Seville, Spain

Mercer Sevilla

Rates from (ex tax)$413.32

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR380.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

No expense spared

Setting

Restored riverside palacio

A bold addition to Seville’s lively El Arenal neighbourhood, Mercer Sevilla takes all the best bits of its palacio past and adds sharp styling and the latest technologies. In the narrow streets of Seville’s historic centre the 19th-century former palace conceals lovingly restored decor and sparkling fountains reminiscent of Seville’s Moorish culture behind its heavy wooden doors. Outside the whitewashed walls and wrought-iron balconies evoke Andalucía, but step indoors and minimalist chandeliers, opulent textiles and elaborate arches reflect Seville’s modern side.

Smith Extra

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All guests get a glass of wine. BlackSmiths receive a welcome drink and tapas selection; SilverSmiths get a bottle of cava in their room and GoldSmiths receive an additional selection of tapas

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

12, including eight suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $413.32 (€345), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR380.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (€28 an adult; dishes from the à la carte menu from €4), which includes Continental options, small plates and cooked Spanish specialities.

Also

Staying true to its historic legacy, the hotel’s decor doesn’t stray too far into the future; you’ll find carefully restored detailing from its past life as Casa Palacio Castelar alongside thoroughly modern touches like WiFi boosters in each room, special smartphone charging points and bouncy Swissflex mattresses.

At the hotel

Rooftop poolside lounge area, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: queen- and king-size beds, Nespresso coffee machine.

Our favourite rooms

Mercer Sevilla’s spoiling rooms are all spacious and airy, with four-metre high ceilings, original detailing and bright white walls which reflect the sun. We like rooms 201 and 202 for their private terraces that capture just the right amount of shade and come furnished with orange trees – appropriate in the city of citrus. Cloud-like Poltrona Frau beds come as standard.

Poolside

The sleek, stainless-steel pool offers a refreshing escape from Seville’s steamy summer sun. The surrounding lounge has fantastic views of the city’s landmarks: the Real Alcázar of Seville palace, Cathedral and Guadalquivir River.

Packing tips

Bring your walking shoes – Seville’s cobblestones could defeat the most seasoned heel-wearer. Pick up some hand-tooled leather sandals from one of the boutiques on Calle Sagasta.

Also

There’s no spa, but in-room beauty treatments are possible if you’re in need of some pampering.

Children

Very welcome, but there are no facilities for little ones. Extra beds are €75 a night and baby cots are free. If you’re travelling with older children, book rooms 104 and 105 which interconnect.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Book early for one of the tables next to the vertical garden, which soars the full height of the building.

Dress Code

Copy Carmen from Bizet’s Seville-set opera with tiered skirts and ruffled shirts.

Hotel restaurant

Blowing the trompeta for Andalucían cuisine, the hotel’s restaurant María Luisa puts on a gastronomic display of classic Sevillan dishes and fine wines. Breakfast is a highlight: from the buffet of flaky pastries, yoghurts and fruit to fluffy omelettes with Iberian ham and fried eggs with salty Basque sausage.

Hotel bar

Bartender Diego Cabrera is something of a local legend among Seville’s bar scene. Sip his inventive house cocktails beneath the vertiginous wall of liqueurs; we’ll take a Rebujito (riff on a classic: sherry and lemonade topped with citrus foam) or an Orange Blossom (cachaça, lime, orange-blossom water and passionfruit).

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 8am and 11am, 11.30am on the weekend. Dinner served Wednesday to Sunday from 7.30pm–11pm.

Room service

In-room dining is served 24 hours a day.

Location

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Address
Mercer Sevilla
26 Calle Castelar
Seville
41001
Seville
Spain

Planes

Fly to Seville Airport, known as San Pablo, with British Airways (www.britishairways.com), Vueling (www.vueling.com) or Ryanair (www.ryanair.com). It takes around 30 minutes to drive to the hotel from the airport. The hotel can arrange return transfers from from €75.

Trains

In the centre of Seville, Santa Justa Station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel, with high-speed links to Córdoba and Madrid and lines to Granada and Cadiz (www.renfe.com/EN).

Automobiles

The hotel is a swish of a matador’s cape from all of the city sights, so you won’t need more than your most comfortable walking shoes to contend with the cobbled streets. If you’re exploring the Andalucían countryside then a car might be useful; hire one at the airport or ask the hotel. Valet parking at the hotel costs €30 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Founded 3,000 years ago by the Greek God Hercules (so legend has it), Seville is drenched in sunlight for much of the year. It’s a city designed for sightseeing on foot; start with the city’s star attraction: fortress-turned-palace, the Real Alcázar Seville, a muddle of Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque palaces with exquisite gardens, towers to climb, and ornamental arches and pools to wander by. Then, explore the former Jewish quarter Santa Cruz, a warren of narrow streets accentuated with patios overflowing with blooms.

Local restaurants

Seville is known as the tapas capital of the world, so it’s only right to spend a night hopping around the many traditional tapas bars conveniently located close to Mercer Sevilla. Around five minutes’ walk from the hotel, the inviting monochromatic, stripy façade of La Chunga is as attractive as its menu; we found the pork cheeks and truffle croquettes suitably decadent. At Petite Comite tapas plates are laid out like works of art (save room for the ‘fried milk’ torrijas for dessert). Ojevas Negras is a well-priced local favourite; arrive early and nab a table before they start serving food (at around 8.30pm); the mushroom risotto is a stand-out dish.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxurious hotel in Seville, and unpacked their castanets and bags of oranges, a full account of their city-side getaway will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a glimpse inside Mercer Sevilla in Spain…

Just a foot-stamping flamenco shuffle away from the bullring, the dazzlingly white façade of Mercer Sevilla is a refreshing mirage amid the heat of the sizzling Spanish summer – just how do those hardy Sevillanos do it? The sun beats down the hotel’s rosy terracotta roof tiles, baking them like row upon row of crisp galletas, but up on the terrace it’s all smiles – there’s a pool to be found. Mercer Sevilla’s antidote to Seville’s hot hot heat starts from the top down, with a shimmering slab of stainless steel filled brim-high with liquid refreshment in which to bathe – the drinking kind is just around the corner at the rooftop bar. As temperature falls with the dusk, it’s time to step out into the city and explore the tapas bars on a sherry-fuelled night on the cobbles. Now that’s how the Sevillanos do it.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Mercer Sevilla’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The interior design to this hotel has enraptured the essence of a historic Seville Town house, while upping the tempo to cutting edge furnishings and colour schemes. The feel is chic and elegant. This was our first trip with our five month old boy, the Mercer staff looked after us perfectly, with little touches, such as baby toiletries in his cot in the room,and popping up pool side to bring extra water up as it was extremely hot.

Don’t expect

We found the breakfast to be top heavy on sweet treats on the buffet. Could do with a few heather options.

Rating

Stayed on 18 Apr 2017

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