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... offices now. We walked along the inside of the Plaza checking out the various tiled alcoves, each representing a different province of Spain. I'm not sure how they decided on what picture would represent each province as there seemed to be at least 100 of them. Maybe it's more obvious if you are Spanish? A very pretty and impressive building nonetheless.
On our way back ...
... with a downhill on the boat to the ramp and then an uphill up the ramp to the wharf and no flat bit inbetween - this meant the tail bars were jamming on the ground; there was no clearance at all.
The ferry company then put "spotters" at the backs of the trucks so the drive onto the ramp could be better timed with the ebb and flow of the tide! Once a truck made it up the ramp, the driver got out and checked for damage; the ...
... have a Catholic Cathedral (which we visited because it was on route) and an Anglican Cathedral.
The airport runway, this time it was all clear – not even a security guard in sight. Through customs – no one wanted to look at any credentials and back to the carpark. Car had not been tampered with so it was a good day until we tried to get out. Two cars from France in front of us were having trouble trying to pay their tickets ...
... still dark on the inside except in the chapels. We went to each and listened. We heard the organ playing and then they began to turn on the lights. It was impressive to see Christopher Columbus' tomb in the light. The crowds were not there as if officially opened at 11. There is no charge to go in during mass times.
Next we went to the Alcazar and walked the palace and grounds...so much Moorish influence remains here.
After that ...
... the sunset over the bridge really made for a great day. Every time I go to the centro, I see something else I love about the city. Maybe all the newness of it still sugar coats everything, but it is just such a wonderful place. I took lots of pictures all around the city today, the Torre del Oro, the Triana bridge, and the Plaza Nueva.
Well it's off to bed for me after my late night last night,
Abrazos y ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Murillo Seville
A few years ago....
I stayed at the Hotel Murillo 8 years ago. It was a little run down at that time, but it was very clean and comfortable.
Our window opened over Calle Lope de Rueda. We enjoyed the street noises and the sounds coming from the neighboring residences. If you don't like noise, ask for a back room.
The lobby is especially ornate. The breakfast that was served in the lobby was good and modestly priced. The only television you will see is in the lobby.
The room was exactly how it had been described in a book, very dull with bright bed covers. We selected this hotel because it had central heating and we were in Sevilla for a winter week.
The three of us spoke Spanish with the staff. They were very helpful.
NOT WORTH THE MONEY!
Shabby bathroom! There are molds in the bathroom. The bathroom door is falling out of its hinges! You have to push it hard just to close it. The toilet bowl is dirty! Yucky! There's only one electrical outlet and it's in the bathroom. We had to take turns charging our batteries for digital camcorder and camera. Paper thin walls. You can hear everyone coming and going, not to mention the people next door. We paid so much less for hostals that are much, much cleaner than this place! Good location but avoid it. Will not go back again.
Good location, rooms need renovation
Location is perfect, in the heart of Santa Cruz.
In my opinion, only stay here if you are:
1. On a budget (paid ~60E / night)
2. Planning on being in your room only to sleep.
The rooms are old and need updating. Smells a little musty. No frills, but none expected. Double beds to a room w/ only one outlet - in the bathroom. The bathrooms are extremely cramped and one morning I had no water pressure or hot water. The street is noisy, so try to get a room off of it. If you're planning on a siesta, forget it. Noise in the morning starts around 7am too, so don't plan on sleeping past that.
The only reasons to stay here are price and location, otherwise I'd look elsewhere. Tough to find if you get dropped off.
Staff is friendly. Try the tapas restaurant near by, The Columns. Great local hangout. The Pasje (sp?) bar around the corner was decent too.
