Alcoba del Rey de Sevilla
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... bouwstijlen. Tot nu toe echt het hoogtepunt van deze reis. Ik moet daarnaast nog even vertellen dat het hier in Andalusie heeeel erg warm is. Het was vandaag 37 graden. Om het dragelijk te houden hebben ze hier op de terrassen vernevelaars staan, zodat je van je drankje kunt genieten in een verkoelende mist. Een trouvaille! Morgen op naar Cadiz! Chris en Yvette Geschreven door ...
... horse drawn carriage with six white horses was waiting to whisk the wedding party away.
Surrounding the plaza where many horse drawn carriages waiting to take tourists around Seville. We decided to hire one and toured the many highlights of Seville. The driver spoke relatively good English and this tour is the only way to travel on a hot day. The many gardens and historic buildings of Seville are truly sensational.
Seville has ...
... a citrus scent due to lemon and orange trees by the dozen. Since we still hadn’t checked into B&B Naranjo, we still were lugging around our backpacks. Therefore, we frequently stopped and basked in the sun on warm benches. On our way out we walked around the cathedral and got some pictures of it.
Finally, we made our way to B&B Nanjarjo. Checked in, got some wifi to check in with the world, dropped our bags, and ...
Yesterday we celebrated Columbus Day. In Spain it is called National Hispania Day but it is meant to be a celebration to honor Christopher Columbus and his voyages under the Spanish flag. My school was closed and in honor of dear old Christopher we decided to do some exploring.
We started off with a walk to the Seville archaeological museum. It is near the Plaza de ...
Even though Seville is a sprawling city, it has a compact and attractive historic center. Our first day started with a visit to the cathedral (and now for something completely different!). It is actually the 3rd largest in Europe, after the Vatican's St. Peters and London's St. Pauls which is pretty impressive company. It took 120 years to build and the high altar took 3 generations to carve the scenes of Jesus's life in wood and then gild with gold ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alcoba del Rey de Sevilla Seville
Charming hotel but inconvenient to sights
The Alcoba Del Rey is a lovely boutique hotel with loads of charm, but the location is not great.
There are many unique touches and the Arabic decor is tastefully done and really fun. It's definitely an experience. We stayed in the Beatriz du Suabia room, which had a very cool canopy bed and an open-air shower, where you can watch the person showering through an archway from the bed. It was quite a romantic set-up. (A warning, however: Even a quick shower turns the entire room into a sweltering sauna. We were there in October so this wasn't a major problem but I would image this would be pretty unbearable in the summer).
The hotel is in the Macarena neighborhood about about a 20-25 minute walk to the main sights and shopping areas. The neighborhood seems a bit rough and since it can be difficult to get a cab at night that can be an inconvenience. (It was raining much of the time we were there so we may have been bothered by the walk more than others.)
Extremely charming and special place
It has been fantastic our staying at Alcoba Del Rey de Sevilla, in the Macarena neighbourhood.
This is a small, warm and very charming hotel, converted like an Arabic Palace. You really believe that you are in Al-Andalus epoch, with its fountains, patios and garden-terrace.
The staff and manager are extremely friendly and helpful.
We slept in Abenamar Junior Suite with Canopy king-size bed and Jacuzzi. Extremely romantic!
The most curious is that you can buy all the furniture and decoration!
Breakfast is included in the cost of the room and is very plentiful and well done.
If we have to tell any drawback, It would be, maybe, the far to the Cathedral area (25 minutes walking) but you can always take a bus (10 minutes) or taxi (5 minutes).
Definitively we recommend this hotel to everybody who wants to stay in a very special and magical place.
Boutique Hotel Charm
The Alcoba del Rey de Sevilla is a charming little hotel on La Macerena side of Seville.
The hotel itself is a very charming little boutique hotel. The staff are wonderful, and the rooms are great We stayed in a junior suite, and having seen a normal room, the junior suite is highly recommended. The room was full of character, and had a massive open Turkish shower and step in marble bath - though it is in the middle of the room, so beware modests! The pressure from the shower is one of the best I have ever seen! And the Hermes bath products would keep any girl happy.
There was some noise in the hotel from other rooms and from the street, however this is to be expected from most European hotels.
Breakfast was provided and was a good sized spanish start to the day. Fresh coffee provided by the staff as soon as you sat down.
The staff are super friendly, and always were happy to help.
There is also a small bar attached to the hotel, whioh also allows for some quiet relaxation around siesta time.
Some down points though was no room service if you didnt feel like tackling the locals cafes at any particular day. The only other point was that this hotel is about a 20 minute walk away from the main tourist attractions on the other side of the city (and most tourist orientated cafes), however it was good to be in the authentic side of the city.
Alcoba del Rey de Sevilla is a great place to relax and recharge while exploring the city!
Repetir es algo obligado
Si hay un sitio para disfrutar de la primavera ese es Sevilla....y para disfrutar de Sevilla este hotel.
Decoración excelente que te hace recordar tiempos casi olvidados del Al-Andalus.Gusto exquisito en la decoración e inmejorable trato del personal, que no duda en ayudarte y hacerte la estancia lo más agradable posible. Invito a todos a conocer este pasaje de la historia!!!!
