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
Hotel Alfonso XIII was too pricey for us, so we just stopped in on our way from Seville Cathedral (see my review " 'See' El Divino Salvador first!") to Plaza de Espana (see my review "Surrounded by Spain").
This five-star hotel was built for a world's fair, the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is beautiful inside and out. The interior courtyard was a delightful place for lunch and a beer.
* If you're not a guest, you'll want to at least look like one. No "I'm With Stupid" t-shirts, ragged shorts and flip-flops. I wore slacks with a sports shirt covered by a sweater.
This is a wonderful hotel at a wonderful location in the heart of Sevilla! The architecture, the views, the garden, the entrance, the furnishings all take you back to Belle Epoque. The room was quiet, bed comfortable, great sleep quality. We had a wonderful balcony. Service is efficient if a bit mechanical. Even though you are checking into a very special hotel, you don't feel it when you arrive from the behavior of the staff. Breakfast is amazing, among the best we have seen. The only bad surprise was their orange juice. You are in Seville (THE city of oranges), you expect the best orange juice and they serve you concentrate. Only if you ask for fresh orange juice, you get it after a few minutes of waiting. Pretty strange.
I have to admit, I felt a little special staying in this magnificent hotel. It is not very often that you come across such a grand hotel with and a phenomenal history. And of course, outside of this is the design, the rooms, beds, bars, restaurants, pool etc... All absolutely first class. The staff were also extremely friendly and professional. Helped us get into the spirit for supporting Seville Betis in the semi finals.
Will one day return to this place and spend more time. Can't wait.
The Hotel Alfonso XIII is a stunningly beautiful hotel, located perfectly for the myriad of sites located in a 360 degree nearby. The staff was outstanding, especially upfront, and although occasionally buried fairly efficient in the courtyard bar. Spain is still having a gin thing, which suits me, and the Alfonso offered 113 different kinds! (Barely got through half in our three days). Inside the hotel was a "Mimo" office, They hooked us up with a wonderful local guide (Javier Garcia) for a tour of Flamenco and tapas in the Triana neighborhood. The rooms were nice, quiet, smaller than the US (outside of NYC) but larger than most European cities. Although, I will never understand the decision in very nice European hotels to put up a half piece of glass in their tub/showers; full door too expensive? Then use cheap curtains, its cold in the shower and there will be water all over the floor.
They are not giving away the rooms nor the cocktails and food, but even if one doesn't stay there you must pop in for a drink and see the place.
We had Sunday lunch here. Beautiful surroundings and great buffet lunch with a huge selection of food and all you could eat and drink for a set price. Staff were lovely and attentive. Not the cheapest place in town but worth it for a treat while in Seville.