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Gran Melia Colon Hotel in Seville, Spain

By Jill Fergus

Gran Melia Colon Hotel in Seville, Spain

Lobby of the Gran Melia Colon.

© Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts.

Gran Melia Colon in a Nutshell:

Seville is quintessentially Spanish — tapas bars, smoky flamenco clubs, and fragrant orange trees. A walk through the historic Old Quarter with its winding cobbled streets is like stepping back in time. It’s here you’ll find the Royal Alcazar Palace and the Cathedral — as well as another beloved landmark, the Gran Melia Colon hotel. The property has been a magnet for European royalty, celebrities, and famous bullfighters since it opened some 80 years ago. Fresh from a major makeover, the Colon now boasts sexy contemporary interiors yet has retained its Old World charm.

Guest Rooms at the Gran Melia Colon:

The first thing you notice are the front doors: Each one is covered with a full-length reproduction of a painting from a Spanish master — perhaps Goya, El Greco or Velázquez — making for a historical yet whimsical effect. The 189 rooms are minimalist gems with white-on-white interiors, supple leather chairs, and all the high-tech doodads modern travelers require: wall-mounted flat screens, automatic curtains, bedside control panels, and free wi-fi. Ask for a room overlooking the massive Magdalena church just next door; it boasts a stunning ceramic tiled domed roof.

Dining at the Gran Melia Colon:

The renovation of the Gran Melia Colon included the reopening of the city’s beloved El Burladero restaurant. Diners can expect a modern twist on the classic Andalusian tapas experience. The casual, contemporary space features a menu of innovative tapas (such as cherry gazpacho, hot peppers stuffed with cod and shrimp, and ox meat with potatoes and herbs) and plenty of excellent Spanish wines including bold reds from the Rioja region. Additionally, just off the lobby is the Majestic restaurant, an ideal space for breakfast or lunch.

Destination Weddings at the Gran Melia Colon:

For generations, the Gran Melia has been a popular spot for weddings. Most take place in the Las Veronicas room. The seventh-floor outdoor terrace, which has jaw-dropping views of the Old Quarter, is a wonderful spot for groups to enjoy a pre-wedding soiree for cocktails and appetizers. The hotel offers both traditional Andalusian fare such as jambon and manchego cheese as well as more sophisticated dishes.

Honeymoons / Romance Packages at the Gran Melia Colon:

Couples can customize their honeymoon package though most tend to book one of the suites, which include red level premium rooms and the penthouse suites. They can enjoy specialty cocktails (try an appletini) at the stylish Bar El Tendido, a modern space with white walls and red accents and resin bullheads adorning the walls. Wedding guests can enjoy a celebratory cigar in the leather-accented cigar bar.

Activities at the Gran Melia Colon:

There’s a small spa, a fitness center, and large patio with comfy chaises and a hot tub on the seventh floor. It’s the perfect spot to take a soak and then watch the sun set over the Old Quarter. You can also have a glass of sherry or a local Cruzcampo beer in the lobby. This remarkable space is outfitted with ultramodern red-hued Philippe Starck chairs — and be sure to look up to view the lobby’s original neo-Baroque, stained-glass dome.

Nearby the Gran Melia Colon:

It’s a quick walk to the Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world (make sure your camera is ready to snap pix of the gold chapel where the King of Spain’s daughter was married). For city views, climb the Giralda Tower (a former minaret now part of the cathedral complex) . Walk across the Guadalquivir River to the Triana district to hear authentic flamenco music in bars along Calle Betis.

What Could Be Better at the Gran Melia Colon:

The service is excellent throughout, from the check-in to the concierge desk to the bartender in El Tendido. Room service could use some improvement (there can occasionally be long waits for orders) — but the kitchen is aware of the issue and vows to put in-room dining on par with the hotel’s overall top-notch service.

The Gran Melia Colon Vibe:

The Gran Melia Colon attracts a varied clientele. There’s a mix of business people and tourists — not to mention those bullfighters! So you never know who you’ll spot in the lobby (it’s definitely a great people-watching spot). Plus, its rich history and prime location in the center of Seville's Old Quarter can’t be beaten.

Find Out More About the Gran Melia Colon:

Gran Melia Colon
Canalejas 1
Seville, Spain
Phone: 34-954-505-599
Official Hotel Web Site

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