The reopening of Hotel Alfonso XIII marks the first of four Luxury Collection hotels that will undergo a multi-million dollar restoration and will re-open within the next 12 months, including Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection hotel, San Sebastian scheduled to debut in July 2012; Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection hotel, Paris and The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection hotel, Venice, both scheduled to open in early 2013.
Hotel Alfonso XIII has been a landmark in Seville since 1928. Located on the Calle San Fernando in the heart of Seville, Hotel Alfonso XIII was originally designed by Sevillian architect Jose Espiau y Muñoz and eventually named after King Alfonso XIII. The extensive 10-month restoration project was led by Demopolis, a local Sevillian architect, and features Arabic-inspired arches, soaring towers and renaissance-style windows. Designed by HBA Design, the interiors fuse history and opulence with original hand-painted Triana and Mensaque ceramic tiles, authentic wood carved furnishings and marble floors.
The hotel will also introduce the brand’s signature Luxury Collection Concierge service to all guests.
Artist's impression of the renovations
The Hotel Alfonso XIII features 151 guestrooms and suites, including three individually-designed signature suites. All guestrooms feature one of three design concepts – Moorish, Castillian or Andalusian.
The hotel’s three signature hotel suites, the Reales Alcázares Suite, the Torreón Suite and the Royal Suite are at once inspired by Seville’s history and designed to cater to a new generation of travelers. The Reales Alcázares Suite features warm, dark interiors and offers views over the Real Alcázar’s gardens and fountains. The Torreón Suite features a private terrace which extends out into the corner tower of the hotel offering views of Seville.
Finally, the 2,152 square-foot Royal Suite is decorated with hand-selected antique pieces including the ‘Bargueño,’ a Spanish Renaissance cabinet inlayed with mother-of-pearl which was gifted to the hotel by The Aga Khan.
Dining offerings at Hotel Alfonso XIII include the Bodega Alfonso, a Spanish restaurant with a terrace; Taifas, the hotel’s poolside restaurant and bar with Moorish-inspired interiors, offering Mediterranean-style cuisine and cocktails; and San Fernando, which offers Andalusian cuisine. The redesigned, Art Deco-inspired American Bar is a venue for intimate gatherings.
The Hotel Alfonso XIII features extensive meeting and event space, including the newly renovated Salón Real Ballroom, which hosts up to 500 people and opens out to a terrace offering views over the hotel’s gardens. The renovation of the Salón Real Ballroom included the handcrafted restoration of the ceiling, the installation of Bohemian inspired crystal and bronze chandeliers, and a new wrought iron door inspired by Andalusian cathedrals.