Seville - Where to Stay for first time travelers

Where to Stay in Seville for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

You no longer have to search for the best cities to visit in Spain. In this blog, I’m going to talk about the brimming Seville and all the exciting things you need to see and do here! For those reasons, I have prepared an easy-to-use guide on where to stay in Seville and what you must take advantage of.

But first, some interesting facts about this Andalusian city, otherwise the 4th largest in Spain. This city is an assemblage of many influences expressed through Iberian, Muslim, Gothic and Renaissance architecture and culture. Believe it or not, according to legend, Seville was founded by Hercules himself. If you like mythology, it is worth exploring more. And if you are a fan of design, architecture and impressive buildings, visit the largest wooden structure in the world, La Setas.

Movie lovers will be attracted to this city because Seville is the filming location of several famous movies, namely Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Knight and Day. It challenges you to find precisely which shot or episode is there and take a picture of you in the same spot. Let your imagination run wild as you explore where to stay in Seville for the first time.

Question: Where to stay in Seville for a first-time visit?

Speaking of where to stay in Seville, this is one of the most prominent Spanish cities, and everything is in one place. Its wealth has remained since the 1500s when Seville was the wealthiest city in the entire region. Something that will surely interest you is that Seville is the birthplace of the famous Flamenco dance. You’ll probably also like the tapas bars you have at every turn.

And no, it’s not only Vienna that is associated with opera culture. Seville is the primary setting, and the main action of the most famous opera, Carmen. Imagine knowing all this information and walking around the city; the feeling is entirely different. And if you’re wondering when to visit and where to stay in Seville first time, it would be in spring because summer temperatures often reach 40 degrees. And now, for the second part of the question-

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. This guide includes the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Seville.

This is the extension of our guide to 7 days in Seville.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated July 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Seville for a first-time visit?

The answer is simple: Santa Cruz

Also known as the Jewish Quarter, this maze-like neighbourhood is where you will want to get lost. The labyrinth of alleys, charming squares, and hidden gardens make this part of the city attractive for everyone, regardless of whether you are with your family or partner, alone or with a group of friends. The heartbeat of Santa Cruz beats in the proper rhythm of Andalusia. There is no better place to explore Sevillano’s passion.

As you’re searching for the best places to stay in Seville, here are all the must-see areas:

  • The Alcázar of Seville
  • Seville Cathedral
  • Patio de Banderas
  • Hospital de los Venerables
  • Casa de Pilatos

Why do we recommend these areas?

The first thing you should visit is the Alcazar Palace, the oldest royal palace still in use. Earlier, people had to pass through the Patio de Banderas (a large courtyard) to enter the palace. Many tourists are fascinated with its construction and the details carved into it.

If you thought the biggest cathedral is St Peter’s Basilica, situated in Rome, let me tell you differently. Come and see the Cathedral of Seville, the largest cathedral in the world, which houses Columbo’s thumb.

Hospital de los Venerables dates back to the first century and was intended to treat old priests. You will recognize it by its Baroque architecture.

Casa de Pilatos is another unique architecture in which Mudaliar, Gothic, Renaissance and Roman elements are intertwined.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the details about where to stay in Seville.

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Barrio Santa Cruz
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Genteel Home Casa Alcázar
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza
💎 Best Luxury HotelHotel Alfonso XIII
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Cavalta Boutique Hotel
😎 Best for Groups:Bonito Apartamento en la Macarena
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Onefam Catedral
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Genteel Home San Leandro
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:La Macarena
👌 Safest Area: Triana

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Seville

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

The first thing I’ll recommend is to avoid the hot summer months if you come with children because the temperatures here can be extremely high. Although the water is considered drinkable, there are only a few public taps. Besides, the parks and gardens where you can spend time with your family are more lovely in spring; especially those with beautiful bitter oranges. Seville is the city with the most significant number of orange trees.

So, it is to be expected that in addition to all the spices, the aroma of orange pervades the Andalusian kitchen. Here, your children will try excellent traditional food and local cuisine. If they’re interested in the Flamenco tradition, go together to the Flamenco Dance Museum and participate in a workshop. If you have more time, then feel free to book a Guadalquivir cruise.

