Hotel Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza
What We Love
- Stunning restoration of an exquisite 18th-century townhouse
- Three sunny courtyards for grabbing a drink or reading a book from the library
- The rooftop terrace has a pool
- The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Seville cathedral
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Parking is available for an additional $23 per day
- Dreamer rooms are quite small (from 161 square feet)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a quiet corner of Seville’s old town, Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is a grand 18th-century manor house turned boutique retreat with a classic Andalusian façade. The interiors have a cool modern vibe with smooth stone floors, whitewashed walls and chunky leather sofas. Arranged around a magnificent central courtyard, the 41 rooms and suites are spacious and airy, with cast-iron beds, slate floors and soft lighting throughout. The blond wood and marble bathrooms are understatedly chic. Sip wine and feast on tapas at the rooftop pool and bar or sample modern local cuisine at Azahar, a rustic restaurant nestled in a 13th-century wing of the hotel. After a day exploring Seville’s historic streets, grab a book from the stately library and kick back in one of the three sunny courtyards or indulge in a massage or treatment in the rooftop spa cabin.
In the Area
Beyond Seville’s touristy hotspots, discover foot-stomping flamenco at Casa Anselma, a raucous, smoke-filled club close to the Puente de Isabel II. For another Spanish culture fix, head to Museo De Bellas Artes, an art museum housed in a former convent; look out for works by Velázquez, El Greco and Goya. Searching for the best restaurant in Seville? This is the subject of endless debate, but a good contender is Abantal, a contemporary Andalusian joint run by Julio Fernandez, the only Michelin-starred chef in town.
How to Get There
My husband I stayed here on our honeymoon in Seville for 5 nights. What a hotel! The room we were in was gorgeous (Room 26)- cosy and tucked away but still spacious and had everything you needed in it.
The bed was incredible! Absolutely enormous with a fantastic mattress and lovely pillows- we slept until midday on two occasions because we were so comfortable! The rest of the room was lovely too and the bathroom was large with 2 sinks; his and hers.
The staff at the hotel were perfect- they were around when you needed them but were also very unobtrusive. We cannot fault the service we received at the hotel.
Finally, the rooftop pool area is incredible and perfect for those hot summer days. When we were in Seville the temperature was around 36C most days, so being able to have a dip in a cold pool during the heat of the day was amazing. Both my husband and I were incredibly sad to leave and wish we could have stayed in Seville, and Las Casas del Rey de Baeza, for longer.
We hope to return one day.
We stayed here for 3 nights in early June, on our first trip to Sevilla. We selected the hotel from Tripadvisor, based upon its ranking and the range of photographs, as we wanted somewhere with a rooftop terrace, which seems to be the norm in Sevilla.
Check-in was efficient and friendly, with a very warm welcome from the lady on the front desk. Having taken the silly o'clock flight we arrived late morning so were not expecting our room to be ready. It was no issue to store our luggage and front desk lady said she would do her best to make sure housekeeping had the room ready at the earliest opportunity.
We had booked a junior suite and within around 10 minutes it was ready for us. The building is best described as a colonial-style house with central courtyard, over 3 floors, with corridors on 3 sides on each level onto which the rooms open. There is a very strong Moorish influence and it felt like something out of a Bond movie (think the Latin American properties that featured in Moonraker and Quantum of Solace). Whilst you knew you were in the centre of the city, once inside the hotel's entrance you felt wonderfully cocooned from the bustle of the outside world.
The suite was around 40m2 - generous for any European hotel room - and was functionally elegant: basic in terms of design but just what it needed to be. Stone floors, plain whitewashed walls, shuttered windows with the original bars on the outside. The suite consisted of a living room and bedroom, connected by a walk-through bathroom.
In the living room was a sofa bed & armchair, small work desk & chair and decent sized flatscreen TV on the wall, with a more than sufficient range of domestic & international channels. The work desk had tea & coffee making facilities, with a very pleasant instant coffee blend (including decaf) that we enjoyed each morning.
The bedroom had a massive bed - queen or maybe even larger (I'm 1.94m tall and I could lie flat out across the bed and not reach the sides) - with a relatively soft but supportive mattress. To one side was a large double wardrobe, with more than enough full height hanging space as well as several wide drawers and a safe. There was also a full length mirror with electrical socket next to it, so it was easy to dry your hair (hairdryer provided).
