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The Best City Hotel with six rooms

Casa Numero 7 Hotel, Seville

Calle Virgenes is a narrow street with only perhaps 4m to house opposite. You can imagine the housewives hanging out their washing on either side, moaning about their husbands and gossiping.

Numero 7 Hotel is different. Transformed from a rundown shell four years ago by Señor Gonzalo del Rio y Gonzalez-Gordon, a director of Tio Pepe sherry, it is now a lovingly refurbished six bedroom hotel.

Stepping in from the stifling summer heat, you enter a cool courtyard full of antiques that is airy and light: the roof, two floors above, is entirely glass. A painted lift takes you to your room which is simply furnished with a marble floor, Oriental carpets and mahogany bedside tables.

There is the option of flinging open the windows on to the small balconies looking on to Calle Virgenes. The bathroom also has a small balcony and is half the size of the room, with a walk in shower and commodious bath.

The Cathedral and Alcázar are a ten minute walk and the main collection of small bars serving chilled tinto verano and sangria are five minutes away towards the Barrio de Santa Cruz.

The hotel's roof terrace is the ideal spot to watch sunsets - a butler will bring you a glass of chilled sherry or a cold beer while you sit in the shade of the awning and gaze out over the rooftops.

There's no restaurant but breakfast (toast with Seville marmalade, café con leche, eggs and bacon) is served from 9am - 11am in the drawing room with pictures of King Juan Carlos, the Duke of Kent and Prince Philip on the sideboard, there is an honesty bar, the ledger for which seems to have morphed into a guest book. Well we loved the hotel and as for the little puppies, they behaved impeccably and made our evening! Fabulous.