Santa Cruz

The oldest part of the city dates back to the 1st century and occupies the centre of the town. Although it is highly touristy, there is still a corner with accommodations where you can rest at night. And in the morning, you’ll enjoy drinking coffee on your sweet Andalusian balcony.

The location is ideal for public transportation, as this is one of the best neighbourhoods in Seville for tourists. The Cathedral is nearby. As I said, this place has a lot of tourists. However, it is still safe for children and families to move around, unlike Barcelona, where you are only afraid of being robbed.

Triana

Triana is a soulful Seviile beyond the river. This colourful barrio has an interesting gipsy spirit and a lively atmosphere. You know you’re in this neighbourhood once you cross the famous Isabel II Bridge, a great Instagram photo spot. While you explore the spoils, treat your family to some delightful sweets at the renowned Manu Jara Patisserie.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Genteel Home Casa Alcázar Santa Cruz

You will recognise the apartment’s colourful terrace and expect its interior to be in the same style. Genteel Home Casa Alcázar can accommodate a maximum of 8 people in 4 bedrooms. It has a washing machine, kitchen with dishwasher and coffee machine. You also have free parking nearby. This place is often booked, so make sure to look at it early on.

Book Genteel Home Casa Alcázar here

Relax and unwind at Genteel Home Casa Alcázar

Have a great time at Genteel Home Casa Alcázar

Triana Home, Triana

Looking for where to stay in Seville? Triana Home comes with a patio, 3 km from Alcazar and 13 km from the airport. It accommodates a maximum of 5 people and has 2 bedrooms, a living room with a TV, a bathroom and a kitchen. On request, you can also get a children’s cot.

Book Triana Home here

Private room at Triana Home

Have a pleasant stay at Triana Home

 1.2 Couples

Seville is a historic city packed with a couple’s hideouts. The place is both alluring and romantic, and the beautiful rooftops offering magical utopian energy really stand out. If you want a romantic setting, go to Maria Luisa Park, and if you have time for a romantic getaway as a day trip, spend 1 hour to get to Bolonia Cadiz. A few more exciting activities are horseback riding or a couple of massages in Arab baths. And now, more about the best neighbourhoods in Seville.

Barrio Santa Cruz

For couples, I will single out Calle de los Besos, the street of kisses, the narrowest street in the whole city. Being such an exciting place, I’m sure you will never be bored here. Book a river cruise, dine at a tapas bar or explore the romantic hidden plazas.

El Arenal

This quarter is an excellent mix of romantic atmosphere, historical content and charming surroundings. It is located by the river, and the path leads you to the imposing Meastranza Theatre. If you are a flamenco fan, go to Tablao El Arenal and enjoy the show.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza, Barrio Santa Cruz

Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza offers a stylish romantic sun-kissed place with an outdoor pool and a great city view. It is located 10 minutes from the cathedral and offers an airport shuttle. You can get room service and access to the spa at the guests’ request. A buffet breakfast is served every morning. Dreamer Double and Junior suites are the best rated by couples who have been here and loved the stay.

Book Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza here

Make yourself at home at Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza

Enjoy your time at Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza

Hotel Kivir, El Arenal

Hotel Kivir is a 4-star hotel that offers rooms with a balcony and an outdoor swimming pool. A fabulous breakfast is also included in this offer. For couples, I recommend choosing the Premium suite with a terrace.

Book Hotel Kivir here

Experience comfort at Hotel Kivir

Have a wonderful stay at Hotel Kivir

1.3 Luxury traveler

Looking for where to stay in Seville? You will be surprised how many historic buildings and palaces have been converted into hotels with preserved opulence. Suppose you like the rest of the castles. In that case, you can book private tours, for example, through the Alcazar or participate in a VIP Flamenco Show. Some of the most luxurious Michelin-starred restaurants are Tribeca (for seafood), Basque (for international food), and Tradero Cutro (for traditional Andalusian food). If you are interested in extravagant shopping, Calle Sierpes awaits you, a street full of upscale designer boutiques.

Arenal and Santa Cruz

Although not the most famous as a luxury district, here you’ll find renowned restaurants, rooftop bars and hotels with exemplary luxury. You are a step away from all these occasions, and if you are fond of shopping, you can buy yourself some great branded pieces. This is one of the best neighbourhoods in Seville, with many beautiful restored historic buildings. In addition, it has a riverfront setting. And the nightlife here is on the next level.