Un viajero enamorado
Arabic oasis in Seville
We have just returned from three days in Seville and loved this little hotel. The Arabic decor was so authentic, with a beautiful central courtyard which was open to the clear glass roof. Our room was very pretty, with bright painted patterns on the ceiling and a bathroom with two copper sinks. It was a surprisingly quiet location.
The hotel is a little way out of town, but we walked it quicker each day as we found faster routes through the back streets - its about 15 minutes to the centre down Feria.
The hotel breakfast area was a little cold - so bring a jumper with you, but the food and service were good. Would recommend as a little oasis in a busy city.
A piece of paradise
When you arrive in the popular Macarena area like we did by car and you look for this hotel you can never imagine what you will find behind the rather modest building. And believe me, the surprise is more than pleasant.
We stayed 2 night in the charming Beatriz de Suabia room, looking for a relaxing "out of the daily stress" week end. Loads of details are provided in this 15 rooms boutique hotel e.g. shower gel, shampoo and eau de toilette by Hermes, an above average LG flat screen TV (which we never watched...), and above all a great taste for semi-antique / antique furniture which is the reflect of a connaisseur/passsionate in Moroccan interior design. Apparently the owner (a former president of one of the 2 well known local Sevilla football team) has spent part of his life in the country, which is more than noticeable.
Even some of the building techniques are amazingly well chosen, e.g. subtle tadelakt glazes in the bathroom areas (a technique whose origins come from a desire to protect interior walls and surfaces of the Moroccan hammams from moisture and keep them cool. Tadelakt has a complex surface, much like marble or alabaster and is smooth to the touch) If you are interested in one of the element of decoration you can buy it as the owner has a shop (not in the hotel).
The staff is very helpful - thanks to Mario from Napoli/Milano.
The breakfast was OK but not incredible. Coffee was excellent...
Bear in mind that Macarena's area is quite popular and the neighbourhood can be slightly noisy due to the traffic on the avenue and the "movida" crowd over week ends (despite double glassing in the rooms' windows).
The hotel is 5 minutes by taxi (approx. 5 EUR) from la Campana (center of Sevilla).
PS: Talking about hammans, we spend one evening in the recently opened Arab baths called "Aire de Sevilla" (3 floor of baths, with massages and a tea room) where you can spend 2 hours of total relaxation in a stunning atmosphere. Highly recommended...
Charming little place
Just came back from Sevilla. First I was scared being in Macarena, a bit (more) far from the centre, but finally I loved it. Every day we went an another walk into the city and found something amazing on every corner. The basilica and the old hospital (now the parliament) is just few meters from the hotel.
We had a double-room, smallish but perfectly enough. If you intend to stay longer there, you'll get a problem with too little place for your clothing, etc. We loved the bath (specially the huge shower, which feels like a smooth water-fall).
The breakfast is O.K. Our window was to the big junction, noisy a bit. The hotel-interieur is really nice and the personal absolutely helpful at any time.
I would stay there again.
Lovely but lots of walking!
We stayed 3 nights in the Alcoba del Rey. Rooms are lovely, staff very helpful. As the previous reviewer said, this is quite a long walk ( 20mins brisk walking) to the "centre" of Seville ( cathederal area). This can get tiring, so you need to be fairly fit! It's not in a particularly quiet area so there's a fair amount of traffic noise, but the wonderful showers and comfortable bed made up for it. A great place if you want a taste of the local area's and a stylish, quirky hotel. Not for you is you need hot and cold-running staff and the sights on your doorstep!
Beautiful, but a few niggles
You won't be disappointed by a stay at the Alcoba del Rey, but don't expect the full level of hotel services.
What you get for your money is a unique hotel with amazing rooms built into an old Moorish palace. The owners have kept all the best features and added a few great touches of their own to create a real wow factor. Our room was a junior suite with an enormous, comfortable four-poster bed, flat screen TV and a big shower/bath area. There's a pretty roof terrace too.
What you don't get are the little things that can help smooth your stay. If you want an iron you need to give them 24 hours notice. Breakfast is functional but better to head out and sample the real Seville. And while the inner courtyard is beautiful, it does mean sounds travel well and can be intrusive.
You also don't get all the tourist spots on your doorstep as the hotel is in the Macarena, to the north of the city centre. That turned out to be a real positive. The sights are still within easy reach (15 mins stroll to the shopping area, 25 to the cathedral/Alcazar) but you get to see the real Seville - the cafes and bars where the locals go, all of which were friendly and cheap. If you want a break from the tourist trail, but still be close enough to see everything with ease, stay here.
Incredible stuccoed bathrooms and polychromated ceilings!!!!
We were almost their first guests b'cause they opened in january 2005.
Incredibly charming historical hotel, with very kind staff. We spent three nights of our honeymoon and they were really the best. Handmade basins, cedar wood everywhere, lovely ceilings, amenities from Hermes. One of those tiny hotels you can not miss in your life.