Sabi Phagura heads to the five-star luxury Hotel Colón Gran Meliá in the centre of the Spanish city for some much-needed rest and relaxation.
Seville is a charming city with its buzzing tapas scene, a plethora of fine arts (Belle Artes) museums to meander around, a mecca for shoppers, and attracting flamenco fans in hoards. With so much to do and fit in, it’s only right to get plenty of rest in between. And the Hotel Colón Gran Meliá offers just that in its full-on glam way to help you recharge your batteries.
‘Sexy’ is the first thing that springs to mind when waltzing into this five-star luxury hotel.
The Art Nouveau stained-glass dome above the plush red velvet chairs and white chaise lounges, shiny gold lamps, glittering chandeliers and the grand entrance of the lobby area are something. And like its ‘blingy’ character and smooth lines, well-heeled staff are on hand to make sure your check-in is as equally smooth.
Style and character
Other than the glass dome in the lobby, this historic hotel built for the 1929 Expo, has a very much contemporary feel to it. It’s a place where bullfighters stay before a ‘corrido’, and I can imagine they feel very much at home with replica bulls’ heads on the wall. In fact, the bullfighting theme continuing in the tapas bar El Burladero, and in 1960, a tapestry of the legendary bullfighter Paquito was stolen from the hotel lobby. It was then recovered and returned to the hotel, and today sits in a glass case within this restaurant.
The Hotel Colón Gran Meliá’s design pays tribute to Seville’s cultural heritage, with reproductions of portraits by Spanish artists from the seventeenth century: Zurbarán, Murillo, Velázquez and Juan de Valdés to name just a few.
To emphasise the importance of art in Seville, each floor of the hotel pays homage to a different artist, with each guestroom dedicated to one of their works. Architect Álvaro Sans has re-created the atmosphere of an art museum throughout the hotel lobby. With the theme continuing along the corridor floors, the normally dull walk to your room or suite was a very pleasant one I have to say.
Rooms and suites
The décor in the 189 bedrooms of the Hotel Colón Gran Meliá is uber glam. While they are all lovely and would provide a good night’s sleep, it’s the Red Level rooms across the sixth (my floor) and seventh floor, which enjoy a touch of extra luxury. They all have super king-sized beds with gold headboards, ample storage space, with some benefitting from a separate bathtub and a shower, complete with Clarins toiletries.
The tech-savvy can enjoy the Philips iPhone dock-clock in one, USB and audiovisual sockets, and a mood lighting system. Personally, it was a little too fiddly for me, not least because I was a tad too tired having explored the sights. For a breath of fresh air, some rooms, including mine, have small terraces. This makes it a perfect spot to scan the city skyline with a coffee in hand from the rooms’ Nespresso machine.
The city and its landmarks including the Cathedral, the Triana Bridge and the Jewish Quarter, can be further admired from the triangular-shaped rooftop pool on the seventh floor. It’s heated in the winter months, and to get my blood circulating, I also made use of the 24/7 gym before indulging in the wellness area. The Spa by Clarins has a sauna and Turkish spa as well as massage rooms for that added element of pampering.