Beautiful hotel but not quite 100% for us
Posted Feb 18, 2014
In many ways this is a beautiful hotel - tucked away in the old quarter of Seville, handy for the Cathedral and the Alcazar, and very well appointed. Well appointed rooms with just about everything one could wish for, including what was virtually a kitchenette containing a sink, microwave and well-stocked fridge (including fresh milk!) as well as a coffee machine and kettle. Other assets included a huge bed, twin showers, and proper bedside tables with real table lamps as well as focused reading lights.
The staff were absolutely charming and incredibly helpful, recommending us restaurants and places to go and sorting everything out for our early departure on the last day.
Why, then, were we less than 100% delighted? First, our (second floor) room had no view: all the windows faced out onto blank brick walls in "wells" within the structure. This made for a slightly claustrophobic atmosphere, especially as we were there for a week.
Secondly, although there was a bar and a "restaurant" (in actuality not much more than a long narrow corridor in which the only meal that was served was breakfast), the public areas in the hotel were minimal, and we very rarely met another soul apart from the staff. As one of the reasons we go on holiday is to meet and chat to different people, this was a disappointment.