Hotel Zenit Sevilla
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Well rested after a late arrival we headed out to find breakfast. No kettle or breakfast with our 4 star but budget hotel. We could of course have hotel brekky but at 12 euro we were sure we could do better. And we sure did.
Hotel Zenit is just around corner of a plaza street which has lots of small eateries and shops. Its in a riverside …
... moved to Spain in search of infinite sunshine. Honestly, free walking tours are really the best way to see a city because you learn so much extra that you wouldn't read in your everyday guidebook. She guided us for 4 km past historic buildings and old stories and the latest Spanish gossip. We learned that across the river in Seville lies a district called Triana. and this is where Flamenco was born. It is a cultural mix of Spanish, ...
I never would have expected that this far into my trip I wouldn't have ever been let down by one of my stops. I was weary about Venice, it delivered. I wasn't so sure if Nice was going to be nice, it was. And I was skeptical that Madrid would leave me unimpressed, that never happened. I loved Barcelona for its architecture, beach and vibrant atmosphere. Madrid is completely different. I feel as though comparing Barcelona to Madrid is exactly like comparing Miami to New ...
... octopus, hams, and several other various foods. His mom was so hospitable and kept the different dishes coming. We didn't leave Fran's house until about 11pm. It was his girlfriend's birthday and they were going out for dinner, and we had still planned to go out to a nearby "tapas" bar for dinner as well. So we parted ways and we headed to the bar.
The bar we went to for dinner was very popular, apparently, because we had to wait a while before we got a table. While we ...
... Spanish and French to talk to the locals. Finally, we ended the night at the discoteca near my house named Kharma, which is a giant building with 8 different bars in it and an enormous dance floor. Emily got to experience the lack of Spanish "bar time" (the bars stay open generally until people start leaving, which is often at about 7am in the discotecas, whereas everything shuts down at 2am in the US).
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Zenit Sevilla Seville
5 night stay on first trip to Spain. Hotel is clean and very close to local eateries, supermarket and shops. It is however a 10-15 minute stroll to old city attractions so if this puts you off you may like to stay more central.
We did find the rooms a bit dark - no windows in bedroom and only one tiny in lounge area that looks out to ugly court yard and other rooms windows. However, one does not come all this way to stay on a room and the beds are ok comfort, and very well serviced and clean. It was also quiet so far as road noise etc. some noise from other guest occasionally but nothing bad
Staff not over friendly but to be frank we find Spanish so far all a bit frigid and allergic to smiling LOL.
Had nice stay and enjoyed city sights and food. Value for money, and if a bit of walking is ok with you then it could be a good budget option.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Zenit Sevilla Seville
A Wonderful find
We have just returned from a wonderful week-end in Seville, and stayed at the Zenit hotel it must be said the reviews we read on tripadvisor were the reason why we chose this hotel. They were all true, its real find and at only 65 euros a night for the rooms a bargain!! The hotel is within walking distance of all the sights, the rooms were warm and the beds huge and very comfortable. We didn't eat in the hotel as there was so much choice on the doorstep. But the room service was great and no extra tray charge like some hotels charge! The staff were excellent - friendly and welcoming and the football SEVILLE V BETIS was a great hit with the chaps, they managed to get good seats and loved every minute of it. The shopping is to die for, and we shopped till we dropped while the lads watched the game! All in all we would highly recommend this four star hotel, it was a real find!
The Bargain of Seville
A bargain of a hotel in Triana. The Zenit has a bar, quality restaurant and car parking. Our room had two single beds pushed together, a hallway, air conditioning, a large bathroom with a power shower over the bath, and toiletries that even included an emergency toothbrush and razor. The honesty minibar was cheaper than most hotels: our bill for 2 x 200ml bottles of Cava, 2 x Vodka miniatures, 1 x Fanta and 4 500ml bottles of water was 21Euros. There's a Champion supermaket 5 minutes a way if you fancy some beer/snacks for a night in as we did, shattered after 7 hours walking around Seville. There were three Pay Movies in English as well as BBC World and CNN in addition to local and national Spanish channels.
