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Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana-A great place to stay!
I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in November. It was great! Clean, modern rooms, an excellent, included buffet breakfast, terrric, quiet location. Hard not to like this place. It also had 3 computers in the lobby with free internet access.
I would definitely recommend this place to any visitors to Seville.
Unfortunate room choice
My husband and I have just returned from four nights in the Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana. There is nothing really to complain about the hotel, as it is clean and well run but modern to the point of being utterly sterile. We were offered a free up-grade to the High Tech room as there were no others available (which included exercise bike, trouser press, lap-top with free internet access, massaging shower). However the real problem with our stay was the noise. The room (114) was directly above the Reception and the two balconies opened straight onto the narrow street. The door opened onto the two storey high open atrium and sound was funnelled from both directions. Also every night around midnight the bin emptying people would spend several minutes right outside the window clearing bottles into the lorry. The building directly opposite (about 6ft from the window) is also being renovated causing a lot of drilling noise and dust if you dare to open the window. The bed was huge and comfortable but left little room for anything else in the bedroom. The hotel is in a very good location and the breakfast was comprehensive (for an additional 12 Euros per person if its not included in your package). If you stay here I suggest you ask for a room at the back of the hotel and away from the road. Staff all very helpful I think we were just unlucky but some nights we just couldn't sleep at all.
Luck of the draw!
We booked two twin rooms for a long weekend stay. We were allocated rooms 123 & 223. Ahead of arriving we e-mailed the hotel to enjoy we would be getting what we booked through Expedia, which was acknowledged. Notwithstanding that we got two single beds pushed together. We complained but were told this was normal. Room was small, not badly appointed but lacked plugs which meant you could not use the provided lamp and other devices at the same time as the TV. Bathroom was high quality, but had a shower head that was too weighty and kept drooping and needing pushing up constantly.
Hotel was clean but lacked any facilities for a nightcap or refreshment after a day out. Nevertheless well located and given what we paid albeit in off season was not bad a value, but wouldn't go back.
Just returned from an 11 day trip to Spain with our 3 year old and the Petit Palace was our last hotel stay for 3 nights. We would definately recommend this hotel both for families as well as for single or couple travellers. The hotel is pretty new, but very well located only 2 blocks from the Cathedral on a back side street. There is a fair amount of construction going on in the area, but we didn't have any noise issues at all. Front desk staff were friendly and helpful on offering recommendations and the rooms were very nice. We had a large bedroom and bathroom (shower only in ours) and a flat screen tv. Free iternet access downstairs, great buffet breakfast (12E, but they were offering a 2 for 1 deal that made it a deal). They have a nice quiet terrace as well as a beautiful lobby area that seemed to be peaceful at all hours. They are part of a chain called high tech hotels which I plan to check out for future stays.
It could have been so much better ...
We stayed at this hotel for two nights in mid-October 2005 during a touring holiday of Andalucia. Although the reviews on TripAdvisor had been mixed, we thought that it was worth taking the risk. We were keen to stay in something ultra modern, to give us a bit of contrast after the lovely, historic hotel (Casa de los Migueletes) where we had stayed in Granada the previous two nights.
The first tip is to think twice about using this hotel if you have a car, even if, like us, you are used to driving through the streets in a typical European city (having a car is not necessary in Seville anyway, there are more than enough sights within easy walking distance). The hotel is located up a very narrow alley, and finding it through the maze of Seville’s one way streets was a nightmare. We had with us what we thought were reasonable maps to find the hotel which we had printed off the Venere.com website but they proved next to useless. We drove round and round and round, and although we knew we were very close, we eventually had to park and try to find the hotel on foot. When we arrived the receptionists were less than helpful in directing us to the parking garage. Be warned – manoeuvring the car into the opening for the lift to take the car down to the garage is not for the faint hearted! The parking costs 15 Euros plus tax per night. I can guarantee you will leave your car there until you leave the hotel!
On the positive side, once you find it, the hotel is centrally located, handy for the cathedral and the other main sights. Tip – do try the nearby restaurant, Enrique Becerrsevilla, just across the street from the hotel, an excellent restaurant more geared to locals than tourists.
