Hotel Alfonso XIII
They just don’t make them this way anymore… Built by King Alfonso XIII for the royals and VIPs attending Seville’s 1929 world fair, the Hotel Alfonso XIII is Old World luxury at its best. It’s a prime example of Andalusian design with its mosaic-covered arches, soaring towers and an Instagram-worthy courtyard where orange blossoms surround a bubbling Moorish fountain. Day and night, this is the place to linger over a cava or a cure-all cocktail from Restaurante San Fernando while elsewhere, the Bar Americano is where Sevillians in the know head to for pre-dinner drinks. Setting wise, there’s no doubt that the Hotel Alfonso XIII is something special (it even had a role in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia) but it’s the illustrious history here that makes a stay at this hotel feel like you’re in the centre of not just the city, but the life of it. As the locals put it: Aquí está el todo Sevilla. The whole of Seville is here.