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
This hotel is BEAUTIFUL. The actual structure, tile work, gardens , etc. are beautiful. We had a Grand Deluxe room which had lovely tile floors and a large bathroom. The details in the room were impressive, leather in the closets, very nice furnishings. The hotel is a very very busy hotel with a lot going on, weddings, parties, etc.. but the service remained very good. The main restaurant in the hotel was a let down though service was good, but menu reflected a "tourist" menu, not authentic at all, and not very good. The tapas restaurant on the patio of the hotel was much better, and offered views of the square below. Obviously the prices in the hotel are much higher (to be expected), so a glass of wine is 13 euros, and outside the hotel its 5.... but thats fairy typical. The pool had just shut down for the season before we arrived, but its a gorgeous setting and a lovely spot to escape the bustle of the city. I am giving the hotel a five star rating because I fell in love with the ambiance and overall character of the hotel. I have stayed at MANY of the top hotels in the world, and although this is not in the same category as those hotels, I feel it is by far the most beautiful place to stay while in Seville. Do your own research on the restaurants, the concierge gives the same recommendations to all guests, and was not very impressed by their recommendations... I would like to not that we spent four nights at this hotel, so we got a real feel for it, we spent one night at the Mercer hotel, which I think is rated higher than the Alfonso on trip advisor , but did not compare to the Alfonso in my opinion ( I have a separate review for that hotel).
We got married in Seville and stayed at Alfonso XIII the night before our wedding. This was the best decision and we absolutely loved Alfonso XIII. The service, rooms, and everything was just perfect! On arrival, there was champagne and chocolates in the room, which was such a sweet touch and we were really moved. The room was stunning and royal.
A couple of our friends ended up staying at the hotel as well and they were extremely satisfied with every aspect of their stay.
We took wedding photos at the hotel in the morning and they are truly mind-blowing. We highly recommend Alfonso XIII and the quality is really really worth the price, so do not be put off by the pricey rooms, it's so so so worth it.
Our biggest regret and mistake was booking for the wedding night a suite at EME (we really wanted a Jacuzzi in the room). Although, their hotel is rated as 5 starts, the service was appalling, the rooms were filthy, and the service was unacceptable. We wish we stayed at Alfonso XIII as it would have been magical and amazing. Next time we are in Seville, without a doubt we will stay at Alfonso XIII and will be recommending it to all our friends.
A special thank you to Beatriz Campoy, the events coordinator, for all her help and kindness!
Although I didn't stay in the Hotel, I visited after being recommended by my Tour Guide to go for a Morning Coffee, and experience the ambience of the place. As originally a Palace, it is a beautiful building. Service and Coffee as you would expect, was very good, and cost not much more than the Starbucks across the road.
The hotel is nice, I’ve been there before years ago so I did see improvement. The service not so great...We ordered drinks and the bill at the same time as we didn’t have much time, the patio is very nice by the way!. Drinks took a while, the waiter never came back. We ended up inside asking twice for the bill. Finally got the bill but it was not for our table, waited again! It feels like a place like this should have a better service.
I can't imagine another hotel in Seville that pushes all the right buttons and this one does most but not all of them. We had an Executive Room with a connecting room, The living room featured an upright piano and the whole place felt like an apartment. The bathtubs were a bit tight with a shower inside that was complicated to use; this place could use standing showers. Breakfast buffet is excellent and they sent over whatever I asked for such as sliced mango and avocado. Dinners were also very good, but we found dining room service at all meals somewhat slow; I had to get up from the table several times during my stay to make stuff happen. Dinner doesn't start till after 8pm (although there is bar menu service earlier) which is not terribly user friendly to a hotel full of international visitors especially those with kids. My kids especially liked the in-room TV which offered You Tube. There is an adequate gym although I thought it was somewhat small for a big place like this; there is no spa and that is a sorry fact for all those with tired feet after walking around Seville. There is an outdoor pool but it is cold in winter. Concierge service is fine; they arranged a good city tour for us. We were sent to a local restaurant La Isla which they said was best fish meal in town; stick to the hotel food. There have been wildcat taxi strikes and this matters to people getting to and from the hotel; you can call Uber in Seville. What makes this hotel special is that it is a really nice looking property with great historical interiors, and the location is optimal. Starwood often has 50% off specials for connecting rooms and that offers excellent value for money.