The hotel is a 19th century mansion which has been recently renovated in an ultra-modern, high tech style – lots of white marble and chrome. We booked through Travelocity in the UK and paid £95 including tax, room only. We were in Room 204 which was a reasonable size, apparently a family room, as it had what appeared to be fold away bunk beds at one end. It was stylish and contemporary but when you looked more closely the effect was marred by cheap materials and poor workmanship. The bathroom was stunning, glass sink and huge shower with a wide choice of jets but as previous reviews have pointed out the fitments were crocked and hanging off the walls. A design fault was the wardrobe door which could not be opened if you placed a case on the shelf which was provided for this purpose. A minibar was provided but the prices were excessively high, by local standards. We did not take breakfast at the hotel – it was served just off the lobby and the presentation looked rather basic and did not appeal. However, this was not a problem as there were plenty of good bars and cafes nearby serving breakfast at a fraction of the cost. A nice touch was the free internet access in the lobby.
Overall, although we would not really recommend this hotel, it was clean, provided everything you needed and was in a perfect location for seeing the sights of Seville. You just felt it was a wasted opportunity and had a little more money and attention to detail been spent on the renovation it could have been so much better.
Overall an excellent choice.
Just back last night from Seville,4 nights at the Petit Palace.Had a few reservation as some of the reviews on this sight are not good but the hotel was excellent in most respects.
Plus points were modern design works very well in converted palazo,the overall effect is very striking and elegant .Hotel was very clean,and staff were extremely helpfull.I forgot toothbrushes and some essentials which were immediately delivered to our room,free of charge.Location could not have been better,in the absolute centre of the tourist sights of Seville.We had a minor fault in the air con on the first room we were shown and were immediately upgraded to a superior room[room 305,highly recommended with private sun terrace.]
Minus points,lots of marble and glass look great in airy lobby but are highly reflective of sound.Anyone staying in the rooms around this area will hear any late night revels inside.Secondly,the whole of the "Old Town" of Seville is a mass of building and renovation work and this area is no exception.During the day work goes on constantly in the surrounding buildings.Finally,the hotel does not have a proper bar/restraunt.In a town like Seville there are a thousand alternatives but i guess this could inconvenience some people.
Final words of wisdom,do not take a car into Seville town centre.It is a maze of narrow twisting streets and blind alleys,all full of pedestrians and scooters.All sights are walking distance and you wont get parked anyway.
Draughty, unclean, rude!
Stayed in this hotel for 4 night city break Feb 06. Positives: location
Negatives: absolutely filthy floor, draughty, badly finished, bare wires to the television in room, surly staff, cold and unwelcoming room. Definitely would not stay again.
Petit Palace...mucho noise
Just got back from a weeks stay at this hotel. On arrival we were greeted warmly by the reception staff, who spoke good English. We found the staff friendly although our only other real contact with the front desk was to book a taxi to take us to the airport on departure.
The hotel is very modern, clean and stylish. If you are looking for rustic digs, this is not for you. All the hotel is decked out with marble flooring which contributes to it's main problem, noise. The glass covered atrium and lack of carpets means that sound bounces around inside the place and you will hear doors closing, footsteps, voices, etc. We had no problems at night but if you want take an afternoon siesta, it can be tricky. Our room was at the front of the hotel facing a narrow street and two of the buildings opposite (you can almost touch them!) are being renovated. This proved to be a useful alarm clock for breakfast as the builders started work at 8am.
We had a room on the second floor but the narrow streets delight in funnelling the sound of mopeds and passing locals up to your room. This said, the area is fairly quiet, virtually no traffic due to the narrow streets but you will hear anything that comes by, mopeds in particular. I expect the rooms at the back of the hotel don't suffer this way. We could have asked for another room but we had a view of the cathedral and the pretty buildings along the street so we stayed put.
The hotel rooms are as modern and clean as the rest of it. Laminate wood floors, large bed (firm but comfy), mini bar (pricey), flat screen TV and power shower. However storage for clothes clearly was not a priority for the designers. No drawers at all, just a couple of useless shleves in dark a wardrobe sparsely populated with hangers. Space in the room was not a problem though, shame.
