Travel Blogs from Seville
... for some reason an hour earlier than expected, I parted company with Alana and Veronica and caught the metro towards my Couchsurfing host’s place, confronted again by a very unfamiliar language. I have to confess, about the only things that came to mind about Portugal before visiting were: ‘obrigado’, the word for thank you; the explorers Magellan and da Gama; and Nando’s… Yeah, I should have done some reading ...
... we arrived a little early because the place was filling rapidly. We got seats. The show involved a guitarist who occasionally soloed, a woman singer who told it like it was, and a male and a female dancer, who danced together and singly. The syncopated hand clapping and heel percussion was mesmerising and exciting. The dance was full of expression and very engaging. All the costume and passion was there.
As we walked home, the brass band we had heard clearing its ...
... also filled with cyclists and runners that you have to avoid.
We had dinner that night at Vinera San Telmo, a very popular tapas bar. The food was delicious. Between us we ate far more food than two people should be allowed to consume. I particularly enjoyed the breaded prawns, Fraser liked the melted cheese.
The next day we walked around the Santa Cruz and La Arenal areas of Seville taking in the sights. Both areas are ...
... after walking for ages around my hotel district I was about to give up when I stumbled into the middle of a huge street party! Perfect. Sponsored by coca cola so I knew it would be lame family friendly gig but there were some good bars open along the street and a good crowd mix. Then randomly fireworks on the river to finish!
The following day was consequently a slow one following my night out. It was Sunday and most things were closed. It was also ...
... Spanish culture in the south of Spain. The only thing Sevilla was missing was a beach because the temperatures got up to 34 one day and we just wanted to cool down by jumping into the ocean. So we all thought that the Feria de Sevilla was just an open fair but it turned out that almost all of the tents are private and you have to be invited in. Fortunately, one night we sweet talked our way into ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Barcelo Renacimiento Seville
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.