Hotel San Gil
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We arrived in Seville at about 4pm and found that compared to chilly old England it was hot hot hot. This is not a surprise really given that it is often the hottest place in Europe but it was not making me happy since we only had enough cash for the bus and until I could find an ATM we couldnt even get a drink, We regularly fly into Seville and it …
Possibly as a means of keeping separate the worst examples of British and Spanish tourists, the Spanish and Portuguese governments have not yet seen fit to link the Algarve to Spain by rail, so it's to Seville by bus for us. My awareness of Seville thus far is limited to a couple of Virg's observations.. The first is that Seville is "unjustly" the …
... part of the museum was seeing some of her personal belongings. She had an exquisite collection of my new favourite thing: fans. Next up was the Reales Alcazares (Royal Castle), in whose garden I had attended the concert last night. It had some really pretty courtyards, an amazing collection of fans, including some made with peacock feathers and ostrich plumes, and a lovely fountain and pond. Afterwards I rushed off to the train station to go to Córdoba. ...
... basically every day. The artwork in this part of the church was especially intricate and beautiful, although it was awkward photographing it and doing the tourist thing while their were people 10 feet away praying to the altar.
My favorite part of Cordoba was the jewelry shops. I didn't find anything I could afford AND that I could see myself actually wearing, but it seemed as though they had an artisan jewelry shop every 5 feet. A lot of it was ...
... and then more horsey. We worked out that the strong smell was horse pee - its not so bad, but a bit strong around cathedral where they line up and wait for tourists. Makes a change from the pungent frequent marijuana clouds you walk through in Amsterdam!
We visited the cathedral which is the 3rd biggest gothic cathedral in the world. It also houses the remains of Christopher Columbus. We even climbed to top of the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel San Gil Seville
On our honeymoon
I was a bit surprised that such a nice hotel was located so deep into a neighborhood of residences. The walk to the main areas of the city were not a big deal to us, but we could have chosen a location closer to the city center. The courtyard was gorgeous, and the rooftop pool enjoyable. The staff were some of the nicest we encountered in Spain. The room was clean and the bathroom was very large. The small restaurant on site was a nice surprise. This hotel is closest to the younger side of Sevilla where many locals hang out at the restaurants and bars. We felt like we experienced Sevilla the way that the people that lived there did. If we returned to Spain, we would definitely go back to this hotel.
Hotel San Gil Is a Fine Place to Stay
Hotel San Gil was all I expected it to be. We read several reviews before our trip and realized that it would be off the beaten track. However, the hotel itself was great. The rooms were very large, with large beautiful bathrooms. The staff was very pleasant and helpful.
Even though the hotel is not in the main part of Sevilla, the taxis are very reasonable which made getting around town just fine. The bus system is easy to use as well.
This is not a 4 stars hotel, more of a three stars. Apart from the staff, who were very friendly and helpful, everything was wrong: the room was dark and because it looked out on the interior patio, where the passage is, you could not open your curtains otherwise anybody would see into your room. So the room was ugly and nothing special, the bathroom was tiny and the towels were old. Breakfast was a nightmare: the products were not fresh and, most of all, the dishes were dirty. We had to look for a long time to find a clean glass and cup, spoons were missing and we hardly ate anything because everything looked like it had been there for ages. The hotel was far away from the center (at least 20 minutes walk) and in a not particularly nice area. I will never again return to that hotel.
We arrived at the San Gil and were surprised at the location, on a rundown looking street. The hotel was nice once you got inside, but we had imagined the location to be more convenient as described to us by our travel agent. We would have stayed closer to Cordoba or Granada if we did this again or even in Malaga. We were able to see the sights in Sevilla rather quickly and spent more money on catching a tour bus to Cordoba (1 1/2 hours each way) and Granada (3 hours each way). The hotel staff was very nice and extremely cordial/helpful in assisting us in making arrangements for dinner or getting tour reservations. I was so glad to see scrambled eggs offered in the breakfast buffet. Our other hotel in barcelona offered all sorts of pork options and we do not eat pork. Overall this was a very pleasant experience, my expectation were just different based on photos of the hotel I had viewed online. The photos were taken from INSIDE the main courtyard and not from the street. We are spanish speakers and this was great but the staff who we encountered spoke good english and were very accomodating. They even brought up a hair dryer because the one in our room was broken away from the wall. Some rooms have a kitchenette which we found out later. This is a good option if you have picky eaters or want to save some money eating out. Just go to the grocery store for pasta, etc. I would say this is more like a 3 star hotel. This was comparable to a Hampton Inn or decent chain hotel in the United States. We stayed here in July 2004
I recently returned from a trip to several cities in Spain, including Seville. The Hotel San Gil is fantastic! The service at the hotel was friendly and warm, and the public spaces were beautifully decorated. My junior suite included a large set of rooms with kitchenette that faced the lovely interior garden and terrace. My brother stayed at the hotel at the same time, and his "double" room had a huge terrace that was at least the size of the room! The price included a very generous buffet breakfast, and is a great value. The hotel is not located in the center of the city but a short taxi ride will easily bring visitors to all the important sites. I personally loved the residential neighborhood in which the hotel is located, which has many excellent tapas bars and restaurants as well as historic churches. The Hotel San Gil has become one of my favorite hotels, and I will definitely stay there again on my next trip to Seville!
Overall a good hotel. Nothing special but the entrance, the building and the courtyard were exceptional. The rooms are not great and I expected a little more luxury from a 4-star hotel. The breakfast could also be improved.
Location is good. It is far better not to be right where the main attractions since it would be much noisier. San Gil is in a quiet area and it is very easy to walk to all the sites anyway.
The hotel had a nice courtyard but the location was quite far from all the relevant sights and if you wanted to go out in the evening you couldn't really walk out and do something around the hotel. You had to drive or take a bus. The room was spacious enough and cleanliness was moderate.
We checked in here after having terrible luck with accommodations in Spain and though it was more expensive than we wanted (they only had a suite available), we were too exhausted to care. Initially our attraction was the rooftop swimming pool but the weather turned ugly soon after arriving and so we were then grateful that our room was so pretty and comfortable that we didn't mind. Also included was a full breakfast which was terrific.
The Hotel San Gil was wonderful. It is absolutely beautiful and in a nice and quiet location - yet everything is within walking distance. I was there for five days and only took four cab rides - two of which were to and from the airport! Our room was spotless and right on the courtyard where there were olive trees and orange trees. The free breakfast was quite extensive and hearty. Be sure to admire the exquisite tilework throughout the lobby - it is stunning. Without a doubt, one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in and one of the cheapest.
The San Gil is just as described....
What you see on the various web sites where the San Gil is advertised is exactly what you get: an excellent hotel. Rooms are spacious and well furnished, and the air con worked very well in August heat! The staff are helpful if not over friendly. The breaksfast is wonderfull, and included in the room price. Limitations: location is not great, but is very quiet and only 6 Euro cab ride to Giralda.