value hotel close to key Seville tourist sites
Posted May 21, 2016
The pros and the cons of this pension are often one and the same: it depends on what you are looking for
THE LOCATION: Very central location in Seville Old Town, on a quiet pedestrian-only side-street (all 'pro'!)
THE BUILDING: At least early 20th century structure, maybe earlier, minimally modernised, so original floor tiles, windows, and heavy wooden shutters etc. Characterful and secure, and comfortable enough when I was there in late spring, but might be draughty in winter? (There are heaters in the rooms). Nearly all rooms open directly off ballustraded galleries encircling a wonderfully characterful central light well above the reception & breakfast area Quiet enough when I was there, but it would take only one late-night rowdie to wake the whole building.
FACILITIES & SERVICES: WiFi seemed inadequate to demand at peak times. Only Spanish TV channels. Rather nice, slightly scruffy but large and furnished, partly shaded 24-hour roof terrace with views over surrounding old-city rooftops.
THE ROOMS: Nearly all seem to look out onto either very narrow streets or secondary light-wells: ie, mostly protected from full summer sun but minimal outlook. Might be stuffy mid-summer, but I think all rooms have airconditioning. Comfortable beds, clean linen, and towels changed daily. Dated décor, but that is part of the charm.
THE CLIENTELE: Mixed but respectable: Backpackers, older budget travellers, one or two families.