You can never be too close to the centers of power. No doubt that’s what Samuel Levi thought when he had his 14th-century in-town palace built here next to the Alcázar so that he could pop in to advise Pedro the Cruel. (Legend holds that there were once underground passageways between the buildings.) By the late 19th century, the structure belonged to the Marquises de Pena, who gave it the current facade for the 1929 Exposición Iberoamerica. In 1965, the Marquise de San Joaquín turned the palace into a hotel, making her Sevilla’s first woman hotelier. Alterations over the years have carved out rooms in different shapes and sizes, so ask to move if you’re unhappy with what you get. The vast lobby area and hallways are filled with Spanish antiques and old paintings. The rooftop terrace has a small pool, but most guests gravitate to the bar with its in-your-face views of the cathedral and La Giralda. The hotel has a relaxed, old-fashioned feel complemented by the warm and attentive service.