Four of the best historic luxury hotels in Seville
2. Hotel Palacio Villapanes
Housed in a majestic 18th-century palace, this 50-room hotel achieves a marriage of contrasts: stunning minimalist design choices are displayed against a baroque canvas, resulting in a hotel that is both playful and aristocratic, welcoming and completely sumptuous.
Antique carriage-height entry doors opened in 2009; today, they bring guests to a soothing patio oasis of potted palms and painted tiles – all surrounded by a two-story arched colonnade. While the ground and lower floors house a jewel spa, gym, restaurant and dining courtyard surrounded by Seville orange trees, the rooftop has been transformed into a sun terrace, complete with lounge chairs canopy and a plunge pool. On the middle floors, spacious rooms and suites feature high ceilings and wood paneling, rich but understated colors, and state-of-the-art comforts, including massage showers.
The hotel’s crowning glory is its 915-square-foot Torreon Suite — a sort of penthouse, with direct elevator access — housed in a domed former dovecote and featuring not only a gargantuan bed and a 19th-century marble bathtub , but also a private terrace from which to watch the sun rise and set over the terracotta roofs of Seville. From €285 (£235), B&B. Suites from €710 (£590).