Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Alfonso XIII
Calle San Fernando 2, Seville, Andalusia, 41004, Spain Fodor's Choice
Inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1929 when he visited the World's Fair, this grand hotel next to the university is a splendid, historic, Mudejar-style palace, built around a central patio and surrounded by ornate brick arches. Classic meets modern throughout the hotel, which has been graciously restored over the years. Public rooms have marble floors, wood-panel ceilings, heavy Moorish lamps, stained glass, and ceramic tiles in typical Seville colors. The hotel has three restaurants and the elegant Bar Alfonso. If you can't afford a room in Seville's most emblematic hotel, you can still enjoy the sumptuous surroundings while sipping an ice-cold fino from the bar that overlooks the fabulous Moorish-style courtyard.
- both stately and hip
- impeccable service
- historic surroundings
- a tourist colony
- too sophisticated for some