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“Good value, excellent location, but noisy”

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Hostal Vincent Van Gogh
Ranked #165 of 175 Hotels in Seville
Leeds
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Good value, excellent location, but noisy”
Reviewed 19 October 2008

The Van Gogh is essentially a ** hostel which borders on being a hotel, and at around £40 per night is very good value compared to other hotels in the centre of Seville. It is one of several similar nearby hostels, all named after painters. This is a terrific location, just a moment’s walk from the Reales Alcazares, with only the horse drawn carriages and pedestrians going past. Note that contrary to some reports, taxis can draw up outside the hotel if you want to arrive that way.

We had room 21, which did not look quite as nice as the room pictures we had seen. There were three single beds of reasonable size and comfort, a safe, a TV which only receives Spanish channels, an air conditioning unit and a smallish en suite room with shower, wash basin and WC. The towels were not the softest in the world, and there was no soap, but there was a hair drier. It was probably one of the larger rooms (we saw another room with just two beds which was very small), but still not all that large. There were no wardrobes – just some hangers on hooks on the wall, so even though we had only taken small cases, we had to use the spare bed for most of our things. The air conditioning was quite effective, though it was towards the end of September. In fact we had to turn it down a bit, and you have to ask for the remote control for that and for the TV at reception. The reception staff were generally very friendly and helpful and spoke some English.

There have been reports about the hotel not being clean, which is true to an extent. There were bits of paper etc under the beds and white socks did show some dirt from the floor, though not excessively. The regular cleaning lady was very nice, but was leaving at the end of our stay, so the situation might improve. There was a slight musty smell in the en suite when we arrived, but it got better with use.

Our room only had one window and that was internal onto the laundry room, which meant at least there was no noise from the street, but the curtain was very thin and the light from the hallway was quite bright when it was on. We put the spare bedspread over it which helped a lot. In fact the main problem we had was with noise, both from people coming and going and from reception staff talking during the night, as well as the mysterious motor noise which keeps stopping and starting. It wasn’t from the room’s air conditioning, which was quiet since the outside unit is elsewhere in the building. The first few nights the noise wasn’t as bad as we had feared, but Friday night it got a lot worse from all the sources mentioned. If you sleep like a log or you’re out most of the night it won’t be a problem, otherwise you definitely need earplugs!

Contrary to some reports, there are no tea or coffee making facilities in the room, nor are there any pastries for breakfast. There are two vending machines in the entrance. However, this is not a real problem since a minute down Miguel de Mañara is the typical Spanish café Rayuela which opens at 7 am Monday to Friday and where you can get eg tea/coffee, real orange juice, a croissant and a doughnut for 5 Euros. It’s noisy inside but typically Spanish with everyone chatting away, or you can sit outside. It’s not open at the weekend, so a bit further down and across the tram track are Starbucks and a good Spanish café, but they don’t open until later (9 am at least). The tourist information office is just though the archway from the café. You can eat in the evening in the Jamerdana/Plaza de los Venerables area about 5 minutes’ walk away, at prices from 12 Euros for 5 tapas – enough for a small meal for two people.

We flew to Malaga and took the excellent Avant train to Seville, which takes about 2 hours. You need a seat booking for most longer distance Spanish trains, even if you buy a ticket at the station. We booked in advance through the London based Spanish Rail Service. If you use them, make sure you understand all the discounts on the web site before booking, to get the best out of them. For those over 60 there is a 1 year 5 Euro Gold Card which gets you up to 40% off. We looked at the 3 day in a month pass, but for us it was dearer and you still have to use it to get a real ticket and seat booking before you get on the train. We also went to Cordoba for the day on the AVE train, which takes about 45 minutes. In Seville itself you can get a 5 Euro 10 journey ticket for all the buses and the tram, or for 6 Euros you can make one change (note you must validate your ticket again on the second part). We also went to the lovely Carmona for the day, which takes about an hour by bus, which you can catch in the street next to the tram terminus street near the bus stations.