Triana

Triana is a vibrant neighbourhood with a significant ceramic tradition and interesting buildings from the Inquisition, such as the Inquisition Prison or The Castle de Saint Jorge. Here are also some of the renowned hotels that offer luxury and impeccable enjoyment.

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville, Santa Cruz

First-class service is guaranteed in Hotel Alfonso XIII; the city view and garden enjoyment come extra! There is an outdoor pool, and the rooms have a minibar, a bathrobe and slippers. Al Fresco dining is offered at the Pool Restaurant, and sweet snacks, beer and wine are available throughout the day.

If you come by car, reserve a free parking spot in time. For fitness enthusiasts, the hotel also offers free use of the gym. Premium Suite with city view has the best reviews.

Book Hotel Alfonso XIII here

Enjoy your stay at Hotel Alfonso XIII

Have fun at Hotel Alfonso XIII

Eurostars Torre Sevilla Triana

Eurostars Torre Sevilla has spacious and comfortable rooms that provide an excellent city view. Here, you can also use the spa, fitness centre and bar. The interior is focused on a wide range of modern designs with traditional details. I can single out the Deluxe Private suite as a highlight.

Book Eurostars Torre Sevilla here

Relax and unwind at Eurostars Torre Sevilla

Have a great time at Eurostars Torre Sevilla

1.4 Design-lovers

The most interesting building for you is definitely the Alcazar. It is worth paying the entrance ticket to go inside and discover the mix of Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque culture translated into beautiful tilework and geometric forms. Also, the details of the Cathedral are a must-see.

You even have local markets throughout the best neighbourhoods in Seville where artworks and food are both exceptional. Besides, here’s also where the best designer shops can be found in El Arenal and Santa Cruz.

Triana

Wondering where to stay in Seville first time? This neighbourhood is famous for its ceramic works and azulejos. You can even participate in some of the open artisanal workshops. Also visit Centro Ceramica Triana. As expected, many of the facades of the accommodations here and of the hotels are decorated with those same tiles.

Alfalfa and Encarnación

The place radiates a bohemian vibe that attracts many musicians and other artists with youthful energy. This is the district with the most galleries and studios and streets full of murals.

In Encarnación, you can’t simply bypass the famous wooden structure and significant meeting and gathering points in Las Setas and Merado Encarnación.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Cavalta Boutique Hotel Triana

Cavalta Boutique Hotel is a superb and spacious 5-star accommodation in a minimalist style, close to many attractions. Former visitors testify that they received celebrity treatment. The delicious breakfast and the comfort of the rooms are also outstanding. The hotel has 2 restaurants and an outdoor swimming pool with a terrace. It is located 1 km from Triana Bridge.

Book Cavalta Boutique Hotel GL here

Private room at Cavalta Boutique Hotel GL

Have a pleasant stay at Cavalta Boutique Hotel GL

CoolRooms Palacio Villapanés Encarnación

CoolRooms Palacio Villapanés is situated in an 18th-century palace with a rooftop sun terrace and plunge pool, the entire hotel is equipped with style and elegance. Elegance will immediately catch your eye as soon as you enter the lounge. The courtyard is paved with first-class marble and decorated with many flowers.

Book CoolRooms Palacio Villapanés here

Make yourself at home at CoolRooms Palacio Villapanés

Enjoy your time at CoolRooms Palacio Villapanés

1.5 Groups

Allow yourself to see the place in the right light together with your company as you’re discovering where to stay in Seville. Book a group tour with local guides and you’ll most likely get a discount. Visit the local markets and enjoy the tapas bars in El Arenal. If you love theatre, go to Seville’s theatre and get a discount on a group or student ticket.

Triana

This neighbourhood has the most lively streets and hides traditional taverns and riverside restaurants. In addition, you can book a private boat tour or participate in ceramic workshops.

