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Travel Blogs from Seville
After the sharp constriction of last week, I feel as though
I have landed on a cloud. I have been
missing Venice since I arrived in Spain. But Sevilla has many similarities,
sans water…a gentle, feminine energy, visual delights around every bend,….mysterious,
yet knowable. To be dramatically rejected in Sanlucar, and then within hours
welcomed warmly in Sevilla, was quite an emotional swing. Norberto is a ...
In the Courtyard of the Dolls you can see where the original carver ...
... took some photos and made friends with a stray cat. Mum said I couldn't keep him. We arrived in Madrid, our first time in a fancy hotel, and did a quick '24 hours in Madrid' Google search. We found the things we were told to do, palace, cathedral etc, on our map and off we went. 20 metres up the road from our hotel was our first look into the dodgy side of Spain. A man had (possibly, we missed the beginning) stolen a woman's bag and she was attacking ...
... little passenger so happy to see his Gramma and Grandad (well, he may just have been relieved to finally be out of the car!). The apartment Kassie booked on Santa Cruz Plaza is great, with two big bedrooms, a living room, dining area, kitchen and bathroom, (we've all made use of the washing machine already!) and a lovely view of the tiny park-like plaza surrounded with orange trees.
A couple of bottles of ...
... as having parking but was in a city with car parks ..... Our mistake? Second adventure was to visit Real Alcazar, a jewel of Islamic/Christian architecture really vast and massively interesting. There were equally engaging gardens attached and a few hours flashed past. Lunch of tapas on the pavement but not in a tramp-like fashion, washed down with 10 beers! 3euros a bucket, it has to be done! Skipped the cathedral as it was ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Barcelo Renacimiento Seville
Great Hotel, Lovely City
After reading some of the reviews i was a little concerned that this hotel might not have been a good choice.
How wrong could we be, the hotel whilst not in the city centre was very well located and a 5 euro ride into the city ( 10 Mins ) meant that we were never too far from the sights that Seville had to offer.
The Hotel whilst large and more than likley used for conferences etc provided everything that a tourist or business Man/Lady could want.
The Staff were very friendly,rooms clean and large. The Hotel swimming pool was beautiful with plenty of areas to sunbath should you want to.
The Breakfast Buffet was excellent with a great range of food to choice from. The cost of food and drinks at the hotel were fair and this was just as well beacuse there is little alternative near the hotel.
My overall rateing was high and i would recommend to anybody wishing to stay in Seville.
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.
Really not that bad...
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:
1. This hotel is part of an ill-fated development for the Expo 92 and sits among a number of interesting, if slightly odd and run-down, architectural developments. Some would find them ugly. The outside of the hotel doesn't look great but inside its quite impressive and the rooms are fine. No idea what the 'stale smelling carpets' comments are about. The only dampness
2. The location isn't fantastic if you're planning on popping into and out of the city centre very much. Having said that, you're only a few minutes away from the Macarena district (good for cafe's) and the walk from there through to the old town is great. Also the walk back along the river in the early evening is nice (although the last bridge to the island is more designed for cars).
3. The taxis are great! They are all metered and extremely good value.
There is no point walking back to this hotel at night when you can be driven back for a few euros. The only problem can be the traffice across the bridges in the early evening.
4. The hotel is on the quiet side. For some this will be welcome. At the end of the day, if your just looking for a place to come back and sleep, this shouldn't be a problem.
5. The hotel staff were fine. They were polite, efficient and happy to organise wake-up calls and taxis for us.
If you can get a good deal on a hotel nearer the centre, then you would be better of taking that. However, if (like me) you find that those hotels are charging crazy prices, then you may be able to get a good deal at the Barcelo & put up with some of the inconvenience.
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
Not a good place for tourists
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.
Isolated wilderness feeding thieving taxi drivers
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.
Otherwise, best to avoid the stale smelling carpet, the damp barren interiors of the "towers", the echoing footsteps through the corridors which head past empty bars and lounge areas and chairs. I mean this place is a ghost town. The front staff aren't interested in doing anything for you so make your own phone calls to your next stop, even if it is another Barcelo hotel and you want to confirm details!
The location - out in the wilderness across the river - means that you are the mercy of thieving taxi drivers who help themselves to your change. Meaning that if the fare is 7.50 and you give them a 20 note then they will give you 10 back thereby helping themselves ot a 33% tip. No amount of discussion, prodding, yelling banging will return your money. At the hotel end the concierge and doorman are simply mildy amused - I guess the "tip pool" all gets spread around later.
On the better side the breakfast buffet has a mouth-watering selection of fine food and the staff on around the buffet are very helpful and pleasant. The rooms are large. But don't ask for an iron and ironing board - that is an impossibility.
But overall this is a place to be totally avoided. It is just a ridiculously isloated and mouldy relic dressed up with words to confuse your selection.
I witessed the look on the faces of the tourist bus of Koreans as they arrived - and their first impression was right! You have the choice that they obviously did not - don't make mine and their mistake.
An absolutely beautiful hotel. Fantastic rooms. A wonderful restaurant and excellent service throughout the hotel. I would definitely recommend this property.