I spent a marvelous week in Francisco’s apartment in Triana.
Francisco was an extremely helpful and friendly host. He lives in the building and was very quick to come help when I had questions. His communication was excellent (I speak Spanish so I can’t comment on his English). He was very kind. At first I had difficulty with the wifi, and he went above and beyond to get it resolved right away.
The apartment is set in a charming old Triana building from the era of the 1929 Expo, with gorgeous locally-made (URL HIDDEN) is the classic Sevilla experience. The building sits on the pedestrian zone of San Jacinto, a few steps from the Guadalquivir, the market, and Triana’s famously romantic bridge. The human rights museum (commemorating the victims of the Spanish Inquisition) at San Jorge is also a must-see, and the Santa Ana ceramics museum is just around the corner. The location is perfect—it could not be more central to the heart of Triana. You can step out of the house and buy yourself roasted chestnuts from a vendor who has been selling in the same spot for years.
The apartment was perfectly neat and clean when I arrived. The cheerful, modern décor is bright and comfortable. Although there are no views of the street, there is lovely natural light, which comes into the apartment through windows to interior passages of the building. The kitchen is well stocked with dishes and a full-size fridge, stovetop, microwave, espresso maker, electric water heater, and clothes-washer (although I didn’t use that). The bathroom has all new fixtures and a high-quality shower (no tub) with excellent hot water. There is good storage space for clothes in the bedroom.
Because this is a classic old Triana building, there are a couple of things you should know. In the winter it gets a bit cold…especially the floor will be chilly, so bring something cozy to put on your feet. However, the heater in the living room works very well and Francisco provided lots of warm blankets, and I was perfectly comfortable. A second detail is that there are interior stairs that go up and down and up again; if you are a person who has difficult with stairs, this may not be the right place for you. Finally, some of the neighbors keep to the traditional Andaluz schedule and come home late at night (and probably prefer that visitors are quiet in the morning). On the other hand, even though the street is full of bars and restaurants and always lively, the apartment is in the interior of the building and it was very quiet when I was there. I can say from experience that this is unusual for Triana.
I had a lovely time in Francisco’s apartment, and I would definitely stay there again.