After reading the reviews prior to booking this hotel, I was a little concerned as to whether this would be appropriate or not, as although we did have a car (we drove from Portugal), we would also have our 3 year old with us. Anyway, I was really pleased with the hotel. We had a family room, with a large double bed and a single sofa bed. There was plenty of storage space and also space for my son to play on the floor with his toys as well. The bathroom was fine, with shower over the bath, also good for kids. There were various TV channels, something for all languages I think. There was a small fridge with the usual items, although these were quite expensive, we did use the fridge also for our own water. There was a safe in the room also. The air conditioning worked fine and was quiet, and there were plenty of power outlets.
The hotel staff were all very pleasant and helpful. The last morning the hotel was really full, and I think they underestimated the amount of staff needed for breakfast that day, and so breakfast service was a little poor - running out of all the hot items, milk, coffee, juice, over the busiest period. All this was replaced in about 15 minutes, but if you were in a hurry, this may have been annoying. Besides that, the breakfast was very nice and had a good variety.
The hotel is not as far from town as people made out to be, it is less than 1.5km. I guess it depends on your willingness to walk, or if you enjoy walking. Right next to the hotel there is plenty of shopping, with a large shopping centre jusst around the corner, and about two blocks further along is El Corte Ingles. in the shopping centre around the corner, in the courtyard in the middle they had an area for kids, with trampolines (with safety harnesses) which was really cool, and €3 or similar. In this shopping centre is also McDonalds, TGI Friday's, Starbucks, Jamaica Coffee and 4 or 5 other eateries. Perfect for any "fussy" young eaters who might not be used to European food...? There is also a park and garden about 500 metres up the road, with swings and slides and a small climbing wall, etc.
There are a few restaurants around the hotel, over three or four blocks, but not really a huge choice. We walked quite a bit all three nights, and then the last night we ate in a tapas bar right next to the hotel - very good, but service was a little slow. In town, there are literally hundreds of restaurants, you'll have trouble choosing.
The reason for our trip was mainly to take our son to Isla Magica, and it was great. It is very close to the city, we drove, but you can easily catch a bus or take a taxi, it is about 5km from the hotel. There are bus stops and taxi stands right outside the hotel.
We also took a bus city tour but as our son fell asleep (!) we didn't do the hop on/hop off part, but just stayed on the whole trip. The round trip takes about an hour. It was really good too.
Seville is a beautiful city, and worth visiting. Probably not the best idea in the peak of summer, though, as it is really hot and will be full of people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Novotel Sevilla is a 4 star hotel located in Seville, close to the historic city centre and the major monuments (la Giralda and the Cathedral), close to the airport and the Santa Justa AVE railway station. The hotel enjoys easy access to tourist attractions and the central business areas. The hotel features 170 rooms, 5 meeting rooms, Claravia restaurant, a bar, a fitness room, an outdoor swimming pool and a private parking. Equally ideal for business and holiday purposes. 4 Star city hotel Nº RTA H/SE/00979. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Novotel Hotel Seville
- Novotel Hotel Sevilla
- Novotel Seville
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