Hotel Alfonso XIII lobby with marble steps and ceramic tiles

©Fiona Flores Watson/Lonely Planet

Hotel Alfonso XIII

Parque de María Luisa & South of Centre

As much a local landmark as an accommodation option, this striking, only-in-Seville hotel – conceived as the most luxurious in Europe when it was built in 1928 – was constructed for the 1929 world fair. Ring-fenced by towering palm trees, it sports a classic neo-Mudéjar look, complete with glazed tiles and terracotta bricks.

Inside, just off the lobby, you can admire the throne of King Alfonso XIII in a small display dedicated to the hotel's history.