This lovely hotel is perfect for romance. It's steeped in history and ideally located just moments from the cathedral. With its massive, studded-oak front doors big enough to allow horses and carriages in, the building itself is an old palace house that dates from 1864. More recently, it was the residence of a former mayor of Seville and his family. After a three-year restoration project, the Casa 1800 opened its doors as a luxury boutique hotel in 2010, with just 24 rooms. The style here is elegant and historic rather than funky and modern—full of yesteryear charm, with antique pictures on the walls, dark carved wooden ceilings, marble floors, traditional decorated tiled walls, and a vast chandelier that hangs from the main atrium and floods the building with light. The in-room facilities are bang up-to-date with power showers in the bathrooms, flat-screen televisions in the bedrooms, and free Wi-Fi throughout. Another nice touch are the complementary tea and cakes served every day at 4:30pm. There's a roof terrace with great views of the cathedral, and each of the two gorgeous suites has a private section of the terrace with its own Jacuzzi bathtub for the ultimate in relaxation. They're really pretty special. Service is warm, friendly, and attentive—the team at the front desk are welcoming—which makes for a memorable stay. At present there's no pool, but an adjoining historic house is being converted, which will add nine more rooms and a rooftop pool by 2015.