We went to Seville on a whim. We were in the Algarve and thought it might be nice to have a change of scenery and visit this iconic Spanish city. We booked the hotel a couple of days before going, and to be very honest with you, we based our choice on price & wi-fi availability. And what a surprise we got!
The Casual Hoteles is a small chain of budget, yet extremely personalised hotels in Valencia, Bilbao and Sevilla. It should be a hostel, but it seems to be targeting young professionals & families instead.
Stripped to basics, both the communal areas & the rooms are comfortable and have a special touch. I find this concept works really well, as it gives guests a sense of a boutique hotel, without the exorbitant cost. We felt it had the best that a hostel has to offer, with plenty of books and magazines in a casual seating arrangement, but also included a great kids area with plenty of creativity to make it special. We loved that.
The house itself was decorated in whites & bold blue windows and doors creating a fresh and inviting feel. There were coffee tables made out of books, and plenty of sofas for you to enjoy them on.
There is free wi-fi, which was a little patchy for us, and the hotel offers a free guided tour, which we ended up missing as our toddler overslept (!).
We booked a double room for €35/night (for all 3 of us), which was clean, comfortable & had enough personality to keep us amused. Fitted with a TV & A/C and a large bathroom, it could’ve easily cost much more, but that’s the point. Hostel prices with basic hotel amenities.
The only negative is that our A/C was very loud which made for a tricky night, but I’m sure not all rooms are like that.
You couldn’t beat the location if you tried – bang in the middle of the historical centre, the Casuales Hotel was less than 10 minute walk to most of the city’s sights, and just around the corner to our favourite tapas bar.
On arrival we were asked if we’d like to have breakfast. I’m a breakfast snob, so when they’re not included I tend to stay away, but the next morning C. was starving so we caved in for the sake of corn flakes. For €5 each there was a spread of pastries, bread, ham & cheese and various fruits and yogurt which isn’t too bad. The breakfast area is located in a gorgeous and bright room overlooking the patio – very inviting.
Overall we had a great time here, and wouldn’t hesitate coming back. Definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a no frills, yet quirky and cool place to stay.