Who’s ready to feel the sun on their face? I’m sharing a family hotel, in the city, with a pool, and an epic kids club. This list is a pretty rare find, making it ideal for a city break or a summer holiday. It would work for families or for couples, or a girly weekend away. And it’s in sizzling Seville – family luxury in a sophisticated city! Introducing the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento…
The reception of the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento is a vast, modern white space – a bit like checking into an intergalactic space hotel. Reception is always well-manned, busy but swift. We were escorted to our room, and again you get a sense of the scale of this hotel. It’s pretty vast. But despite its size, on the floor we spotted little pirate symbols dotted here and there – hooks, skulls, crossbones, little details that welcome families, and keep kids amused.
The 295 rooms are slick and modern the – Deluxe Family Rooms offer 40m2 of space. If you can stretch to a suite it’ll blow your mind – see he video below! The Presidential Suite offers 120m2 of space including a modern bedroom, a separate dressing area, living room (where the children both slept), a dining room with an office area, and a guest bathroom.
And then there’s the outdoor space. Both bedrooms led onto our patio area, complete with outdoor dining area, two sun loungers and a hot tub. If you enjoy your privacy, you could sunbathe, dine and play here. Such an indulgent and spacious offering.
The pools were the biggest attractions, especially in a city hotel. We visited in July, at the height of the season, and there was space and sun-loungers for everyone. The main pool was hugely inviting, but we spent more time in the smaller secondary pool. Its huge attraction? Swim under the wee bridge through to the indoor pool. The kids found the novelty of swimming back and forth quite addictive.
As our youngsters were 4 and 3, we spent the majority of our time next to the baby pool with its gentle slope into the water.
We loved the fact that we could sight-see in a cosmopolitan, vibrant and historic city throughout the day, then return to the hotel around 4pm for some pool time. It was a real carrot to dangle in front of the kids.
Other facilities include a fitness centre, sauna and convention centre.
Over summer (from the end of June to the end of August), families can opt for the #SummerPirate option. As well as tickets to Isla Magica theme park just down the road, there’s children’s entertainment onsite. From the lobby, the young pirates follow the footprints and skulls which will lead them to two pirate adventures: a Ghost Ship, and the Magic Den Pirate Club, where they will be entertained alongside their mini pirate comrades.
The experience that blew me away was the Summer Barbecue, hosted in the evening. As we sat down the children were invited to join a pirate dinner party at a table a few feet away from us. If you follow the blog regularly you’ll know that our kids aren’t overly keen on kids clubs – at some level they totally know they’re being left in a strange room with a bunch of strangers, regardless of the fact it’s filled with toys. What Barcelo have nailed brilliantly, is overcoming this understandable wariness.
The children’s table was within our eye-line. We expected them to be dotting back and forth, but as they could see us they stayed put with the other children. The gang of pirates kept them entertained, and somehow managed to take ages gathering their votes on what to eat from the Pirate Menu. Meanwhile we were sitting in peace, drinking wine and eating our starters.
The children’s meal boxes arrived as we tucked into our main courses. On holiday we never dine as a couple, it was wonderful. But it gets better. As the children were now comforatble with the other kids and with their pirate carers, after dinner they merrily trotted off to the kids club. My husband followed them to find out where they were actually going, then he returned for our dessert and more wine. It was unreal. The club was open till 11.30pm but we collected our tots at 11.00pm – they have never stayed up that late in all their days. What a success story!
Food & Drink
There are a few quality choices on site. A highlight was the Barbacoa Grill & Loungeopen in high season, and located in the hotel gardens. It features a barbecue with local Iberian products and fish from the Andalusian coasts. We opted for ribs and octopus as our kids ate at the Pirates’ Table.
One day we grabbed lunch as a family at the Gastrobar La Santa María. nibbling on Shrimp Tacos and and a Club Sandwich. It also has an outdoor terrace for a drink or a coffee.
Poolside, it’s possible to order casual platters, such as fish and meat straight off the grill, hot sandwiches and fries. Definitely a stronger and more varied offering from most pool bars.
Kids’ Pirate Meals are also available, including fish/beef burger or chicken nuggets, fries/cherry tomatoes, water or juice, yogurt and a surprise toy for €10.
And the breakfast is excellent. A range of options to suit most dietary requirements, and an extensive range including exotic fruits, fresh smoothies and a choice of milks.
If you don’t wish to dine in, grab a cab into town, or simple nip over the bridge to find multiple recommended tapas bars. One evening, for a change of scene, we took the boys to Bar Antojo and shared 4-5 platters.
Find Barcelo on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, 500m from the Isla Mágica Theme Park and a 15 minute walk from the centre of the city. I’m astounded to find such resources so centrally situated. To have the space of several swimming pools Barcelo is on the edge of the city (rather than the old town, obvs), but in a smart area that felt safe. For a list of family friendly activities in Seville click here.
Taxis sit outside the hotel and were really cheap compared to home, so we tended to taxi into town, sight-see for most of the day, then taxi home rather than drive. We had a hire car, which was easy to park for free on the street outside the hotel.
We flew to Malaga, spending three nights chilling at the MacDonald Dona Lola hotel, then travelled to Granada for two nights, then spent two nights in Seville. Barcelo was an indulgent, luxury option – it’s not cheap but a real family treat in a fantastic location.