After staying in a tiny apartment in the Alfama area of Lisbon we felt the need to spoil ourselves - with luxuries such as room to move and a lift! We had never been to Seville before but had gained a good impression of Melia hotels from our stay in Valencia. Melia Sevilla looks a bit tired from the outside, but the interiors are smart, modern and stylish. It is in a nice position looking out on the Plaza de Espana, but is about a ten minute stroll from the main attractions of the town. The rooms are very well laid out, with clever touches, like being able to access the wardrobes from the bathroom, having the vanity separated from the WC and the bath/shower area etc. Also these functional areas cut out a lot of the noise you would otherwise get from other guests talking in the passageways. The bed was exceptionally comfortable. The window opened allowing fresh air which was nice.
The bar, reception, and restaurant areas are a bit stark - with minimalist uncomfortable white lounges. Also they don't seem to get a lot of patronage, with many hotel guests favouring more intimate bars and restaurants in the town. However, having eaten one meal in the restaurant our comment is that the food is OK and well presented but nothing special. Breakfast is served from 7 am till 11 am (nice for a slow start) on the first floor, and was one of the best buffets we experienced in our Spanish trip - with hot and cold food to satisfy any taste or nationality.
The staff were courteous, but not warm and friendly. Very little English was spoken, which seems to be the status quo in Spain but is surprising in an international hotel of this nature.
There is a reasonably well equipped fitness centre and the pool and terrace are lovely.
A negative is that wi-fi was not free - even in the public areas of the hotel. We paid four euro for one hour - but you can buy longer, cheaper access if needed.
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Sevilla Hotel Seville
- Melia Hotel Seville
- Melia Hotel Sevilla