Casa Imperial, Seville, Spain

A beautifully restored 16th-century Sevillian palacio, with 21 comfortable suites arranged around three peaceful courtyards

With an understated ‘CI’ that takes its royal connections as understood, the hotel’s swirly insignia ushers you into a world of 16th-century architectural grandeur combined with 21st-century trappings and 5-star service.

A pair of broad wooden doors, which would once have allowed carriages through to the inner sanctuary of the first patio, now enclose a reception area, where the smiling staff welcome you and take your cases before you can say ‘Casa Imperial?’.

Follow them through the arch to the second patio, around which lie the majority of the 21 suites, and you will find yourself in a soothing courtyard of ochre-coloured arches and creamy Corinthian columns, with the wind rustling gently in the dainty naranjos and rippling the surface of an octagonal fountain-fed pool.

A geranium-lined pond lends tranquillity and coolness to the third court, while a roof terrace gives unrivalled night views over the Sevillian rooftops. If you want to treat yourself (or someone else) royally in Seville, this is the place.

Casa Imperial in Seville is an historic palace-hotel with 21 suites, with suites costing from €185 for bed and breakfast.

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