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Request for comments on Andalucia itinerary

Old Sep 27th, 2002, 12:30 PM
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Andre
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Prwood,

Sorry to add another name to your list, but you might consider the Hotel Inglaterra - very centrally located
yet easier to reach by car than most other properties in the area.
www.hotelinglaterra.es
Never stayed there myself, but it's a 4*, pretty well rated by Michelin and they have doubles for about EUR
120 + 7% tx. Strange thing is, the reservation services I checked (Utell, Hotelbook and the hotel's own link to Pegasus) show a 30 day cancellation deadline(!), but I'd just call or e-mail the hotel directly - I'm sure they simply fed incorrect data into the system which "feeds" all these booking engines.

Friends of mine stayed at the Melia Sevilla a few mo. ago and liked it but the location looks less convenient (as confirmed by Maribel) and it's more exp. I stayed at Los Seises, which I wouldn't recommend, especially since you're arriving by car.
Andre
 
Old Sep 27th, 2002, 12:45 PM
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prwood,
I think I'm able to post now. I stayed yrs. ago at the Inglaterra. It's a very good location for walking to see Seville's treasures (plus it's within shouting distance to my very favorite tapas bar, Casablanca).

I'm sorry that I forgot about your arriving by car. Those little good value hotels tucked into the Barrio Santa Cruz will be challenging, to say the least, to locate by car. If you choose one of them, please make sure they send you very precise driving directions to the nearest underground parking garage. A car in Seville is a handicap. If you opt for the Santa Cruz district, I'd actually park in the first convenient garage you see before entering the quarter and have a taxi negotiate the maze for you.
 
Old Sep 27th, 2002, 12:47 PM
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Ok - so what would be a *good* hotel to stay at, considering that I am driving in? Any ones that have their own parking garages?
 
Old Sep 27th, 2002, 01:50 PM
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prwood,
Both the Inglaterra and the Becquer have their own parking garages.

Sorry if this posts multiple times. Having a difficult day in cyberspace, or there's something amiss at Fodors.
 
Old Sep 29th, 2002, 04:52 PM
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I'm trying to do the budgeting for our trip. With all of the driving around we're doing (Marbella to Seville and back, granada and back, cordoba and back, malaga to marbella several times) - what should I expect to spend on gasoline? I don't know whether the car has a diesel or unleaded engine (it's a Renault Megane Coupe), but does anyone have a rough guess as to what 6 days of driving would run us? I have absolutely no concept of how to figure that out over there. Here in the USA I put about $22 into my tank every week, but that's just for my 20 miles round trip drive to and from work and running errands.

Thanks!
 
Old Sep 30th, 2002, 08:52 AM
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prwood,

check your itinerary on:
www.viamichelin.com

It calculates approx. gasoline costs as well.

By all means, try to get a diesel at the rental counter! I spent less than 70 EUR driving 1'300 km in a larger car than you've reserved and using A/C almost the entire time...

Andre
 
Old Sep 30th, 2002, 08:07 PM
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Hi prwood,
We were driving around southern spain last year and stayed in Marbella, Ronda, Sevilla, Granada and Ibiza.

Granada is probably too far to do a day trip. So is Sevilla and Cordoba if you are considering that.

Ronda and the other pueblo blancos are about 2 hrs away due to the narrow roads and do-able.

Seville and Granada are worth at least a nite each.Enjoy yourself!
 
Old Sep 30th, 2002, 10:17 PM
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I was in Andalucia with 2 friends in February. We went with no reservations for lodging or the Alhambra and had no problem getting into either.
You mentioned that you do not want to spend much on lodging.
We stayed in what I thought were pretty nice hotels for around $40. One was the Hotel Cordoba in Sevilla. We stayed at one cheaper place in Arcos. My single friend paid $11 for his room and the owner gave us each a free bottle of wine. He likes to say he paid $11 for the wine and the owner threw in the room. I like Ellen's itinerary but if you can squeeze it in, the Mezquite in Cordoba should not be missed. Together with the Alhambra and the Alcazar in Sevilla you get a complete picture of Moorish and Mudajer architecture.
 
