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Hotel Alfonso XIII

Seville, Spain

The Hotel Alfonso XIII is a landmark building featuring an ornate neo-Moorish design. It was commissioned by King Alfonso XIII to play host to visiting dignitaries during Seville’s 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. Well located for exploring the city, the hotel is just a five-minute walk from Seville’s royal palace, Real Alcázar and cathedral, and a ten-minute walk to Parque de María Luisa and site of the 1929 exposition.

The grand marble lobby is clad with intricately patterned blue and yellow tiles. Its arched colonnades lead to an interior courtyard surrounded by an elegant gallery. Here, you’ll find an Art- Deco-style cocktail bar harking back to the hotel’s heyday, as well as an upscale restaurant and a tapas bar overseen by a Michelin-starred chef.

Each of the hotel’s 151 rooms has been elegantly styled, maintaining plenty of the building’s historic grandeur while offering modern amenities. The bathrooms feature more of the elaborate tiling for which the hotel is so notable.

There’s an outdoor pool, open during the summer months, and a small fitness pavilion with a sauna.

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Rooms

Rooms offer modern comforts with soft, white bed linen, complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning and flat-screen TVs. They also feature historic touches, such as leather headboards reminiscent of Moorish arches and black-and-white photographs that line the walls. Bathrooms continue the Moorish theme, with tiled walls that echo those seen in traditional Andalusian architecture, and floor tiles made from local Sevillian ceramics.

Location

Just around the corner from the grand Real Alcázar, the hotel is in an excellent location for exploring the city. In five minutes you can walk to the Alcázar or Seville’s grand Gothic cathedral with its Moorish tower, the Giralda. In just over ten minutes you can reach Parque de María Luisa, and site of the 1929 Exposition for which the hotel was constructed.

Food and Drink

The hotel’s main restaurant, Restaurante San Fernando, situated in the central courtyard, serves a buffet breakfast and an upscale à la carte lunch and dinner menu. There’s also Ena, a fashionable tapas restaurant overseen by a Michelin-starred chef, where you can sample classic Andalusian and Catalonian small plates. Or, you could visit Bar Americano, the Art-Deco-style bar serving creative signature cocktails.

Facilities and Activities

The hotel offers a small fitness area as well as a sauna and outdoor pool.

Our opinion

Undoubtedly one of Spain’s most renowned hotels, the Hotel Alfonso XIII is a landmark in its own right. We love the elegant atmosphere, and the high-quality service lives up to the grandeur of the property.

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