It can be confusing, when reviews vary so wildly - but I can honestly say, that the Simon is a very good Hotel indeed. I base this review on; fact, experience and opinion. I've stayed in Seville many times, from 5 star Luxury(Alfonso XIII) to 3 star average(Hotel Derby), however Simon remains my personal favourite and I would highly recommend it.
In my opinion the Simon's positives:-
- A refreshingly unpretentious Hotel - the exact opposite of faceless minimalism.
- It is an atmospheric place, with a timeless quality, a haven of calm and beauty, with charming and traditional interiors.
- Great, central location in the Historic centre - within easy walking to the Cathedral, Alcazar, Santa Cruz area, Restaurants, bars and shopping.
- Clean and comfortable guest rooms.
- Each room is different - some are huge and Grand, some are intimate and cosy, and I have found each one of the rooms I've stayed in to be lovely, whether standard or superior.
- Very (VERY) reasonable rates, between 75 - 100euros per room (for one of the best rooms)
- Polite, efficient and non obsequious staff, i.e. arranging taxis, (pick up and drop off can be right outside the Hotel, so no issues with luggage as other reviewers have said) help with local info, maps etc and if you were to request a particular room when booking I know they will do their best to oblige.
(These are not really negatives for me, but may be for some.)
- Although the Breakfast room is beautifully tiled and breakfasts are only 5euros, sadly they are not very good. (Breakfast at the Horno de San Buenaventura cafe on the corner instead)
- There is no proper room service, but there is an incongruous (yet welcome) bottled soft drink dispenser machine in the lobby.
If you crave the empty Luxury of a chain Hotel, one that has no sense of which Town, City or Country it is in - you will probably hate the Simon, and all it stands for.
But, on the other hand - If you are keen to feel part of Seville, yet distance yourself a little from the traps of Tourism, you will love the Simon. In my opinion it is an excellent base from which to explore the City - one of the most beautiful and vibrant Cities in the World.
(Take a look at my Trip Report for more Seville Tips)
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC