Historical Traveller Reviews of Murillo Hotel
Hotel for the Early Riser
I stayed at the Hotel Murillo between Oct. 11 and 14, 2005 in Room 304. I paid about 44 euros a night, which includes the VAT tax and continental breakfast in the morning (choice of hot chocolate/tea/coffee, an orange juice, a croissant, and a Spanish style bun). Breakfast is served in the lobby and the waiter/waitresses take your order after you seat yourself. The best reason for staying at this hotel is the great location and helpful front desk staff. The hotel is very close to all restaurants, the Cathedral, and Alcazar. It's centrally located in the Barrio de Santa Cruz or Jewish district so you have the option of wandering around at all hours of the day looking at shops and eating at the nearby restaurants. There is a tapas place right across from the hotel, which is a good place to go for your first meal when you don't know where everything is. The staff was very helpful and most of them spoke English. They helped me make reservations for flamenco and tours. I recommend the flamenco place around the corner from the hotel called Los Gallos. It cost 27 euros and includes one drink. You can buy tickets at the front desk or at the front door of the flamenco place.
The hotel is a bit hard to find because it's located in the Santa Cruz district where everyone gets lost. You WILL get lost. There's no way around it unless you've been there before or have a very detailed map. The easiest way to get there from the bus station or airport is to take a cab and tell the cabbie to take you to Plaza de Santa Cruz (if they don't know where Hotel Murrillo is). I shared a cab from the bus station and it cost me 14 euros. Other visitors said they paid 22 euros. You'll see the flamenco place in the plaza. Hopefully, the cabbie will drop you off at the correct corner of the plaza, which is south of the flamenco place. You will face a tall whitewashed building with double-wooden doors, and see a path leading to the right. There will be metal gates on your left hand side. Follow that path (don't stray off of it) for 3-5 minutes. You will see the yellow and white walls of the hotel on your right hand side. Take a good look at the picture of the hotel on the website or other people's pictures on tripadvisor. That way you will recognize it when you see it.
Okay, cons. The other tripadvisor travelers are correct in that there is a new section and old section of the hotel. Try to get a room in the new section. I got an old one. I didn't mind because it was extremely clean. The room is basic with a comfortable bed, newly painted walls, desk and closet. But there is no TV and although the bathroom is very clean and functional, it is old and in dire need of remodeling. There is only one outlet and it is in an awkward place in the bathroom. The hotel provides towels, soap, shampoo, etc.
I recommend this hotel for early risers because a lot of noise starts at 7 AM. There is still construction going on and they start early in the morning. Plus, like everywhere in Europe, the walls and doors are thin so you can hear the guests walking, talking, moving their luggage in the hallway and thumping up and down the stairs. The maids and service staff also begin cleaning, dumping the garbage, etc. at 7 AM. Finally, the Cathedral bells chime in the morning, usually starting around 7 AM and ringing every half hour or on the hour. It's good for people who don't have an alarm clock but bad for people who want to sleep in.
All in all, the pros and cons evened out for me. I might stay at this hotel again but I wouldn't stay in Room 304.
Good, budget accommodation
Pros - central location, good continental breakfast, friendly staff, small bar right across the street. Cons - small rooms, shower a bit scruffy.
What a lovely quirky hotel!!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed in this hotel for two nights in 2003. We were on holidays on the Algarve and went to Seville by bus. The hotel is right beside the cathedral down a narrow little pedestrianised street. Yes it was hard to find but it was good fun trying to find it and the locals were very helpful. When we checked in we were told to wait and the "boy" would help us with our bags. Next minute there was this gentleman in his 50's standing beside us to take our bag!! He brought us up to the first floor where our room was at the end of the corridor. It was dark and there was a curtained off area at the end of the corridor - very Alfred Hitchcock!!. Yes the room was very spartan but this is the norm in european hotels (unless you go for 4*). The whole area is so Spanish and traditional it is really lovely. Our room was at the back of the hotel and our "balcony" looked out over the rooftops of the sourrounding buildings. What kind of a balcony do people expect in a hotel that is so old. It is the tradional balcony that you see in all old buildings. There was no traffic and all you could hear were the church bells and birds singing. That night when we had dinner we decided to get our bearings and go back to the hotel and then go for a nightcap. By the time we found the hotel down the warren of little street all the bars were closing. Again we found this amusing and still laugh about it to this day. If you decide to stay there it is ideal for a two to three night stay. You will be on holidays so try and get into a holiday mood and go with with flow. Use the tourist buses. It is very cheap and you can do a complete loop and then decide where you would like to go back to. There is so much to see in Seville you'll be so tired by the time you get back to the hotel it wont matter if it's a bit old and tired. We personally enjoyed the breakfast in the lobby. Orange juice, (lovely) hot chocolate, croissaints and jams. If you are looking for a big buffet or hot breakfast this is not the place for you. Yes some of the people in the restaurants and cafe's can be a bit aloof and sometimes rude but probably no different than what people experience in their home countries. If you are not happy with the way your are being treated move on to somewhere else or don't leave a tip.
