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Carmona: Pension Comercio

Calle Torre del Oro 56, Phone: 95.414.00.18

Reviewed by: kathyk from MI, review #2812

When: March 2010

A charming simple pension and charming talkative owners.

Price: triple for 55 euros. Breakfast can be had downstairs for 5 euros each.

You will need good legs and strong arms - if you bring luggage - to go up the exterior steps to the entrance - and then on up the interior stairs to your room. There is no designated parking for your car nor elevator.

But it is all worth it as you enter the horseshoe arch to the front door of this centuries old home now converted into a basic pension. It is just inside and backs up to the old defensive walls of the city.

Once the door is opened by the owner, you walk into the interior patio, lined with tiles, and filled with plants. In the middle sits the now unused well.

We were given our key, the old skeleton type, and began hauling our suitcases up the stairs. They were also faced with tiles but that is hard to appreciate when you are hauling up heavy luggage. We arrived on the second floor, to a very wide passage way, decorated with benches, plants, pictures, copper plates, the very essence of Andalusian family decor. The interior walls of the passage were all glass and looked down onto the patio.

Our triple room was spacious, three single beds, and with two windows out to a quiet street. The bathroom was also large with four fixtures and an exterior window. It was very clean and had the requisite one small and one medium size THIN towels for each of us. But this was another bathroom with a stand alone sink, no counter surround to set toiletries on.

Heat came from an apparatus high on the wall, controlled by a remote clicker. It did make the room comfortable but we never had time to wait for the heat to warm up the bathroom The hot water from the shower helped steam heat the room - especially if you were not the first one in!

No TV in the room; for this you were expected to go to the salon off the patio downstairs. As said, the owner was very gregarious, with advice on places to eat and drink and telling us about the history of the house including intimate details of the shady dealings his relatives had used to try to get the house from him and their shameful short comings in treatment of other relatives. Thus we learned not to ask questions, even about the weather, and get out of the door when he was not in the patio.

Except for the aforementioned lack of counter around the sink, Pension Comercio has everything I look for in a night's lodging in Spain: a beautiful interior patio, cleanliness, a quirky but safe location, and communicative owners/managers and economical prices. I would definitely return to this pension and recommend it to you.

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