Once inside the white wrought iron gates, you find yourself transported back in time. Behind them is the typical Andalucian courtyard of a beautiful Moorish town house – a perfect place to cool down among the ferns and marble busts after a busy morning’s sightseeing in Seville.
Decoration in the hotel is reminiscent of a mosque; the walls are covered in pretty Moorish tiles and gilded mirrors. Glass chandeliers hang down between the slender marble pillars. The stairway and corridors have tiled walls and floors, period furniture and cabinets full of silver. Bedrooms tend to vary in size and quality and are the original rooms of this lovely 18thC house. Some have small balconies looking on to the street, while others are rather small and airless. Bathrooms also vary, but all are spotlessly clean.
The staff are friendly and helpful, and obviously take great pride in this unusual hotel. The Simon has only two disadvantages – it can be noisy inside and there’s no car parking immediately outside. But it is possible to park nearby and the hotel could not be more central.