Boutique hotel chain Fontecruz has a number of attractive properties in southern Spain, two of them in Seville. This is the nicer of the two, located in a quiet spot a step away from the main tourist area in a completely renovated former palace house. The style is modern—think muted grays and browns with purple flourishes, and funky silver lampstands and chairs with Baroque swirls. The sleek outdoor pool is especially good if you like to swim rather than just cool off—while most pools in Seville tend to be up on the roof and as a result are tiny, this one is at ground level and big enough to do some laps if the mood takes you. There's also a solarium and a hammam with steam room (but no sauna). To top it off, the hotel's roof terrace and bar offer lovely views of the cathedral. Rooms lead off the large, bright central atrium with an original carved wooden ceiling and those overlooking the pool are lighter and larger, although they can be a little noisy. The two suites feature double-height rooms with original carved ceilings and stained glass windows, and are genuinely impressive. They have rolltop baths and huge walk in showers, too. Service is a little aloof at times, but the Fontecruz ought to be a worthy recommendation. However, when I stayed problems with hot water really devalued the experience. Assuming they've fixed their pipework, it's certainly one to consider.