My partner and I spent 4 days in Seville last week, and stayed in the Hotel Becquer. It was our second time staying in the hotel - the first time was when we came to Seville 2 years previous. The fact we returned says a lot about how pleased we are with the hotel!
Overall, we found the hotel clean, central, great service, and good value for money in a relatively expensive city.
Location is central - easy walking distance to the Cathedral and other attractions, shopping area, good restaurants. Easy access to buses, and there's a taxi rank directly across the street if you need to go further (note - we had 2 experiences with taxi drivers who overcharged us in Seville, so be aware). Next door to the hotel is a lovely little cafe, handy for a quick coffee/drink and bite to eat, and there's a small gift shop beside the hotel as well. There is a "Spar" convenience store about 5 minutes walk away, if you want to get some water/snacks for the room.
The front reception area is clean and classy. The hotel staff are very professional and helpful. As our flight arrived early in the morning, we were at the hotel before normal check-in. The gentleman at reception had us leave our bags and go for a coffee; when we came back, our rooms was ready and our bags were already put up there for us! And when we were leaving, we had an evening flight and we were facilitated with a late check out, which was very handy.
The room was clean, and was serviced every day. It was small but not cramped, and well presented with nice decor and furnishings. The bed was 2 single beds pushed together, VERY comfortable and I slept well. Although the room overlooked the street, there was excellent soundproofing and we never heard anything from outside to disturb us. The wardrobe was roomy, and it was a nice touch that it had a light inside that went on when you opened the doors. It was quite hot when we were there, but the air conditioning in the room was excellent, and kept the room at a comfortable temperature - and it was quiet, which is especially important when you're trying to sleep at night! There is a small fridge in the room as well, which was handy, and a trouser press, safe, and flat-screen TV with plenty of channels. The bathroom had a bathtub/shower, toilet, sink and bidet. The only small problem was the water temperature - it would be fine and then go a bit cold, then a bit too hot, and then back to normal again - this happened a few times during our stay. FYI they provide a fixed shower/body wash in the shower, and there is a small bar of soap for the sink, so be sure to bring other toiletries if you need them i.e. hair conditioner, mouthwash etc.
The breakfast was standard fare - hot food was nice (really like the spanish sausages) and there was also the usual selection of cereals, breads, pastries, fruit, yoghurts, cheese, and condiments. Juices seemed to be the usual "from concentrate and add water" type, but that didn't bother me. Up above the tables was an "installation" of mobile birds hainging from the ceiling and the sound of birdcalls - it was quirky, I liked it.
On the rooftop was a lovely terrace with sun loungers, and awnings for shade if you wish to get out of the sun. There were 2 drinks machines, one with water and one for soda, but one for water did not work, and the other was all out of soda except for one type (Aquamarin). The pool was small (you wouldn't do laps in it) but very clean and refreshing - it's 1.25m deep at one end, and 1.35m deep at the other - the 3 fountain-heads at one end were a nice touch. The view from the rooftop was great, you could see over the rooftops and orange trees to the cathedral, and birds swooping high up overhead. It was very quiet in the morning and mid-day, and got busier as the afternoon progressed - by evening it was packed with people. I spent 2 hours every day out on the rooftop, and found it so relaxing.
The one amenity I missed was a fitness centre, as it was almost 37 degrees during the day so too hot for me to jog outside. But Seville is a great city for walking around, so the lack of a fitness centre is only a minor caveat for me.
There is wi-fi available throughout the hotel - in the reception area, and on floors 2, 4, and 6. Our room was on the 3rd floor, so in-between wi-fi routers, and the wifi coverage was weaker but still worked fine, though I'd imagine it works better on floors 2 4 or 6.
There is a spa in the hotel, but I did not avail of it so cannot comment.
Looking forward to our next visit to the Becquer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Becquer Hotel, is located in the historical and commercial centre of the city, next to the Guadalquivir River, just 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral, Giralda, Barrio de Santa Cruz and a step away form the area of Tapas (Triana). With very easy access to buses and a private garage for hotel guests.There are 134 rooms fully equipped with private bathroom, plasma TV, WIFI, minibar, safe, air conditioning or heating (depend on season), trouser press, laundry service, free coffee/tea maker in the room, room service until 24:00, etc ...The hotel also has meeting rooms, fully equipped with free WIFI, loudspeakers and audiovisuals. Outdoor swimming pool, Terrace and Solarium with wonderful views of the Cathedral and the Giralda are open from 1st of June till 31st of October. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Becquer Hotel Seville