Im a very truthfull reviewer and it actually hurts to have to give this property only 3 out of 5 but i have to base my review on my personal experience .
The staff at the hotel where superb . They where really accomadating and very helpfull on helping us book extra's like tours etc . Check in was swift and professional . The hotel is immaculate . spottlessly clean , we had a triple room which was very small but furnishings where decent and in good condition . The bathroom was decent quality a bit worn around the edges but spotless as where the towels and toilet . they supply shampoo and bath gel and there was great supply of hot water . However the sockets in the room where in a poor condition . one actually hanging off ! The area where the hotel is situated is great in that its only 10 mins / 15 to the old quarter but its surrounded on each side by very busy roads . There was a constant stream of traffic including buse's 24 hours a day . scooters and horns beeping . we had a side view room and buse's would pass directly under our window every 5/10 minutes up untill 1 am . One of the reasons is the bus station directly across the road which in some aspects is a bonus but there where three of us in the room and all three of us had very little sleep due to the noise of the traffic . the street cleaners who do an incredibly good job sweep the streets in the early hours using big trucks and again the noise was very disturbing . im not a light sleeper normally but it really bothered me . I felt after 4 days of hard slog sightseeing that i needed another break to recover ! t
he double glazing helps but even with the shutters down and windows closed the noise was pretty loud .we never really heard any of our neighbours just the traffic .
The area iteself is bustling with cheap shops and the supermarket across the street is superb quality and very cheap for water , drinks snacks etc and cheap pastrys for brekky . For great tapas you cannot beat La Bodega on plaza Alfalfa we had some fab food in there and it was amazingly cheap 5 tapas and 4 beers sitting down on the tapas side was 15 euros ! its 5 minutes away from the hotel.. often very busy but worth it ! you can also go in the resteraunt side and just order media porciones easily enough for 2/3 people average plate 6 euros ! desserts where superb ! best place for breakfast was cafe de indias on mendoza going towards plaza espana 2,90 euro for coffee , ham and cheese toasty and fresh squeezed orange ! we also had good tapas in bar europa .
seville is a huge city and i would recomend doing the tour bus especially if your mobility isnt good . research all day trips and tours some are very poor quality for money especially the flamenco nights we heard a lot of people who where not very happy at the prices they had paid for half rate shows . We did the amazing arab bath house aire de seville which was 35 euros including a 15 minute massage which was an amazing experience . the reviews here on trip advisor are 100% correct . we loved it .Also the cathedral at 8 euros entrance was pretty spectacular . I think the hotel Dona Blanca has a lot going for it . The price was very reasonable , it was clean and tidy with very helpfull staff but for us it was just the noise that became a problem and just watch the traffic at all times in seville ...its a little crazy to say the least ...and noisy ...they are trying to make the city more pedestrianised hence a lot of building work and roadworks .. seville is a very pretty city but also a very big and busy city ..i would go again just for the food and some unusual shopping oppurtunitys . Its very cheap to eat out and drink compared to other major european citys .. i did like the don blanca but lack off sleep stopped me from giving this hotel a better rating . let me say this the management cannot be faltered and price wise its a really good buy for central seville . just be prepared for the traffic noise and you will be ok ... might take earplugs next time !
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