Palacio de Villapanés nominated for the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence
Every year, Condé Nast Johansens traditionally celebrates the Awards for Excellence. They reward and celebrate excellence across their recommended properties, their world-renowned Awards for Excellence are a trusted mark of quality recognised by consumers and travel professionals alike.
Palacio de Villapanés is included in the fine selection of Condé Nast Johansens; a selection that includes 26 hotels and resorts in Spain, Palacio de Villapanés is the only one selected in the city of Seville.
A place full of history
City of civilizations, the legend say it the city was founded by Hercules. Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region and is famous for its dance, its flamenco, which make visitors fall in love when traveling. An incredible combination of culture, art and gastronomy.
Sevilla is a charming city and so is the story of our palace. A special and unique history that started in 1729.
The hotel Palacio de Villapanés – which belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels collection – is a refurbished palace from the 18th century which combines traditional nobility and modernity. Former home of the Admiral López-Pintado, Marqués de Torre Blanca de Aljarafe, this is one of the most authentic property in Seville, and its historical details meet pieces of international design by GCA Arquitectos and Patricia Urquiola.
A design hotel
From its monumental entrance, with marble columns and its charming patio, our five-star hotel invites you to experience the Andalusian hospitality, and this is the best starting point to discover Sevillian traditions and to enjoy the treasures of the city, with the Plaza Jesús de la Redención, the Real Alcázar of Seville or the Museum of Fine Arts a stone’s throw away.
Its 50 spacious rooms feature the elegance of a palace and the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Our guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the city and the cosiness of our courtyards. Among these amazing facilities, the Suite named El Torreón is a treasure: an amazing 85m2 Suite, with stunning ceilings and authentic marble from the 19th century.
A unique gastronomic experience
Gastronomy forms part an integral part of our travels and of each region in Spain. Palacio de Villapanés’ gastronomy is designed by the Head Chef of our restaurant Los Rincones del Marqués, Jorge Cortés. A traditional Andalusian and Mediterranean cuisine enjoyable from one of our patios or from the old cellars of the palace where our guests can enjoy live music sessions.
A service of excellence
But the most exclusive thing that our 18th century provides is an impeccable service and an incredible attention to details. The great team of professionals led by Martina Cam, its General Manager for 10 years, make every effort to make the guest feel at home.
Among the hotel experiences, Martina Cam highlights the incredible solarium rooftop: “I try to enjoy it every day”, she says. “It is a magical, dreamlike moment dream, contemplating in the distance the cathedral with the Giralda, the bell towers, the churches and the arabic roofs”. But this hotel also offers other experiences, from treatments in its wellness area that allows its guests to relax in the sauna, enjoy the Turkish bath, receive a massage in the cabin or working out in its modern gym with 24-hour Kinesis equipment… to boat trips on the Guadalquivir river, guided bike routes through the city or dressing up session to look like an authentic flamenco dancer with a shooting photo session in a typical Andalusian patio.
Travelling Through History
Today, some of its treasures are still visible to the visitor: in its main staircase, you can observe the display of the Solano family (the admiral’s wife family, necessary for him to agree to form a part of the Sevillian nobility) with the motto “They went with sun and came those who defeated the Moors”.
After crossing the entrance, we receive a spectacular triple arch gate that gives way to a magnificent Andalusian patio. A square silver space surrounded by arches supported by marble columns, presided over by a hexagonal plant fountain adorned with palm trees and banana trees.
The exterior has a large two-story facade to Santiago Street, finished with the Sevillian technique of brick called “avitolado”.
Its Patio de los Naranjos is perfect to enjoy a cocktail or delicious gastronomic proposals with aromas of orange blossom. Las Conchas is famous for historical reasons, since it is said to be the original starting point of the Via de la Jacobea Route Silver, whose ritual requires the pilgrim to wet their hands in a cave-style fountain before leaving.
Palacio de Villapanés, Site of Cultural Interest
Since December 2009, the Villapanés Palace has been protected as an Asset of Interest of the city of Seville, as it is considered to be one of the main exhibitions of the 18th century and retains most of its original architectural elements. A miracle of hospitality and the perfect host to discover the city.
The hotel itself is history, but what stands out the most is a service geared towards customer excellence. The staff uniforms, made by the Galician designer Roberto Diz, adds a level of exclusivity to the experience. The great work of our team has been awarded for more than 10 years, with several awards for excellence. This is why they deserve to be nominated in the short list of “Best Service” and “Best Value Experience” for the Conde Nast Johansens Excellence Awards.
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