We had breakfast included in our package so we made use of it. It was basic but well presented and something for most tastes. However, if you are paying the 12 euros seperately you may do better in the one of the many pastry shops and cafes on the doorstep.
The other great plus point of this hotel is the location, it is two blocks from the stunning cathedral and a minutes walk in any direction will land you and at some great tapas bars where the locals hang out. If you get fed up with the local beer(Cruzcampo) and red wine, try the Cerevezaria Internacional, it has a vast array of bottled and draught beers from all over the world, well worth a visit. Turn right out of the hotel, walk past the small ciggie shop (Tabacos) on your left then turn left and it's on your left, only a minutes walk. The hotel is also close to La Plaza Nueva which is a lovely square to catch a few rays and chill. One of the main shopping drags starts there too.
The Petit Palace also has a small outdoor courtyard to sit in and a nice roof terrace where you can chill after a day exploring this beautiful city.
It's a shame they didn't stretch to putting a bar in this hotel, it would have finished it off nicely but as I said you won't need to walk far to find one.
All in all, we liked this hotel and there were more pro's than con's. If you are a couple on a weekend break, it's ideal. There is nothing much here for kids and the lack of storage in the rooms could pose a problem for families.
On driving in Seville, one word- DON'T.
Great location, helpful staff
The hotel has a wonderful location and helpful staff. The price was great too, but we did find that the hotel room had quite a few ants. The style of the rooms is modern and the size is quite small. Definitely skip the breakfast. It's a rip off, and definitely not worth it.
Location is great.... hope you don't need much sleep though!
After seeing pictures of a clean, modern decored hotel housed in an old palace, the choice to stay at the Petit Palace was easy. The location was perfect as far as I could see, and the added touch of the internet access was a small bonus.
Unfortunately, the very basics of this hotel let it down. It is really noisy. We even had a room that faced the back, but it didn't matter. The walls might as well have been paper, and like many others have mentioned, the marble common areas only exasperate this problem. We could hear every conversation in the surrounding rooms and when anyone was walking about it sounded like marching. I now understand why carpet is such a good idea in hotels - it absorbs noise. So don't count on too much sleep, especially in the afternoon (siesta time) should you stay.
The hotel apparently has air conditioning, however during our stay they had the heat on (?) and said that it was not possible for us to have air conditioning. The entire hotel was either on heating or air con. Not good, considering the warm weather and the stuffiness of the rooms.
The breakfast was fine, particularly as it was free in our case, however I certainly wouldn't pay 12 euros for it. The location was also good, although there are other 4 star hotels in the area that are perhaps even better located.
Considering this hotel is part of the "high tech" hotel chain, the technology was shocking. The internet was slow and often wouldn't send. And there were only 3 computers anyhow. This was no more a technology hotel than the local hostel.
I wouldn't say it was a bad experiece, however I was disappointed and would not stay again.
Our stand-up breakfast spot
We will be in Sevilla for couple of days in early march. We are looking for recommendations for Flamenco shows. We are students and will be staying in the Casa Sol y Luna so price and proximity might be priorities. Will appreciate any help.
In which part of the city are your accomodations? Either way, one of my favorite venues for flamenco was Casa de la Memoria. The show is different every night (with different artists every time) and is pure flamenco, but since the venue is small, it's best to book tickets in advance (it sells out quickly). It's on Ximenez de Enciso street in the Barrio Santa Cruz. It wasn't too expensive - I think it was about 10-15 Euros per ticket. And if you decide to go there, I highly recommend going on a night that Felipe Mato is dancing - he was one of my teachers when I was studying flamenco in Seville, and he is absolutely amazing (one of the best dancers I've ever seen).
Casa Carmen is also a good one, though I preferred Casa de la Memoria. That one is on Marques de Paradas street close to the river.
If you want free flamenco, La Carboneria was one of my favorite places. There is a show at around 11pm every night, but the best part for me was after the show was over - most of the tourists would leave, but the locals and a few tourists would stick around for late-night flamenco jam sessions.
I wrote more details on my Sevilla page, if you want to know more.