Palacio de Villapanés AlmaSevilla
- Style Peace-adorned palace
- Setting Cobble-stoned Santa Cruz
Palacio de Villapanés AlmaSevilla hotel, in Seville Province, has the soul of the 18th century and the conveniences of the 21st. A masterful refurbishment kept the grand marble columns, vaulted ceilings and iron gates of this stone palace but added all the modern technology a choosy traveller could want (hello, Mac computers...). Beneath a classic exterior lies a contemporary sunny courtyard and an all-white minimal restaurant surrounded by stone vaults.
Need to know
- Rooms 50, including 15 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $215.55 (€157), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (€20 each).
- Facilities Spa, gym, library and free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, free bottled water and Malin + Goetz bath products. Some Suites have Macs.
- Check–out 12pm, but flexible for €40 depending on the time. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Cots are provided free; extra beds can be added to Executive Suites and Suites for €50 a night. Babysitting (ideally arranged the day before) costs €15 an hour.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms It’s all about the Suites: majestic, elegant, grand, you name it. They have soaring ceilings and windows, original architectural details from the 18th-century construction (carved doors, hand-painted panels) and subtly thrown-in modern luxuries (Macs and flatscreens). There are five to pick from; we especially like the Alma Suite for its marble fireplace and column-separated lounge, the Palacio Suite for its 16ft-high ceilings and warm tones, and the unusual Torreón Suite because it’s in the dome of the palace, with a vaulted wooden ceiling, private roof terrace and windows all around.
- Packing tips A map of Seville to turn to when tangled in the twisty city streets; an appreciation of 300-year-old Spanish architecture.
- Also The spa has a sauna and Turkish bath, and massages can be arranged on request.
Food and drink at Palacio de Villapanés AlmaSevilla
- Hotel restaurant The restaurant is in the building’s basement but it’s by no means dingy – it’s bright white instead (furniture too), with arched, airy ceilings. The banquettes have nifty up-lighting behind them, and the space is filled with colourful orchids. There are a few black tables and cushions thrown in for good measure. The food is Andalucian, with some speciality modern tapas. You can’t go wrong with a slice or two or Iberian ham.
- Dress code Orchid-matching pinks and purples.
- Top table Go romantic and pick a banquette table with soft lighting.
- Last orders Breakfast runs from 8am to 11.30am, but it can be extended for late risers. Lunch service is between 1.30pm and 3.30pm; dinner is 8.30pm until 10.30pm. The bar stays open until midnight.
- Room service A select menu of hot and cold dishes is available 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar Drinks can be served in the bar, lobby and out on the patios. Wash the tapas down with a couple of signature cocktails.