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In the heart of the action, within walking distance to sights, dining and shopping
Hotel Montecarlo's biggest draw is its location. The hotel is right in the heart of the Casco Antiguo, the historic center of Seville. Virtually all major attractions can be reached on foot, and there are dozens of dining, drinking, and shopping options nearby. The only problem with this central location is the noise and the crowds, but this is the ideal spot for those who want to be in the thick of the action or have limited time in town.
There are dozens of restaurants ranging from upscale to small traditional tapas spots -- but some can be tourist traps, so the best rule of thumb is to check if there are locals dining before taking a seat.
Seville has a wonderful historic and cultural heritage, and the best way to explore it is on foot. However, its narrow, winding streets can be difficult to navigate without a map, so guests should ask for one at the front desk. There are beautiful churches, historic buildings, and charming nooks everywhere; even the simplest door may lead to a beautiful traditional patio with whitewashed walls and flower pots bursting with flowers.
Hotel Montecarlo is an adequate lower-middle-range hotel, when the price is right (though it can be overpriced, especially during peak season). The highlight here is the location -- right in the heart of the historic center, within walking distance of virtually all major attractions, restaurants, bars, and shopping. The building itself is also a plus: It's an 18th-century traditional structure built around two typical Andalusian patios, featuring tiles and whitewash. But most rooms are drab, with dated decor, stippled-finish paint on walls, low-quality bedding, and dingy bathrooms. They do, however, all have minibars, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and a few have been renovated and have a slightly fresher look (but still nothing to write home about).