With guests like ex US President Barack Obama, Brad Pitt to name a few, as well as being featured in the latest series of Netflix’s ‘The Crown,’ we were so lucky to stay in the best 5 star and one of Spain’s most prestigious hotels, Hotel Alfonso XIII – A Luxury Collection Hotel, with its enviable location within walking distance to all of Seville’s main sights such as the cathedral, Real Alcázar, Barrio de Santa Cruz, Calle Sierpes and Triana.
Walking in to this luxury hotel you may mistakenly think you’ve walked into a palace with its grandeur and opulence. It’s on the more expensive scale but extremely worth it, especially for a treat or a special occasion.
Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection hotel, was originally built in 1929 to serve as luxurious accommodation for the influx of attendees of the Ibero-American Expo, and was also frequently used by King Alfonso XIII as his office quarters during his reign.
It has since hosted multiple royals and celebrities and so we certainly felt like princesses checking in to this majestic hotel with its palatial archways, tiled Andalusian frescoes, timbered ceilings, ornate balconies, and minarets, nodding to lots of Moorish influences.
The public areas, including the decadent marbled lobby, are centred around a beautiful patio with a marble fountain, which is even more gorgeous during the day with the sunlight flooding in.
Take the stairs to the top and look down – it is magnificent!
There is also an swimming pool on site, one of the only outdoor hotel pools in Seville. We were there during the winter but I can imagine when its warmer that this would be a popular spot.
Taking a ride in the vintage elevators was my favourite as it really made you imagine what it must have been like back in its hey day spanning over 80 years! I love that its been preserved and still in use.
We had a capacious room with a equally spacious bathroom which was lovely and tiled floor-to-ceiling in fabulous arabesque patterns, with the window overlooking the gorgeous pool. Our room had all the amenities we could want and we loved our stay and had a brilliant couple of nights sleep in those comfortable beds.
Food and drink at the hotel was also superb and we had several delicious meals at the hotel, with breakfast being an incredible spread accompanied by fresh Seville Orange juice, the perfect fuel for a day of exploring. They do offer Afternoon Tea too.
Dinner in the stunning patio at the San Fernando restaurant positioned surrounding the central courtyard was a real delight and the hotel also has a restaurant on site called Ena by Carles Abellán, which primarily serves tapas, but we didn’t get a chance to dine there.
A visit to the American Bar is a must for a drink in the charming Art Deco-style blue-hued bar, where Hemingway drank a tipple or two. They do classic and more contemporary cocktails as well as having an extensive wine menu.
If after all the indulgence you want to work off some of Spain’s notoriously hearty fare, you will be pleased to find that there is a state of the art gym on-site and if its warm weather, a few laps in the pool outside would be perfect!
Alternatively, as you are on holiday after all, have a glass of Cava at the outside bar next to Ena.
For a hotel that has the luxe factor marrying it’s historical roots and modern-day facilities, that wins on location and has incredible service, the emblematic Hotel Alfonso XIII the perfect base to be when in Seville!
Seville, 41004 Spain