Our family group enjoyed a good stay in the Alcazar ( and alternative .. the Parador was fully booked). Staying in Carmona is a good option to take especially if you find that Seville is either too booked up and/or expensive. Seville is only 30 km away an easy short bus ride. Carmona also worth looking at in its own right . Alcazar de la Reina offered a good standard of rooms, service and meals. We had no interest in trying the pool which for some reason is featured by some of the visitors... we enjoyed exploring the town , touring to Seville and Cordoba.