Although Seville is not Spain’s cheapest city, accommodations here are generally affordable. What can you expect to pay for a midrange hotel in Seville? For a good budget room? For a decent splurge? We'll tell you what to expect, when to visit and how to discern the many different, similar-sounding hotel “types.”
Seville Hotel Overview
Average rates for a standard double room in Seville run between €50 and €70. A more luxurious spot will run in the €80 to €130 range. And the most basic rooms (which often share bathrooms) can be as inexpensive as €18 t0 €25 for a double.
When to Visit Seville
Seville’s hotel rates drop to their lowest during the July and August “low season,” and there are excellent deals to be had at this time. It must be noted, however, that this is low season for a reason. Soaring temperatures cause many Sevillanos flee to the cooler coasts, which means not only that the days will be very hot but that some businesses may be close. The upside, though, is that the buildings are built to remain cool in extreme heat, and the city will be far less crowded.
On the other extreme, the weather is lovely during festival season (late-March through April), but many hotels double or triple their rates. Others, however, don’t, so if you have your heart set on seeing hooded penitents during Semana Santa (Holy Week) or carousing at Feria de Abril, it's possible to do so without breaking the bank. Just do your research and book well in advance (we’re talking several months here).
Things normalize in early spring and fall. October and November are quite comfortable, both weather-wise and rate-wise, as are June and early-March (before the festivals).
Budget Hotels in Seville: What to Expect
Spain is the land of the “hostal,” so to avoid any confusion, let’s clarify things: Hostals are not hostels. Rather, they are something of a cross between a pension and a hotel. That means small, personal properties with the usual amenities of a standard hotel.
With a few exceptions, Seville’s hotels are marked by colorful Andalusian tiling, cool interior patios, marble floors and plenty of wrought iron. Amenity-wise all but the simplest rooms offer television and air conditioning, and Wi-Fi is offered, although often only in the common areas. The least expensive rooms share bathrooms, and water pressure tends to be light thanks to older buildings and plumbing.
Finally, a word on confusing star ratings: Stars are awarded for a list of criteria determined by the tourism board. This means that two-star property might more or less provide the amenities of a three-star and miss that rating due the lack of an elevator. Conversely, three- and four-star hotels might lack some services provided by two-stars. The moral: Figure out what's most important to you and check that against hotel descriptions. And check out our ”What’s in the stars?” guide for more information.