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“Didn't sleep a wink”
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Hotel Dona Lola
Ranked #127 of 176 Hotels in Seville
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“Didn't sleep a wink”
Reviewed 24 October 2011

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.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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napoli, italia
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

the owners are very gentle and to me was nice not having a concierge (they own the close hotel casona san andres, which is just 200 meters away or less). The flaws are:
1. cleaning lady very noisy and brusque.
2. the room at the ground floor in which I was is very noisy.
3. bathroom is small and details are quite poor.
but for 45 euros /day for a single room with a single bed was a good value for money.....
Nevertheless I have to say the photos they show on the website look really much better than the reality... But I didn't see the rooms on the higher floors....

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Haworth, New Jersey
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

Dona Lola has nicely decorated, newly renovated rooms at a reasonable rate. The location is just a 8-10 minute walk from all the major sites (note that you will be walking-- traffic is a disaster in Seville and we ended up walking everywhere when we would have normally taken a few buses).

As mentioned in other reviews, check-in is at a different hotel a block and a half away, but we found the staff there to be helpful-- we were able to leave our luggage for the day with no issues, and for the price and location of the hotel I found it a reasonable small inconvenience to check-in somewhere else. We also didn't have issues with noise as some reviewers mentioned, and using your room key to start the electricity in the room is of course standard across Europe. Breakfast is indeed a joke (white bread, pre-packaged cakes), so just use it to get your coffee fix!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

Well a lot of my rating is because of what I paid for the room..We were transferred here as our other hotel overbooked on the pretext that we were being upgraded.. At 0430 in morning I did not have energy to argue and decided to take the room..

The room was a shack on top of a hostel building,,, it has glass walls all round,, a small bathroom... just outside the shack were big pipelines with insulation maybe of heating system withing the building...

there was no wifi...room wasnt cleaned,,

a complete dump..shouldnt charge more than 20-25 euros..in my days as a backpacker most of the hotels I have stayed on are much better than this in the 20-30 euro range,,,

an absolute dump for the price they charged

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

It's not made clear that check-in occurs at a hotel a few blocks away, so I didn't appreciate having to wander the streets of Seville late at night to find this other hotel in order to check in. Despite the map provided on the door, I still needed to ask for directions. The lack of reception was a problem upon leaving as well, as I had no way to call for a taxi (I ended up walkings several blocks to the El Cortes department store to find a taxi stand) and I wasn't able to leave my luggage for the few hours' wait I had until my train left.

Breakfast was a joke: white bread and weak coffee out of a machine. I never saw or heard any other guests while I was there, which was very odd.

However, the room was beautiful, with new decor and furnishings. Very quiet.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Hotel Dona Lola

Property: Hotel Dona Lola
Address: Amor de Dios 19, 41003 Seville, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Seville > Seville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #127 of 176 Hotels in Seville
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,972 - ₹ 7,687
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Dona Lola 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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