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Seville: Hostal Lis 1

Escarpin 10

Reviewed by: kathyk from MI, review #2814

When: March 2010

One night surrounded by beautiful tiled walls.

Hostal, one star. 39 euros for a double with private bathroom.

Good, representative photos are already on the Sevilla5 website.

I want to give Sevilla5 credit because of their very fine website, so easy to navigate and so informational. I used it in my planning stage but after many attempts to reach them by the listed cell and land line numbers, with no answer, I gave up and called the hostal direct. Maybe it was because I tried to reserve one day before our arrival in Sevilla ? but it was a mid-afternoon of a workday.

We reserved for two nights, leaving us the option of extending or ending our stay. We ended after two and transferred to another place for the remaining 4 nights in Sevilla.

But first the positives: I fell in love with the pictures, including the tiled entrance from the street and the interior patio which also serves as reception. And there is an internet station there for free use of the guests. Tiles, tiles everywhere. Our entire bedroom had tiled walls. The building was rather old and the stairs, hallway and rooms were small, that was OK because I was already seduced by the tiles. (Did I mention I like tiles?)

The deal breaker was the bathroom. Very clean - I was already NOT expecting a counter around the sink and to no surprise, there wasn't. But I could see right away that the shower would cause a problem. The shower curtain ended about two inches above the shower pan. No way would the water stay inside the pan. My sister took the first shower and even as she let the water run to warm up, the steam made the curtain wave back and forth letting water drip down onto the floor.

The bathroom was small - you could not just step around the wet area. There was no bath mat, we would have to use one of our precious skinny towels on the floor. This was not acceptable for five nights.

Before giving up the room, and traipsing around the streets with our luggage, I stayed back with our belongings and my intrepid sister, as scout, went out early, unburdened, with a short list - also gleaned from Sevilla5 - of other places.

When she came back with a new firm reservation, and assurances of comfort, we made our excuses and goodbyes, to the very nice staff, paid our bill and left. She said the streets were so narrow and the distance not far, that a taxi would be a waste and it would be better to walk. We, uh... did see more of the city that way.

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