We visited Spain and Portugal for five weeks, and this, overall, was the best hotel of our trip. I noticed that it has moved up in the TripAdvisor rankings from #6 (in July) to #3 now (November) -- and deservedly so. As mentioned in previous reviews, the free refrigerated bottles of water during the July Andalusian heat were especially welcome, but so were the morning breakfast rolls and coffee. And the courtyard patio and fountain provided a really nice ambiance in which to enjoy both. But the best of all were the desk personnel, especially Jose. He was fun, friendly, fluent in English, and very knowledgeable -- and seemed to work 60 hours a week during the tourist season.
But be warned, this hotel can be a little difficult to find at first The taxi driver can only let you off at the closest plaza (Santa Cruz) and point you in the right direction -- and you can still be within 50 meters of the place and not find it at first. We had to ask several shopkeepers in the area before we found it. However, after a day or so, everything becomes more manageable (especially after scoring a hotel map of the neighborhood) -- and the location IS excellent. The good AC is essential in the Seville summer, and free internet is also a major plus. There is also a very nice Flamenco show within a 3-5 minute walk.
The only thing I might take exception to is the quality of restaurants in the immediate vicinity, especially along the route from the hotel to the Cathedral (we did not try the one at the hotel). We thought that they were all touristy, with underwhelming, overpriced food -- EXCEPT for an Italian restaurant very close by (which Jose rexcommended) and which we thought was EXCELLENT.
If you are driving, there is an staffed underground car park within a 10 minute (with suitcases) walk. However, finding the hotel from that car park may be fairly difficult if you don't know where the hotel is (I would recommend just asking for directions to Plaza San Cruz first --at the plaza there are a couple of restaurants whose staff should be able to point you in the right direction). On the other hand, once you get to know the area, it's an easy walk back down to the car park, and a pretty easy drive out of town.
Although I hesitate to call this the BEST place to stay in Seville, as I have not stayed in any other, if I were to return, I would look nowhere else. It's a little hard to find, but that's partly due to a major plus -- the ambiance of the neighborhood -- and it is certainly worth it once you're settled in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a delightful area of Seville, in the picturesque and authentic Barrio de Santa Cruz, the hotel is an attractive, converted manor house dating back to the 16th century. The Barrio de Santa Cruz is a charming area of the city with narrow, cobbled streets dotted with orange tree-lines plazas and centrally located within walking distance of many of the major attractions, such as the cathedral and the Alcazar. The hotel has a pleasing traditional patio-courtyard, onto which many of the rooms look out and where you can sit out and enjoy the peaceful ambience. There is also a popular restaurant that serves traditional Andalusian and Mediterranean cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Rey Moro Seville
- El Rey Moro Hotel Seville