This is a beautiful house which has, at some time, been decorated with style and perfect taste. The public rooms are exquisite; the bedrooms furnished with top class fabrics BUT everything is not just a little shabby, it is actually falling to pieces.
I had read previous reviews on Tripadvisor and hoped that the negative reviews were posted by people who had booked this hotel expecting a standard, bland, 5*. We live in a 600yr old house and so we like the slightly faded, unusual quirky aspects of old buildings and prefer to stay in characterful old hotels rather than the corporate beige of the big hotel chains. However we do not like staying somewhere where there is no electricity in the closed off dusty public rooms, nor in bedrooms where the loo leaks (we put towels on the floor) or where there is a hole in the bedroom ceiling!
The main problem is that there are insufficient staff. We arrived back at around 6pm after a day sight seeing to find the hotel completely deserted. No staff to be seen anywhere!
We ate in splendid isolation on both nights and although the meal was perfectly fine - there was no menu, the owner just told us what he had in - it was expensive. The first night we had mushroom vol-au-vont (tasteless) followed by smoked cod and salad for me and veal with courgette (very good) for my husband. Pudding was one glass of ice crystal laden vanilla ice cream - inedible! The bill for this was Euro 105 without wine.
There is a small swimming pool which is very refreshing after a day wandering around Carmona and the Loggia where breakfast is served (laid out on your table, Parma ham, processed ham, mozzarella, tomato, yoghurt, puts of `Hero` jam, no fresh bread only toasted baguette) is pretty. Nice coffee from a Nespresso machine. Perfectly adequate but not what you expect for Euro 220 a night.
There are no sunbeds around the swimming pool but the Loggia has tables and chairs for sitting and reading.
Altogether this place made me feel sad. Something has gone horribly wrong with this hotel which (according to the owner of another hotel we stayed in) used to be one of the best places to stay in the Seville region. Now it certainly is not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historic centre of Carmona– a remarkably beautiful white village just 30 km East of Seville – stands the Casa de Carmona, a splendid XVIth century renaissance palace with 33 charming bedrooms. At the Casa de Carmona you will enjoy lush courtyards and living rooms, fine art and antiques, a fresh market cuisine, and the help of a knowing and well-mannered service – in sum, the palatial life of an aristocratic family. Since its opening in 1991, the Casa de Carmona has been celebrated by its guests and by the press. The Casa de Carmona is family-lived and run and offers affordable rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Palacio Casa De Carmona Hotel Carmona
- Casa Palacio De Carmona
- Casa De Carmona
- Casa Palacio De Hotel Carmona