas bars, so it’s perfectly located for exploring the city. On the roof there is a little oasis; tables and chairs, sun-beds, plunge pool and an honesty bar to escape to when your feet are too to walk any more. There’s also a lovely lounge to relax in, across the street in the other building.
Corral del Rey, Calle Corral del Rey 12, 41004 Sevilla