brilliant location but hard to find
from A TripAdvisor Member
Ideal base for exploring central Seville.
Very difficult to find by car from the map supplied by the hotel.
Balconies very tiny (almost touching the walls of the opposite buildings).
Modern room nothing special but clean - The shower is a bit difficult to negotiate for anyone a bit larger than average.
Reception staff polite but snooty - and didn't offer to help bring luggage from car park. Nearest Public car parking (manned) about 7 minutes walk and quite pricey (14 euro per day). You have to park and walk as there is no vehicular access to the hotel.
Main problem was noisy American fellow quests (in their early twenties) who were both loud mouthed & foul mouthed and forgot that not everybody wants to stay up enjoying the nightlife until 4am.
Not to be recommended if you want peace and quiet or privacy or an early night - but ideal if you plan to be out and about late on the town.
Good value, great location
It's not a sumptous palace with chandeliers and fountains, but the two star Hotel Murillo is a good value choice if you want to stay in an authentic old-fashioned building right in the centre of the charming historic Barrio Santa Cruz district and very close to Seville's top two attractions, the Alcazar and Cathedral.
You'll need a decent map to find the hotel - on Calle Lope Rueda down a maze of twisting alleyways. There's no car access. So this is really only suitable for those travelling light. An added bonus of being in this pedestrian zone is no traffic noise to keep you awake. It's a very quiet spot.
The airport bus stops about 10 minutes away in Puerta de Jerez. The walk is very pleasant past the Alcazar and Cathedral and through several secluded squares with some lovely restaurants.
The reception staff speak good English and were quite tolerant of my Spanish! Our room on the third and top floor was reasonably sized and had two firm twin beds plus ensuite shower with bidet and toilet. All very satisfactory, although some might consider it spartan. No TV. There are 57 rooms in all. No pool.
A continental breakfast is served in the hotel lobby on antique chairs. You're very close to other guests, so it's a good opportunity to strike up a conversation. But if you want privacy, it's not ideal.
The hotel has some apartments about 50 metres away which have been reviewed separately on Tripadvisor.
We paid 55 GBP per night (around 80 Euros) booking through the totalstay.com website. It was far less than the other hotels available at the time. Would recommend for a budget conscious traveller without much baggage to haul through the alleys.
