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Aug 20th, 2013, 09:16 AM
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Sevilla Accommodation

Looking for advice on economical accommodation for 4-6 night stay in Sevilla.
Hoping to spend not more than 70 euro total/night for the 2 of us. Have received some great advice on this forum for other trips and would appreciate any experience any of you have had with great price/location/clean -prefer private bath.
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Aug 20th, 2013, 09:34 AM
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I don't know, sevilla is expensive. Check trip advisor hotel reviews.
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Aug 20th, 2013, 09:42 AM
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I'd go to booking.com and put in your dates to see what comes up. 70 euros is a little tight for 2 people in Sevilla but doable.
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Aug 20th, 2013, 09:44 AM
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when are you going, that makes a very big difference in price.

YOu could probably do that in some hostal (B&B), or 1-2* hotel. This one was near where I stayed and is in that budget and a great location, although I don't know it personally as I didn't stay there http://hjimbec.com/home/

But you can see on the price list that rates double or more during HOly Week or the April festival, and are real cheap in winter. Don't go during those holiday periods in your budget.
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Aug 20th, 2013, 10:07 AM
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We used veoapartment.com when we were last in Sevilla and were very happy. We absolutely loved our apartment, which was a bit removed from the center and in a great vibrant neighborhood. The architect couple that owns it was lovely too: http://www.veoapartment.com/apartmen...ria-patio.html
Have a great trip!
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Aug 20th, 2013, 10:45 AM
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Our family rented an apartment with Sevilla5(http://www.sevilla5.com/). The apartment was on Calle Mariscal in the Barrio Santa Cruz – a pedestrian-only street. It was very nicely appointed, comfortable and the location was the best part – we were right around the corner from several wonderful restaurants and within a 5 minute walking distance of all of the major sights.
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Aug 20th, 2013, 10:59 AM
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Thank you! I will look into the above suggestions. A person can spend literally hours/days researching places there are so many...
Appreciate your quick responses!
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Aug 20th, 2013, 03:19 PM
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I have done some research on the above suggested apartment websites. I have found a number of reasonably and well recommended apartments. Now to decide what area to be situated in...
Can any of you advise me what is the more desirable location?
We would like it well located to sites but don't mind a little walk (we were in Rome last year and had an apartment in the Trastavera area which was a little bit away from things, however, there was a taxi stand well located and we loved the more local flavour and quietness of the general area). Prefer a quiet sleeping environment, however, I notice many places mention they have double paned windows.
I have found a place in Triana, several in Macarena, and several in Santa Cruz area. Am I correct that the Santa Cruz area is better located to the main sites? We will only be in this apartment for 4-6 nights (yet to be decided). I do have concern with checking in, as we will arrive by noon and checkin is not until approx. 1600 (though it might be possible for earlier checkin).
We may be planning a couple of day trips ie. Ronda, Cadiz, Cordoba (yet to be determined depending on length of stay), so I suppose proximity to trains/buses would be a consideration.
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Aug 20th, 2013, 06:31 PM
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Yes, the Barrio Santa Cruz is the best situated of those three neighborhoods. You still definitely visit Triana and the Macarena, though. Check out my trip report:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...-andalusia.cfm

Our apartment in Seville, in the Barrio Santa Cruz, was within walking distance of the bus station.

If you liked Trastevere in Rome, then you'll love the Barrio Santa Cruz - they are very similar, narrow pedestrian-only streets, like a step back in time.
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Aug 20th, 2013, 07:04 PM
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we also rented an apartment from sevilla5, which was recommended here. LOVED our apartment, as it was on a street with no cars and easy walking everywhere. oh-- and it had a washing machine. (i often dream of it as i do laundry in the sink...) i think the apartment was called 'rioja' .

also=== it was around the corner from 'picatoste' which had the best, by far, churros and hot chocolate. it looks like a little nothing chain restaurant... but the c&c was far better than we had at any of the super-famous places in madrid, etc. we also got that name from these boards.
don't you just love fodors forums??
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Aug 21st, 2013, 01:35 AM
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My wife and I have been very happy staying in great value Hostal Museo in the wonderful San Vicente/San Lorenzo district in Sevilla. Basic hotel standard, private bath etc and 50-70€ for a double. http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/hostal-museo.en.html
http://www.hostalmuseo.com/english/index.php

San Lorenzo is a lovely, quiet and local atmosphere area next to The Fine Arts museum and 10-15 minutes walk to the cathedral and the beautiful but very touristy Santa Cruz district.
"San Lorenzo - The heart of Sevilla": http://www.espacioeslava.com/en/sanlorenzo
More detailed description of the area: http://www.aboutsevilla.com/sevilla/itinerary5.asp

This is on the edge of what the sevillanos themselves call the center of town, and several of the city's best tapas bars and restaurants, among them Eslava, Bodega Dos de Mayo and Az-Zait, are on your doorstep.

