Seville, Spain

Mercer Sevilla

Rates per night from$255.11

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR225.45), 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

Twelve, including eight suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $255.11 (€225), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

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
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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Jessie Vaughan

Anonymous review

By Jessie Vaughan, Commuting curator

After a few hair-raising moments on Seville’s narrow cobbled streets our enthusiastic taxi driver delivers us to the calm enclave that is the Mercer Sevilla.

We’re greeted warmly by attentive staff and shown around the impressive – yet somehow intimate – former palace. The hotel is set around the original marble courtyard but this renovation is elegant rather than ostentatious. Delicious homemade pastries and chocolates are waiting for us when we make it to our chic, understated room.

Aesthetics are important here – the hotel combines modernist furniture, wood panelling and clean, airy white spaces. Our room is no different, but it’s our bathroom – blindingly white and super modern – that’s the highlight. Mr Smith is entertained by the hi-tech Japanese-style loo; I’m taken with the stark white angular bath and waterfall shower.

The plumbing doesn’t quite mirror the slick décor and the lack of a heated towel rail means wet towels but, hey, first world problems.

After dinner and a few sherries, we head back to the Mercer to find our bedroom beautifully turned down, yet more chocolates, and a note with the following day’s weather – the devil really is in the detail.

The marker of a decent hotel is, of course, the bed and we are not disappointed. After a peaceful night’s sleep, on a luxuriously high cotton count, we venture downstairs to sample breakfast. After all, the excuse to have a four-course breakfast is any sane person’s favourite part of staying in a hotel.

It’s served just off the central courtyard and feels like an occasion – tables are set with crisp linen and beautiful glassware, a small but decadent buffet is laid out with cakes, cereal, yogurt and cheeses… But this is just a warm-up to the à la carte main event. We start with the fruit and pastries, and follow it with Spanish-style eggs served with generous amounts of cheese and Iberico ham. It might not be ideal for those on a diet but it is most welcomed by this pregnant Mrs Smith.

We soak up some spring sun on the stylish roof terrace (it’s great for an hour or two but don’t rely on it for a day by the pool in peak summer, it’s smaller than it looks in pictures) before venturing out of our marble serenity into the city itself – we’re a mere flamenco shuffle away from the central bullring.

It’s awash with orange blossom and very easy to while away the hours sitting in sun-drenched squares or propping up one of the city’s many historic tapas bars – our favourite is the atmospheric Bar Las Teresas, with its ceiling heaving with legs of jamon.

Culinary delights are not hard to find in Seville, especially for carnivores, but we both agree that Eslava was a highlight. It’s slightly off the main tourist drag but don’t expect it to be quiet. The narrow bar is packed with locals but it’s well worth the wait for fantastic croquettes, tender pork and salmorejo. We stay for hours, working our way through the menu and the bill was a pleasant surprise – you’d be lucky to get two G&Ts and packet of peanuts in London for the same price.

Dinner back at Mercer Sevilla is much like the rest of the hotel; it’s the attention to detail from the staff and unexpected extras that make it so memorable. We begin in the bar with a range of tapas, theatrically served in castanets and miniature boleros. Then we move to the same intimate room we had breakfast in (its scale isn’t a problem at breakfast but it does feel a bit cosy for dinner). We’re a little disappointed to discover that from the small menu a starter and a main we choose are not available, but the puddings are excellent and presented with real flair.

As a finale, we’re served beautiful petite fours in one of the alcoves off the main courtyard. Not only are they delicious but they’re served on a miniature replica of its marble fountain – it’s the highlight of the meal.

The Mercer Sevilla does effortless luxury very well, but it’s the informative and friendly staff that makes this hotel so special. They’re clearly proud Sevillanos keen to share this historic gem with their lucky visitors – and they’ve done more than enough to tempt us back…

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, 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 pool, the staff and the building.

Don’t expect

A junior suite! Our room, 106, was NOT a junior suite, the furniture only just fitted! The room overlooked a wall and I was astonished to learn that there were two lower room categories!

Rating

Stayed on 18 Oct 2017

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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