Walking along the cobbled lanes we found Carlos Alonso Chaperro an unassuming alleyway which led to a huge chocolate coloured door that once entered you could be forgiven for thinking you are in paradise. The thrum of the Seville streets is gone as you step into a baroque style Moorish influenced house with a tinkling fountain in a huge orange courtyard edged with greenery and comfortable chairs.
We were welcomed with wine in the rich red salon and soon shown to our room. Each room opens onto the courtyard where there is a table and chairs for peaceful relaxation and to listen to the evening guitarist. The room was sumptuous pale gold and cream with soft soporific pillows and bedding, a large shower room and complimentary amenities. There is a safe, minibar, tv and room service.
The Grey Traveller accommodation city stay criteria is location, location location and small boutique style and the Casa del Poeta ticks all these boxes. The location is in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood of Seville, the old city and close to the cathedral. With just 17 rooms it hits the small button for me and its style of baroque meets 2018 is very boutique.
Breakfast is in a small salon where fresh fruit, coffee and toast are served and with the addition of hot and cold buffet items you are set for a day’s sight seeing in this grand city. From the hotel you can easily walk to all major sights and there is an abundance of tapas bars within minutes. All staff are friendly and helpful with offers to reserve tables at restaurants and book attraction tickets.
Perhaps the icing on the cake is the roof top terrace which gets you up close and personal to the local church dome and its pretty tiling. Definitely a place to unwind and escape the madding crowds.