We are New Zealanders on a 'gap year' for middle-aged.
After 3 months in Sweden, Scotland and Ireland we desperately needed some sun before settling in Suffolk of the winter. Sevilla had been on the radar vaguely and came up in conversation at a Flight Centre in Oxford St in London. The agent (Boel from Sweden) made a lucky guess and we ended up in the Patio a few nights later - greeted by a nice young guy who spoke English. Amazing place - right on the Alameda de Hercules - which goes off at night, but the rooms was insulated from the street as the rooms are all off 3 internal courtyards. An 16thC house retro-fitted as a stylish boutique hotel and all a long way from the tourist bustle on Centro and Barrio de Santa Cruz - and an easy stroll into these areas. Great bathroom and shower, comfortable bed, cool with marble floors and air-con. Good wi-fi, too. Safe cost extra but worth it to not worry, especially as we 'settled' for 8 nights.
Some of the other rooms had kitchenettes (I think) but our room didn't even have a kettle, coffee etc etc. Never mind, the cafes just outside have fresh orange juice and great coffee for not very much.
Great, great food and wine in nearby bars and markets and a couple of supermercardo, too. Struggled to crack 30 euros for wonderful fresh food and wine, beers, and jerez.
Not for everyone: Alameda is still a bit grungy with a big gay population and there was a bit of dealing going on in one of the local bodegas. Just made it more interesting, to be honest.
Only downside was sound f/x of a couple (screamer!) getting it on next room for a couple of nights - but that made it even funnier...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is a hotel in the central square of Alameda with all the charm of Seville patios. Sevilla Enjoy your way. Old mansion of the last century, in which lived the sculptor Antonio Susillo, now converted into a hotel with style. ... more less
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