The room had great old-fashioned furniture, fabric to one wall the same as the lovely curtains. A local tourist magazine and large format glossy visitors book were provided in the rooms, and there were lots of free maps in the foyer. The staff were great, helping to locate some documents we'd left in our room 4 hours after checking out. They didn't charge for leaving our case either.
It's 10 minutes to the Bullring, nearer 20 to the Giralda so bring your walking shoes. There is a bus that runs to Plaza Nueva from just outside the hotel. Lots of bars and cafes on the riverside 5 minutes away, include a three level bar looking across to the main city.
Our room was quite noisy in the morning, we appeared to be near a staff lift which did mean waking early, but shutters made the room so dark it wasn't a problem drifting back off. Many of the rooms in the hotel have light via a large lightshaft; it wasn't a problem for us, but the lack of a view may bother some. I'd recommend booking directly with the hotel rather than Expedia/other agents as you may be able to specify a window, etc.
Couldn't have been more pleased
My wife and I were incredibly pleased with the Zenit Sevilla. We loved the wood floors in the room and the extra door between the bathroom and the bedroom, which provided some nice bathroom privacy and eliminated any hall noise. Colors, tiling, and general feel made this one of the most welcoming rooms I've stayed in. Only complaint, and this was true for 3 of the 4 hotels we stayed in throughout Spain, was that the king bed was really two twins put together. Other than that, would absolutely stay here again.
We spent 2 nights in this hotel in early september at the bargain price of 117 euros. I chose it after reading some of the earlier reviews and it lived up to the ratings-clean, quiet, comfortable rooms, helpful staff, and 10- 15 minutes walk to the Giralda. Our room overlooked a tree filled patio and all we heard was birdsong.
I've stayed in a number of sevilla hotels but I'd go back to this one both because of the excellent value and good feel of the place and because we loved being in Triana. The area has regenerated and has a 'real' city feel to it with lots of shops, bars and restaurants. We ate well both nights, once in a riverside restaurant and once in a small restaurant in a tiny square.
The local people seemed friendly and helpful - an optician even fixed broken sunspecs for free. This was different from having drinks in the Juderia where we were approached every 10 minutes by hustlers.
I did drive to the hotel from the airport only to find its parking was full. I was directed to a nearby carpark which turned out to be cheaper than parking at the hotel - and safe and secure.
Just returned from a mid-September trip to Sevilla. Our room decor was much nicer than the pictures posted online and we even had a separate living area. The location is terrific- 10-15 minutes pleasant walk from the historic area, and very near the many riverside cafe's and tapas bars. Staff were very friendly and helpful with recommendations. Only downside was the lack of outdoor space, but I knew this when I reserved it. We stayed in a second hotel in Sevilla as well, and Zenit, at the same price, was much nicer! This is where we will come back to.
Good value hotel
My husband and I stayed here for two nights in Sept 05. We thought the hotel was great value for money - the room was spacious, good air-conditioning and big window (we had a room facing the courtyard instead of the air-shaft). Triana is a lovely area and the walk to the Cathedral / Alcazar area isn't far - we managed it in less than 15 minutes. However bear in mind that we visited in September, might not be as pleasant in the height of summer.
Triana also has great bars, most of them to the right of the bridge. It's only a few minutes walk to the hotel when you're ready to stagger back! The hotel was excellent value (Euro130 for two nights) and I would stay there again. You'll probably save enough money at this hotel to afford splashing out on a few taxi's if you don't want to walk to the centre.
PS - We visited Madrid first and got the high speed AVE to Seville to finish our holiday. If you're planning to travel by AVE, book as soon as you get to Spain. We went to the train station in Madrid 3 days before we planned to leave for Seville and there were only 20 tickets left for the train we wanted.
