PRESS SECTION - TimeOut Magazine - Sevilla City

Where to Stay

Accommodation is geared towards the upper end of the market; you will notice a marked hike in hotel prices compared to the rest of the province. Sevilla has pioneered casa particular and palacio conversions, exquisite former private homes turned into boutique-style hotels. It struggles to provide good quality rooms in the lower categories, with pensiones and hostales often significantly overpriced.

In terms of room rates, Sevilla has four seasons: low season includes July and August when prices drop but temperatures go through the roof; mid season is from March to June (excluding the fiestas) and from September to mid November; high season is Semana Santa; and very high, or "extra", is the Feria de Abril. As well as being prohibitively expensive to stay in the city during high or extra periods, it is almost impossible to find any accommodation at all unless you book months in advance.

Casa Numero 7 Hotel

C/Virgenes 7 (954 221 581/214 527/ Rates (incl breakfast) €190-€294 single/double. Credit MC.

Staying here is more like being a visitor to someone's private mansion than a guest in a hotel. The casa is owned by a director of González-Byass, who restored the house as a labour of love (it took three years). The six guestrooms (ask for the yellow room) are each individually designed and furnished with original paintings and antiques. The roof terrace has views of the Giralda, and in the dining room a white-gloved butler serves the best scrambled eggs in Sevilla.