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“Fancy but flawed”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of EME Catedral Hotel

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EME Catedral Hotel
Ranked #46 of 179 Hotels in Seville
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Fancy but flawed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2010

Best location in Seville, right in the middle of city, and easy walking distance to all the key interest points (even in the 40degC heat). The hotel has a great design element throughout and on initial inspection seems great. We were upgraded to a luxury room, quite spacious and a very comfortable bed. However, on a deeper look, you start to notice the problems. First up is cleanliness, you can see that the staff don't clean thoroughly enough, we found dirt in nearly every corner. At breakfast there seemed to be a permanent chaos, although we noticed most the service in all of Spain to be like this. The rooftop swimming pool is small but essential in the summer, its a shame they don't provide drinks or at least a service by the pool. In the evening the pool area becomes a bar and restaurant, great atmosphere and view of the Cathedral at night. If you are in one of the higher floors though, the music goes on till late and may disturb you. Overall an average experience, choose it for location and design, not service and cleanliness.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2010

Very friendly staff, good breakfast and terrific location. Room amenities lacking - needed tissues and shower gel. Main restaurant too expensive but tapas bar very good value. Rooftop terrace bar super but overpriced. Would definitely stay again if rate was affordable.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2010

Perfect location. Staff was extremely helpful from the moment of arrival. We loved our room. Comfortable beds, nice setup with tv and stereo, also the tub which my wife used... I loved the roof top pool and used it twice during our stay. Drinks we're reasonable from the bar too. Would definitely come back when visiting Seville.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2010

We stayed here at the end of a 4 week trip around Spain and it was a real highlight. It is stylish and feels 5 star as soon as you walk in. We had a few problems with the booking agent that needed resolved on arrival and the hotel reception staff and manager on duty were amazing. They helped us relax, leant us their phone and brought us free drinks so we could unwind when it was all sorted.

The room we had was one of their smaller ones and in the internal part of the building meaning there wasn't much natural light (as some other reviewers have pointed out) but to be honest I can't imagine why anyone would complaint about that. It was 40 degrees c outside and if the room had sunlight pouring in it would have been unbearably hot. So maybe some reviewers just weren't be very practical. The stone finish of the walls is really sparse and stylish and we loved the contemporary decor. The temperature of the room was always perfectly cool and never needed adjusting.

Also the rooftop pool kind of makes this place special. Ordering Mojitos from the terrace bar and sipping them by the pool with a full view of the cathedral right beside us was amazing. We also had dinner in the Terrace restaurant at sunset on the roof which was on my 30th birthday and really really great food and friendly service. They also brought us little gifts and treats when they found out it was our honeymoon and my birthday.

If you can splash out then stay here. It is a little cool relaxing haven of style in the middle of a baking hot Seville which helped make our time there really special.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2010

This hotel is amazing. The building is beautiful. It it located right in the centre, so you can walk averywhere. We arrived at 11-30pm and we were welcomed by young and friendly staff and a complemtary cooling drink.,. Our room was funky but comfortabe at the same time. It was noisy in the morning, so we were upgrade to a roof top room with our own jaczzi at no extra cost! The manager checked with me every day to make sure we were happy. I can not imagine where the people stayed with negative comments on this hotel. Go to fabulous Seville and stay at this memorable hotel. You won't be dissapointed, oh and you get a complentary leaving dring as well!!

Lucy, London

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle, England
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2010

Whilst this hotel is located very centrally that doesn't make up for all it's shortcomings. Our room was very dark, it did not have any windows on external walls, and inadequate artificial lighting made for a gloomy cell like ambience. When we requested a change to a room with a window we were told it would have to be at an additional 75 pounds per night. Stairways are also dark and as a result potentially dangerous. The rooftop terrace has fantastic views but insufficient shade around the pool area - it was 40 degrees - and at night it was incredibly noisy with loud music until 3am. Some striking modern design and a superb Michelin starred restaurant didn't make up for a hotel which disappointed in so many ways.

Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2010

Recently stayed at the EME Cathedral hotel and although the hotel has been designed impressively the actual workmanship on the hotel is quite shoddy and has not been thought out for a hotel wanting to carry the 5 star staus.

The hotel rooms are tiny and dark and more adequate lighting is required, If the sesign of the bathroom was smaller the extra space could have been assigned to make a bigger bedroom area.

The terrace area is impressive but there is not adequte sun bathing areas if an influx of people are requiring to do this at the same time.

Although the hotel staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble when you ask I feel that a more experienced staff member is required to ovesee the breakfast area and feel that a more ambient experience would be experinced by hotel guests if there was an outside eating area within the hotel.

I feel a more realistic rating for this hotel would be 4 definately not 5, I have had better experiences.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: EME Catedral Hotel
Address: Calle Alemanes 27, 41004 Seville, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Seville > Seville > Casco Antiguo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Seville
#25 Luxury Hotel in Seville
#40 Romantic Hotel in Seville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — EME Catedral Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
EME Catedral Hotel a Boutique Hotel located in the historical centre of Seville, in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, right in front of the Cathedral and the Giralda, just some steps away from the shopping area. As a result of the restoration of fourteen typical sevillian listed houses from the XVI century, the urban resort has 60 rooms and an excellent gastronomic and leisure space with restaurants, cocktail bars, wellness spa, outdoor swimming pool and outstanding panoramic terraces. ... more   less 
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Hotel Eme Fusion
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