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Historical Traveler Reviews Alfonso XIII Hotel Seville
It's the Place
What can I say? Downright amazing place. OK, off to a rocky start. We used SPG points to get our first night as a freebie. SPG, despite having furnished us with a confirmation number (which we brought with us), somehow LOST our reservations. The hotel Alfonso let us know that they were completely BOOKED for the night, and that there was nothing that they could do. Not really a terrific start. We ended up sleeping on roll-away beds on our friends' room that night. We were not terribly impressed.
However, all said, the rooms are fantastic. Spacious, impeccably furnished, no detail overlooked. Ours had a giant Murano glass chandelier (it must have been at least five feet tall), suspended from a carved wood ceiling. The common areas are phenomenal with their Spanish tiling, and the whole place reeks off plushness and money. The location is excellent, being just a few blocks away from the Cathedral and Alcatraz. By far the nicest hotel I have stayed at in Europe, if not anywhere.
This hotel is spectacular and I highly recommend it. My husband and I could only afford to stay here one night but it was worth every penny. The hotel used to be a palace and in some ways still feels like it. The architecture and attention to detail is amazing. Our room was beautiful, spacious and clean. Westin's heavenly beds are super comfortable. The location is great - close to the Santa Cruz district and cathedral. The breakfast was also delicious - the best we had during our trip. We didn't want to leave!
This is a really special hotel! Every detail has been attended to, the staff are extremely knowledgeable and all speak perfect English. The rooms are very spacious and furnished beautifully - very elegant and authentic. Without doubt, if you are visiting Seville, this is the only place to stay!
Absolutely lovely. We booked a free room using points and expected a small room in the corner. We were met by excellent staff that seemed to have all the answers. when we went to the room we noticed that they upgraded us to the corner suite on the top floor with a huge patio. I can not say enough about the wonderful staff and enjoyed the stay.
My mother and I stayed here for 2 nights in October 2003. Our twim room was huge with antique furnishings and upscale amenities. Unlike the other reviewer who was comped everything, we paid $350 per night (no breakfast) and were told that there were no Starwood Preferred Guest extras. Notwithstanding, the hotel met all expectations for service and luxury. Absolutely gorgeous architecture. I would go there again in a minute.
SPG Platinum has it's perks!
I stayed at the Alfonso in October 2003 for free, entirely using Starwood points. Although my stay was free, the hotel treated me as though I paid the full room rate! I was upgraded to a suite overlooking the front of the hotel, with views of the Giralda tower from the balcony. Hotel management comped a bottle of sherry one day, desert and fruit plate with room service another day, and finally cheese and jamon tapas and a bottle of wine the next! I would definitely stay here again, and would even consider paying for the room the next time!
Gorgeous place to stay
If you can splurge in Sevilla, I recommend staying here. The hotel itself looks like an architectural landmark - gorgeous decoration and beautiful spacious rooms. Great location in between the Maria Luisa Park and the Cathedral/Alcazar area. Service was also exceptional.
Terrific (with minor reservations)
It is crazy to stay anywhere else in Seville, but that does not mean the Alfonso is perfect. The building is indeed extremely impressive, the pool is very pleasant, and the common areas are a tourist destination in their own right. But some may find the decor a little faded and the restaurant is not great (though the Japanese restaurant is fairly good if you need a break from Andalusion cusine). The rooms are spacious with great bathrooms, you should definitely request a balcony and a north or west facing room (to see the cathedral). Be warned that particularly in the summer it is very very hot (over 100) and the air conditioning in the rooms (as well as the rest of the hotel) is not 100%.
Exceeded our expectations, absolutely wonderful
We stayed at this hotel in the first week of June and I have to say it exceeded our expectations on all levels and we are very particular about hotels. It is a beautiful building - palatial. Our room had a terrace and looked out over the rooftops and we could see the cathedral in the distance. Staff were multi-lingual and friendly which was not the case in Seville or Andalucia in general. The pool area was wonderful and provided respite form the blistering sun. It gets v.hot so I advise booking a hotel with a pool. Breakfast was a wonderful buffet. Negatives were that lunch by the pool was limited and a disappointment and we ate out in the city for dinner every night so did not get a chance to taste the restaurant's cuisine. No gym.
Luxury at it's finest. A beautiful imacculate historical building in a great location. If you want to reside in a carefree luxurious environment, stay here. Be sure to ask for a room with a balcony... Delicious Spanish coffee in the warm morning sun is the cherry topper.