Finding a great place to stay in Sevilla is pretty easy, and while the city is home to some incredible 5-star hotels, like the Alfonso XIII, you don’t have to break the bank to stay in a great location. Save those euros for more tapas!
From a neighborhood standpoint, I’d recommend focusing your search in Barrio Santa Cruz, which is the heart of the old town. Ideally you want to be close to the Cathedral, but anywhere in Santa Cruz will put you within walking distance of all the main attractions.
As you can imagine, there are several types of accommodations, each having pros and cons based upon what you’re looking for in your stay (is location most important? is privacy? is budget?). I’ve noted below my top picks based upon these different qualities.
BEST LOCATION: Giralda Santa Cruz (previously YH Giralda)
It’s listed online as a 2-star hostel, but I’ve stayed here four or five times and would never describe it as a hostel. All of the rooms are private rooms, you have your own bathroom, and the location could not be better. Honestly. It’s situated in a beautiful, typically Spanish building with a central courtyard, right off of Calle Mateos Gago which runs straight into the Cathedral. Unless I’m traveling with a lot of people and need more space, this is my hotel of choice when I’m in Sevilla.
Cost: a basic double runs about €50 per night. Visit their website for more info.
BEST “SELF-CATERED” APARTMENT: Apartment Alvarez Quintero 7
When Giralda Santa Cruz was sold out during a recent visit, I stumbled upon an incredible self-service apartment on nearby Calle Alvarez Quintero. I stayed in Apartment 7, which sleeps up to 4 between the bedroom and sleeper sofa, though they have other apartments available as well. They also provide all bed linens and towels, so I’ll use the term “self-catered” lightly. By that I really mean that it’s a great option if you want to be able to have a fridge and maybe make breakfast or dinner at home at some point. Everything from my interactions with the management company at the time of booking through my stay was exceptional, and I’d happily stay here again.
Cost: apartment 7 runs about €65 per night.
BEST FOR LUXURY: Hotel Alfonso XIII
If you’re in town for a special occasion or are just feeling extra fancy, the Hotel Alfonso XIII is the place to stay. It’s in a great, central location within easy walking distance of all the major landmarks. While it does have a bar and restaurant inside, I’d recommend heading into the streets of the old town for your meals whenever possible.
Cost: rooms start at €300 a night (note: it’s an SPG/Marriott hotel, so good news for rewards members!)
BEST BUDGET-FRIENDLY SPOT: Hostal Samay Sevilla
If you’re specifically looking to stay in a true hostel and meet other travelers, or if you’re just looking to keep costs down while in Sevilla, Hostal Samay is a great option. I’ve heard great things about Oasis Backpackers Sevilla as well, but my personal experience has been with Hostal Samay, and they have a great rooftop too.
Cost: rates start at €11 per person per night.
BEST FOR LARGER GROUPS: Apartamentos Mariscal
When my family met me in Sevilla several years ago, we rented an apartment within the Apartamentos Mariscal building. We stayed in the “superior 2-bedroom apartment” since there were four of us, but the building has multiple apartment types, so I’d recommend it for bigger groups who may require multiple apartments – then you’re guaranteed to be in the same building. It’s also conveniently situated on Calle Mariscal in Santa Cruz.
Cost: the 1-bedroom apartment runs about €135 per night, and the 2-bedroom superior is around €185 per night. Check out their listing on booking.com for deals and more info.
Have questions about where a hotel is located or want more info on one of the above? Let me know!