My husband booked a surprise trip to Seville as an anniversary/birthday present - a city I'd talked about visiting for ages! This small hotel is in a traditional Spanish house, built around a central terrace, just round the corner from the Cathedral and the Real Alcazar: so the location couldn't be better. The new tram is very near, and the metro, and the King Alfonso X111 hotel, and the Park Marie Luisa, all within easy walking distance.
Nevertheless, my heart sank when we arrived. Our room was on the top (second) floor, up a very steep flight of polished marble steps. Time to ditch any fancy footwear and stick to sturdy crepe soles! No lift, and nobody to carry my case. No breakfast available in the hotel, but the receptionist assured us this would not be a problem as there were plenty of tapas bars and cafes nearby.
The room was clean, with twin beds, crisp cotton sheets, and a supply of blankets in the tiny wardrobe (oddly perched on the wall). Lucky, because it turned cold at night and the air conditioner/heater did not do anything. Odd contraption in the tiny shower, a kind of 'surfboard' with taps and holes which squirted water at odd places. Took age to get hot water!
Virtually no facilities downtairs - a tiny 'sitting' room and a coffee machine for 1E a time.
Our stay was delightful because of all that Seville has to offer - but we were out almost all the time, returning only to sleep:
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hostel Giralda Sta. Cruz, an 18th century palace and the former house of the Abbots, is located near the picturesque Santa Cruz neighborhood. Located 350 feet from the cathedral, the hotel is housed in a completely refurbished historical building which preserves the unique and artistic value of the hotel. We offer fourteen rooms with en-suite bathrooms, supplied with hydromassage showers and hairdryers. All of the accommodations come furthermore equipped with individually-controlled air conditioning systems, a direct dial telephone, television, free Internet access (WI-FI) and heating. Moreover, non-smoking and disabled-accessible rooms are available and additional cots, extra beds and ironing facilities may be provided upon request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yh Giralda Seville
- Hotel Yh Giralda