Finally, a word of warning. While we were in Seville we somehow got a fake 20 Euro note, either in change or from an ATM. Apparently they are not uncommon, though the change of getting one is still probably quite small. The one we got was quite easy to spot once you know what to look for, so go to the European Central Bank page [-] and be prepared!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noise at night. Also note there is no lift and no porter to take bags upstairs.
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2008

This is a no frills joint that is exactly what we look for when we travel. Our first priority is location, and the Hostal Van Gogh is in a great spot! It is literally 50 steps to the gate of the Alcazar (we counted) and less than a minute from the cathedral. Our room was small (two twin beds for our "double") but that does not concern us. Everything was clean and the AC worked perfectly. There was some noise (to be expected) but it did not interfere with our sleep at all. We would recommend this place to our friends and would not hesitate to stay here again!

  • Liked — Location!!!
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Hampshire, England
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Reviewed 12 March 2007

We stayed here for 3 nights from 8th to 10th March 2007. This Hotel really couldn't be any closer to the heart of old Seville. It is literally a few steps away (I counted 49!) from the entrance to the Alcazar palace and to the Cathedral and the Santa Cruz district. It was lovely to be able to walk easily to all the sights.
There is no dining room, so we went out for breakfast every day, which was no hardship as there is an abundance of small bars and cafes in the immediate area, all serving food from about 9.00 a.m. until late at night.
The room and ensuite were clean and perfectly adequate, with daily maid service but, as the price would suggest, (we paid £40 per night) this is a basic hotel with no frills. We were very pleased with our choice and thought it excellent value for money.
All rooms have twin beds, so not recommmended for honeymooners!

  • Liked — The great location and value for money
  • Disliked — The somewhat garish decor!
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with family
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Sarasota, Florida, USA
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Reviewed 19 June 2006

Stayed at the Hostal Van Gogh in October 2005. It's most important feature is its fantastic location on a quiet street near the historic section. It's a block from Starbuck's, a 10 minute walk to the major cathedral, outdoor cafes, shopping, University of Seville, etc. Rates were very reasonable (about 30 euros per night for 2 without breakfast). Rooms were small, but clean. Very good choice for the budget travler and neighborhood seemed very safe. TEl: 95 56 63 727. [--------]Seville is a GEM!

Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 23 September 2003

We stayed at the Hostal Van Gogh for 2 nights in September. I would not recommend this hostal to anyone who cares if their room is clean. The positives of the Van Gogh are that it is cute with character, and that it is very centrally located in the Barrio Santa Cruz, right across the street from the Alcazar and the Cathedral. HOWEVER, our room was not ready when we arrived, but we were told we could put our bags down upstairs. We did, and we changed our clothes and went out. When we returned, the beds had been made and the towels replaced, but the room had not been cleaned! There were poop stains on the toilet and dust and hair all over and the shower was filthy. There were also huge hair and dust balls on the floor. When we tried to complain, the man at the desk said he spoke no english, and tried to tell us that we made the mess. The hostal was also very loud! If someone coughs anywhere in the building, you will hear it. Bring earplugs. Finally, our room was large, but had no natural light, and so it fely very dingy and dark. We did see another room with a balcony overlooking the street that was cute, but it still looked dirty. Also, if you want to use the air conditioner or tv, you must leave a deposit for the controls, which nobody told us. So, we were sitting there sweating trying to figure out how to turn on the air conditioning we had paid extra for. Basically, I would not recommend this hotel to anyone who wants their space to be clean. Both my husand and I would never stay at this place again. The poor experience at Hostal Van Gogh was made even worse by the fact that it cost 80 euros!

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Property: Hostal Vincent Van Gogh
Address: Calle Miguel Manara 4, 41004 Seville, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Seville > Seville > Casco Antiguo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #165 of 175 Hotels in Seville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Hostal Vincent Van Gogh 1*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostal Van Gogh is exceptionally placed next to the walls of the Reales Alcázares, the historical centre of Seville. From the balconies of this typical sevillan house is possible to see the Cathedral, la Giralda and the Santa Cruz quarter. Situated next to the walls of the famous Reales Alcázares, at the heart of beautiful Seville, this charming guesthouse provides clean and pretty rooms at a very reasonable price. ... more   less 
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