Photos courtesy of Casa de Carmona
32 rooms, including 8 suites and the “Suite Azul”
Double rooms: 64–140 euros
Suites: 158–275 euros
Rates include tax but not parking or breakfast
Open: all year
Carmona is 25 km east of Sevilla. Follow the signs to the “Centro Histórico.” The hotel is signposted. Frequent buses also run between Sevilla and Carmona.
On site: small swimming pool
Nearby: Explore the Roman, Moorish, and Renaissance architecture of Carmona.
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Grand homes in Andalucia never show their personalities to the outside world. The color and design remain within, and such is true at the Casa de Carmona.
This is a Renaissance palace with Moorish touches. The sound of running water from fountains in a series of arched terra cotta and ochre colored courtyards fill the air. During the summer a canvas awning, called a vela, is pulled across the courtyard to keep it cool.
Everywhere you look you see pots of plants and flowers, palms and citrus trees. Take time to relax in one of the wicker chairs and enjoy a cool glass of sherry, or fino as it’s called in Spain.
Leading off the courtyards are several antique-furnished salons: the library, a writing room, and a billiard room. If walls are not lined with books, gilt-framed portraits take their place. Ceilings are beamed and painted, and polished wood floors suitably creak.
A staircase imbedded with azulejos leads to the best guest rooms, which are as distinctive as the public rooms. Décor can be a shock of floral fabrics or soft pastels, with dark antique furnishings and an assortment of ornate mirrors and brass lamps.
A dining room, furnished in a 19th-century English style and housed in the palace’s former stable, serves international and Andalucian cuisine.
For something lighter, you can try Felipe’s bar for tapas and cocktails.
The town of Carmona is a Spanish National Monument.