Hotel Alfonso XIII

Seville, Andalucia, Spain

At a Glance

  • The Alfonso XIII is the grandest hotel in Seville

  • The hotel has a lovely and generously sized swimming pool

  • Spacious rooms and luxurious public areas offer a very comfortable stay

  • The hotel is in an ideal location for shopping and sightseeing in the city

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Andalucia has a Mediterranean climate, making it a year round destination. In general you can usually rely on pleasant or hot temperatures from April to early November. In Andalucia there are plenty of warm, sunny days right through winter. The best time to visit Seville is in the Spring and Fall when the temperature is just perfect with warm sunny days. During July and August it can be very hot and some days the temperature reaches 40°C. In August the locals head to the coast and much of the city closes.

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Insider's View

Take a walk around the main building's corridors to find a photographic exhibition of all the famous people that have visited the hotel.

If you're traveling as a family, the Torreana three room suite has one of the best outdoor spaces I've seen anywhere in the world.

Don't leave without a visit to the Mimo tasting room for Iberico ham and sherry from Jerez.

Bring your copy of The Sun Also Rises to the Americano Bar where Hemingway hung out.

The Royal Suite features an ornate cabinet carved from dark wood and inset with gorgeous designs of mother of pearl. This was a gift to the hotel from the Prince of Persia because he enjoyed his stay there so much.

Call us on 020 3993 4933 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Alfonso XIII or take a look at our itineraries to Andalucia

Description

Hotel Alfonso XIII is the best known hotel in Seville, and certainly one of its finest. Well-located close to the city center, this magnificent building was built between 1916 and 1928 especially for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.

Hotel Alfonso XIII opened in 1928, with a sumptuous banquet attended by the eponymous King of Spain and Queen Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg. Designed by the architect José Espiau y Muñoz, the hotel was built to house dignitaries visiting the international exposition at the nearby 'Plaza de Espana'.

As the building is a historic monument it underwent a sensitive restoration. The interior and exterior are decorated in Mudejar style, inspired by Arab architecture and Seville's rich cultural heritage, and there is a true sense of place here. Ornamented ceramic tiles (azulejos) decorate walls, ceilings and even bathrooms.

Throughout its history, Hotel Alfonso XIII has been a magnet for celebrities, kings and queens; today, every guest in the 151 rooms and suites gets the royal treatment from the polite and friendly staff here. The two restaurants, the San Fernando for fine dining and Ena, which offers tapas and other light fare, are complemented by the famed Bar Americano, where Hemingway often drank.

Hotel Alfonso XIII has lovely gardens and an unheated outdoor pool (per local regulations) as well as a 24-hour fitness center and Mimo Sevilla gourmet shop. Ideally situated under a 10-minute walk from the cathedral and iconic La Giralda belltower, the hotel is also within easy reach of the old city walls, fantastic shopping and many of the city's best tapas bars.

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Accommodation

The rooms at Alfonso XIII are decorated in different styles, paying homage to different eras of Seville: Andalusian, Castilian, and Moorish styles. All the rooms are very spacious and well equipped. Junior Suites at this hotel mostly consist of two entirely separate rooms, and suites are very large and extravagantly appointed.

Facilities

The hotel boasts several options for dining and snacking. Ena combines Catalonian and Andalusian cooking styles, and serves aperitifs, shared plates, tapas, cocktails, and wines. The San Fernando restaurant offers impeccably prepared regional and international dishes, and is one of the best known restaurants in Seville. Situated in the hotel’s lush gardens, Taifas boasts a magnificent Lebanese menu. Finally the hotel's American bar offers cocktails and live music on the weekends.

Activities

The swimming pool is behind the hotel, set in lush gardens and surrounded by palm trees. Complimentary towels and sun beds are provided. The swimming pool is open seasonally from April to September.

The hotel is very close to the center of Seville and its sights and monuments. The Alcazar, Cathedral, the bullring, the river and the Plaza de Espana are all within easy reach. We'll be happy to arrange sightseeing tours, flamenco shows, or even ham tastings before you go, and the 24 hour concierge can help you arrange meals and activities while you're in Seville.

