Hotel Palacio de Villapanés, in Seville, Spain, was originally built as a private mansion for the Marques of Villapanés in the 18th century. It is now a fabulously designed hotel. A set of rose-colored marble steps lead to the stunning arched entrance, surrounded by elaborately filigreed ironwork.
The street is quiet, and unassuming, so it’s a surprise to find such a grandiose entrance.
The palace is built around a light-filled, marble-floored, balconied courtyard.
A grand staircase leads up to the balcony level.
Throughout the building, traditional historical elements are presented in a contemporary manner – like these lighted plexiglass panels printed with traditional Moorish tile patterns.
Even the room numbers are silk-screened with a typical tile pattern.
The pattern of this wood parquet floor also resembles the famous tile patterns.
Original Spanish azulejos cover a wall behind a contemporary leather chair. A perfect balance of historical and contemporary.
The guest rooms are designed to fit in with the setting, but have a modern edge that I love.
My room was reached by walking through another interior courtyard, filled with fragrant orange trees…
…and this is my glorious, early morning view.
I loved Sevilla – the flamenco shows, the azulejos, the flea market, the people – and Hotel Palacio de Villapanés.
Alma Sevilla Hotel Palacio de Villepanés