Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has announced plans for its first Spanish property, and just its fourth hotel in Europe.

The existing Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid will rebrand as the Rosewood Villa Magna following the completion of refurbishment works.

The property is currently closed due to Covid-19, but will reopen on September 1, and will operate independently until it joins the Rosewood portfolio in late 2021.

Business Traveller reviewed the hotel in 2012, when it was celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Hotel check: Villa Magna

The property is located on Paseo de la Castellana in the city’s Salamanca district and close to landmarks including the Prado and Reina Sofia museums.

Once rebranded it will offer 150 rooms and suites, as well as Sense, A Rosewood Spa, and “distinct dining experiences”.

Rosewood’s European collection currently comprises the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany, Rosewood London and Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris.

Forthcoming locations include Vienna (2022), Munich (2023), Venice (2023), and a second London property.

As previously reported, the Rosewood Hotel Grosvenor Square will see the former US Embassy converted into a 137-room hotel with five restaurants, six retail units, a spa, and a ballroom accommodating up to 1,000 guests.

Commenting on the news Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group, said:

“As one of the world’s most alluring cultural capitals, Madrid is an ideal destination in which to raise the Rosewood flag, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to join together with our valued partners at RLH to breathe new life into one of the city’s most prolific properties, Villa Magna.

“A mecca for arts, culture and cuisine that perfectly balances the old with the new, Madrid offers the perfect canvas for our guiding A Sense of Place philosophy. We look forward to bringing our differentiated approach to ultra-luxury hospitality to Spain with this special hotel.”