If all you are interested in is a great location and email and comfort are not important to you, then this might be the hotel for you. I spent one night here and will never return. We usually stay at the Hotel Becquer, which is only a couple of minutes longer to walk to the centre and are very happy there but an error with our booking (our fault) found us, 3 couples, spending our last night in Seville at the Hotel Inglaterra.
My OH and I stayed in Room 111, directly across from 2 bars in the side streets, where we could hear everyone talking, laughing and walking past underneath. We could also hear every door close (slam is the only way) in our corridor, people walking above us, outside our room, water running and toilets flushing. I fell into an exhausted sleep, around 2am. The mattress was hard but is not the worst I have slept on. Our friends faced the Square and did not experience the same level of noise as we did.
The bedroom furnishings were basic and uninspiring and amenities in the bathroom were lacking – we had soap, shampoo and body wash. There was a sign saying we could ask for other items but there was no sign or mention of basics, such as cotton bud or cotton wool pads. The bedroom was very 3-star in my opinion.
When we arrived, we were given a twin bedroom and asked Reception if we could move to a double or if our beds could be made up as a double. We were told that neither options were possible. About 6 hours later, we met 2 people checking in and insisting that as they were brother and sister, they could not share a double bed. They were told that there were no twin bedrooms available!
I cannot be away at all without email access, for work and family contact. The Hotel Inglaterra advertises free Wi-Fi but neglects to add that this is only for websites and does not include apps. What this translates to, is that you cannot access your email on an Android phone or iPhone or an iPad. I tried to access it from my laptop but as our email is channelled through Google Apps, that didn’t work either. Microsoft Exchange is also a no-no. The concierge told me that we could try access our email through their computer in the reception area but added that it is really too slow to log into webmail. It was good enough to print a boarding pass.
My only option to access email was to pay €3 per hour. This is a total rip-off and the hotel is not being honest by withholding the fact that Wi-Fi access is limited. I asked to speak to the Duty Manager and was told that it was the weekend and none was available, a poor show for an 86 room hotel. I was told to write a letter but I don't see much point in that, as the management do not monitor the TA reviews, so couldn't have much interest.
Breakfast was fair – there were too many items served from tins or boxes, with cellophane and plastic wrapped items prominent displayed. Certainly not what I would expect from 4 star.
The hotel has a rooftop bar, open in the evenings, with views over the city and there is a lovely little bakery next door to the front entrance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant Four Star Hotel in Central Seville Hotel Inglaterra is a premier hotel with an unbeatable Seville location. Right in the heart of Plaza Nueva, guests are granted access to local monuments, famous attractions, holiday celebrations and events, and luxury shopping. Hotel Inglaterra welcomes guests to enjoy one-of-a-kind dining experiences such as award-winning cocktails at Trinity Pub or a light dinner overlooking Seville on the hotel terrace. The hotel provides spacious accommodations that are classically decorated with wooden floors, precious antiques, and some offer whirlpool baths, private terraces, and marble fireplaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inglaterra Hotel Seville