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Seville funky accommodation

Old May 6th, 2004, 04:06 AM
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Seville funky accommodation

Hi

I've now spent 3 hours going thru the brilliant threads here but I still haven't found what I'm looking for!

I need to book 2 nights in centre of Seville for 2 friends in their mid-30s. They're past backpacking & noisy hostels, but still want to immerse themselves in the music & culture of Seville.

Where can they stay, for max E100 per night total, that's young & funky but not backpacking hostel and not 'international' anonymous or oldy-worldy stuffy? Very simple, understated decor, or bright and trendy. Any ideas of somewhere really 'hip'?!

Thanks in advance to everyone who has suggestions!

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Old May 6th, 2004, 04:52 AM
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I'm not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for, but we stayed at the Hotel Amadeus, which is a small hotel in the old Jewish Quarter - which is the most interesting part of the city. The hotel is small, and about E85 a night. The decor is lots of tilework, plants, a baby grand piano. In other words, tasteful but comfortable, with an emphasis on classical music. The rooms are smallish but nicely done - nothing too pretentious. There is also a rooftop patio to enjoy the view of the city.
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Old May 6th, 2004, 11:42 AM
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Do a search for the hotel Alcantara, there are several reviews in past postings. It is new and modern, not too fancy, shoud be within that budget, depending on the season. Smack in the middle of the Santa Cruz quarter for maximum Sevillian flair, and adjoining a hip cultural center.
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Old May 7th, 2004, 09:58 AM
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That's a good idea, as I didn't think there was anything that suited those criteria -- mainly because a lot of the nicer Seville hotels (nice meaning you want to stay at, prices from cheap to expensive) try to have a Spanish flavor and decor, not modern techy. The only one I kind of thought was like that was the HN Plaza de Armas, which is supposed to be high-tech, hip modern, but that is a 4* hotel and more expensive (probably, don't really know) and huge, down near the bull ring. I wouldn't want to stay in that area as much as Barrio Santa Cruz.

The other places that I think of as modern appeared to be just bland, cheap motel-ish modern, not hip stylish modern.

I stayed at the Amadeus and it was nice for that price (although price almost doubles in festival periods, I didn't think it was worth that much as I wasn't there for the festival, but they counted a few days before in that rate) -- but it is not funky or hip or young IMO, although the area was good, of course.

I'm sure hotel rates will go up for most hotels during the festival period (which is in May or June?) as well as Semana Santa.
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Old May 7th, 2004, 11:39 AM
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This one sort of looks like what you are looking for. I don't know it myself, but it looks nice and the location is excellent.

http://www.yh-hoteles.com
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Old Jun 8th, 2011, 02:47 AM
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I think you are looking for somewhere like the EME Cathedral Hotel but not on your budget! Have you tried the Novotel, a little bit out of town but close to the major shopping centre and the football ground. Quite fun and great rooftop pool.

The other one to try is the Hisperia, closer to town, no pool but some of the more expensive rooms are really cool. Both of these have parking without hassle which can be a problem the more you go into town.
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Old Jun 8th, 2011, 05:38 AM
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Stay north of the touristy Santa Cruz area, in what the locals call centre and towards the bohemian San Lorenzo/Alameda/Macarena districts a bit further north. Just some 15 mins walking to the main sights, but a quite different atmosphere and vibe up here. The gentrified Triana district on the other side of the river Guadalquivir is also very nice and still central.

These would all be good value alternatives in the area north of Santa Cruz.
Don Paco: http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/donp...4be40f3ac58544
Derby: http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/derb...4be40f3ac58544
Museo, close to the Fine Arts museum. http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/hostal-museo.en.html
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Old Jun 9th, 2011, 03:00 AM
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You should also take a look at Petit Palace Canalejas, also close to the fine arts museum: http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/peti...alejas.en.html

All these hotels would be quite close to the modern and very popular Eslava tapas bar/restaurant: http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletapas/category/eslava/

Al Aljibe, on bohemian Alameda de Hércules, is also not far away: http://azahar-sevilla.com/sevilletap...ory/al-aljibe/

About Alameda nightlife: http://www.sevilla5.com/activities/g...-hercules.html
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Old Jun 9th, 2011, 09:00 AM
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the person was asking for a hotel SEVEN YEARS AGO.
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Old Jun 9th, 2011, 10:54 AM
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Old Jun 9th, 2011, 11:24 AM
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And Jacqui_D registered to top it . . . (?)
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Old Jun 9th, 2011, 11:28 AM
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How do you even retrieve a post that old and then respond to it?
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Old Jun 12th, 2011, 08:42 AM
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While looking at the map on the Hotel Don Paco website, I noted what appears to be a wide street named "Avenida de Kansas City". Anyone know the origin of the name?
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Old Jun 13th, 2011, 01:18 AM
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Sevilla and Kansas city are sister cities, and I think it might also have something to do with the relatively strong US military presence since the US-Franco agreement in 1953 about establishing air bases on Spanish soil.
http://www.visitasevilla.es/theblog/...o-kansas-city/

Close to Avda de Kansas city is an upscale suburban area, the Santa Clara garden city. It's totally different from anything you will find anywhere else in Spain, and where many of the American officers, staged at the nearby Morón air base, used to live. The speed limits are presented in miles pr. hour! The strange Santa Clara area is the main scene for one of Robert Wilson's novels about Sevilla detective Javier Falcón: http://sustainablecitiescollective.c...-clara-sevilla

Photos of the Santa Clara area: http://www.google.no/search?q=Santa+...w=1379&bih=802
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Old Jun 13th, 2011, 06:58 AM
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Kimhe: Interesting and thanks.
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