Old Oct 1st, 2002, 06:14 AM
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I can't get any info on hotel cordoba on this site. Can you give me more info on it? Where is it? whats it like? anyone else stayed there?
 
Old Oct 1st, 2002, 04:40 PM
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This web site mentions the hostal cordoba in the barrio santa cruz.
I don't remember the street.


http://www.andalucia.com/cities/seville/hotels.htm
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 09:22 AM
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We are not averse to driving long distances to get somewhere. We frequently get up at 5 or 6 a.m. to take day trips. So it's not really a big deal for us. I know we are on our honeymoon and everything, but it is really not that big a deal for us.

I think we are going to try to get a room at the Hotel Becquer in Seville for Tuesday night. Looks like it's in a good location near lots of things we want to see.

Thanks very much for all your help! The wedding is only 23 days away, and then we'll be off to Spain.
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 10:31 AM
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Hi prwood,
I think the Becquer is your very best bet and the easiest to reach coming in from the south.
Be sure to use www.viamichelin.com to get your driving diredtions. Michelin will probably route you through the town of Utrera on the A 376, connecting to the NIV-E5 west which becomes the N630-E 803 north, then exit 13 to the center. If you type in Reyes Catolicos 4 in the address box, and type in Utrera as one of your towns on route, then when the directions for your Marbella-Sevilla drive appear, click on map/destination, you'll see how to reach the hotel from the Isabel II bridge. It's just 2-3 blocks from that bridge, on the WEST side of the inner city.

A day trip to the Alhambra from Marbella is doable, although it's a very long, tiring one. Just do it midway during your stay, on Wed., at your timeshare so that you can rest up the next day. And get a very early start. Since you say you don't mind a 6 a.m. departure, then just go for it and get your entrance ticket to the Alhambra well in advance at
www.alhambratickets.com for a morning slot. And again, go to the Michelin site for estimate driving time and detailed directions-it's a great resource.

And congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Hope you have a wonderful honeymoon!
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 12:06 PM
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I missed adding my thoughts about Seville. I agree that it (and Cordova) are too far away and have way too much to see to try to do either in one day.

Save them for next year when you celebrate your 1st anniversary.

We have a timeshare at Marriott Marbella that we've used three times. Our pattern is to arrive into Malaga, stay at the Paradore near the Alcazar overnight, then check in after seeing whatever there may be to see in Malaga the next day.

After our week at the resort, we schedule a 3 day visit somewhere. Once to Seville (3 days was tight, needed 4), once to Madrid (3 days was just right except we couldn't do anything in the environs), and once to Barcelona (again 3 days was fine).

Just in case you need a reminder, you're on your honeymoon. That means you need to remember the primary objective and not exhaust yourself checking out Moorish history and the Spanish Inquisition first hand.

The Mediterranean Sea is warm, sensual and not to be missed, and the resort's beach facilities are excellent. In addition there are very nice small beach restaurants in the area that serve outstanding seafood dishes.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy what is available at your own "home away from home."
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 12:12 PM
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Charles.re your timeshare in Marbella-approx. how long for the one day Alhambra tour? ie. leave at what time and how long to get there? how did you get to Barcelona from Marbella? What timeshare company do you use?
 
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 03:01 PM
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Howdy,

#1) We decided to stay overnight in Seville - so we are really going to have about two days there. I think that will be enough time for us.

#2) I know it's our honeymoon. And I feel that the primary objective is to have a good time and enjoy each other's company. We are not really the relaxing-on-the-beach, lounging around types. We have the most fun when we are active, together, doing exciting and interesting things. I can't think of any better way to commemorate the beginning of our marriage than traveling around an exciting area of a country we've never visited, sharing experiences and building memories. Some of our best memories so far have come even in moments that might otherwise be construed as stressful. So anyway, we will certainly do a measure of relaxing, but I think we'll end up doing a lot of exploring, since that's what we like to do. And we'll haev a whole lifetime together to come back and explore the places we want to visit again.
 
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