Seville City - Hotel Palacio de Villapanes

 Hotel Palacio de Villapanes
Hotel Palacio de Villapanes
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Discreetly elegant new hotel near Casa de Pilatos, a former marquess’ palace with magnificent rooms and small rooftop pool. have stayed this hotel

One of Seville’s most impressive recent openings, this hotel boasts a formidable entrance of pale-coloured stone, topped by a heraldic crest. Inside, a red marble floor and imposing black pillars lead to the patio; the 18th-century palace’s historic pedigree (it was built by the 1st Marques de Torre Blanca del Aljarafe; the Villapanes title was taken by a descendant) is further evident from another massive coat of arms on the grand staircase.

Clever décor marries north African, Sevillano and contemporary; elaborate metal grille doors feature around the hotel, as do wooden casement doors. Rooms have that clubby, homely feel, achieved by using artfully combined furniture: anglepoise lamps, low, angular 1950s armchairs, contemporary ceiling lights and dove-grey walls, with heavy wooden doors - contemporary-retro.

We love the turquoise bar with wood parquet floor and blown-up Sevillian tile designs – an innovative blend of Moorish and local, and a fresh take on Seville’s rich cultural history. The restaurant, although cleverly painted white and in a beautiful vaulted space, is in the basement; if you prefer a space with more natural light, you could always try the one at the hotel opposite.



Hotel Palacio de Villapanes
Hotel Palacio de Villapanes

The luxury is, as always, as much in the details as in the room size, although that is impressive too (even standard rooms are 35-45m2) – angled reading lights above the bed, Bvlgari toiletries, Loewe TVs, Tivoli radios, iMacs (suites only). The hotel has 50 bedrooms, of which 15 are suites, measuring from 60m2 to a whopping 86m2. The Suite Torreon has a vaulted ceiling, massive windows looking onto its own private terrace, while you can bathe in an original 19th-century marble bath. Other suites have mirrored, pannelled or carved wood doors leading from the sitting room to the bedroom, coffered ceiling and stained-glass windows. If you need to escape all this comfort, the small spa has a sauna and steam bath, massage room and relaxation area with fibre-optic light installation, as well as a mini-gym for the more energetic. Cool off from Seville’s hot days in the rooftop plunge pool.

  • Slightly off the beaten track
  • Gorgeous, large interior terrace bar
  • Insider’s tip: Alma hotels, the Palacio’s parent company, has another hotel opening soon in Cordoba
  • The spa is small but very well done; you can also have an in-room massage
  • Free wifi; suites also have computers
  • Private parking available

Perfect for: would-be dukes and duchesses; lovers of understated luxury

Address: Santiago, 31, Casco Antiguo, 41003 Sevilla

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