|Subject: Re: Andalusia|
My wife and I just returned from a similar trip through Andalusia starting in Seville and then driving in a large circle through Jaen, Granada, the south coast and we left Spain via Malaga to Rome. After three weeks in Italy we ended up just south of Genoa in the Cinque Terre.
We stayed at the HOTEL SIMON C/García de Vinuesa, 19 41001 Sevilla.ESPAÑA Tef. (34) 954 226 669 Fax. (34) 954 562 241 http://www.hotelsimonsevilla.com/ which was just one half a block from the Cathedral. About 70 Euro per night for two without breakfast. It was very nice with a large enclosed courtyard, friendly staff and fantastic shower, air conditioned too and it was hot in September. The area around the Cathedral is full of Tapas bars and that's where we ate.
We then rented a car for a week (VW Polo, 4 dr, A/C) from www.carjet.com for $126 per week zero deductible CDW, I thought it was a good deal.
I highly recommend the Spanish Paradors for hotels, they are a little upscale but the locations are fantastic. They have a website http://www.parador.es We stayed in the old castle overlooking Jaen for three nights, about 120 Euro. You can get your breakfast delivered to your room for no charge and all the rooms have great views from the balconies. We had trouble finding places to eat in Jaen but there is a very nice restaurant near the Parador and all the Paradors have good restaurants.
For Granada, splurge and try to get into the Parador at the Alhambra. It is built in an old Franciscan convent and is one of the best
places I have ever stayed. Unfortunately, it cost about 200 Euro for two. Walk up to the Albancin area in Granada where you will find many good reasonable restaurants and bars.
Hope this helps a little, John Vittoe