Hotel Alfonso XIII

San Fernando 2, Seville, Spain, 41004

Price from: £131

courtyard bar

By Shawn Hennessey, your Seville expert

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#7 of 25
expert-rated hotels in Seville
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.8
4.8
Bedrooms:
4.5
4.5
Eating/drinking:
4.4
4.4
Public areas:
4.7
4.7
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.5
4.5
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Families with teenagers, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, People watching, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions

Expert review of Hotel Alfonso XIII

Grand-style luxury in opulent surroundings at Seville's premiere 5-star hotel.

Important Update: From May 31, 2011 through March 30, 2012, the hotel with be entirely closed to undergo a complete restoration.

Seville's oldest luxury hotel, now a part of the Starwood Hotels Group, is still where royalty and friends of royalty choose to stay when in town. A blend of baroque, Castillian and Mudejar styles, it's really quite splendid and is something of a Seville icon. It also houses some rather exclusive shops and has one of the most sumptuous buffet breakfasts I've ever enjoyed.

Location: 

The Alfonso XIII Hotel has an excellent location at the very edge of the famed Barrio Santa Cruz, and is just a few minutes walk from all the main city attractions and shops.

Bedrooms: 

To say you get a wide choice of room options is a bit of an understatement. There are no “standard doubles” here, instead you get a choice between deluxe and grand deluxe rooms, then junior, deluxe and executive suites…and the royal suite. The latter, at 200 square metres, is about the size of a nice roomy flat. Having said that the deluxe rooms are probably about the same size as a superior double anywhere else. Lots of antique furniture and damask wall-coverings, along with modern conveniences.

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Public areas: 

My favourite place by far is the central courtyard, where you can go for tea or a glass of cava, being a part of the San Fernando restaurant. It's also worth just taking a small tour of the various floors and lounge areas, which are available to all guests (the general public is relegated to the main floor). And you can also enjoy the outdoor pool that is prettily-situated in the gardens.

Eating and drinking: 

A variety of restaurants and bars include the San Fernando bar and restaurant (with a pianist in the evenings) and the Alfonso cocktail bar.

Leisure facilities: 

There is a lovely outdoor pool in the gardens and also a fitness centre with massage and beauty treatments available.

Service: 

As you might expect, the service is very formal and polite, but you will feel very well looked after.

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Who stays there: 

Royalty, celebs, and anyone who enjoys the full five-star treatment.

Price advice: 

WiFi in public areas is free; in rooms 3 euros an hour. Parking is 18 euros a day on site. Buffet breakfast is 25 euros + VAT.

Pros: 
Opulent luxury
Cons: 
3 euro an hour for WiFi

More information on Hotel Alfonso XIII:

Price from:
£131
Type:
Hotel
Address:
San Fernando 2, Seville, Spain, 41004
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Barrio Santa Cruz

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