“People in Seville are very happy, the lifestyle here is very relaxed, you can walk everywhere; it's very easy.” - Paz Vega
Whenever you travel, finding the right accommodation can feel like a bit of a gamble. There’s always the worry of finding accommodation near the things or attractions you want to visit or with the service and comforts you expect for the price.
Nowadays, the majority of reservations are done online. Thanks to the internet, you can reserve everything from luxury hotels to campsites online.
Seville (Sevilla in Spanish) is a wonderful city and there are plenty of different types of accommodation. The city is incredibly welcoming, too. This is why so many people want to stay there!
Whether you want to stay in a particular neighbourhood, type of accommodation, or have a particular budget, here’s our guide to accommodation in Seville.
Seville’s Different Neighbourhoods
From seasonal rents to youth hostels, Seville has something for every type of visitor. Like any city, there are different neighbourhoods.
The Andalusian capital is divided into several distinct neighbourhoods, each with a different look and feel. While some may look for a certain type of accommodation, others prefer to stay in a specific neighbourhood. A flat in the historic city centre won’t be the same as an Airbnb outside of the town, especially when it comes to facilities and price. The type of trip you’re on will also define where you stay and the type of accommodation you’ll be after.
Seville’s most popular neighbourhoods for accommodation include:
- Santa Cruz. This is where you’ll find most of the city’s most important monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the cathedral, the Murillo Gardens, and the General Archive of the Indies (Archivo General de Indias). Walking around the city is an enjoyable activity in itself. You can find plenty of different types of accommodation in Santa Cruz.
- The Old Town. This covers a large area of the city and features many of the city’s best attractions including the Cathedral and the Alcazar. Of course, staying here will usually cost more than outside of the centre. Can you put a price on staying in such beautiful surroundings, though?
- Arenal. This is the party side of the town and it’s not hard to find Airbnbs here. If you want to be able to walk out the door and find somewhere to eat or drink, this is the place to be. This is where you can find some good places for walks, too.
- The City Centre. This is where you’ll find the Casa de Pilatos and the Museum of Fine Arts. This area, despite its centrality, can be quite quiet even though you're never too far from the main attractions.
- Alameda is one of the more authentic neighbourhoods. This is the alternative side of Seville and is becoming increasingly popular with tourists. You can find monuments, street art, and independent stores.
When you choose accommodation in Seville, you want to choose a neighbourhood that matches the type of trip you want to have. Of course, it’ll also need to match your budget.
So how much does it cost to stay in Seville?
Whether you rent a holiday flat, stay in a BnB, or book a night in a hotel will affect the cost of your trip to Seville. Unfortunately, not every type of accommodation will be within everyone’s budget.
Seville is no different to other cities in terms of the variation in the cost of accommodation. While you can get a bed in a hostel dormitory for around £15, a night in a hotel will cost closer to £70 and luxury hotels can cost upwards of £200 an evening.
Seville is a city that, like others around the world, has prices that fluctuate according to the season, location, and amenities. While it’s easier to find accommodation in the centre than in certain areas, it’s not always cheaper.
Thus, your trip to Seville will be greatly affected by the budget you can allocate to your accommodation. Fortunately, there’s a decent transport infrastructure so you don’t need to worry too much about the exact location of your accommodation.
Amenities and Facilities
Choosing to stay in a hotel over a youth hostel may be more down to the facilities you’re after than your budget. If you’re looking to spend all your time lounging in the sun and travel with three suitcases, a youth hostel probably won’t be for you.
However, if you’re planning on spending every evening out socialising, enjoying tapas throughout the day, and occasionally cooking for yourself, you might want a holiday flat and to self-cater.
Seville has a lot of options when it comes to accommodation so it’s not difficult to find something. Similarly, there’s so much choice that no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll probably be able to find it.
You obviously won’t want accommodation out of the way if you plan on spending most of your time in the city centre so plan and choose your accommodation accordingly. You’ll have a great time.
There are so many beautiful things to visit in Seville and so many tapas bars and restaurants that you mightn't want to spend that much time in your accommodation. Keep this in mind if you're just looking for somewhere to sleep after a long day of seeing the city's various attractions.
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The Length of Time You’re Staying in Seville
It’s probably not worthwhile getting a holiday flat if you’re only in Seville for two nights. For some, spending two full weeks in the same place mightn’t be for everyone and, like most destinations, Seville has a lot of decent accommodation options.
Just by looking at a map of the city, you’ll see that there are plenty of hotels in the centre and around the city. Some are better than others so you’ll probably want to check out the reviews and make sure they’re right for the length of your stay.
More often than not, guests won’t choose more than one place to stay during their trip to a single city. Check what other guests had to say about the place before you book.
If you're only in Seville for a few days and desperate to visit the best attractions like the cathedral, Alcazar, and Plaza de España, it's a good idea to stay in the centre. However, if you have more than a day or two in the city, you can always stay in some beautiful parts of the city away from all the tourists. There are buses, trams, and tours that can take you to all the things you want to see in the city.
Seville has everything from accommodation that’ll take your breath away to some places that are better avoided. This is probably why you’ll want to see what others had to say about it.
Thanks to the internet and social networks, it’s never been easier for guests to share what they thought about their accommodation. There’s more transparency and potential guests can find out what others thought before they book.
There are also blogs, YouTube channels, and websites that are dedicated just to travelling. When choosing accommodation in Seville, there are thousands of travel bloggers and writers who’ve covered the city.
As you can see, Seville has everything from hostels to luxury hotels. You just need to think carefully about what you’re after. And there’s a lot to think about.
Have a nice trip!
Don't forget that you can also use Seville as a base to visit other Andalusian cities like Cordoba and Granada. If you'll be spending a few days visiting other cities in Andalusia, we recommend finding accommodation nearer the Plaza de Armas bus station. You can still find hotels located halfway between the bus station and the attractions, tapas bars, and flamenco shows in the city centre.
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