Hotel website is at ------
Renovated rooms are great, old rooms are overpriced
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights on March 29-31, the first night in one of the oldest rooms in the hotel, and the second night in one of the new renovated rooms. Huge difference. The old rooms (most of the rooms are still unrenovated) are a truly awful deal - beds so mushy they sink 8 inches when you sit on them, dingy old furniture and bedspreads, small rusty half-bathtub, sink with two separate hot and cold water faucets, hot water ran light brown some of the time, old toilet with overhead tank and flush cord, old old tile in bathroom...I stayed in a similar room in a hostal in Ecuador for $12/night years ago--but for 65 euro per night I just expected better. The worst part of it was that it was on the ground floor right near the elevator, and the walls were extremely thin and we could hear everyone coming home and going upstairs all night long. Room 217 from the previous review, which we also saw, has got nothing on our room 106! So after that night, I asked the manager to switch to a new room. After some heavy negotiating he agreed to it without the extra charge (apparently the new rooms are renting for about 95 euro). Though he later tried to switch us to another old room on a higher floor first, after I came down and reminded him that he agreed to let us stay in a new room for the pain and inconvenience of the previous night, for having been given a twin bed room even though we reserved and confirmed a double room, for the noise and the unexpected oldness of everything, etc, he obliged and gave us room 407. This was world's apart - clean, new, sparkling, comfortable, with TV, air and heat - I think it had been renovated a week ago. Incidentally, you can tell what kind of room you're given at the desk since the new rooms have keycards, and the old rooms have actual keys attached to a big wooden keychain. I would stay at this hotel only if I stayed in one of the renovated rooms, and judging from the prices in Sevilla the time we were there, 95 euro would not be totally unreasonable. Also, because of the renovations, construction noises abound from about 8 a.m. to the evening - this noise seemed unavoidable from any of the rooms. I also have to mention that the pictures on the Hotel Murillo's website have not been updated as of today, and the room picture is supposed to be of their old standard rooms - don't believe it, the old rooms are not like that at all! I wish I could have captured the essence of the old rooms in my photo, but I honestly just didn't want to touch anything. As for the area surrounding the hotel, there is a good tapas bar right outside of the hotel, we found it very convenient for a nightcap. The hotel is isolated from the lively main square area in the Barrio Santa Cruz, and though the distance is very short, if I were travelling alone I probably would not stay at the hotel, as the only way to get to it from the main area is through a series of dark and narrow alleys that could get troublesome at night.
Recently renovated and nice
We stayed at the Hotel Murillo (----) during Semana Santa (March 24-25). It had just opened that day after a recent renovation. Everything in our room was brand new and recently painted. It had nice firm beds and fluffy thick pillows, TV, air conditioning/heating, and extra blankets in the closet. The location is excellent (near the catedral and the giralda, etc) although we had a bit of trouble finding the hotel. The staff was very nice and helpful. Bathrooms had a hair dryer and even one of those round makeup magnifying mirrors (not that i cared, but our friend's wife was very very excited) and a shower (no tub). Breakfast is 7€ and not worth it - better to go out. We paid 140€ for one night, but we also made the reservation that day upon arriving to Seville. The hotel also has apartments just a few doors down from the hotel.
historic and with an excellent future
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and me stayed at Hotel Murillo a few weeks ago, and our stay was really nice. The decoration was excellent in the lobby, different to any other hotel we had ever stayed, with all kind of "antiquites" and furniture.
Someone in reception told us that they were renewing their facilities and I could watch that they were working very hard to improve. We were not disturbed be any noises and we had no inconveniences at all. Rooms were clean and the new rooms they gave me, were one of the nicest one where I have ever stayed in. Despite of being 2 stars, rooms were nicer than many rooms in 4* and 5* I stayed in my life. Perfect location and very helpful staff.
I recommend everybody to go to Hotel Murillo, and is very good value for money.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Do not stay here. Stay at Hotel Dona Maria... I thought the location would make it worth the stay, but I wanted to leave. No TV, no fridge, dirty, dusty, and moldy. Gross.
We found the hotel rather unpleasant, even for an inexpensive hotel. Our room was identical to the one in the last review, very worn and shabby - and not too clean. The worst part was the mold all around the bath tub. We had to keep the windows open to breathe because it permeated the entire room. The furniture in the lobby was once interesting but is now worn and torn. We met a couple who said they stayed there 25 years ago and nothing was changed, just worn. When we checked in, all the staff was interested in was selling us flamenco tickets. Our complaints about the mold were ignored (a little bleach would have helped a lot). We have stayed in many inexpensive and rather plain hotels and always found something good about them. With this one, it is only location. It is a shame because a little care would do wonders.
Top Local Tips for Sevilla
discounts for EU citizens in Spain
quite a few of the sights will give you a discount or admit you free if you have some EU ID, for us this meant a passport
Worth seeing for the Moorish tiles and the fantastic gardens.
bus to and from Airport to Santa cruz area
The bus from the airport has a stop just in front of the University near the Murillo Gardens and if you walk through the Gardens and take the exit up the steps up to the left after about 500 meters or so you can reach the Murillo hotel straight ahead total time walking 15 mins. The bus fare is €2 each way whereas a taxi will set you back circa €25 the stop is both a stop off and pick up stop for the airport and seems to be pretty frequent