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... again through some great, narrow winding streets full of every kind of shop, tapas bars, Tabernas, panaderias, fruterias... All the shops stay open until 10.00pm and it is so safe to walk around, the streets are full of families, or old (and young) couples walking (passeggiata). The Metropol Parasol is just 300 m or so away and is (claimed as) the world's largest wooden structure, it covers the local farmers markets and is quite spectacular (see my ...
... Then, he decided to quit and travel. I feel goose bumps. I haven’t told him yet about the similarity to my story. He tells me about his travels to Australia, to United States, the Trans-Siberian journey to Mongolia. Then, he tells me about his best friend. He had always wanted to travel but had been putting it off every year for one reason or another. He tells me that one day he finally convinced him and they went on a 6 month trip through Asia. Three months ...
... We had learnt from our mistakes and set off early(ish) hopeful that we could make it to Hervás before the heat of the day really kicked in. We were expecting highs of 35 degrees. As we rolled through Salamanca for the last time we got fantastic views of the cathedral across the river. It soon became clear that we were headed back into the mountains. We are following the 'Ruta de Plata' which is the Spanish equivalent to the A1 and as we headed ...
... tidbits of information and points out more prominent landmarks. They are many people fishing, and children swimming in the river, and although it doesn't smell, it is opaque in color - not something I would swim in and definitely not like our beautiful clear rivers. The breeze created by the movement of the boat is very refreshing and its a most enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes or so.
When the boat returns to its mooring ...
Getting into the Real Alcazar was a little bit of a problem. Veronica went up to the desk to buy our tickets while we waited in line, and apparently the guards told her she was at the wrong entrance. So we went on a 15 minute walk around the city (sounds reasonable, but it was 100 plus degrees out) to the opposite side of the Palace, where we met another security guard who said no one was allowed to enter from this side. 40 minutes ...
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After reading some of the reviews i was a little concerned that this hotel might not have been a good choice.
Exceptional Value. Top notch service at bargain rates !
I was worried at first, but first impressions are oly skin deep. For 85 euros per night (Orbitz) this Hotel is an exceptional deal. The Seville tour bus stop is two minutes away by foot and they drop you off right in front of the Hotel. The service is excellent. The room is top notch, and the pool is clean and bathing suit tops are optional. Yes, the hotel is rather empty, but isn't that what most of us want? I felt the staff was at my beck and call, and there were maybe 10 peope by the pool. This is where I like it, away from the noise and grime of old Seville, yet minutes away from the action. This place was a steal.
Quality hotel, shame about the location.
Got an excellent rate off the internet. This is a good quality hotel with good sized well equipped rooms. Buffet breakfast was very good and the lounges are very spacious, and the bar very comfortable. I was dissapointed that there was no indoor pool and the saunas were not working. Our good rate was offset by the need to use Taxis in and out of the Centre. It is a 35 min, and more, walk to the main sights.
Having read some of the reviews on the more central hotels it was a choice between location and quality. I think we made the right choice.
The Barcel? Gran is a very nice place. It has wonderful cherrywood furniture, marble bathrooms, and really fine appointments. I was there December 18-21 and 23-29. The hotel property is large and inviting with bars, restaurants, etc. The restaurants food is excellent and served with class. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful with directions.If you like public transportation, busses stop a few meters away from the hotel's entrance. Taxis are always waiting in the driveway.Seville is a wonderfully old city and very pedestrian friendly. I highly recommend this as a destination.
I stayed there 2 days in October 2002. My wife was there an additional 2 weeks after I broke my leg and was hospitalized with surgery on it.
My recollection is that the lobbies (3) are beautiful, the room was excellent - very roomy, clean, and beautiful. One hell of a lot better than the hospital room I was in. The hotel staff was wonderful to my wife during her stay after my hospitalization, one in particular, Margarita spoke English and was indispensable to her.
When I read the other reviews on this page, I had already booked this hotel and some of the opinions left me wishing I hadn't. I really needn't have worried that much. I can understand some of the comments, but I can only assume that the Australian reviewer got on the wrong side of everyone they met. I would like to clarify a few things from my own experience:
I recommend this hotel. Well decorated rooms,very nice staff. Downtown just across the river.If you like modern architecture you should come to visit this five-star hotel built for the Wold Exposition in 1992
We stayed here in April 2003 during Semana Santa. It was difficult to find rooms, so we did not investigate this hotel as much as we should have. The location is not convenient for sightseeing. It's on the opposite side of the river from the old town and next to an amusement park. While it is possible to walk to the center, I would not recommend it at night. We ended up taking cabs back and forth every day. The room itself was lovely. We had a double with a lounge area (couch & two chairs). The mini bar looked as if it hadn't been cleaned for a while. I agree with the other poster that the place looked deserted. I don't think we saw any other guests on our first day, even though we were there during the busiest time of the year. The breakfast buffet is good and you're pretty much stuck eating there, since there's NOTHING else nearby.We had good service from the staff, who arranged breakfast and a taxi for us so that we could catch a very early flight when we left.All in all, I would not recommend this hotel to tourists.
I stayed for 4 days in October 2002. If there is nowhere else to stay in Seville then you might have to put up with the isolation of this hotel and its utter barren interior "landscape". Or if you travel constantly on business and you don't care anymore what city or what hotel or what planet you are living on then the Renacimiento will do the job for you also.
An absolutely beautiful hotel. Fantastic rooms. A wonderful restaurant and excellent service throughout the hotel. I would definitely recommend this property.