Parador de Carmona
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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.
Wonderful hotel in a charming city
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!
Nice, but very NOISY!
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.
The problem with the hotel is that you can hear EVERY word the people in the next room say. I mean that literally. Not only can you hear every voice, I could hear them going to the bathroom, brushing their teeth...you get the picture. For the price they charge (it is not a bargain and I thought I was getting a ritzier place by staying at the Parador), you shouldn't have to wear earplugs at night to get to sleep!
Additionally, the staff was of limited service. Restaurant recommendations were lousy, help getting to other towns was usually incorrect. If we were to come back (and I would as Carmona is a charming town), I would stay at the Casa Carmona.
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.
Our room was a reasonable size, very clean and well appointed. The balcony was lovely to sit on and admire the view. The wooden shutters made it very cosy on a dark winter night.
As others have mentioned, the dining room is fabulous. We enjoyed breakfast there each morning but our attempt at an evening meal was a let down. It was very expensive and offered a limited choice for those of us who didn't want to experiment with exotic Spanish meat products. The following night we found an excellent tapas bar just outside the gate of the hotel and had a very entertaining night with the locals.
The front desk gave us useful tip when visiting Seville. We drove to the railway station close to the centre of the city, which is easy to find. There are plenty of car parks close to it, which have a reasonably cheap all day rate. We then got a taxi to the cathedral, spent the day sight seeing, and got a taxi back to the station without any problems.
Overall this is a top class base from which to explore the area. The hotel is in a beautiful location and lives up to its reputation as one of the best Pardors.
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.
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Opted not to go on an optional tour this morning, so didn't have to rush! Had a leisurely morning with breakfast at 8.30am and our departure set for 11.30am. Disappointed with what was on offer though. Ended up having an omelette but it took ages to get and was pretty basic - . Was told at breakfast that our coach had a mechanical issue and we wouldn't be leaving till 1.00pm. Shops didn't open till 10 or 11 so did some homework ...
... s), ham wrapped shrimp, and chicken croquettes. Heather had herself a cute little beer and I had coke from a wineglass with my allotment of one ice cube. I did not eat the ham wrapped shrimp of course but Heather assured me it was terrible. The rest however was quite good. We finished our tour of the cathedral, Heather bought a cute little hat, we walked around a castle complete with moat, but then we had to get going. We managed to get ourselves on the road only ...
... or herself) by changing a small detail. In the carvings over the arch he placed a doll's head over each side -- but just in one of the many arches -- hence the modern name!
... the foyer and our room. The building backed onto the Plaza Giralda, with a view onto the back of the Reales Alcazares from our balcony. It was on the horse and carriage route, and an easy walk to the Centro District. We woke each morning to the sound of the cathredral bells and horses hooves on cobblestones.
What we didn't realise was that there was a serious problem with the plumbing. While the water went down the drain in ...
... I reassured him that I was a polite roommate. Also made friends with a guy from Nice named Tom Tom. Haha. One Tom isn't enough I guess. I couldn't tell if he worked at the hostel or just helped out his friends who did. Either way, we had late night leftover curry and piella and talked American tv in the kitchen.
Lots of people left around 2am to head to a club. I stayed behind to get some sleep. Off to the white hill town of Arcos de la Frontera ...