Seville – Part 3 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Flamenco may have wrapped its exotic, rhythmic vibe around the world, but its spiritual home will always be Andalusia.
El Palacio Andaluz is an elegant flamenco venue in the humming heart of Seville, frequented by locals and tourists alike seeking to experience the indescribable vibrant passion and fiery soul of gypsy dance. Reservations are highly recommended.
If you do one thing…
When you feel like dipping your toes into a completely different pond, A Cat on a Bicycle is that fresh breath inflating the tyres of a new art vehicle pedalling through Seville. This bizarrely named concept store started life as an ordinary, independent bookshop until things got famously out of hand.
Now it’s a leading light on the arty boho scene, hosting live music concerts, lectures, regular poetry readings, stand-up comedy and whatever theatre they can cram into this modestly small yet enormously creative space. Plus, it also sells books and serves coffee!
Where to Sleep
Positively palatial, this is the grandest grand hotel in all of Spain. Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is the preferred rendezvous for sophisticated travellers worldwide, attracting royalty, heads of state, Hollywood stars and VIPs who like their history with a hit of pure glamour. Enjoy a pre-prandial cocktail in the Art Deco Bar Americano, rich in the knowledge that Ernest Hemingway and Eva Perón once dined there. The Alfonso XIII Suite provides full-on Andalusian opulence: a regal four-poster bed, silk walls, marble columns and stucco archways. A suite fit for a king.
This hotel oozes sheer, unadulterated class, offering some of the most luxurious yet contemporary accommodations in Seville. It is utterly sleek and delectably chic. Be sure to check out the Moorish arches, ornate mosaics and mottled marble pillars that adorn the palace courtyard. The Torreón Suite is the hotel’s best-kept secret, high in the palace dome. It is divine with dove gray walls, a vaulted ceiling, lavish en suite with the original 19th-century marble bathtub, plus huge windows and a private terrace featuring heartbreaking views across Carmen’s Seville.
A matador’s cape swish away from the historic Plaza de Toros in buzzy downtown Seville, you’ll find Gran Meliá Colón. Patronised by generations of bullfighting royalty, the hotel has reinvented itself amid classic Baroque tradition with a contemporary full on, glam-luxe, stark yet sophisticated interior. White background decor with stylish pops of black, red and gold are accented with playful, über chic Philippe Starck and Edra furniture. The Presidential Penthouse Suite is the most spectacular suite in the hotel, boasting an impressive terrace with stunning views.
Enjoy your visit to Seville.
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