The staff was exceptional, hotel was very unique with a balanced mix of authentic original decor in common areas and modern sharp rooms
- Free Wifi
I strongly recommend that any prospective visitor to this hotel reads the reviews very critically as this hotel has its good points but also its bad ones which strangely enough seem to be overlooked by many.
There is no doubt that the hotel lobby is very beautiful in a Moorish Moroccan style. The central courtyard is also very attractive and pleasant to sit in - especially if they would get their wi-fi working right.
One of the main fallacies repeated in the reviews is that this hotel is central. It is not. It takes a good 15 minutes to walk to the centre, and 20 minutes if you're tired or get lost in the maze of side-streets which are scruffy around the hotel and get prettier as one approaches the centre. Some days we were simply too tired or too late to face the daily maze and had to take taxis which put the cost of our stay up.
There is no doubt that the young staff is very pleasant and helpful but the bedrooms are incredibly inconsistent. Some are large and airy, some are small and many are depressingly dark, which the manageress herself admitted was the clients' main complaint with the hotel, along with its impossible lighting system which meant that we spent one evening in pitch dark and another night we had to sleep with the lights on! We couldn't be bothered to call room service to put things right because they took so long to come every time we did.
One of the main drawbacks in my book was that once you're beyond the lobby you could be in any part of the world as the dark minimalist furniture which adds to the oppressive atmosphere is characteristic of anywhere but Spain. Personally I like to soak up the atmosphere of the place I'm in while I'm abroad, but this may suit some who feel most at home in anonymous international hotels.
Other features that some visitors have mentioned are very limited wardrobe space and a lack of hangars and bedding - ridiculous for a hotel this expensive! As another lady said, many rooms are either too close to the busy road or too cold, too hot, too small, or without bathtubs
I cannot understand how anyone could rave about the breakfasts. The breakfast room is an narrow underground chamber painted in stark white with strong lighting to compensate for the lack of space. The titbits on offer were sophisticated, but I havn't seen such a meagre breakfast even in three-star hotels, and certainly not for the princely price of $20 per head!
Conclusion - if you're on an all-expenses-paid stay in Seville, this might be a good choice, but if you want to get the real flavour of Seville, opt for something more authentic and closer to the centre's attractions, where you won't waste so much time traipsing back and forth from the hotel.
We had a great stay in Seville, beautiful hotel and really good service. The breakfast, although expensive, is well worth it and a lovely touch that you can order all the extras as part of the cost, we stocked up and it kept us going for most of the day. The rooms were beautiful and clean and the hotel is an experience in itself with the lovely patio and spa etc. Highly recommended.
Truly lovely hotel and extremely helpful staff. Located about a 15 minute walk from the Cathedral area, the immediate neighbourhood is quiet but a stone's throw from some excellent restaurants.
Spent 2 nights in AlmaSevilla and it turned out to be an astonishing experience. The hotel and rooms are impossibly spectacular; the rooms were incredibly chic and yet spacious and comfortable. The staff were very attentive and prompt; from making sure that we got a room that we were happy with (opted for one overlooking the street than the ones facing the patio) to helping find us a reservation at a hotel that would cater to our (restrictive) dietary needs. Having a complimentary and well-stocked minibar was something that absolutely took it over the top; a practice we wished more hotels should heed.
At the risk of sounding pedantic, the only part of the stay that we didn't quite care for was the use of 2 singe-beds instead of one larger one - on a slippery hardwood floor made for frequent course corrections through the night.
Arrived into the hotel after a disappointment in another hotel. A kind lady from the reception showed me rooms to choose from. A lovely room with windows to the inner court was available. We found the room and the whole hotel stylish yet soothing, calm and relaxing. Especially the inner court yard was an oasis in Sevilla. The staff members we met (reception, door men, maids and waiters/waitresses) were all easy going yet professional in their duties. Thank you very much. We are looking forward to returning to Hotel Palacio de Villapanes and can recommend it to anyone looking for an enjoyable stay in Sevilla.