Eslava: http://www.espacioeslava.com/en
http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/2008/02/eslava/

Bodega dos de Mayo: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...Andalucia.html

Az-Zait: http://www.az-zaitrestaurantes.com/

And the Fine Arts Museum 100 meters from Hostal Museo, one of the two-three best fine arts museums in Spain. Many paintings from the masters of the 17th century Golden Age in Spanish art: http://www.spain.info/en/que-quieres...e_sevilla.html
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Aug 21st, 2013, 03:07 PM
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kimhe, there are vacancies for the Hotel Museo for our timeframe and is a good price. Some of the reviews say that the staff didn't speak English, so that is a bit of a hindrance but it does have very good reviews. Re the bus, was it your experience that the bus drivers spoke any English or were they strictly Spanish language? Thanks for the hotel tip and the websites to review.
kawh, I read about someone else that had used the rioja also,
but unable to get accommodation for our timeframe.
nyc121712, I will definitely check out your trip report - I current have a request in re another apartment on Calle Mariscal - the area sounds lovely.
Christine, the hostal at the location you suggested has decent reviews and location does seem very good.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! There certainly is a lot to choose from...
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Aug 21st, 2013, 03:53 PM
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you'll have a great time.

as for the bus, I took a day trip to Jerez de Frontera by bus, and I don't think bus drivers usually are multilingual or super-educated, I wouldn't count on them speaking English. I also took the train to Cordoba which was easy, it's just a local commuter train.

yes, I think the Santa Cruz area is more central to what you'll want to see. I don't remember taking public transportation at all around the city when I was there, I walked everywhere, but I might be forgetting. I think they have a metro system now, at least to some places.
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Aug 21st, 2013, 04:28 PM
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Sevilla does have a metro but if you stay in Santa Cruz you will probably never need to use it. I loved staying in that area. Bus drivers rarely speak English or act like they don't. The trains are better as most of the employees on board speak a little.

I would try to use the polite phrase in Spanish-good morning, good evening, hello/thank you. Unlike the French used to be, most Spaniards will be thrilled you use their language. I speak enough Spanish to get by and I was amazed how friendly the people were even though my accent is god-awful and I probably massacred the verb tenses.

If you want to see flamenco, I'd recommend Casa de la memoria in Seville. No dinner or drinks just an intimate hour of dance.

I do hope you are stopping in Granada in your travels.
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Aug 21st, 2013, 05:52 PM
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emily71 - I just read about the Casa de la Memoria for flamenco last evening and made a note of it - will definitely try to get there.
And I plan on learning a few simple phrases/words - I know it went a long way when we were in Italy last year (I actually took a small Italian course but never actually learned enough to make a difference).
We will be spending 2 nights in Granada following our stay in Seville - plan to take a train from Seville to Granada. We plan to see the Alhambra by day and night and maybe hook up with a walking tour. Other than that we havn't made plans. Do you have any suggestions for such a short time there. Plan to arrive by train in the morning, and after the 2nd night, will be flying out in the morning, so we won't actually have 2 full days, more like 1.5 I suppose if we get a fairly early train.
Christina, did you go to Cordoba just as a day trip or overnight? Did you find it difficult at all to use the bus to Jerez and do you know if it would be possible to also visit Arcos in a day trip to Jerez or Cadiz (not really knowing the layout and time frame for these visits).
Thanks all!
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Aug 22nd, 2013, 04:12 AM
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I second the recommendation of flamenco at intimate Casa de la Memória. Popular with tourists, but only great artists from Sevilla perform here, many of them have performed as soloists in the most important festivals and won the most prestigious flamenco prizes. Could be a great intro to this art form so essential for Sevilla and Andalucía in general.
http://casadelamemoria.es/?p=93
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...Andalucia.html

Casa de la Memória is in Calle Cuna, 6, some 5-10 min walk from Hostal Museo and just around the corner from famous Confitería La Campana: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...Andalucia.html
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Aug 22nd, 2013, 07:45 AM
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kawh, when you stayed at the Rioja, did it have WIFI?
Thanks for that info kimhe!
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Aug 22nd, 2013, 05:58 PM
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Well, I ended up booking through veoapartments.com (which used to be seville5.com) but you can still research/book on both sites.
They were very helpful in advice and I found out that the apartment Rioja (which some of you have enjoyed) is no longer going to be booked for shorter term accommodations - only long term - I was disappointed because I found an "supposed" availability but apparently it was to have been removed from the site. We did splurge a bit on the apartment we found but as it is the second week of our vacation, I think it will be well appreciated.
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Aug 22nd, 2013, 07:55 PM
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What do you mean that sevilla5.com is now veoapartments.com? They are partners but I do believe you can still book through sevilla5.com. Where did your get our information?
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Aug 23rd, 2013, 05:49 AM
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Sorry, I went back to the email sent me by the representative I had emailed from sevilla5.com and this is what it said, just to clarify correctly:
"Sevilla5.com is our "old" website, our "new" website is veoapartments.com, I recommend you use the latter as the navigation is easier and the calenders are up to date" - This was after I found availability for the Rioja apartment on Sevilla5.com but apparently it was supposed to have been removed and, I believe had been removed, on the veoapartments website. I wasn't given an explanation for the presence of the 2 websites but it sounded to me like they were phasing out the seville5 website if they weren't keeping it up to date... The same person seemed to be a representative from both websites (and he told me he is actually a resident of Sevilla and seemed to know all the apartments well, which was very helpful). Sorry for any confusion.
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