Great value hotel, but too far in the summer heat
I stayed in this clean, spacious, great-value hotel in July and paid £30 per room (for a twin room) per night on lastminute. A great find at this price! The staff were extremely efficient, particularly when a relative became ill with heat stroke (it was 40 degrees centigrade in the daytime) and they went out of their way to lend assistance. The bars and restaurants along the river, on the Triana side, were fabulous, especially the outdoor caribbean-style bar, which gave great views of the city and the river.
My only quibble with this hotel was that it was just too far away from the old town for the middle of summer. Normally, it would take about 15 to 20 mins to walk to the cathedral from here, across the river, but in the heat of mid-summer (and it was really hot, even at night), this seemed like torture, and we had to take taxis to come back for our siesta when the heat got to its height in the middle of the afternoon. So even though there is air con in this hotel (and it worked well!), if you want to stay in Seville in July or August, I'd recommend staying in the old town so that you can come and go into the main parts of the city more easily and not rely on taxis to get you around. In any other season, I'd really recommend this hotel on price, cleanliness, spaciousness, and facilities.
I found this 3-star gem excellent, in fact, quite surprised it's not a 4-star. I agree completely with the reviewer from London. I also am a fussy traveller. Huge rooms with individually controlled airconditioning, although the view from the window (in my room at least) was not great; 4 by 4 feet internal light shaft that looked out to other hotel room windows so I always had my curtain drawn for privacy and I prefer to have natural light. The highlight was the spotless bathroom. Lovely burgundy and white Moorish inspired tiles with a shower/tub combination with a towel rack comprising of 2 shelves. Large marble vanity with lots of space, a variety of products eg gel, shower cap. Lovely modern fittings. Just off the lobby was a cute little TV room, with tub chairs. Lobby itself is beautiful with quite a few seating areas. Big comfortable sofas and a separate raised area to have a quiet drink. Highlight was the glassed breakfast room (apart from another glassed dining area). Breakfast was amazing, such a variety of food: fruits, pastries, and even a mini toaster to make your own tostada, a specialty of Andalusia comprising of a baguette, cut in half and served with a choice of tomato or olive oil. Good service too and lots of tables to choose from including some with large, padded banquettes. My only gripe is with the front reception staff who mainly did not speak or understand English at all. Lucky enough to encounter one who spoke very basic English. This seems to be very common in the Andalusian region, particularly in the past couple of years, as I found Granada the same. Don't let this put you off staying at the Zenit, just be prepared to brush up on your Spanish.
I am an avid traveller and rely on the comments of other travellers on TripAdvisor[-] to book hotels. I recently returned from Seville and stayed at the Zenit Hotel Seville. What a wonderful surprise as it has no reviews on this site.
If you are heading to Seville to do some sightseeing, this is the place to stay. I am a very 'fussy' traveller and cleaniness, quietness and proximity are the 3 most important things I look for in accomodations. Let me list the benefits of this hotel:
1. The hotel itself is lovely, and very modern in the lobby area. There is a lovely restaurant, bar and seating area in the lobby; all with essential air conditioning.
2. The rooms are large, spotless, big bathroom (with tub), hardwood flooring and, the best bit, a separate door that shuts off the bedroom from the hallway and bathroom so there is virtually no noise from outside the room.
3. The location is superb. It is located off a main street called the Pages del Corro (easy for taxis to find). You turn into an alley and the hotel opens up into a courtyard; therefore there is no traffic noise. The hotel is located in the Triana District (the old city) which is known for the pottery makers and flamenco dancing. It's a lovely place to discover the old city.
4. It is a 10 minute walk over the bridge to the city centre. Along the river are lovely restaurants and bars with fabulous views. The area, although it does look a bit run down, is very safe and was not a bit nervous strolling home after a night out at 1:00am. Seville itself seems to be very safe.
5. Finally, the price. To pay 89 euros a night for a double room in June I think is outstanding.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone and if you are a fussy traveller like me, trust me when I say you won't be disappointed.