Good value modest Hotel
The Murillo was advertised as 'modest' so we had some idea what to expect and were not surprised. The interior although 'quirky and interesting' is also shabby and in need of a tidy up, (not to be confused with dirty). We stayed for 5 nights, 1 in room 217 others in 206. Staff were happy and helpful in allowing us to switch rooms. 217 is the smallest double room in the Hotel and overlooks the front of building. Noise from the street was loud and lasted all night and the bed & bathrooms very small. Swapped to a larger double at back of building, much quieter but both rooms were scruffy and worn. The advertised air con/heating is centrally controlled and not via the panels in the rooms so guests don't have a choice about ambient temp. Rooms/mattresses/sheets/towels were all worn but v clean. Coffee was hot and rolls for breakfast fresh. Staff were all easy to approach and helpful when asked for directions/ taxis etc. Would reccomend this Hotel only if you intend being out most of the time and only need a base to sleep/shower/dress. Would certainly reccomend the Murillo Apartments located in the next street. These were refurbished to a high standard in 2004 and are extremely well equipped and decorated. Staff were happy to allow us to look round the apartments. Would say that in both cases you get what you pay for and both are good value for money.
Perfect Location and Top Notch Service
Hotel Murillo is located in one of the most beautiful and historic parts of Seville. However, is an older hotel with average rooms containing only a travelerīs necessities: beds with plenty of blankets, a closet, a telephone and a restroom. Regardless, I decided to give Hotel Murillo an excellent rating because in many other aspects it exceeded my expectations. When I arrived, the staff was welcoming and pleasant. They knew I had been traveling for many hours and offered me a glass of milk and cookies before I went to bed. The next day, when I asked where I could find a cobbler to repair a torn sandal, a staff member insisted on taking the sandal himself and returned the next day with a shoe that was like new. He and the other staff member who greeted me went out of their way to help me find an apartment for my three month stay. They talked to neighboring businesses and gathered several phone numbers of people who owned apartments in the area. I am currently living in an apartment very close to Hotel Murillo. When ever I need directions, recommendations on local entertainment, or to use the phone, the hotel staff is STILL more than willing to help me. I would also like to note that the breakfast is satisfying and inexpensive. If you are going to Sevilla and want to stay in a beautiful area and receive EXCELLENT service for a very reasonable price, Hotel Murillo will most definitely suit your needs. However, if you are looking for a 5 star hotel with luxurious accomodations, go elsewhere. This review is directed towards travelers like me--those who value service, location, and people more than down comforters and fancy china.
Have to agree with last review. This hotel is a relic. We were late in booking and had to find somewhere but I would not return to the Murillo if I was paid to! It was the noisiest hotel I have ever stayed in - very thin walls means you hear everything including the guests moving around from 7 am onwards plus a new bar just outside so little chance of sleep before 0200. Rooms are very old and bathrooms neo-gothic. Our cistern broke down twice - we had to pour bottles of water down ourselves to flush it. There was mould on the walls and rotten wood panels. The breakfast is brought to you on a tray in the lobby and was made worse for the last two days as the coffee machine had broken down. We had the best welcome of all our visits but just like the hotel itself - it's just a facade.
This hotel is in the PERFECT location in Seville. Quiet and quaint with VERY nice staff that speak wonderful English. If you're looking for 1st class rooms with room service and everything else you can think of, this is not the hotel for you. However, the linens and towels were clean, and the beds, though nothing huge, were comfortable enough. The breakfast was filling. Would most definitely stay here time and time again.
This hotel is great. It is in the heart of the Santa Cruz district in a pedestrian only zone. The lobby is like a small museum. It is full of interesting things. Our room was very comfortable with 2 double beds and a large bathroom. It was very clean and had excellent air conditioning (a must as it was 105 degrees in the middle of July). The small breakfast was served in the lobby: coffee/hot chocolate and rolls. We paid about $50 US a night. Though the staff was not overly friendly, I found this to be true everywhere we went in Seville. The locals are quite snobbish. But seville is a must see city and the accomodations were perfect. If you want a TV and a pool and tourist service and all those big ticket itmes, this is not the place for you.
If you are looking for a unique, clean, comfortable room with private bath that is affordable in the heart of Seville's historic center, this is the place for you.
Good location - shabby rooms
Good location in Santa Cruz. Lobby is quirky. Rooms are a bit shabby and musty but as somewhere just to crash out it is OK.
From the outside and the lobby you might think you found a good place to stay, but make sure you see the rooms before you decide this is the place for you. Ours was old, dirty, plain, and the beds were terrible.
The only good thing about the hotel is itīs location, 5 minutes walking to the cathedral and the Alzacar, but there are many other options you should consider first.