Macarena

Macarena is an exciting neighbourhood known for Basilica La Macarena and small local markets where you can feel the natural, local soul and energy. Here is one of the oldest tapas bars, El Rinconcillo, for which I recommend you book a place in advance. Also, go to the Alameda de Hercules Square, which is full of people, cafes, bars, and street performances.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Precioso apartamento en Triana dos habitaciones.,Triana

Precioso Apartamento en Triana dos Habitaciones is furnished with style and is convenient for tours and exploring the city. The entire apartment occupies 65 square metres and offers a breathtaking city view. There are 2 bedrooms and a living room. One of the reasons why it’s one of the best places to stay in Seville is its convenient location- it is located 1 km from Triana Port and 13 km from Seville Airport.

Book Precioso Apartamento here

Experience comfort at Precioso apartamento en Triana dos habitaciones.

Have a wonderful stay at Precioso apartamento en Triana dos habitaciones.

Bonito Apartamento en la Macarena, Macarena

Bonito Apartamento en la Macarena is a super cosy, colourful accommodation, excellent for groups of 5 people. There is a living room with a pull-out sofa, a kitchen and 2 bedrooms. There is also a terrace for gathering. Towels, bed linen, hairdryer and iron are provided in the accommodation.

Book Bonito Apartamento en la Macarena here

Enjoy your stay at Bonito Apartamento en la Macarena

Have fun at Bonito Apartamento en la Macarena

1.6 Solo-travelers

The Heart of Andalusia is safe, and full of tourists and street performers. The locals are amiable, and here you will quickly get infected with the Siesta culture, relaxed pace and spending the afternoons walking.

Visit the Mercado de la Encarnacion, and you can get there by bike, as the city is bike-friendly. Feel the Flamenco experience, and if you have time, here are some ideas for a Solo Day Trip:

  • Córdoba- 1.5 h
  • Ronda – 2 h
  • Jerez de la Frontera – 1 h

Barrio Santa Cruz

Wondering what to do and where to stay in Seville? Explore the mysterious alleys of Santa Cruz and indulge in the sense of adventure. Enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and hop over to tapas bars or relax in one of the scenic parks.

Arenal

This neighbourhood is a true cultural hub and home to Torre del Oro and Maestranza Bullring, which are well worth a visit. If you are a gourmet, this place is the right choice because it offers gastronomic delights at every step.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Onefam Catedral, Barrio Santa Cruz

Onefam Catedral is an excellent hostel with enough space for gathering and meeting new friends, whether on the spacious terrace or in the shared living room. There is daily housekeeping in the hostel. Luggage storage is also free. For a small extra charge, you can also get a daily breakfast. Otherwise, the beds are part of a 6- or 8-bed bedroom.

Book Onefam Catedral here

Relax and unwind at Onefam Catedral

Have a great time at Onefam Catedral

La Flamenka Hostel, Arenal

La Flamenka Hostel is located near the Alcazar and only a 7-minute walk from the Cathedral. Captivating, with a lively atmosphere and excellent city view. The Bus Station is 550 metres away. You pay for one bed in a 4,5,6, or 8-bed bedroom.

Book La Flamenka Hostel here

Have a pleasant stay at La Flamenka Hostel

Make yourself at home at La Flamenka Hostel

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

Seville offers a range of places and activities to suit various tastes. It is known for late-night culture and socialising, so some clubs close in the morning. The most famous are tapas bars or bodegas. Still, you will often see young people sitting in the plazas, laughing, drinking and having fun in Alfalfa, Salvador and Alameda de Hercules squares. Here are some suggestions of places to visit: –

  • El Garlochi- with the attractive religious decor
  • Terraza Maramerla – rooftop,
  • or a Flamenco show in Santa Cruz.

Alfalfa and Encarnació

This is one of the best neighbourhoods in Seville, brimming with youthful energy, which makes it a local favourite for nightlife. Visit Enslava Tapas Bar or Antique Theatro, an old theatre-turned nightclub.

Arenal

Еl Arenal is most famous for Flamenco clubs, including the best Tablao El Arenal. Almost all the bars are riverside, and you must visit Cerveceria Giralda with traditional Andalusian decor or La Terraza del EME.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Genteel Home San Leandro Alfalfa

Genteel Home San Leandro is a modern loft apartment decorated in blue tones, with one bedroom, kitchen and non-smoking living area. It can accommodate 5 people. Just one kilometre from the cathedral.

