Parador de Carmona
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Today we leave our beautiful Ronda Parador and after a short drive are welcomed in Arco de la Frontera. The bright whitewash of this hilltop town shines in the sunlight. A trolley train awaits our arrival and takes us to the Plaza de Cabildo, a mirador (viewpoint) 150 metres above the lower town. This is our third full day on tour and our first …
... becomes free, the people in the front of the queue get the table. You then give your receipt to the waiter, who will make your food. As you can imagine, it was quite a lengthy process, one where outsiders are not treated kindly. We ate Churros. We then drank the leftover liquid chocolate (we couldn't let it go to waste!). Delicious. That night I looked on Pinterest. What had I pinned that I had wanted to see in Madrid? All of a sudden I had found ...
... as all goods entering or exiting America had to go through Seville and pay a tax. As a result they gave developed a bit of a posh /snooty personality.
Plaza españa was beautiful- it had do much going on- fountains, rivers, boats and huge tiled buildings. It's pretty young though only build in ...
... with tall orange trees and the tables nestled underneath, so when you look up there is a canopy of green with the oranges poking through. There is no concept of personal space here and people stop and chat to each other right at your table as if you were part of their group. We sit with more wine after dinner and before we know it, it's midnight again! So much for our planned early night - we have a day tour out of the city tomorrow ...
... and yelled at us. Really? We are finding the people of Spain to be inpatient and down right rude at times. We continued around town and came across a beautiful monument called, Plaza Espana, and the University. I wanted Jeff to stop and watch the horses from the horse drawn carriages tapping their hoofs, as if they are communicating with one another....needless to say, he ignored ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsParador de Carmona Seville
Excellent olive oil tasting and education
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Historical Traveler Reviews Parador de Carmona Seville
Lovely, historic hotel
We staid in this parador for one night, last year September and we loved it. It is a fantastic, historic building. We already had been to Sevilla and we just staid here for the experience of the parador. We weren't disappointed!
Our room was nice and clean, as was the bathroom. We had booked half board throught the traveling agency already, as we had heard that the food is also great in the paradors. And it was. All this Andalusian dishes which we found it hard to choose from. The price is quite high, but it was worth it. We would surely reccomend it to others.
Nice hotel with a honest staff.
Stayed two nights during our honeymoon. Nice hotel. Didn't find any noise issues, but we were traveling off peck. Only noise that we could hear was the peaceful sounds of farm animals from the valley below. The view from our room was amazing.
the hotel is about a 25 minute drive to Seville.
After checking out and driving about 15 miles from the hotel, I realized that I had forgotten my wedding ring. We quickly turned around and got the key to our room from the front desk, but our room had already been turned over. I saw the housekeeping cart down the hall and asked if they had found a ring. Fortunately the housekeeper found it and gave it to me. I even offered her a 20 euro reward, but she refused to accept it.
We were only able to afford 1 night in this expensive hotel, but that one night was worth the short trip out from Seville. The parador is in a converted fortress with commanding views of the neighboring countryside. The hotel lobby was beautiful, and because our room was not quite ready when we arrived, the staff treated us to free glasses of wine on their balcony overlooking the pool. Nice place to unwind from the journey! We were placed in a room at the end of a hall, which turned out to be very spacious with a nice-sized and wonderfully appointed bathroom. Having just stayed at a place in Madrid roughly 1/3 the size of this room, we appreciated everything. We were a bit disappointed to find that we could not go out on the balconies. We were also disappointed by the food prices in the main dining room; it is beautiful but not worth dinner there. But the parador's location in Carmona made it worth the trek, and we enjoyed simply walking aimlessly through the old town. Definitely stay here if you get the chance!
We stayed here in March of 2005 and made it our base for day trips to Sevilla and Cordoba. With that purpose in mind, it is a great spot. However, it has a really big problem: VERY THIN WALLS! We had a room at the end of the hall with a nice balcony (the view is not that wonderful compared to other parts of Spain). The bathroom was nice and large and very nicely appointed. The room was fine as well. No complaints there. Nothing lavish, but completely acceptable.
Lovely, but don't take a room near the elevator
This is a lovely, historic parador. Great rooms, great views and close to a great resaturant. BUT don't take a room near the elevator. The walls are way too thin.
Schön aber buchen Sie kein Zimmer beim Fahrstuhl.
Dies ist ein bezauberndes, historisches Parador. Tolle Zimmer, super Ausblicke und in der Nähe vieler, toller Restaurants. Nehmen Sie bloß kein Zimmer in der Nähe des Aufzugs. Die Wände sind einfach zu dünn.
We stayed here in mid-November and would highly recommend it. At the time of booking there were only superior rooms with a view available, which we didn't really want, but we were so glad we did when we got there. As the photographs show, the views across the plains at sunrise were breathtaking.
Stayed here in March 2004, it was absolute fantastic, the highlight of our trip. We had an amazing end room that had fantastic views over the plains. The service was superb, from the front desk to the maid service. We were there the day after the Madrid bombings, it was very moving when all the staff and guests gathered for a minute of silence to commenmorate the dead. Because that day was an official day of mourning there were no trains, businesses etc operating, they were so helpful and accomodating in helping reschedule people's plans and itineraries.
The restaurant is amazing. I would highly recommend staying there and eating there!!
Stunning, highly recommended
Paradors seldom disappoint, but this one is certainly a star above the rest. It's a beautiful refurbished castle and the architecture is simply stunning. Our room was clean, fresh, beautiful. The restaurant was in a beautiful, high-ceiling room - food was excellent, though a bit pricey and there was even a very luxurious reading room, where you could just hang out, with a balcony overlooking some stunning scenery.
This parador is amazing.
Überwältigend. Sehr empfehlenswert.
Paradors enttäuschen selten, dieses hebt sich aber deutlich von den anderen ab. Eine wunderschöne restaurierte Burg und die Architektur sind einfach atemberaubend. Unser Zimmer war sauber, frisch und wunderschön. Das Restaurant liegt in einem wunderschönen Saal mit hohen Decken. Das Essen war erstklassig, aber recht teuer und es gab ein recht luxuriöses Lesezimmer, in dem man einfach entspannen konnte und hatte einen Balkon, von welchen man die Szenerie genießen konnte. Dieses Parador ist einfach klasse.