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Seville 5-star hotel: Alfonso Rey XIII or Colon Gran Melia?

First timer and old timer to Seville, looking to treat my husband to a lavishly decadent hotel, room with a terrace (for a very, very special reason, and no, I'm not planning to throw him off the balcony!). Alfonso Rey XIII has a rooftop room with large terrace; Colon Gran Melia offers one as well in its Red Level designation.
Other than the room itself, I'd love thoughts about these two hotels in general.

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We have stayed in both and you can’t go wrong! Alfonso XIII has very extensive use of Moorish tiles including in rooms and bathrooms; Gran Colon does not. That is the main difference that I can remember. I liked the Gran Colon better, enjoyed it more but for being over the top, Alfonso XIII has the edge.

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Kimberly, both are excellent hotels. The Virtuoso consortium ranks both among their BEST OF THE BEST hotels in the world.  
 As mentioned by Suki, they are a contrast in styles but you won't be disappointed by either. For a first-timer, I'd also lean towards the Hotel Alfonso XIII. It's also a member of the Marriott Luxury Collection, so you would earn BONVOY points for your stay.

I would recommend booking this stay through a STARS  or Virtuoso TA as you can get additional amenities, perks, and even non-published deals (sometimes). The current amenity list for a Virtuoso traveler would include: 

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily buffet breakfast, for two guests per bedroom
  • A complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room (menu of the day) once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes, and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The Luxury Marriott Amenity program is called STARS! The STARS program includes all of the above, a welcome gift, and an on-the-ground assistant geared to assist STARS clients. (Quite helpful in these COVID days!) . You would have to book through a STARS TA to get the STARS amenities and STARS rates.

At the Hotel Alfonso XIII, you can join a daily tour of the property for a closer look at its history, art, and architecture; the tour even includes a small wine tasting. Because of the history, unique features, excellent service, and additional STARS amenities, I tend to lean towards the Alfonso XIII. 

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Thank you all so much! Valuable information that one can't find in a travel book. So glad I posted!