There were power sockets either side of the bed, so you could charge your mobile devices (always one of my benchmarks for quality). There was also a small flatscreen TV in the corner but during our stay, I think we turned it on once. The bedroom had double shuttered patio doors that opened out onto a small courtyard, to provide a compact but very usable terrace. It didn't get the sun but it was pleasant to be able to sit outside, if you didn't want to sit at any of many tables & chairs in the two main public courtyards. A clever feature was that the security bars (think those gates you see over wine cellars in restaurants) on the outside of the patio doors were lockable, so you could go out and leave the patio doors wide open but the room was secure as there were locked iron bars across the outside. We did this every time we went out and so came back to a cool bedroom, despite it being 29'c outside.
Talking of temperature, the suite was air-conditioned with an analogue control unit on the wall in the bedroom. It was a bit rudimentary but it worked more than adequately, if a little noisily, keeping the bedroom cooled during the night.
The walk-through bathroom was open plan, with double sinks and large mirror on one side of the corridor and toilet, freestanding bath and step-in shower on the other. The shower had a fixed rain head as well as hand-held head, and there was also a hand-held shower head with the bath. The water pressure was more than satisfactory, as well the temperature control.
Next to the basins was a number of wide shelves on which to store your toiletries, bathrobes & slippers and two towels for the rooftop terrace (different colours to differentiate them from the bath towels). There was also a shaving mirror and double power sockets next to the basin, so no problem to use your razor or charge your toothbrush.
So the suite was pretty good but the hotel's party piece is its rooftop terrace. We wandered up there on the first morning, having dumped out stuff in the room the moment it was ready, and we hardly left the roof for the rest of our stay, really only to do the tourist stuff on one day. The terrace is an L-shape, with a dozen or so sun loungers on one side and then a dozen or so seats under cover on the other. In the middle is a small pool. It is 1.3m deep and maybe only 8m long so you aren't going to go swimming in it but that's not its purpose: its purpose is somewhere to climb in when you get too hot lying on the sun lounger and cool off. I highlight this as don't turn up expecting to swim 20 lengths or use it as somewhere to dump your kids who want to splash around on an inflatable donut. It isn't that big.
There are parasols and voiles that provide some protection from the sun & wind but most of the sun loungers are in the direct sun. If you are a sun worshipper, then this is the place to be. Again, you have no idea that you are in the centre of a city until you stand up and look across to see a sea of TV aerials plus the odd other rooftop terrace or two on nearby hotels.
There is a telephone on the bar and you ring down with your orders for drinks and/or food. There is an enticing day menu with tapas, pizza and other dishes, plus a selection of milkshakes, cocktails & smoothies. In the morning, the phone was the way of summoning whatever you wanted but as the day went on, a member of staff would regularly come up and ask everyone on the roof if they wanted anything. Really great, personal service.
Also on the roof is a spa with a comprehensive range of treatments. My partner had a massage and a facial and was most complimentary about both, saying they made her feel radiant (and look 5 years younger darling...what, you're saying I looked 5 years older before?...oops).
It was so incredibly relaxing being up on the roof and if you are looking for somewhere to come and chill out that isn't a crowded beach or tourist trap, this has to be it.
We ate breakfast each morning, which was a buffet with a decent range of cereals, fruits, meats & cheeses and local delicacies, notably a tortilla and the most outstanding tuna pasties. There was plenty of fresh fruit juices and very tasty freshly-made fruit & veg smoothies in little bottles with straws. Breakfast was more than sufficient to set us up for a day of lying on a sun lounger and doing nothing.
We ate dinner on two of our three evenings, where the indoor dining space becomes the Azahar Restaurant (reviewed separately on here).
In terms of dining, there is a day and an evening menu and both can be enjoyed out in the courtyard if you fancy eating al fresco.
On the downside:
- the open-plan nature of the bathroom with the shower being unenclosed meant that after a shower, the corridor floor was saturated and because the bathroom connects the bedroom and living room, you had to walk across a wet stone floor which became like an ice rink. The design feature of an open shower essentially up on decking (as the pics hopefully show) is lovely and it looked great but it was a pain having to use towels to mop up the water on the floor or - worse still - put towels down in the first place, which meant using twice as many towels as was necessary.
Without completely redesigning the bathroom, a partial solution would be to put a perspex sheet across part of the opening, maybe a couple of feet high, to create a barrier to stop the water spraying onto the floor. Being transparent it wouldn't spoil the aesthetics of the existing design. Alternatively, as the toilet adjacent to the shower has a sliding opaque partition to close it off, why not put the same across one half of the opening for the shower, allowing you to pull it across when you use the shower.
