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A great pick for a luxurious getaway
The home of the Villapanés noble family for almost three centuries, this beautiful baroque palace is now one of the top luxury boutiques in Seville. After its owners sold it to Alma Hotels in the late 2000s, the property underwent extensive renovations. The grandeur remains, however, and guests can still see many of the original architectural details, both in the lovely common spaces and in their rooms. The heavy wrought-iron gates, grand stone staircases, and soaring vaulted ceilings with intricate plasterwork blend easily with the stylish modern decor, at times dark and sexy as in the lounge, or bright and colorful as in the library. The peaceful traditional courtyards feature white marble columns, arched galleries, and lots of plants, and are a great spot for a quiet drink at night.
Within a 15-minute walk of major attractions
Palacio de Villapanés has a convenient location in the eastern side of the Casco Antiguo, Seville’s charming historic center. It is a quiet spot a little away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas, but still within a 15-minute walk from most sights, including the cathedral, Basílica de La Macarena, Archivo de Indias, and the Metropol Parasol. Casa Pilatos and the Museum of Flamenco are just over five minutes on foot from the hotel. Santa Justa train station, where high-speed trains connecting Seville with Madrid, Córdoba and other main cities, is a quick cab ride away.
Stylish contemporary decor, and many original historic details
The 50 rooms at Palacio de Villapanés offer an appealing mix of old and new, with stylish contemporary decor and high-end amenities, along with beautiful historic details. Dark smoke-hued walls with white moldings, black and white furniture, and wooden floors make for elegant, contemporary spaces, while sturdy wooden windows, intricate coffered ceilings, and rich fabrics are a nod to the hotel’s aristocratic past. Dark marble bathrooms are a highlight here, with double sinks, rain showerheads, and in most rooms, deep soaking tubs. Flat-screen TVs, Tivoli radios, Malin & Goetz toiletries, free minibar items, and free Wi-Fi are all standard amenities. Some rooms have terraces with two loungers, and suites come equipped with Macs.
An upscale spa, a fitness center, and a rooftop plunge pool
The hotel features a variety of upscale amenities, including free access to a small spa complete with sauna, Turkish bath, relaxing area, treatment rooms, and fitness center. There is a small restaurant offering a tapas menu, and breakfast is served every morning in the old wine cellars (for a steep fee). For stunning panoramic views and sunsets visit the rooftop terrace, complete with a plunge pool and loungers. The hotel also offers covered parking, free Wi-Fi, concierges, babysitting services, and a lovely reading room with a computer and a handful of books. Room service is provided by the hotel’s restaurant.
Built in the early 18th century in the traditional Sevilian baroque style, this gorgeous palace now houses a luxury boutique. Its 50 rooms are all elegant and stylish, with a few original architectural details -- including wall moldings and, in some, intricate coffered ceilings -- and high-end amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, free minibar items, and free Wi-Fi. The small spa, lovely courtyards, intimate restaurant, and rooftop plunge pool offering panoramic city views are all great perks. The location, in a quiet area of the historic center, is ideal for those looking to see Seville’s main attractions.