AlmaSevilla Hotel Palacio de Villapanes

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Address: Santiago 31, Seville, 41003, Spain

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.8

Superb charm and luxury with first-class service in a most discreet and surprising location.

I call this Seville's “secret hotel” because although many people seem to know about it, the hotel itself seems determined to be coy about its own existence. Outside the old palace doors the word “hotel” does not appear. But make no mistake, this is probably the most luxurious 5-star in town. Combining the original architectural features of an 18th century palace with cutting edge design and state-of-the-art technology it's an almost magical experience wandering from courtyard to patio to majestic stairways and on to hidden alcoves…I'd be quite happy to get lost here and never go home.

Location
4.5
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Eating/drinking
4.5
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Leisure facilities
4.2
90%
Service
4.8
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Value for money
4.6
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Bedrooms
4.9
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Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Their website says they are in the Barrio Santa Cruz when in fact they are about a 10-15 minute walk away, but this doesn't take anything away from the location itself, which is in a lovely quiet street off the inner ring road, keeping it within the old city walls and still quite close to main shopping and sightseeing areas.

Bedrooms

The rooms (50 in total) are all spacious and gorgeously done out in cool tasteful colours, many with exquisite parquet flooring, all with the latest hansgrohe bathroom fixtures, as well as plush bathrobes, slippers and luxury toiletries.

Public areas

Classic style colonnaded lobby patio with fountain, and a more modern courtyard at rear with greenery, tables and comfy chairs. Lounge with cream settees and flatscreen TV, library with computer, and a very nice restaurant area, including a small patio with a fountain.

Eating and drinking

Buffet and a la carte breakfast on offer. There is also the “secret restaurant” downstairs that you wouldn't know existed but for a few discreet signs here and there. Check it out – the space is beautiful and the restaurant serves traditional Andalusian fare.

Leisure facilities

The rooftop spa and pool facilities are currently being renovated.

Service

For such luxurious surroundings, the service is totally down-to-earth and personable. The staff all speak English and are genuinely happy to help.

Who stays there

Savvy in-the-know travellers and those lucky enough to read this review.

Price advice

Breakfast is 20 euros; parking 30 euros a day.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Relaxation
  • Romance

Pros & Cons

  • Superb quality
  • Excellent service
  • A bit away from the centre
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