The following is a guest post written exclusively for Spain Savvy by travel journalist and photographer Fiona Flores Watson.

Whether you want intimate and boutique or grand and palatial, Seville has an impressive spread of charming and characterful accommodation to suit every taste and budget. Many hotels in the city feature spectacular rooftop terrace bars where you can enjoy a glass of wine or ice-cold beer while surveying the breathtaking view; the majority of these have a swimming pool for the hotter months.

The landmark Alfonso XIII, built for a king, has sumptuous rooms.

1) Alfonso XIII

Without doubt Seville’s most majestic hotel, this has a decidedly regal air – it was built by King Alfonso XIII to accommodate the Spanish royal family for the 1929 World’s Fair. The magnificent building, at Puerta Jerez, has 148 rooms and suites.

We like it because…
It’s an experience from the moment you walk into this landmark hotel, with its stained glass windows, chandeliers, fresh flowers, and exquisite handpainted wall tiles.

The cocktail bar screams old-world glamour, with blue velvet banquettes and gold bar stools, while Ena (named after the king’s English wife) has excellent innovative tapas by Catalan super-chef Carles Abellan. In summer palm-shaded garden with pool is a welcome haven. There’s even a gourmet food shop which offers the finest wine and extra virgin olive oil (much cheaper here in Spain) as well as on-site tastings, cooking classes and live demonstrations with wine pairings. What’s not to like?

Pick this one if…
You dig high-end, historic hotels where movie stars stay (Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, the cast of Game of Thrones) with sumptuous breakfast buffets. (Note: Marriott Bonvoy/SPG cardholders get points here!)

Alfonso XIII

The Mercer is an intimate, high-end choice.

2) Mercer Seville

A designer mansion down a quiet yet central street in the Arenal district, this is only one of two five star Grand Luxe hotels in the city (the other is the Alfonso XIII, above). The conversion was by Sevillano architects Cruz y Ortiz, who also designed the Rijksmuseum’s extension.

We like it because…

Service is flawless, with elegantly dressed staff on offer to cater to your every need – with only 12 rooms, it feels intimate. Food at the Maria Luisa restaurant is superb, beautifully presented, and the creative cocktails (still a novelty in Seville) in the New York-vibe bar are a must.

Pick this one if…
You like a more discreet hotel, with glamorous architectural flourishes, such as an arcaded patio and sweeping curved staircase, and seriously stylish rooms with chic furniture and slick moulded resin bathrooms. An added frisson: Japanese shower-toilets for that extra-clean feeling.

Mercer Sevilla

Casa 1800 has the prettiest beds in Seville.

3) Casa 1800
An olive pit’s throw from the cathedral, this charming converted palace has two pretty patios where you can have breakfast and (complimentary) afternoon tea. Décor is exposed brick mixed in with gilt, which works surprisingly well in the 33 rooms.

We like it because…
The aforementioned snack buffet is a genius idea for hungry trampers returning after a day roaming the city. The rooftop pool has a superb view of the cathedral, which seems close enough to touch. Also you’re well-placed for a morning jaunt into the old Jewish quarter – you’ll have the place to yourself, before the hordes arrive.

Pick this one if…
You like being at the heart of the action, on a buzzy street with great local tapas bars as well as gourmet restaurants just steps away. A private Jacuzzi on your terrace is worth the upgrade to a suite.

Hotel Casa 1800

Casa 1800 has the prettiest beds in Seville.

4) Palacio de Villapanes

A ducal palace, complete with magnificent stone entrance and massive coat of arms on the staircase, this has that aristocratic feel, while also boasting some sleek contemporary furniture.

We like it because…
It has a slightly out of the way location, less central but quieter. You’re at the Setas in less than ten minutes, and you can wend your way through the back streets to Santa Cruz, avoiding the busier thoroughfares. Free minibar with soft drinks and beer, orange-scented Molton Brown amenities, and Loewe TV tick our boxes too.

Pick this one if…
You don’t mind splashing the cash on a suite. These have high ceilings and mid-century-style furniture, plus fab welcome packs with local olive oil cookies and sangria. For light indulgence, the mini-spa in the basement, with steam room and Roman foot bath, is a nice touch.

Palacio Villapanes

The Conde de Torrejon blends aristocratic history with contemporary design.

5) Conde de Torrejon

Housed in an old building between the Alameda and Calle Feria, this has an appropriately bohemian feel.
The hip Spanish hotel group One Shot fosters artistic endeavours, with exhibitions of photography and painting changing regularly.

