Best Place to stay in Seville?

Nov 3rd, 2013, 09:33 AM
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Best Place to stay in Seville?

Im from NYC, and we are going to Seville for 6 days over new years with Parents. We are in our 30's, parents in their 70's. I am looking to rent an apartment there. Best I can describe is that I want to be in the West Village of Seville. Or what is the left bank equivalent of Paris. What is a quaint, fairly central area that will be walking distance from restaurants, shops, etc. Price is not an issue. We
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Nov 3rd, 2013, 10:55 AM
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You would want to stay in Barrio Santa Cruz then. Read the excerpt below ....

"This is the first barrio (area or neighbourhood) tourists head for, and with good reason. It is the most picturesque and delightful part of the city, with narrow winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, where you can sit outside a bar, enjoy some tapas and watch the world go by, or wander through centuries-old gardens and relax on beautiful tiled benches"
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Nov 3rd, 2013, 10:59 AM
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SeVille is not a big city...one can walk almost anyplace.
Barrio Santa Cruz is the most popular ...numerous restaurants, the Cathedral, etc.
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Nov 3rd, 2013, 02:42 PM
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If money's not a problem, then the Hotel Alfonso XIII. Ekscruchy's culinary tour of Seville here mentions an apt which she loved.
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Nov 4th, 2013, 02:01 PM
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Oops, that's Ekscrunchy.
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Nov 4th, 2013, 03:50 PM
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I stayed at Hotel Alcantara in Barrio Santa Cruz. Right nearby was an apartment hotel which I'm pretty sure was Apartmentos - Suites Santa Cruz. I can testify to the excellent location (though might be a problem if your folks have mobility issues)--the Barrio is basically pedestrian only, although taxis can drive fairly close by; you would need to check with the management. In any case, this place has good reviews on Trip Advisor. This is certainly a great area to be in for a first visit to Seville, as mine was. I LOVE Seville and would go back in a heartbeat. Try the flamenco shows at the Hotel Alcantara--Calle Ximenez de Enciso.
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Nov 5th, 2013, 02:44 AM
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is now in Calle Cuna, 6, intimate, genuine and high quality Casa de la Memoria: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...Andalucia.html
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Nov 5th, 2013, 11:15 AM
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KIMHE: Just wanted to clarify that the Hotel Alcantara DOES have flamenco now in the nice room adjacent to the hotel. They now own this venue, where before I guess Casa de la Memoria owned/ran it. I was told by a local (David who runs a tour group and is a Triana native) that the current Alcantara venue is one of the two or so best in Seville. So I think your post is a little misleading; perhaps you did not know that there is again a flamenco show next to the Alcantara? Apparently the room is now much nicer than it used to be when it was Casa de la Memoria (according to a guy sitting next to me.) I imagine the quality of the performers must be similar, because the artists are always changing in these shows--every night a new group--and they probably book through the same agents. I saw 2 at the Alcantara and a very similarly organized one a few days later in Granada. Varying in quality as you might expect--I think the Granada dancers might have been a little bit better, but again, a pretty high standard overall I would think.

Only one dancer in the three shows I saw really caught my fancy, however: a very charismatic young male dancer at the Alcantara show on October 16--a 22-year-old named Alberto Selles. I'm not expert enough to know whether he is the best technically, but his star quality is unquestionable. Future movie star even maybe...and a wonderfully exuberant, natural dancer. If you see him in future, I would love to know your opinion.
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Nov 6th, 2013, 02:09 AM
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Thanks samoca, didn't know about La Casa del flamenco in Hotel Alcantara, http://www.lacasadelflamencosevilla.com/

Fine artists here also such as Luica Palicio, Juan Polvillo, Andrés Peña, Ana Morales etc. Shall be interesting to follow Alberto Selles. The flamenco critic/historian Juan Vergillos knows what he's talking about, and he praised Selles in an article in Diario de Sevilla back in 2011: http://www.flamencoheeren.com/info/t...alberto-selles

Having said that, places like both La Casa de la Memória and La Casa del Flamenco will seldom offer more than a great intro to flamenco. In places like these, the artists usually have to follow a certain routine and meet some standard expectations. It's a totally different ball game to see often the same artists in their own theater performances, where they are able to fully express their personal style. I higly recommend to see some of the greatest dancers in theaters, always predominantly a local and knowledgeable crowd and the atmosphere can be electric.

Watch especially out for (of course among many other great bailaoras/es)
Rocío Molina: http://www.rociomolina.net/
Pastora Galván: http://www.pastoragalvan.com/
Eva Yerbabuena: http://www.evayerbabuena.com/en/
Israel Galván: http://www.anegro.net/artistas/israel_galvan
Joaquin Grilo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOjtXiPl8Rk

Concerts are updated here: http://www.deflamenco.com/seccion-conciertos.html
and in more detail here: http://www.guiaflama.com/
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