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
I have no complaints about my stay here .. except that I couldn’t stay longer. It is worth treating yourself to this experience. This is the definition of a 5 star hotel. They brought fresh fruit to my room and champagne in the afternoon. My room was cleaned 2x a day, with fresh chocolates placed on the pillows. The buffet breakfast in the morning had all types of food - catering to every guest. Whether it was English breakfast, Spanish breakfast or American breakfast they had it all. The wait staff was kind. The doormen were kind. The front desk was so accommodating. The pool was beautiful. The entire hotel was like a museum. I would come back here with my husband, my parents, myself just probably not my children because I wouldn’t want to ruin the peaceful experience for other guests.
Folks, if you want to live like royalty, experience amazing service at every turn, and wonder at the style and architecture everywhere you look, then this is the place for you. We only spent one night at the hotel, we would have loved to stay longer. This compares with some of the finest hotels we have ever visited (and we’ve stayed at some really nice ones). If you want the finest hotel in the best location in Seville, then Alphonso XIII is where you want to be.
The restaurant and the breakfast buffet are outstanding as well.
Beautiful building and history. Receptionists incredible - couldn't have been more helpful. Waiters in central restaurant very grumpy and they kept changing the rules with smoking and non smoking areas which was very annoying. Quite noisy room on ground floor but large and pretty. Pool ok - not as grand as you would expect for the hotel of this stature.