I spent one night at Hotel Alcantara in Seville while touring Spain with a friend in July 2010. We booked a Superior Double room with twin beds, and paid 81 Euros. (The room cost 90 Euros, but we got a 10% discount by paying in cash and showing our 2010 Rick Steves' guidebook.)
Hotel Alcantara is a cute hotel located on a tiny, pedestrian-only cobblestone alleyway in the heart of the Barrio de Santa Cruz district of Seville. It is a great location from which to explore Seville: you walk out the front door of the hotel, and you are immediately ensconced in the maze of vibrant stores, restaurants, and bars that surround the Cathedral and Palace. Our room was large, with three huge windows over-looking the hotel's interior courtyard flooding the room with natural light. The room was quiet and the decor very pleasant. The bathroom, however, was fairly "bare bones" and a bit out-dated.
One nice surprise about Hotel Alcantara was that it shares an entrance with one of Seville's best flamenco houses: Casa de la Memoria de Al-Andalus. We bought day-of tickets as soon as we arrived (after reading about it in our trusty Risk Steves' guidebook) and it didn't disappoint. We caught a 10:30 PM showing, and after it was over, we simply walked upstairs to our hotel room! Incredibly convenient.
The staff at the front desk at Hotel Alcantara spoke excellent English, and were exceedingly friendly. Overall, I would certainly recommend this fine hotel to people visiting Seville. However, we did have a bad experience with the hotel staff checking out. We had to catch an early-morning train, so had to check out at around 6:30 AM and catch a cab to the train station. We had asked the night before and they assured us that it would be no problem to call a cab for us in the morning. However, when we got down to the lobby in the morning, we discovered that in fact it was quite the ordeal to hail a cab, including walking around the streets of Seville and then having to call an operator with a 15-minute wait time. The hotel is somewhat hidden off the street on a pedestrian-only alleyway, so it was not as easy as walking out the front door and sticking your arm up to hail a cab. We almost missed our train, and the whole experience was quite stressful and not helped by the Hotel Alcantara staff person who spent more time talking than helping. So, if you have an early morning train to catch, I would choose a hotel located on a main street over Hotel Alcantara.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- New Hotel Alcántara offers comfortable and modern installations at the heart of Seville's historical center. It is located in the Santa Cruz district, next to the famous Murillo gardens, declared "of Cultural interest". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alcantara Hotel Seville