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Hotel Alfonso XIII of Seville, named after King Alfonso XIII and conceived to be the grandest hotel in Europe, was constructed to house
international dignitaries for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition.
A competition was held to select an architect and the winner was Sevillian Jose Espiau y Muñoz, the brother-in-law of the chief architect of the Exhibition, Anibal González. Built with brick, plaster, wood, and ceramic, the ornate richness of the building is remarkable. Its recessed ceramic friezes and Mudejar-style: a historical version of the regional tradition inspired by Arab architecture, show clear analogy to other prominent structures constructed during this time, notably those in Plaza de America and Plaza de España.
On the same day as Her Royal Highness Princess Isabel's wedding to Count Juan Zamoyski, April 28th of 1928, the hotel Alfonso XIII was inaugurated by King
Alfonso XIII. Stately photographs of this day line the wall near the Front Desk and show the Royal Family clad in masculine gala uniforms or silk dresses
with matching hats and tiaras.
The hotel Alfonso XIII was remodelled in 1976 and again in 1991 to prepare for another international gathering, the Universal Exhibition of 1992. This renovation was carried out under the aegis of the prestigious architect Rafael Manzano Monis.
Throughout its existence, numerous royal dignitaries have stayed at Hotel Alfonso XIII of Seville. Among them are Prince Rainier and Grace of Monaco, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the Kings of Sweden, Norway, Morocco, Nepal, Denmark, Jordan, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Spain, and more. Additionally, it has been a stopping point for international personalities such as Ernest Hemingway, Evita Perón, Orson Welles, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Sofia Loren, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Brad Pitt, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Shakira.
Today, Hotel Alfonso XIII of Seville continues to draw international celebrities and intrepid world travellers who appreciate it as a singular location that fuses history, opulence, and regal service, immersing guests in the spoils of another era while catering to contemporary needs.
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