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I think it's day 2! Still travelling to Seville. 7hr flight to Madrid from Dubai. Slept, watched Playing for Keeps, 2hrs of Robbie, then a Good Day to Die Hard. Arrived Madrid. What an airport. Very big and modern. Had to catch shuttle train to take you where you collect your luggage. Caught a cab and off to catch fast train first class to Seville …
My start to Sevilla was a little less than rosy. Although the train ride there was pretty and only two hours, the directions my airbnb host sent had been written in Spanish and electronically translated to English. I didn't realize this, and it would have been far better had they been kept in Spanish. The streets’ names didn’t translate …
In Sevilla, the charm of Southern Spain continues to grow on me. Naturally, we visited the Alcazar palace and the Cathedral with the famous landmark of the Giralda tower. The buildings of the Alcazar are not as pleasing as those of the Alhambra. They are a mish-mash of styles, with both Moorish and Gothic components. The gardens though, once again …
Warm as usual. Slow to rise. Nice airbnb apartment at 68 calle toroneo but we had to leave the windows open because its still quite warm and the noise from the nearby major road was incessant all night. Didn't keep me awake though probably thanks to the full bottle of Tio Pepe we had last night. After arriving at around 3pm yesterday we set off to find the tourist office. It was Sunday and the place was heaving with tourists, the locals very wisely staying ...
... The Jews had a rough time in Spain and especially in Seville. Seville is where the inquisition started in Spain; say no more.
While in the Jewish quarter we stopped for lunch. It took so long to get served we almost left, in fact the only thing that arrived quickly was the bill. Seville is known for quite a lot of good things but we had been warned about lack of service and abruptness of the people. Had not seen it until today when ...
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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.
Location is perfect, in the heart of Santa Cruz.
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.
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 traveler´s 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.
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.