The world's best hotels are as appealing to you and to me as they are to our favorite celebrities and diplomats.

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville, Spain

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Spotted: Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Bruce Springsteen, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna 

Is it any surprise that a hotel built for a king (King Alfonso XIII, specifically) would be a magnet for modern royalty? The property boasts traditional Andalusian design features, including hand-painted ceramic tiles, minarets, and swooping arches, and is just a short walk from the city’s main attractions (the Royal Alcázar, the Cathedral of Seville). Enjoy the region’s famed tapas on Michelin-starred Ena’s courtyard patio.

Why celebs love it: Early 20th-century antiques, gilt-framed mirrors, and a Spanish-Renaissance cabinet with mother-of-pearl inlay can be found in the stately Royal Suite. Countless diplomats and celebrities staying at the Hotel Alfonso XIII have requested this palatial space, complete with two bathrooms, an office, a living room, and a bedroom. 

The World's 17 Best Hotels for Celebrity Sightings

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville, Spain

Spotted: Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Bruce Springsteen, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna 

Is it any surprise that a hotel built for a king (King Alfonso XIII, specifically) would be a magnet for modern royalty? The property boasts traditional Andalusian design features, including hand-painted ceramic tiles, minarets, and swooping arches, and is just a short walk from the city’s main attractions (the Royal Alcázar, the Cathedral of Seville). Enjoy the region’s famed tapas on Michelin-starred Ena’s courtyard patio.

Why celebs love it: Early 20th-century antiques, gilt-framed mirrors, and a Spanish-Renaissance cabinet with mother-of-pearl inlay can be found in the stately Royal Suite. Countless diplomats and celebrities staying at the Hotel Alfonso XIII have requested this palatial space, complete with two bathrooms, an office, a living room, and a bedroom. 

The World's 17 Best Hotels for Celebrity Sightings

Celebrities are people, too, and they need a good vacation just like the rest of us. 

Hotels with the most celeb appeal seem to attract our favorite stars like moths to a super nova: one deems a property worthy of their presence, and the whole lot of them descends upon that lucky beach town, castle mount, or glistening skyscraper.

Our favorite movie stars and performers flock to properties that can ensure them privacy from paparazzi with private villas and designated butlers that escort them from glossy limo to glossier plunge pool. They seek over-the-top suites with personal screening rooms, far-flung destinations, and world-class dining. Wouldn't you? 

These 17 hotels and resorts have proven they, too, have star power, thanks to a long (sometimes centuries-long) repertoire with the world's most famous names. 

Book a room at any one of these properties for the chance to elbow up alongside your celebrity. Just try not to ogle.

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