Skip to content

Spain – Castilla 5, Seville

Staying in Seville for 4 nights we decided to book self-catering accommodation.  Through a guidebook we found Sevilla5, they rent out fully furnished apartments in various areas of the city, and booked online the top floor apartment with a roof terrace in the Triana area of Seville, Castilla 5. I won’t post many photos of the apartment as the ones on the website are pretty accurate.

Corrales de Vecinos, Castilla

Corrales de Vecinos, Castilla

We were to call Martin on our arrival and arrange to meet him at the apartment, and found him there when we arrived.  He is a lovely guy, but his english wasn’t to great and neither is our Spanish, so through a bit of time and gestures we got everything sorted out! We had to sign a contract which was all in Spanish (I get it, we were in Spain after all, but they are aiming for tourists…so a wee translation would have been helpful) and of course we had no idea what we were signing! Deposit paid and off Martin went, assuring us he was a phone-call away if there were any problems.

The apartment was clean, tidy, reasonably equipped and small…. the end of the bed was a leg-width from the wall so you need to shimmy along the end of the bed or jump across the small double bed to get to it! There are french doors out to a terrace from the bedroom, although it’s views are limited as it looks onto the back of buildings which face the river.  The bathroom is actually a reasonable size, with the smallest shower I have ever used!! Apart from the fact it’s partially against the window, so the window gets soaked, there is no where to put soap, shampoo, etc in the shower, so you have to leave them on the shower tray….but the shower cubicle is so small that to bend down to pick up these items gets interesting – and I have bruises to prove it! Anyone larger than small may struggle – so disappointing when it is a generous bathroom! The roof terrace was spacious and gave great people watching opportunities and was great to sit out and enjoy sunset.

Into livingroom/kitchen area from terrace

Into livingroom/kitchen area from terrace

To use the kitchen area, we moved the microwave to get some work-top space.  We did prepare some breakfasts and lunches but it’s really not designed for culinary use! We loved the juicer, we bought oranges and made fresh orange juice daily which was fabulous.

The lift was being installed while we were there which will be handy for carting luggage up, it wasn’t in use during our visit.  There was also a problem with a leaking stairwell roof which was getting looked into the day we left.

We loved the area, Triana, across the river from the city centre but not too far away from things you would want to see (Cathedral 15 mins walk), and also on a bus route that stopped pretty much outside the apartment. Triana is home to the famous tile workshops and potteries, as well as the birthplace of many famous flamenco dancers and bull-fighters.  You get the opportunity to really feel the vibe of the city as you are living amongst the locals.  At the other end of Castilla there is a famous restaurant/tapas Casa Cuesta, as well as the covered market which is ideal for shopping for wonderful fruit and veg, iberico ham as well as a huge range of meat and fish.  Many vendors didn’t speak English but I tried to speak Spanish and they appreciated that and gave me kind correction of pronunciation, so I got to learn as I shopped!

On our departure we were to call Martin, and he turned up on time to give us back our deposit and take the keys.  Despite it’s small quirks, we loved the apartment and it’s area and would contact Sevilla5 should we visit Seville again.

Posted in Accommodation Review, Travel.

Tagged with , , , , , .