Seville | Hotel Doña María

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The Doña Maria is a four-star hotel that boasts a perfect central location just across the square from the Cathedral, and close to the Alcázar Palace and Barrio Santa Cruz, making it ideal for sightseeing. These days it seems to be best known for its busy modern roof terrace, which is open year-round, where both guests and public can enjoy a drink while admiring the excellent view of the Cathedral and Giralda Tower. An upper terrace has a small swimming pool reserved for guests, and regular live music events are scheduled during the summer. Check their Facebook Page for concert details.

The building is a Casa Palacio dating back to the 14th century, and though there aren’t really any clues to such antiquity, the hotel, which opened in 1965, does still have the elegant style and manner of a bygone age, including some interesting old prints on the walls. There’s a substantial lounge with a pretty plant-filled patio next to reception, and a separate bar next door.

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The hotel has 64 rooms, mostly variations on double rooms, although triple rooms, and double rooms with a salon are also available. Our second-floor room was a superior double with two 105 cm single beds (double bed also available), and was quite spacious, with a balcony that had a nice view of Virgen de los Reyes square. It was equipped with a desk, minibar/fridge, TV, and ample closet space. Nice bathroom with twin sinks, good water pressure, and a standard selection of toiletries.

The room was clean and comfortable, with nice firm mattresses, and charming old-style décor. My only real complaint about the room was the lack of power outlets, making it difficult to keep our devices charged. However there was decent free WIFI throughout the hotel and multi-plug extension cords are available at the front desk if, like me, you travel with phone, tablet and laptop.

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Although there is no restaurant, a standard buffet breakfast is available in the Patio de Cristal, and there are lots of tapas bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. Hotel staff are happy to give you recommendations.

The perfect location and the rooftop pool and bar are the main attractions of this hotel, making it a good mid-priced option for a stay in Seville

Hotel Doña Maria
Calle Don Remondo, 19
Sevilla
Tel: +34 954 224 990

Disclaimer: Myself and my companion were invited as guests of the hotel, but all opinions here are my own.

Málaga | Soho Hotel Málaga

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The Soho Hotel Málaga is an almost brand-new 28 room three-star boutique hotel, just outside the old centre of town in the little triangle of land between the harbour and the Atarazanas market popularly known as Soho because of its bohemian and arty feel. It’s a great location, close to shops and tapas bars, and it was also an easy walk from the train station (with wheelie luggage).

My room was comfortable and attractive and featured a large sepia-tone mural over the bed (all rooms have murals depicting different Málaga scenes). There’s good WiFi in the room and plenty of available sockets for charging devices. The bathroom is well-equipped (shower only) and there’s a good supply of toiletries and a decent hairdryer. Adjacent to the hotel there’s a small bar-cafe for snacks, and a fairly typical hotel breakfast is also served here, though the organisation seems a bit hit and miss. Hotel staff are super friendly and helpful. I look forward to staying here again.

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Soho Hotel Málaga
Córdoba, 5
Málaga
Tel 952 224 079