Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville
What We Love
- The outdoor swimming pool – a rarity in Seville
- Brunching in the colonnaded courtyard, accompanied by live piano music
- Nods to Seville’s history in its Moorish arches, stained glass, and colorful frescoes
- It’s impossible to get lost in the city, since virtually everyone knows how to find this historic hotel
- The Art Deco-style of the blue-hued Bar Americano, where Hemingway drank, makes a fabulous selfie background
What To Know
- The location – right in the center of Seville – is within walking distance of the city’s most important sights
- The breakfast buffet is pricey but lavish
- WiFi is free but slow, unless you want to pay a daily fee for high-speed access
- The smallest rooms, the deluxe singles, are a bit of a squeeze
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Built by King Alfonso for guests of the 1929 Expo, this eponymous hotel underwent a year-long refurbishment in 2012 that brought in a contemporary neutral palette and soft furnishings for the rooms—though the decorative archways and minaret-shaped headboards remain. The bathrooms are tiled floor-to-ceiling in fabulous arabesque patterns and the bidets have cute “his” and ‘hers” towels. The public areas, including the decadent marbled lobby, are centered around a patio beautiful enough to tempt guests away from sightseeing, thanks to its own marble fountain and swimming pool. Another hotel highlight: Ena, a restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Carles Abellán, whose open-air terrace is the ideal place for enjoying creative cocktails made with sherry syrup, Angostura bitters, or St. Germain. Abellán’s much-lauded tapas, like the salt cod fritters with honey and lemon, have an Andalusian twist.
In the Area
No need to rent a car here: the Alfonso XIII, located in the narrow, cobblestone streets of the Santa Cruz area, is within walking distance of pretty much anywhere in the city you want to go. It’s just five minutes to Seville’s gothic cathedral and the sumptuous Real Alcázar, a Moorish palace complex – both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The shopping district centered around Calle Sierpes, home to a mix of designer, traditional and eclectic stores, is also just half a mile away.
How to Get There
A short walk from many of the main attractions in Seville. Close to the river with its many bars and restaurants the Cathedral and Palace are 5 minutes stroll and both are well worth a visit, early morning is best as long queues form later in the day.
This is definitely the best hotel in Seville, if not in all of southern Spain. Highly recommend it to everyone. Pricey but every bit splurging. I was there with a tour group, the front desk was nice with all of the members of the group. quick checkins. and, help arrange outings around the city. Breakfast is wonderful and seating area is in courtyard. There is nice pool that not many guests seem to be aware of. Bar is outdoors and fantastic. I had a suite up on top floor with balcony with seating area and looking over city view. Everytime I go to Seville, that's where I am going to stay
Great hotel and location. Rooms are very large. Grounds are beautiful. Centrally located to many place to see in Sevilla.
Wifi is very poor though. Free doesnt work at all and the 18 Euro premium is hardly much better. Sitting poolside now and it is almost nonexistant. Walls may be too thick but you can hardly even check websites let alone down load email.
Also... sitting poolside for last 2 hours and no attendant bothered to ask if we wanted to order a drink. Confusing.
We just left our beloved Hotel Alfonso and are off to the next city in Spain -Barcelona. We are staying in a high end high rise hotel that immediately has me missing The Alfonso. A hotel busting with personality, a welcoming courtyard, genuinely warm staff
and the most beautiful grounds.
The concierge gave us great advice on restaurants and provided a private tour guide for the Cathedral and palace that was wonderful.
You are able to walk in and enjoy this hotel without spending a lot. Anyone welcome to walk through Reception to the beautiful restaurant for a lovely coffee.
Service is friendly too!
4.5 euros for an Americano , great selection of cocktails too