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 was the second destination of the European holiday and for now the best location. The hotel is amazing, 90 years of history and beauty within the walls. Booked 2 deluxe rooms, 205 & 206 king and twin - Good space when they offer a connecting feature as the entry area to the room has a door which forms a private entry to both rooms. Downside is you might need to use your suitcases as a doorstop should you prefer the room doors open. You cannot control the entry area lights but additional doors to the rooms itself shut out the light. Bathrooms were very nice (& extremely clean) along with the amenities (could be better when you compare them to other products). I found the bathroom design was not completely ergonomical but based on the era the hotel represents it seems to fit. The king bed room bathroom had a window with lots of natural light which was good because with most hotels the bathrooms are aways locked away inside the room which was the case with the twin bed room.
The Pool area was great with just the right size pool for the area it is servicing, with a well stocked pool bar with a good variety of food & beverage choices. Had a breakfast package and I have to say it was amazing and cannot fault it.
The lounge area and cocktail bar was beautiful with a lovely pianist playing some great classical tunes.
Location wise this place is in the heart of Seville with everything within a 5 to 10 min walk.
The staff were amazing, from the time we checked in to the time we checked out, everyone was just so friendly and attentive.
There was however one downside which was security, with the design of such an open style classic hotel things get tricky when it comes to how much you can modernize, for example anyone can access the hotel floors as no room key is required in the lifts. If there were cameras/security it was well hidden as couldn’t see them, however at no time did I feel unsafe during my stay. In fact the family and I had our best nights sleeps on those comfy beds!
So if you are ever visiting Seville I would definitely recommend this property to stay or at least visit.
We visited the Hotel Alfonso in May for a milestone anniversary. We came in on the Saturday of the April Fair. it was a spectacular sight with horse drawn carriages, fireworks, bullfights, decorations, etc. Everybody was dressed in Andalucian costumes, including the locals and many visitors. We have stayed in many wonderful hotels over the years but this hotel was the finest one we have ever stayed in! It was spectacular with so many beautiful historic areas of the hotel. The staff service in all areas was also spectacular and most of the hotel staff spoke excellent English.
The General Manager sent a bottle of cava on ice and some wonderful chocolates and fruit to our room to welcome us and to recognize our milestone anniversary. The room was spotlessly clean and all requests were filled within an hour of requesting the item!
Sevilla is a beautiful city with a wonderful atmosphere and restaurants. Our favorite restaurant, San Fernando, was right in the hotel. We ate there 2 out of the 5 nights- the food was wonderful and the prices were very reasonable. We thought we had discovered a "hidden"gem" but I observed that many people had also discovered this restaurant as well. Ena bar was a great place for a cocktail. The indoor courtyard of the hotel was also a nice place to relax with some refreshments in the afternoon-away from the bustling crowds! Our room was updated and very quiet with a luxurious feel.
I can honestly say that we will return- if just to enjoy the Hotel Alfonso once again! We felt truly special during our stay here! It is worth it!
Great location in beautiful Seville, driving into town looked mediocre big things change drastically as you get closer to hotel. There was some major event in the 1920’s where they built many monuments, fountains etc. really beautiful stuff. Note entrance to hotel is a bit tricky as our navigation tried to take us on a pedestrian only section, Drive past the hotel then right, right and right again for car entrance. Hotel towers above much of Seville’s skyline, definitely has Moorish or Mudajarin influence in rooms. I believe King Alfonso died semi young and heard his grandmother stayed here frequently. Rooms are spacious and ceilings around 14 feet high. Great breakfast in our package and part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection. Nice size pool on property with fitness center too. A wobble during check in landed us a significant room upgrade so manager Antonio made things right. 5 star property just a few minutes walk from top attractions the Seville Cathederal and Royal Alcazar.
Couldn’t afford to stay there but they have a lovely outdoor patio just past reception area, lovely place to spend a little time, the Margaritas are wonderful, cost about 11 euros but worth it ! Waiter service, quite popular, great if you like people watching and to see how the other half live!
We decided to stop by for lunch at the restaurant located at the terrace. The Hotel is beautiful, elegant and full of history. I ordered a salad with goat cheese and it was delicious. The waiter forgot to serve our drinks... but when Mr. Kopa found out about the mistake, he made sure we were taken care of. He brought complimentary drinks and showed the level of customer care that this hotel has. We are very thankful for that and hope we can come and stay in the hotel in the future. Veronica, our new waitress was very nice and professional.
I don’t give a 5 stars because at the terrace it is still allowed to smoke. I understand that in Spain a lot of people smoke outside the restaurants but for us coming from USA and not being smokers it is uncomfortable. We could have sit inside, at the restaurant, but it wasn’t the same. The beauty and peace of that terrace is amazing.