There is no reception at the Dona Lola, so check in at the sister hotel just around the corner, there is a map on the door and is all very easy, so don't worry about that.
Recent refurbishment has clearly smartened the place up but it still doesn't feel comfortable at all, it's very clinical and cold. Rooms are cleaned daily, but unless you chance upon the chambermaid, you won't have any contact with staff. The major problem at Dona Lola is the noise.
I was unfortunate enough to be allocated 'Grey Room', no room numbers here - just colours (yawn). This is on the ground floor directly on the street, right next to the main front door and the lift, with a tiny hard and uncomfortable single bed.
The front door is the worst problem, opening and closing with a buzz and deafening metallic crash accompanied by loud conversations from those in the lobby echoed around the stark 3 storey atrium at all times of day and night. The room doors are also impossible to close quietly and most guests appeared not to even try, giving them a hefty tug, and subsequent slam, to shut. Add to this a waterfall noise effect every time someone flushes the toilet in a room upstairs and a 24 hour trickling water sound for which I couldn't find the source. With the window directly at pavement level on the street I heard every single conversation, every bag being pulled, every bus, car, dustcart and every drunken shrieking (Be warned there are plenty of bars in this area which kick out right up to 6-7am. I honestly barely slept a wink for 4 nights!
I will put up with a lot staying at city centre hotels, you expect a certain amount of noise, but this was appalling. This should not be sold as a guest room and it absolutely should not cost 45 euros! You may be better off in a room higher up but I wouldn't count on it. There must be better options for the price in Seville.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the best area of central Seville, Hotel Dona Lola Boutique behind the facade of the nineteenth century a modern design in which the traditional elements of flamenco acquire its own style. It features free Wi-Fi, sun terrace and 24-hour reception in the hotel.Sus own spacious rooms with large windows give great luminosity. Each room is decorated in its own color that characterizes what brings a touch of joy and vitality. All rooms have private bathroom, plasma TV, air conditioning and free Wi gratuita.Un small, exclusive hotel, a cosmopolitan place located within the traditional Seville. ... more less
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