Reviews

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James Ferguson (Staff)

The Hotel Alfonso XIII is the Grande Dame of the city, and when you stay there you'll be following in the footsteps of numerous VIPs and royals. This historic building may not be to everyone's taste, as the style is an early 20th century pastiche of Andalusian Mudejar architecture, but it certainly has character and is a good deal more interesting than your average traditional city center 5 star!

Experiences

  • Jamon Iberico at the source

    One of Spain's most delicious treats, discover all there is to know about Jamon Iberico in Andalucia. Travel to the nearby forests with your private guide to spot the black leg Iberian pig before visiting a bodega to learn about how the ham is produced.

  • Jerez - day trip to the sherry heartland

    Take a day trip to Jerez, a picturesque town in southern Andalucia and the home of sherry. Your private guide will show you around a sherry winery for a tasting session, before sitting down to a traditional lunch in the heart of Jerez.

  • Private Flamenco dance class

    Immerse yourself in Andalucian culture with a private Flamenco dance class. Dancers of any level can enjoy these lessons and discover the intricacies of one Spain's most recognisable art forms.

  • Private tapas tour in Seville

    Discover the very best of Seville's tapas as you join your private guide on a tour of some of the city's most mouth-watering spots. Head off the tourist trail and eat side-by-side with the locals, enjoying fresh and authentic Andalucian dishes.

  • Ronda and the white villages

    Discover the beautiful Andalucian countryside and explore its enchanting white villages, or pueblos blancos, perched on hilltops and surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. Visit spectacular Ronda and admire the views from this charming town.

  • Seville cooking school

    Learn the art of Spanish cooking with a hands-on cooking lesson in the heart of Seville. Under the instruction of an expert chef, beginners and advanced cooks alike can hone their skills and discover how to make the perfect Andalucian dish.

  • Seville walking tour

    Seville, dating from Roman times and once one of the world’s most powerful cities, is today one of the loveliest towns in Europe displaying a rich tapestry of food, culture and history. Discover the city's key sights with your private guide.

  • Tour of the Alhambra

    Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Alhambra, Granada's majestic Moorish palace. Your private guide will explain the history behind the palace as you admire its incredible architecture and explore the idyllic Generalife gardens.

  • Walking tour of Cordoba

    Boasting a fascinating history, Cordoba was once the largest city in western Europe, flourishing under the Islamic rule of Spain. Explore the ancient city with your private guide, discovering Roman ruins, Jewish history and Cordoba's impressive Mosque.

Vacation Ideas

  • Authentic Marrakech and Moorish Spain

    Seville, Cordoba, Granada & Marrakech

    from $4100 pp 10 nights

    • Step into a world of culture and color with this captivating ten-night itinerary
    • Discover the fascinating history of Andalucia in Seville, Cordoba and Granada
    • Get lost wandering through the narrow streets of Marrakech's vibrant medina
  • Classic Spain

    Madrid, Seville, San Sebastian, Barcelona & Costa Brava

    from $9700 pp 14 nights

    • The ultimate exploration of Spain, from its key cities to its stunning coastlines
    • Discover the best of Spanish art and architecture in Barcelona and Madrid
    • Indulge in the culinary delights of the Basque Country in San Sebastian
  • Highlights of Spain

    Barcelona, Madrid & Seville

    from $4500 pp 9 nights

    • Discover the highlights of Spain, from the bustling capital city to the Sagrada Familia
    • Explore Gaudi's architectural masterpieces in the heart of Barcelona
    • Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Seville, home to unique traditions such as flamenco
  • Southern Spain in Style

    Madrid, Seville, Granada & Montecorto

    from $7700 pp 11 nights

    • Soak up the art and culture in the buzzing city of Madrid
    • Unwind in the picturesque Andalucian countryside
    • Indulge in Spain's fantastic culinary scene - a real feast for the senses
  • Spain by Private Jet: The Ultimate Foodie Tour

    San Sebastian, Seville & Mallorca

    from $8800 pp 5 nights

    • Discover the flavors of Spain in the utmost luxury aboard your own private jet
    • Enjoy delicious meals in traditional tapas bars and Michelin-starred restaurants
    • The perfect indulgent itinerary for the ultimate celebration with family and friends

Location & directions

Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Hotel Alfonso XIII benefits from a prime location in the center of Seville.

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