Corral del Rey, Seville, Spain

Riad-style intimacy in central Seville: a six-room hotel with a restaurant in the vaults and a plunge pool on the roof

It’s easy to walk past the Corral del Rey, which sits discreetly on a cobbled street of the same name, minutes from the bustle and beauty of the Cathedral district.

Set behind heavy studded Moorish doors, it maintains a smart coolness, with the private, intimate air of the best Moroccan riads.

From the small but sleek reception area, you look up a central airwell to three arched galleries, off which are just six rooms. A stone staircase leads up past them to a roof terrace, ideal for breakfast or cocktails; a tiny plunge pool offers respite from the city heat.

Sleekly Bohemian bedrooms drip with high-end comforts, including a plasma TV with surround sound in the bathroom, a walk-in rain shower and iPods with a first-class playlist.

In fact, you could easily spend the day inside and forget about seeing Seville. But try not to. The jaw-droppingly lovely Giralda, Alcazar and Gardens are just around the corner; explore further and you’ll find some of the greatest tapas bars on earth.

Corral del Rey in Seville is a boutique hotel with 6 rooms, with doubles costing from €280 for bed and breakfast.

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