Hotel Rey Alfonso X
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... of our hotel Bequer, we followed our noses to find a nice place to have some Tapas and a beer. But the nice place, the lovely Sevilla which we had in memory since our first visit 5 years ago, had changed ! We were "harcelled" half a dozen of times, while eating ! And the waiter was not nice either - fed up by tourists ? What a disappointment ! But it was in fact just a proof ...
... to 8pm so we headed straight to Camping Valdevaqueros in Tarifa where we had stayed before. It rained....just like it had before! Good job they have a dryer to go with their washing machine! We also washed all the desert sand off Peanut who came up looking like a box of birds.....she's a beautiful thing, our Peanut....going to be mighty hard to let her go!
From Tarifa, we headed to Seville, taking a tip off a couple of travellers ...
... makes good money from it. He is living the dream. I am truly inspired. That night, we cook a meal, have a beer on the rooftop and continue the storytelling. We spend a good 10 hours together and I have never met somebody with so many amazing travel stories. We exchange details and Josť promises me to host me in his house in Madrid where he would be around the time I’m there. I really hope that I run into this awesome dude again (and also because I will have free accommodation ha ha!)
... I bet their actual rooms have more comfortable modern furniture and flat screen TVs.
One of the coolest areas of the Alcazar was also one of the least tourist-packed when we were there. It's not as over-the-top pretty as the main Palace spaces, but it's full of history - the original House of Trade. It was ordered built by the Catholic Monarchs in 1503 to regulate ALL of the trade with/through the New World. This is where the discovery and trade voyages ...
... As we are here for 2 more nights we will probably try the restaurant again but experiment with different dishes.
Footnote: Alister suggested we went to “The Rock” and now we know why. His travel company (see last picture) was out and about touting to take us up the rock by van for less money than it would take to go by cable car. We declined as we thought there might be a catch – not that we don’t trust you Alister.
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Great find - All that we expected!
Thanks to previous Trip Advisor reviews we booked Rey Alfonso X and were able to benefit from the great location with authentic flamenco in the Plaza, a few minutes walk away. The rooms were basic but clean and the garage facility was a real bonus in Seville city where private parking is at a premium. Great place if you want to easily sample the delights of the city first hand and without having to worry about return transport at the end of the night. We would definitely stay there again.
Comfortable, elegant, great location
My husband and I stayed here for three nights in June 2005 and we both loved it. It is very clean and designed with a simple elegance. We had a room overlooking the Plaza Santa Maria La Blanca and had no problems with noise from the street and outdoor cafes. We also had no problems with the air conditioning which was a good thing as it was VERY hot during a couple of days during our stay in Seville. The location is definitely a big plus and the breakfast was good and included hot dishes. The hotel does not have a pool in the building, but you can use the small rooftop pool at the sister hotel across the street, the Fernando III which has some nice views of the city. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay there again if we ever returned to Seville.
We had spent some time researching where to stay in Seville, and chose this hotel given that it was a new small boutique place which exactly fitted what we were looking for. When we arrived, we were told by the check-in staff that our room was in "their other building" which, when we queried this, we were assured was "still the same hotel". Already smelling a rat, our suspicions were confirmed when the "other building" turned out to be the Hotel Fernando III, a much larger "old-fashioned" place that was about as far away from being "boutique" as can be imagined. When we complained, we were told that the hotel regularly over-booked and that there was no room for us in the place we had booked. Whilst the Fernando III was fine, and we did not let the experience ruin our trip, the fact remains that after spending time researching where to stay, the last thing you expect is to be shunted off to a compeletely different hotel! We are sure we won't be the last people to experience this, and wanted to make sure all Tripadvisor users were aware of what might happen if they choose this hotel. Avoid.
Great location, comfortable rooms
The location is very good and the beds are very comfortable. It is a newer hotel, so not as charming as some of the others. It is quite (which is very important in Spain - no one sleeps). Also near some great cafes and a flameco show. Very reasonably priced. Would stay here again.
Great place to stay
Stayed here two nights in November 2004. Hotel is in a great location and many shops and restaurants are close by. There are two outdoor cafes in the plaza fronting the hotel and both served excellent food and wine at very reasonable prices. The hotel has its own restaurant which we did not try. Rooms were very clean and the desk staff spoke good english and were very helpful. We altogether enjoyed our stay here.
