Seville lures agents with five-star hotels

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NEW YORK -- Agents with a yen for luxury will be glad to know that among the 55 hotels hosting delegates at ASTA's World Congress in Seville (Nov. 6-11, 2001), five are in the five-star category.

These include the Hotel Alfonso XIII, the Casa de Carmona, the Hotel Tryp Colon and Barcelo Gran Hotel Renacimiento.

The Hotel Alfonso, built in 1929, ranks among the most architecturally significant properties in Spain.

Set between the medieval Alcazar palace and the city's 15th century cathedral, the 90-room hotel's style combines medieval largesse with Moorish elegance. The Hotel Alfonso is a 10-minute drive from the convention center where the congress will be held.

The hotel's central courtyard features tiled arcades, fountains and gardens. Plush carpeting, distinctive wall paneling and stuccoed ceilings adorn the public rooms.

The hotel, renovated in 1992, features very ornate guest rooms, each individually decorated. There is a small swimming pool in the garden.

Another grand dame of Seville area hotels is the 33-room Casa de Carmona, which opened in 1990. Housed in a palace, the hotel is situated in Carmona, 20 miles from Seville.

Dating back to the 16th century, the hotel's decorative details retain their original luster. Public spaces are furnished with rich fabrics and antiques.

Accommodations are covered with rustic colors and fabrics by Mara Medina, owner of the hotel, which also features a swimming pool and a restaurant.

Back in Seville, Hotel Tryp Colon is located in the old quarter of the city, close to the bullring, Torre de Oro.

The hotel's 218 rooms reflect a modern sensibility. The Tryp Colon opened in the early '80s and was renovated in 1988.

The 295-room hotel has two dining options, the Burladero Restaurant and La Tasca tavern, both serving Andalusian cuisine. The Tryp Colon also is a 10-minute drive from the convention center.

Another contemporary property is the 200-room Barcelo Gran Hotel Renacimiento, on the grounds of Seville's Exo '92 site where the convention center is located. The hotel was renovated in 1999.

Rooms have deluxe amenities. There is also a sauna with Jacuzzi, swimming pool and restaurant.

Five-star properties are priced at per $100 per delegate for the Seville congress.

The Alfonso XIII can be booked through Westin in the CRS or by Marketing Ahead in New York at (800) 223-1356.

The Casa de Carmona can be booked through Relais & Chateaux in the CRS or at (800) 735-2478.

The Tryp Colon also is bookable through Marketing Ahead. Barcelo Gran Hotel Renacimiento takes reservations through Utell in the CRS.

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