Hotel Alcoba del Rey, Seville. A Charming & Relaxing Riad in Andalusia
The moment we entered the Hotel Alcoba del Rey in Seville we knew we were in for something different. A rich incense scent encompassed us and the light reflections on the inner courtyard's walls were creating such a dreamy atmosphere...
Alcoba del Rey, literally meaning 'The King's Bedchamber', is a boutique hotel built following the design of a Moroccan riad. More than that, many of the objects decorating the common areas and the rooms were brought from Morocco.
The owner had an amazing idea when he built this place. Everything you see around you, all furniture and decorative objects, you can take home with you. Everything in the hotel is for sale! And believe me, it was so difficult to resist buying one of the beautiful lamps sported all over the place! Together with the lit candles, they were creating an incredibly relaxing atmosphere.
Here the room don't have numbers, but names, each reminiscent of someone far gone, maybe a slave girl, maybe a poet, all people that left their imprint on this place. And the key chains are made of colorful tassels, each room with a different color.
As we were shown to our second floor room, we noticed this amazing marble columns and arches with Moorish decorations.
And looking down we could see the patio transformed into a comfy lobby.
The room was a total surprise. As no two rooms are the same at Alcoba del Rey, we didn't know what ours was going to look like, and we definitely didn't expect to spend the night with such a beautiful ceiling above our heads. This way the guests can come over and over again and every time have a different experience.
The bathroom was probably the quirkiest we've seen in our lives. Following the designs of a riad , there was no door between the bathroom and the bedroom. The toilet however, was separated by a door. Did this make us feel uncomfortable? Not at all.
There were freshly cut flowers everywhere. And this beautiful blue tiled fountain was adding an extra touch of serendipity, as we could hear the water running.
I must admit I was in love with all the details... to beautiful, so out of this world...
But the overall effect was nevertheless charming too. Also remarkable is that the pavement is made out of beautiful old Moroccan tiles that were brought to Spain piece by piece to replace the previously marble floor.
Hotel Alcoba del Rey is situated just next to Basílica de la Macarena and the Andalusian Parliament, and a 20 minutes bus ride from the main attractions in Seville .
After sunset we went up on the terrace to enjoy some peace and quiet. Following the heat we endured during the day, this was bliss. There was also a jacuzzi tub here and during the summer months the kiosk on the terrace opens and guests can enjoy a drink or two and cool down.
And if you feel like eating tapas, all you have to do is go down to the hotel's restaurant and enjoy some Andalusian atmosphere.
Why was this hotel special for us? Because we've been longing for a long time to spend the night in a riad. We never imagined that the first time we'll do so won't be in Morocco. Life is full of surprises, isn't it? And believe me when I tell you, Hotel Alcoba del Rey in Seville is too.
Have you ever stayed in a riad? What did you like best about it?