Nice Rooms in Great Location!
We spent 3 nights in this hotel during our 2003 trip to Sevilla, and recommend it highly. Situated on the Plaza Santa Maria La Blanca in the middle of the historic and romantic barrio Santa Cruz, the Alfonso X has nice rooms off a curving hallway, modern amenities and good rates. There is a very nice restaurant/breakfast shop on the ground floor of the hotel, although we did not eat there and so cannot vouch for the food. If you want to be in the center of the great sights of Seville, only a short walk from all of them, you should consider this hotel!
Good choice for comfortable stay in Old Quarter
Very good hotel ideally situated (once you have managed to find it!) in one of the most interesting parts of the city. The hotel is fairly modern and is well-fitted. Our room was not large, but very comfortable and well-equipped, with good bathroom. The hotel is not far from a busy back-street, but we were not troubled by noise.
Breakfast was not included in our rate, so we ate in the local breakfast bars (ethnic and cheap), but the hotel's cafeteria looked very pleasant.
Altogether a fine hotel, in great location and an excellent choice to see the sights of Seville.
I can endorse the restaurant recommendation of an earlier reviewer, Salvador Rojo (on Calle San Fernando, a road running past the Alphonso XIII hotel) but note that they don't start lunch until 1400, not 1200 as shown on the door! However, avoid at all costs La Albahaca, described in our guide-book as "one of Seville's best-known restaurants". It's a nice building on a delightful square (and close to the Rey Alfonso X) but the food is quite dreadful and very expensive.
Excellent Hotel in Fantastic position to see sights.
This Hotel is in an excellent position to leave the car in their underground car park and walk to all the famous sights and tapas bars in the Old Quarter.
It is situated in a quiet square, fully air conditioned, room was comfortable with a view of the square and the staff could not have been more friendly.
Well worth a try!
Having researched a few hotels for a short stay in Seville, we decided on the Rey Alfonso X for it's proximity to the major sights and the fact that it wasn't over priced (booked through Expedia). We drove straight from the airport and, be warned, Seville is no easy city for finding your way in a left hand drive hire car in a place where there are seemingly hundreds of one-way and tiny little streets! Nevertheless, by sheer luck more than navigational skill, we arrived in good time and were very pleased with our choice of hotel.
We were given a friendly welcome (not always apparent in Seville) and our room was large, well appointed and quiet. The bathroom was huge and we were able to leave our bags to go straight out exploring in the Santa Cruz area.
Staff at the hotel struck the right balance between being friendly and helpful without being either obsequious or austere. They booked dinner reservations for us without fault and were generally pleasant and helpful.
It is a modern hotel with a glass facade and marble and wood interior, it is also sister hotel to the Fernando opposite (looked a bit old-fashioned in comparison).
The only real down side to our stay in the hotel was the quality of the breakfast. It was 'buffet' which in itself is not a bad thing but becomes so when the croissants are stale and the cheese curling at the edges. We didn't really feel this affected the quality of our stay (just disappointing) and without a doubt would recommend this hotel.
We should also like to recommend a restaurant called 'SALVADOR ROJO
Calle San Fernando 23 (tel/fax: ---------------------)' where we had beautiful, beautiful modern Spanish food complete with excellent friendly service.
Be choosy about where you eat tapas, it's not always up to scratch and you get the feeling that some places are cashing in on the tourist trade by serving less than fresh dishes.
Excellent place to stay in Seville
We stayed here in December 2003. It was in the very low season, so we had an extraordinarily cheap rate of about $70/night (no breakfast included) for quite a well-appointed hotel. Rooms were well-sized, not enormous but not tiny, satellite TV, nice bathrooms. A review of the hotel that I read somewhere said that it would have its 4th star in no time and sure enough, it had its 4th star up when we were there (Spanish hotels post their ratings).
The location is excellent: it is on a charming square that is not overrun with tourists but is close to the Alcazar and the Cathedral (a few blocks walking).
We did not eat at the cafe, but it looked quite hospitable (warm wood tones and lots of glass), if a bit expensive.
Staff was very nice and helpful.
Note: our cab driver from the airport got a bit confounded by all of the one way streets, so it might be useful to have a map handy ...