Book Genteel Home San Leandro here

Experience comfort at Genteel Home San Leandro

Have a wonderful stay at Genteel Home San Leandro

Adriano Boutique Sevilla Arenal

Adriano Boutique Sevilla Arenal boasts a superb location, with fabulous breakfast and free wifi. Tea and coffee machines are left for your use. All rooms are charming and comfortable, and they come in double or twin style.

Book Adriano Boutique Sevilla here

Enjoy your stay at Adriano Boutique Sevilla

Have fun at Adriano Boutique Sevilla

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

The Flamenco Capital has many free attractions, walking tours, and cheap transportation. Before you start exploring the best neighbourhoods in Seville, make sure you buy a Seville Transport Card and pay 1.35 euros for a one-way ticket. For transportation from the airport, choose Shuttle Bus EA (4 euros). Ask about student or youth discounts.

Besides, these are the 5 budget bars you can visit:

  • Bodega Santa Cruz
  • Bar Alfalfa
  • Bodega Dos de Mayo, near the Metropol Parasol (Las Setas)
  • Taberna Coloniales, located near the Cathedral.
  • Bodega Morales, Arenal

La Macarena

This quarter is a fantastic choice for a budget-friendly blend of local charm and affordability. There are many local eateries, and you will be amazed by the cultural diversity.

Triana

Triana is an independent Seville town with excellent transport and reasonable prices. It offers an easy and effective way to get to know the soul of Seville and Flamenco.

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

La Macarena, La Macarena

Clean 2 bedroom apartment, private kitchen with coffee maker. La Macarena can accommodate 4 people and costs 100 euros per night. There is a free WIFI connection. The distance from the airport is only 8 kilometres.

Book La Macarena here

Relax and unwind at La Macarena

Have a great time at La Macarena

Apartamento Ronda de Triana 45 Triana

This accommodation is not often available, so book in time. Apartamento Ronda de Triana can house 4 people in 2 bedrooms and has an excellent city view. The heating is great, and you get shampoo, shower gel, towels, an iron, a hairdryer, a toaster, and a microwave in the kitchen.

Book Apartamento Ronda de Triana 45 here

Private room at Apartamento Ronda de Triana 45

Have a pleasant stay at Apartamento Ronda de Triana 45

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Seville

Explore the Andalusian Gem, go to Arenal to eat seafood, and go to Santa Cruz to enjoy beautiful flower patios and historic landmarks. Reserve an afternoon for the Flamenco Show in Triana, and if you are interested in religion and religious buildings, go to the Macarena. End the evening at Alfalfa nightclub, and you can rest assured you’ve gotten the best out of your trip to Seville.

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Seville?

The best neighborhood to stay in Seville, especially for first-time visitors, is Barrio Santa Cruz. Known as the Jewish Quarter, it offers a maze-like experience with charming alleys, squares, and hidden gardens. It's centrally located, close to major attractions like the Alcazar Palace and Seville Cathedral.

Where should you not stay in Seville?

While Seville is generally a safe city, some areas might be less suitable for tourists. It's advisable to avoid staying in remote or less-populated neighborhoods at night. It's recommended to stick to well-known and central areas like Barrio Santa Cruz, Triana, Arenal, or Macarena for a safer and more enjoyable experience.

What should I avoid in Seville?

To make the most of your visit to Seville, it's advisable to avoid traveling during the extremely hot summer months, as temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. Additionally, it's recommended to be cautious of pickpockets in crowded areas and to stay hydrated during the warmer seasons.

Where should I stay in Seville for the first time?

For a first-time visit to Seville, the recommended neighborhood is Barrio Santa Cruz. This historic and charming area offers a mix of Iberian, Muslim, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture, providing a unique and immersive experience. It's centrally located, making it convenient for exploring major attractions and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the city.

4. Map + All Sights

Take a look at our map of accommodations, you’re not just choosing a place to stay; you’re unlocking the heart of Seville, one stay at a time.

5. Summary of where to stay in Seville

These are the neighbourhoods you should once you decide where to stay in Seville.

  • Barrio Santa Cruz
  • Triana
  • Arenal
  • Macarena

Spend quality time here, and I’ll be waiting for you with the feedback that left the most impression on you. For more travel inspiration, don’t forget to explore my other blogs.

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