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
Truly a five star hotel. Beautiful, historical building, great location, clean, spacious rooms, modern amenities. Amazing food and impressive breakfast buffet. However, it’s very pricey in the holiday season.
One of the most beautiful hotels I have stayed in. Room and Bathroom were gorgeous and spotless. Check in was slow but got there in the end. Dont arrive before 3pm as you wont get your room and if lucky you might get it at 3pm. Breakfast selection is superb. Swimming pool area and service is very good and great to come back to such a calming place after the heat and sightseeing. Only negative I have about this property is the concierge. They really are not good, none of their recommendations for dinner were any good and we came with a few recommendations and asked them to check if the restaurant was open and was told that it was open on the Sunday night but we should get there for 8.15 pm as they do not take reservations well to our horror when we got to the restaurant it was closed and had closed at 4pm therefore I do not believe that the concierge had checked this before he gave us the information. So come prepared with restaurant suggestions.
Most trips I take are for business so while I seek and appreciate good service and fabulous views, I have little time to enjoy them. Not so with this magnificent property. From the moment I entered the lobby, I had arrived. The staff are exceptional. Their training impeccable yet unforced. Their GM greeted us and no one forgot our names. Nothing was too much trouble. All the suggestions from the private guide we should hire, the cooking class we should attend to where we should have dinner was immediate and brilliant. The offerings at the hotel were plentiful and it was an easy place to relax and unwind as well as a fabulous historical base to see the sights and experience Seville. Our rooms- as we did and in and out to visit other parts of Spain were gorgeous. Picture perfect- especially the suite..... I can’t wait to return!!