We were a party of five (over 50s ) staying for five days at the end of October. We arrived 2 hours early for check-in but two of our three rooms were ready and we were allowed to go straight up. Staff offered to look after our bags while we went exploring so our check-in experience was pleasant and straightforward.
All our rooms were well presented ,spotless and contained all we required- including the tea/coffee facilities we Brits find so welcome. Our room was very spacious ( i think it was a superior room) but we were a little concerned it was too near the stairs/lift. However, there was no problem with noise at all and indeed the hotel overall had a nice quiet ambience which suited us.
Breakfast was a pleasant experience with a good range of hot and cold food available in nice surroundings. However it is quite expensive unless part of an all-in package.
The lobby and lounge areas are spacious and great for relaxing or meeting up in.
Staff were pleasant and efficient, perhaps more ' professional' than chatty.
Seville itself is a lovely, friendly city--there is a nice atmosphere and we never felt too pressured into doing things (tour bus, carriage ride , boat trip etc).
The Hotel is within walking distance of the centre --10mins or so, but a bit longer if you go down to the river and walk along past the bull ring, the opera house and the Golden Tower.
we quite enjoyed wandering down the narrow streets and seeing where we ended up--a good street map is required if you really need to find your destination quickly, but the signposts are quite good for the main tourist attractions.
As regards the attractions themselves, well we really enjoyed all the obvious ones, particularly the Alcazar. The Casa Pilatos was a little disappointng as was the bull-ring tour and the tourist bus doesn't have enough stops to be really a 'hop-on, hop off ' experience. Our friends enjoyed the horse drawn carriage ride around the Plaza de Espana and the Maria Luisa Park and we were all impressed with the grandeur of the church of San Salvador.
We stumbled upon a bar near the University (the old tobacco factory) where there was flamenco taking place, think it was called La Flamenquita. We were able to sit near the back and watch by ordering some reasonably priced drinks. The performers were on for about 10 mins then had a break and came back to do some more,with a little audience participation at times. It was good to see but beware-- we ordered some snacks to go with our drinks but the price was extortionate! So much for a 'free ' show! If you go stick to the drinks only.
There are bars and eating places aplenty ,which actually makes it quite difficult to choose where to eat so it's a bit hit and miss, especially if you want to try tapas. Try and get some recommendations before you go. We had been given a few and the best of all for tapas was Los Coloniales in the Plaza de Cristo Burgos---only limited space outside, not much English spoken but the best for quality and value. The smallest portion(tapa) was sufficient if you are trying 2 or 3 choices. Try the solomillo with a whisky sauce!
The cafe attached to the hotel (La Leyenda) served good tapas at a reasonable price and was also a great place for a nightcap before bed.
Overall we really enjoyed our stay and can heartily recommend both the hotel Becquer and Seville itself for a very pleasant city break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Becquer Hotel, is located in the historical and commercial centre of the city, next to the Guadalquivir River, just 5 minutes walk from the Cathedral, Giralda, Barrio de Santa Cruz and a step away form the area of Tapas (Triana). With very easy access to buses and a private garage for hotel guests.There are 134 rooms fully equipped with private bathroom, plasma TV, WIFI, minibar, safe, air conditioning or heating (depend on season), trouser press, laundry service, free coffee/tea maker in the room, room service until 24:00, etc ...The hotel also has meeting rooms, fully equipped with free WIFI, loudspeakers and audiovisuals.Outdoor swimming pool, Terrace and Solarium with wonderful views of the Cathedral and the Giralda. The Terrace-Solarium-Swimming Pool will be closed on 2016 season. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Becquer Hotel Seville