I was here in 1999, before the refurbishments and returned somewhat apprehensively. I was concerned that the restyling may have changed the character of what was an elegant hotel. No need to worry though as the Gran Melia Colon continues to be a first class hotel, outstripping many of the Paradores I have stayed in.
Everyone from doorstaff to reception, restaurant to room maids were wonderful. Staff training here must be tip-top! Everyone is courteous and helpful. We even enjoyed sharing a joke with reception staff about the hotel's infamous new bathrooms. Yes it is difficult to turn on the bath/shower taps whilst negotiating the static shower screne, but we got round it. As my old Granny would have said, "The disigner wants shooting!". We encountered no other problems with our rooms.
My sons' room which was on the seventh floor with windows facing the courtyard had a very large bathroom with separate bath, shower and W.C.
We arrived on the Wednesday before Easter, having planned our route through Seville so as not to coincide with road blocks for Semana Santa processions. Unfortunately the roads were not closed to schedule and we spent two and a half hours trying to reach the hotel. In the end we double parked within a few hundred metres of the hotel's main entrance and I made my way on foot to reception where a doorman was very quickly organized to accompany me back to the car and drive it, in reverse down one-way streets and through road blocks, to the front door. At that point the rest of the family said "Now we know why you insisted on The Colon!".
These people really do go the extra mile.
Red level is worth the extra.
Use the Aromatherapy options. The Cinnamon was wonderful.
Make sure you book-in for a massage at The Spa. I would recommend the 90 minute Luxury one. BLISS!
Eat at The Burladero, the food is superb.
The roof top sun area is worth a visit.
Don't panic if you arrive in Holy Week and are confounded by road blocks. Do as I did.
I wouldn't hesitate to return to The Colon next time I'm in Seville.
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Melia Colon Hotel Seville
- Sol Melia Seville
- Sol Melia Colon Hotel