We like it because…
The main central foyer is a dream-like place to relax, have a coffee or some tapas. The ceiling is covered by a lattice screen, which reflects on the mirrored tables. 60 rooms have clever touches like Philips Smart TVs (some are 48 inches), and the chaise longues are begging to be lain on languorously.

Pick this one if…
You want to be close to the hippest areas – Alameda (turn right) and Macarena (turn left), complete with locals’ market and hopping bar scene.

Conde de Torrejon

Casa del

6) Casa del Poeta
Tricky to find, this converted 17th century house is hidden down a pedestrian cul-de-sac in Barrio Santa Cruz. With an Italian theme (the owner is the consul), it is a secret paradise, with tumbling plants, a lush patio and daily evening guitar concert.

We like it because…
For a small hotel (17 rooms) it has an extremely well-stocked bar with a boudoir feel – long gold velvet sofas and red walls, and wonderful art, from Roman busts to interesting original art work. Some rooms have wall paintings of palm trees, lending it a stately home atmosphere.

Pick this one if…
You’re a music lover – as well as the daily guitar performances in the patio, you can catch three different flamenco shows within five minutes’ walk. The service goes that extra mile, offering the perfect welcome when you arrive tired from your journey – check-in is done sitting down with your drink of choice.

Casa del Poeta

The foyer of Casa de la Plata is great for relaxing, with its big sofas.

7) Casa de La Plata
Located in the main shopping area, between El Salvador church and Plaza Encarnacion, this hotel is – unusually for Seville – a new construction – and has an eclectic yet warm décor style.

We like this one because…
The location is very central, but as it’s a shopping area, it’s quiet in the evening and on Sundays. The ground floor area is extremely spacious for a Seville hotel, which are usually limited by patios, with huge sink-into sofas, for a homely feel. We love the traditional touches such as wooden floors and splashes of bright sunny yellow in the rooms, the traditional albero colour of the city.

Pick this one if…

You’re a retail therapy nut. Within five minutes’ walk, you have more (colour-coordinated) shoes, fans, flamenco dresses and jewellery than a troupe of feriantes; try Calle Cuna.

Casa del la Plata

Corral del Rey nails the ethnic-chic look.

8) Corral del Rey
This was one of Seville’s first boutique hotels, and is still an excellent opinion. Centrally located in the Alfalfa district, near both the cathedral and the shopping area, it has 17 low-key luxurious rooms and suites in three historic buildings.

We like it because…
The décor is deliciously ethnic-chic, with Moroccan and South-east Asian pieces such as carved headboards and colourful rugs. In one of the two more recent conversions, guests from the US are well catered for with international plug sockets and mini-kitchens, with microwave and sink, handy for families with young children, while several grand deluxes have sofabeds.

Pick this one if…
Private plunge pools are a thing for you – Bose Bluetooth speakers and an iPhone dock (in the pricier rooms)mean you can soak to your own soundtrack. And if you’re keen for experiences: the list of activities available is astonishing – from tapas and bike tours of the city, to golf, horse-riding, bird-watching and hot-air ballooning nearby.

Corral del Rey

Fabulous views of the river and the Triana neighbourhood from the Kivir roof terrace.

9) Kivir

Overlooking the river Guadalquivir (hence the name), this new place, the newest on this list, is very much contemporary in style.

We like it because…
The roof terrace has superb views over the iconic Triana bridge which looks especially pretty at night. Rooms are smart, modern and comfortable with wooden floors and coffee machines; premiums have their own private terrace. As well as the rooftop bar, there’s also a pavement café and a ground floor restaurant serving contemporary Mediterranean cuisine.

Pick this one if…
You want to be perfectly placed to explore both sides of the river – Triana, with its market, azulejo (ceramic tile) shops and flamenco bars, and the centre.

Hotel Kivir

Many rooms at the Legado del Alcázar overlook the gardens of the Royal Palace.

10) Legado del Alcazar

With balconies and roof terraces which overlook the Alcazar gardens, this delightful boutique hotel has one of the most privileged positions in the city. It’s also steps from the cathedral, yet in a quiet location.

We like it because…
it has heaps of character, from the floor tiles in the breakfast room/bar to the peacock painting in the patio (the peacocks from the palace used to roost here) and the beautiful wallpaper in some rooms. But best of all is being next to the historic palace’s gardens.

Pick this one if…
your idea of heaven is lounging in an outdoor bath on a bougainvillea-covered balcony with treetop views. If you’re an archaeology fan, then a ground floor room with a Moorish well or Roman remains under the glass floor is for you.

Legado Alcazar