We tried to minimise the wet floor by angling the shower head away from the floor but that meant moving to one side...where the bath was seated, so that didn't really work well.
- while there were several lamps in the bedroom in addition to the ceiling lights, they all seemed to be controlled from just one switch and on the same circuit. This meant that you could the bedside lamps on & off but only when the ceiling lights were on, i.e you couldn't have just the bedside lamps on by themselves. So there was no shortage of light when you wanted it all on, you just couldn't really control how little you had.
This did make a bit of the mockery of the low energy and LED bulbs that were in most of the fittings, as you had to have them on even when you didn't want to.
These two were not massive issues and didn't detract from the enjoyment of our stay but feedback should always be comprehensive and honest.
Throughout our stay the service was exceptional. The hotel is not large - I think around 40 rooms - and it has a very personal feel to it. This is in no small way down to the high levels of customer service delivered by the staff. All those we encountered during our stay were friendly, professional and efficient. The hotel is part of a chain and it clearly 'gets' not only the importance of customer service but also how to implement it. Nothing was too much trouble; 'you want to eat from the restaurant menu but outside in the courtyard? - no problem', 'you want to have something from the room service menu but up on the roof? - of course you can'. In such gorgeous surroundings, this made you feel as if you were in your own private hacienda.
Top marks have to go to Francisco and Antonio in the restaurant/bar, Alexandra, Kris the porter/maintenance man/pool man/concierge - is there anything this man cannot do?! - as well as the two front desk members of staff: the dark-haired lady with the metal-rimmed glasses and outstanding teeth and gentleman who looks a bit like actor Victor Garber (I didn't get either of their names, so apologies for the appallingly vague descriptions).
This property is part of a chain and in the room was a booklet showing the other properties across Spain: they all share the same characteristics of historical buildings with imposing architecture & original features, onto which modern touches have been added that subtly complement rather than brashly overwhelm their charm. It is a very clever fusion and one that creates a very unique and welcoming environment.
The whole place felt secluded and intimate. You just wanted to sit down in the courtyard or explore the corridors and covered colonnades to see what was along each; whereupon you might be surprised by an old millstone or open wicker basket of oranges (feel free to take one, that's why they are there).
This place is a great example of substance over style but where the style is natural.
The Hospes chain clearly knows what it is doing and Las Casas del Rey de Baeza is an exquisite place to stay It is chilled out elegance and laid back indulgence.
The final plus point came on our last day, when we wandered down to ask for a slightly later check-out as our return flight wasn't until late evening. Expecting maybe 'midday' or at a push 'one o'clock' we were very pleasantly surprised to be offered 5 o'clock, for EUR90 including lunch. What a fab idea: the hotel knows that if you check-out in the late morning but aren't leaving the city until later in the day, you will leave your luggage and go into the city and probably have lunch there. So by offering a very extended check-out with lunch included, they capture that spend. Nothing wrong with that at all because it meant we didn't have to pack our cases until late afternoon and got to enjoy several more hours on the rooftop.
We took a taxi both to & from Sevilla airport (around 15 minutes' journey) and it was around EUR30 each way, for two people and luggage. The fare was set on the taxi's meter at the point of departure so there was no issue about querying a dodgy tariff at the end.
Talking about cost, in terms of our bill to stay here, well it wasn't cheap but nothing worthwhile ever is. It is value for money and more than worth the price.
Overall, this place is brilliant. It promises something and delivers more, way more in terms of enjoyment, quality, customer service and - most importantly - memories. In fact we had such a great time that within two weeks of coming home, we have just booked to go back there again next month. Yes, it was that good.
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We spent 4 nights at this lovely hotel. The staff were polite and helpful, the beds were really comfortable, the rooms were clean and quiet.
The location was perfect for walking to the centre and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others.
A great experience in a boutique type quiet hotel close to the centre of Seville. The rooms have been beautifully restored around the courtyards where you can eat in the cool or in the elegant dining room. Food at breakfast is an excellent buffet style with additional hot food cooked to order if required and the evening meals are original and very tasty. We had traditional flamenco one evening. The staff were delightful from the minute we arrived to when we reluctantly left.
SPG 75+ Platinum. Really cool hotel that used to be a monastery in the heart of the city. Staff was great, rooms were clean, and the pool is awesome. You could see some wear and tear but nothing too bad. Just be aware that they have very limited SPG benefits. Would definitely stay again.