The Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento is located in the heart of the area which in 1992 hosted the World Expo dedicated to the “Age of Discoveries”, whose conclusion coincided with the anniversary of the discovery of America.
The former Expo area, about a 15 minute walk from the historic centre of the city, was not abandoned after the Exposition but rather valued: the Puente del Alamillo, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava on the occasion of Expo 1992, it is the starting point to get along the Guadalquivir’s banks – a browse that among works of graffiti artists, canoeists training on the river and ordinary people walking, leads up to the CAAC-Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. The venue is located within the spaces of the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas, founded in the fifteenth century, completely restored for Expo 1992 as home to the Royal Pavilion.
Since 1998, in the charming rooms of the Monastery, the CAAC has been hosting exhibitions of contemporary artists. Currently scheduled is the Guerrilla Girls group, a New Yorker collective who has stood up for women empowerment in business as well as in everyday life. There is also the “Marx Lounge”, displaying books where, further to Andalucia being a socialist region, Che Guevara’s revolutionary myth dominates. The video work where artist Terry Berkovitz deals with the issue of migration and deportation in Is This Where My Family Lived is worthy too, as well as the personal exhibition of native artist Luis Rodriguez Gordillo. Out of the museum/Monastery there’s the Universidad Internacional de Andalucia. In public spaces and courtyards you can attend live concerts where hundreds of people gather to listen to concerts and enjoy their time.
Another legacy of Expo 1992 is the Auditorio Rocio Jurado; with a capacity of over 9,500 people it is home to various shows and concerts. In former Expo area nightlife isn’t missing, with clubs like Antique Theatro.
This is the context where the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento lies. The hotel consists of three main buildings recalling New York’s Guggenheim Museum.
On its circular spaces develop circumference-shaped floors where 295 spacious and elegant rooms are located. In the middle of the three Guggenheims – tells us the hotel manager – corporate lunches and dinners can be set up.
To meetings & events the hotel dedicates as many as 5,000 square metres, 25 rooms with a theatre-style capacity of 1,200 people in the plenary, and over 10,000 square metres of gardens enabling guests in fine weather to eat in the moonlight c/o the Barbacoa Grill & Lounge restaurant.
Another strong point is the breakfast room, very spacious and offering a variety of international specialties. And furthermore the fitness room, sauna, heated outdoor pool, free wifi coverage throughout the facility.
The historic city centre is just 15 minutes walk from the hotel but to get there you can use the rent-bicycle service provided by the hotel.
Seville is a living city. The old bullring in Plaza del Toros is fortunately only a museum today, like the one dedicated to flamenco, which is danced in several downtown venues as well.
Many are the bars and restaurants where tapas, traditional Spanish dishes, quick to prepare but highly creative, are big.
Mostly the Giralda is worth a mention – before becoming the tower of the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria de la sede, it was the minaret of the former mosque. 34 floors without stairs designed to let the muezzin ride up to the highest part of the tower where to start his sermon.
Arab symbols remain even on the doors of the cathedral where verses of the Koran are reported, but also – and especially – in the extraordinary Orange Garden, where an ingenious irrigation system allows today to bring water to the trees as well as to the fountains, where in ancient times the Muslims could proceed with the ablution ritual.
Despite the symbols of the past the Seville substrate is strongly Christian today. The Los del Rio come from here – the group that in 1992 got to launch the worldwide hit Macarena, a Spanish female name translatable in Italian as Maddalena, one of the main followers of Jesus.
Before closing our report and our visit to Seville we must mention Plaza de España. Built in view of another Universal Exhibition, the Ibero-American one of 1929, it is a regional architectural landmark effectively mixing neo-Renaissance to neo-Arabic arts.
Seville is a land of contamination and the Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento best interprets this spirit both in its concept and services.
The Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento Hotel is a major name at the national and international level for the organization of all kinds of meetings and events. It specializes in conferences and conventions, product launches and the automobile and incentive travel sector.
A Hotel of singular beauty, thanks to its 3 circular buildings or “Atriums”, surrounded by wide garden and open areas all constructed according to the aesthetic parameters of modernist style.
Following the Al-Andalus architectural tradition, with an inner life focused on courtyards, the central part of the Atrium enables the MICE clients to set up a plenary session with the possibility to have projections due to a darkening system and technical ceiling at the height of 20 mt. Moreover, the total closing of the Atrium would assure the tranquility and privacy of any conference and meetings.
Thanks to Javier Carvajal’s degree of ascetic and post-modern rigour in the use of basic materials and lack of other than strictly functional ornamentation, the Hotel can be compared to a “white canvas”, waiting for any creative organizers to host their dreamed events, with a wide range of branding and personalization’s possibilities.
295 luminous rooms, comprising 7 Suites, 12 Junior Suites and 276 Superior Rooms of 40 m2 enjoy excellent views over the River Guadalquivir.
Its 5000 m2 of meeting area are distributed into 28 meeting rooms, including 2 Atriums and a Convention Center of 1.025 m2 with a maximum capacity for 1.200 person, technical floor and ceilings that may be divided into 3 totally independent meeting rooms with natural light.
Within the Hotel 2 restaurants are awaiting the guest. In the “Colón”, American Style buffet breakfast, while in the “Restaurant Jardín” a well balance menu card with national and international dishes of exquisite presentation are served.
During the summertime, our guest may enjoy the barbecue at the “Grill & Lounge” in the garden, in a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.
Unique spaces and personalized solutions are the best guarantee of success for your events. A team of professionals, capable of creating different atmospheres so you can hold your corporate meetings in spectacular resorts, in avant garde urban hotels or enjoying the most sophisticated products.