Once you’ve visited Seville, the city is sure to steal your heart. The Andalusian capital is one of Europe’s most compelling cities, rich in history and culture, with a contemporary food and wine scene that is world-class, writes Andrew Forbes.
In the heart of the magical old town is a new 18-room property, the Halo Boutique Hotel, Seville.
Barrio de Santa Cruz
The old quarter, known as Barrio de Santa Cruz is amongst the most visited in Seville. Its narrow streets and lanes, lined with old mansions, palaces, convents and churches are evocative of the city’s illustrious past. It is the without doubt one of the most popular places to stay.
The district is close to some of the city’s most iconic sights including the Seville Cathedral with its striking Moorish Giralda tower; and the Alcázar fort with beautiful gardens. The neighbourhood is full of extraordinary period architecture dating back to when Seville was one of the world’s wealthiest cities, the epicentre of trade with the Americas and the New World.
Unsurprisingly, Seville is a requisite destination for any tour of Southern Europe.
Halo Boutique is an innovative take on a Seville old town hotel – it’s an adults-only property that showcases its medieval setting with a bright, simple aesthetic, that mixes contemporary with classical elements.
The hotel’s location, steps away from orange blossom fragranced squares makes it perfect for exploring the Santa Cruz neighbourhood.
The period property, made up of three 17th century houses, has been reimagined as a welcoming boutique hotel, creating contemporary rooms with classical design elements, historical features and a seductive touch of sparkle. Think crystal chandeliers; luxurious textures; exposed brickwork; classic Andalusian windows opening onto Spanish balconies; and contemporary bathrooms.
Escaping the heat of the street, the reception is a welcome refuge. As one checks in, the offer of a glass of chilled sweet orange-infused wine is a nice gesture.
The reception area leads to a classic Andalusian patio garden, and to the Halo Lounge Bar and restaurant. Here one finds the central internal atrium courtyard.
There is a Lavazza coffee machine for guests, so one can just help yourself to an espresso, café con leche or hot chocolate whenever you want.
In the afternoon the hotel also offers a ‘meriender’ of cookies and muffins– perfect after a day of exploring the delights of Sevilla.
Halo Roof Terrace
What’s more in the evening guests can enjoy complimentary glasses of sparkling wine on the roof terrace, enjoying the views across the rooftops of old town to the cathedral; relaxing to the sounds of the swallows and swifts as they dart through the evening sky. It’s a glorious place to relax before heading out for dinner.
The roof terrace also has a small cocktail bar, and the adjacent terrace has a plunge pool and sun loungers.
Bijou and chic, our guest room featured a very comfortable bed with fine linens, and smart details. The room had a real feeling of space and light despite the compact dimensions. The windows opened out on to Andalusian balconies overlooking the street and square. Charming.
Expect a contemporary bathroom with Rituals amenities – as well as A/C, smart TV, mood lighting, mini bar, safe etc.
Although Santa Cruz is a delightful part of Sevilla, full of traditional tapas bars, and some of the most iconic sights of the city, it is undoubtedly very busy with tourists. So, whilst in the Andalusian capital, it’s worth heading out into the other city neighbourhoods to discover the diversity of Seville.
Beyond the Cathedral, and the Giralda, is the Plaza de España, built for the Ibero-Amerian Exposition of 1929, this remarkable architectural wonder has been in many blockbuster movies – when you visit you’ll understand why.
For contemporary architecture and a good choice of local bars, head to the Metropol Parasol, affectionately known as the mushrooms by residents. This immense, organic structure is one of the world’s largest wooden constructions and offers welcome shade and visual interest in this central city square.
The river is also a read place to walk, run or cycle and opposite is the neighbourhood of Triana, which has a distinct identity – great place to enjoy authentic flamenco.
Seville is a destination for all seasons and is a great base from which to explore Andalucia.
Halo Boutique Hotel
Calle Gloria, 3
Barrio de Santa Cruz, Sevilla 41004, Spain
Tel: +34 954 56 33 56