This blog post was originally posted on April 14, 2015, and was updated on March 25, 2019.
One of the most important things to choose when you are visiting a city is your hotel. The right area (or the wrong one) can make or break your vacation – but don’t worry, we’re here to help!
Planning a trip to a new city is always an exciting, and potentially stressful, experience. Choosing the right part of the city is important – after all, you want to stay in the best location! However, your idea of what’s “best” depends on why you’re visiting. Here’s a rundown of the different neighborhoods to help you plan the best place to stay in Seville – for you!
El Arenal is the best choice if you want somewhere central. If you only have a short time to visit the city, all the main tourist attractions are nearby. You’re five minutes from Cathedral, steps away from the Bull Ring, and dangerously close to the shopping area of Calle Sierpes. You can’t get much more central than that!
You can find great tapas if you wander off the beaten track, and at night there are amazing rooftop terraces and places for cocktails. But be warned – being so close to all the action means that, at times, your hotel may be noisy! We are not known for leaving the fiesta early in Spain.
Our favorite hotels in El Arenal:
- Gran Meliá Colon, Calle Canalejas, 1
- Hotel Bécquer, Calle Reyes Católicos, 4
- Hotel Adriano Sevilla, Calle Adriano, 12
Barrio Santa Cruz
When thinking about where to stay in Seville, it is important to keep the most historic part of the city in mind. Barrio Santa Cruz is filled with cobblestone streets, classic Andalusian balconies, and hidden patios. Plus, you’re mere minutes from the Cathedral and Royal Alcazar Palace. If you are looking for a hotel with true Andalusian feel in the heart of the historic center, Santa Cruz is the best location for your stay in Seville!
Our favorite hotels in Santa Cruz:
- Hotel Murillo, Calle Lope de Rueda, 7
- Las Casas de la Judería, Calle Santa María la Blanca, 5
- Hotel Casa 1800, Calle Rodrigo Caro, 6
El Porvenir / Viapol
Looking to stay outside the city center, but just a hop, skip and a jump away from it all? Nestled in the southeastern end of the city and right next to Maria Luisa Mark, El Porvenir is the perfect location to take advantage of Seville’s public transportation. In the area you’ll find the city’s second-largest train station, San Bernardo, with connections to nearby cities as well as bus and tram line stops and even a metro station. Get to wherever you’re going in a heartbeat!
Our favorite hotels in El Porvenir:
- NH Sevilla Viapol, Calle Balbino Marrón
- Meliá Sevilla, Calle Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1
- Hotel Sevilla Center, Avenida de la Buhaira, 2
If you don’t mind a bit of walking and want a true taste of local life in Seville, this northern area of the city is the place for you. The neighboorhood gets its name from the Macarena Virgin, housed in a beautiful chapel that sits right next to an ancient city gate and restored portions of the old city walls. A thirty-minute walk or ten-minute taxi ride will get you to the historic center, where you can spend the day sightseeing then return to the barrio at night. Use your evenings to explore Seville’s favorite social scene – the lively Alameda de Hercules with a whole host of restaurants and bars for tapas, cocktails and fun.
Our Favorite Hotels in La Macarena:
- Exe Sevilla Macarena, Calle San Juan de Ribera, 2
- Hotel Alcoba del Rey de Sevilla, Calle Bécquer, 9
- Patio De La Cartuja, Calle Lumbreras, Seville
Just across the iconic Isabel II bridge, you will find the neighborhood of Triana. The area has a village feel with lots of little shops, local markets, and great tapas bars. This is the best location to stay in Seville if you are looking for an authentic experience and want to make the most of your evenings by exploring the area’s ¡family-run tapas bars! From Triana, you can get to the historic center on foot. It’ll take about twenty minutes, but is well worth the walk, which boasts postcard worthy views of Seville’s skyline!
Our favorite hotels in Triana:
- Ribera de Triana, Plaza de Chapina, S/N
- Monte de Triana, Calle Clara de Jesús Montero
- Zenit Sevilla, Calle Pagés del Corro, 9
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Since 2005, Cyra has lived in the UK, Portugal and Spain working as a professional tour guide. But it was Seville’s charm that captured her heart, and she hasn’t looked back since moving to her favorite city for food, wine and quality of life.