We don’t normally post about hotels but we will make it an exception this time. This is because we were so pleased with the hotels in Spain throughout.
We were particularly impressed with the hotel in Seville. Even though it was a last minute booking, we managed to snag a hotel called the Best Western Cervantes Hotel right in the middle of old Seville. It was just €50. We did not expect much especially with a “Best Western” name to it. We selected this primarily because of the low price, location and the reviews we found on Trip Advisor.
The Cervantes Hotel is located right in the old city. Despite the name, the streets were meticulously maintained and kept spotless clean. It was a quiet section with hardly any cars. One thing that struck us is how narrow the streets are here. It is just enough for 1 car.
It is hopeless having a map of Seville. Look at it. We got more lost using the map than not using it. After a while we just threw away the map and just ask for the general direction. It is a good thing that the old city in Seville is small. You can easily walk to all the major tourist sites.
We had come to learn to rely on the blue H signs outside of all hotels. That denotes the star ratings of the hotels in Spain. I learned from our guide book that hotels are highly regulated. When you see a three star, you really get a three star hotel. (US hotels are the worse I find when it comes to ratings).
They have the room rates posted clearly on the check in counter. It is a requirement by law to protect guests.
Regardless, when you book for a room, compare the rates between what is available on the web (expedia, orbitz, hotels and such) and direct with the hotel.
Here is our experience. We started off with 3 nights in Barcelona. When we wanted to extend our stay to 6 nights, we were quoted by our travel agent €150 per night — we said thanks but no thanks. When we got to Barcelona we asked the hotel and was told it is €110 per night. I then checked the web and the lowest quote I found was just €75. So, I booked the additional nights on my notebook (connected to the hotel’s wifi) right there and then at the hotel checkin counter. They were cool about it.
If you care to see, here are some of the shots we took of our hotel in Seville:
There were TWO internal courtyards like these. It was cooling, quiet and tranquil even though some rooms overlooked it. For some reason, I don’t see any children in this hotel.
This is where I checked on chowtimes and emails everyday. Their wifi does not reach the rooms which is fine with us. We did not like to stay cooped up in the room all the time anyway. We got to chat with some of the guests every night … talking about our day and exchanging tips of what to do in Seville.
We certainly loved the hotels in Spain, particularly the one in Seville. €50!