Seville is the place of rich and fascinating history. The Romans governed the whole of Spain for more than six centuries. With aqueducts and long straight roads the Romans changed the face of the countryside and towns. But it was the Moslem civilization which was to have the most lasting impact on the city. Their reign lasted for nearly 800 years in Andalusia from 711 until 1492. Some of the city's most magnificent buildings stand as a legacy to this era, such as the Giralda, the Alcazar, and the Cathedral which was originally built as a mosque by the Almohads in the late 12th century, and later became the largest Gothic church in the world.
Those interested in the history of this graceful city will be interested in the old city walls and gates. One of the richest areas of Seville, in terms of the number of monuments, is the Barrio Santa Cruz, its streets narrow and torturous to keep out the sun, with houses brilliantly whitewashed and barricaded with iron grilles. Almost all the houses have patios, often large and in summer these become the principal family living room. For inexpensive Sevilla hotels as well as hostels, the Barrio de Santa Cruz is surprisingly the best place to look. Even in July and August, you'll be able to find a place on the quiet side streets, such as the Pension Fabiola, Hostal Cordoba and Hostal El Ben Dormir.
For those looking for luxury Sevilla hotels there are lodging of all grades in the city. One thing to remember, though, is that Sevilla hotels should be booked in advance, especially during Semana Santa and the April Feria. Check out 4-star Sevilla hotels. Alcora Hotel is situated in San Juan de Aznalfarache which is just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Seville. It is a hotel that opened for Expo'92. The hotel bedrooms are modern, very spacious and tastefully decorated. There are two beautifully decorated restaurants.
Though not a centrally located hotel this hotel is the perfect place for relaxation, as it has plenty of facilities and is within easy reach of the city centre.
Situated in the liveliest part of the city, the Melia Hotel is set between the Maria Luisa Park and the Plaza de Espana. The hotel can be reached in minutes from the airport and train station. The rooms and suites are equipped with all the modern amenities. Room service is also available for your convenience. Guests can dine at the onsite restaurants that specialize in local rice dishes and Mediterranean cuisine. The business centre and 22 meeting rooms are available for business or friendly gatherings. There's also a swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre on site.
The Macarena Hotel is located 2 km from the city centre and 8 km from the Airport, right alongside the Guadalquivir River. The Rooms are spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated, all equipped with bathrooms, telephone, background music, air conditioning and color TV. The restaurant offers a tasty, varied hot and cold buffet. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by terraces and gardens on the rooftop. Meeting rooms are also available.
Barcelo Gran Hotel Renacimiento is a 5-star hotel located in Isla de La Cartuja. It is a luxury grand hotel with rooms that are comfortable and spacious.
There are many more Seville hotels and it's best to explore on foot and see for yourself!