Whether you are in Puerto Plata in the Caribbean or in downtown Prague, there is very little difference between the standard chain hotels. I guess this is part of their charm - knowing what to expect and having a sense of familiarity no matter where you are.
Indeed, the age of the boutique hotel seems to have truly gone. Yet, once in a while one finds a beautiful little gem. Such a gem is the Hotel Amadeus in Seville.
Nestled within the old city quarter, a stone's throw from the Cathedral and just a two minute walk to a quaint square (where this particular traveller enjoyed his Martini whilst having a shoe shine!) this hotel has no car access. Seville's famous 'narrow streets' house this hotel. Your taxi will drop you off about 20 metres away on a car-able road (still itself frighteningly narrow - particular when travelling at the speed of a Spaniard), and you walk up a lane that is so narrow you could touch both walls either side by merely outstretching your arms. This hotel IS Seville.
The foyer/lobby is an eclectic environment with musical instruments throughout, and a self-serve decanter (some lovely port and sherry during my stay) next to the plush easy chairs. Each room (I am led to believe) has distinct character. Our room (I think it may have been Mozart, though I am not sure) was interesting to say the least. A large bathroom at the end, but with a separate bathtub in the middle of the room! Homey or sexy - it can be what you like. Late at night you could hear the church bells peeling through the window with a beautiful Andalusian breeze blowing in.
With the all-year warmth of this setting, the hotel itself sets you up for a city that is quintessentially Spanish, with distinctive Moorish influences.
The aged gentleman who works at the desk is friendly enough (if one can speak Castilian) though one often has to cough loudly to rouse him - or my preferred method of giving him a quick prod in the ribs!
I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel. The location is perfect, the surrounds inspiring, and the difference of it is its selling feature.
Do not expect the standard Novotel furnishings and extras - but as far as I am concerned, that is the very reason you would choose it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only hotel in Spain with a classical music theme. The hotel is built around a typical Sevillian patio of the eighteenth century (1745), situated between the Barrio de Santa Cruz and the Juderia, very close to the Giralda. It was recently refurbished but retains all its original charm. There are 19 rooms available, fully equipped with telephone, satellite television, air conditioning, minibar, en suite bathroom and security safe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amadeus Hotel Seville
- Hotel Amadeus Seville