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Hotel Alfonso XIII

Seville, Andalucia, Spain

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.

At a Glance

  • The Alfonso XIII is the grandest hotel in Seville

  • The hotel has a lovely and generously sized swimming pool

  • Newly refurbished rooms and 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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Insider's View

Alfonso XIII's Ena restaurant combines Catalonian modern cooking with Andalucian tapas - a mouth watering combination!

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Description

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 which presented the nearby 'Plaza de Espana' as the Spanish pavilion. As the building is a historic monument and part of the city's proud cultural heritage, it is owned by the City of Seville.

Following an extensive and painstaking renovation which took most of 2012, the hotel reopened and is now managed by Starwood Hotels' 'Luxury Collection' division.

The way the interior and exterior of this building are decorated is typically Sevillan. Its Neo-Mudejar style, inspired by Arab architecture, is meant to remind guests of the city's rich cultural heritage. Ornamented ceramic tiles (azulejos) decorate walls, ceilings and even bathrooms.

Throughout its history, numerous celebrities and VIPs have stayed at Hotel Alfonso XIII. Among them are Prince Rainier and Grace of Monaco; Prince Charles and Princess Diana; and the kings of Sweden, Norway, Morocco, Nepal, Denmark, Jordan, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, and more. Additionally, it has been a stopping point for international personalities such as Ernest Hemingway, Eva Perón, Orson Welles, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Sophia Loren, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Brad Pitt, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Shakira!

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 opened recently and 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.

Location & Directions

Seville, Andalucia, Spain

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

When to go

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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