Exploring the luxurious Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, with Marcus Hurst
Built by local architect José Espiau y Muñoz in 1929, the Alfonso XIII reopened in 2012 after a tasteful renovation which brought the best out of its past. The imposing building was designed in neomudejar style, the distinctive Sevillian architecture which mixes Moorish and Spanish influences and the grandeur and opulence of that time is alive and well in its current form.
It’s possible to soak up the Alfonsos old world ambience, even if you lack the not inconsiderable funds to book a room, although if you can afford it, then you’ll also be able to enjoy the pool in summer. Casual visitors are free to wander around the ground floor amid intricately worked ceilings and staircase, past wooden doors leading into lifts and among the impressive paintings that cover the walls.
The courtyard and surrounding area is full of comfortable sofas where you can enjoy afternoon tea, and if the mood takes you theres Bar Americano. This is the hotels blue coloured cocktail bar designed in art deco style, open until 2.30am on the weekend, for those who want to make a night of it.