Hotel San Gil Seville: Review

Set in the back streets of Seville’s old town, we picked this four star hotel for our two night stay based purely on its Moorish architecture.

We were on our home from Jerez De La Frontera as part of our train journey around Andalucia and I wanted to spend some time in Seville to see the Alcazar without the tourist hordes that had accompanied us on our previous one day visit.

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The hotel certainly is a stunner with its mosaic tile covered reception area and bar plus its riad style central courtyard.

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It’s about half an hour walk to the Alcazar.  It would probably have been less if we had gone the right way, but there are so many nearby narrow streets to explore and diversions to take that it probably didn’t matter.

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We arrived at the Santa Justa train station after dark and took a taxi.  Good job, as we would have never have found our way through the alleyways on public transport, and it is about a 35 minute walk to the station, assuming you know where you are going, which of course we did by the time we were leaving for the train back to Malaga.

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Our room was on the ground floor and had a window facing out onto the courtyard.  You couldn’t draw back the curtain as everyone could see in.  I think it was a disabled friendly room as the bathroom was exceptionally large with a walk in shower.  All good stuff and no complaints there.

I do have one very big gripe though.  On our final morning, we were woken around 7:30 by a smell of chemicals so strong that my eyes were streaming and I was coughing as if my life depended on it.  I dashed out of the room, looking like a mad women and went to reception to ask what was going on.  The receptionist said that someone had accidentally allowed bleach to get into the aircon and not to worry!  Wowzers!  I’m asthmatic, so not for taking chances, we packed up and left immediately.

Anyway, notwithstanding the poor attention to health and safety, everything else was fine.  The breakfast buffet was extensive and the coffee was good.

There are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from in the nearby streets, but beware the tourist menu of insipid paella – there is so much more out there if you seek out the proper menu.  This squid was exceptionally good and cost about eight euros.  We had been staying with friends in Jerez who taught us that it is perfectly acceptable to walk into a bar and just order one thing from the menu to share, which we did.  This of course allows you to drift from bar to bar sampling tapas as you go.

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This hotel was a good enough base for a two day stay, but based on our experience I would not recommend it.  By all means pop in and have a drink at the bar though as you can appreciate the architecture for the cost of a coffee!

 

 

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A Taste Of Andalusia

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A city break in Malaga is a great way to spend a spring weekend.  The weather is just warming up, but the city isn’t too busy, so you have space to walk about and discover the best places to eat and drink.

We had just three days to squeeze in as many experiences as possible, starting on our first night with tapas at this little bar which serves only shellfish that you order at the counter and then take over to your table.

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It’s a bit messy, but good fun!

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We enjoyed a different type of tapas on our second evening: you just point out the ham you want to try and the owner slices it off for you.

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We tried Serrano with Manchego cheese.

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We like to seek out the unassuming bars as that’s usually where you get the best coffee and this one was no exception.

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We used Malaga as a base for a train journey to Cordoba.  More on that later!

Christine x