Radisson Collection debuts in Spain

18 Sep 2021 by Hannah Brandler
Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla exterior

Radisson Hotel Group has debuted its Radisson Collection in Spain with a hotel opening in Seville.

The Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla is located on a palm-tree lined, pedestrian square, close to the Santa Maria Magdalena Church, Plaza Nueva’s luxury shopping area, and the Museum of Fine Arts. It is located on a site once occupied by the Gran Hotel de Paris in the 19th century, and features 89 rooms, a pool, solarium, gym and two restaurants.

The hotel’s design by architects Borgos Pieper draws inspiration from the city’s history, with a mixture of architectural styles featured throughout the property. The architects have re-imagined two buildings in the square: ‘Magdalena’ and ‘Rioja’, a smaller building bordering Calle Rioja with a swimming pool and large landscaped terrace on the roof.

The property features a rustic stone façade at ground level and smooth blockwork above, while interiors are more contemporary, with a curvilinear, white-panelled corridors surrounding a central, top-lit staircase in the Magdalena building. Meanwhile, above ground level, the Rioja building is organised around a glazed courtyard with four Liquidambar trees, providing natural light and greenery in the hotel.

The rooms feature a refined palette of bronze fittings, translucent glass, marble and parquet floors, and soft blue furnishings, while walls display a curated collection of black and white photographs of Seville. Bathrooms have round mirrors and a custom-designed vanity with a curved bronze drawer that mirrors the architecture of the hotel.

Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla guest room

Dining venues include Basque Eneko by Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa, which serves traditional Basque recipes with local touches. The hotel’s Justa Rufina ground-floor restaurant, which belongs to the Azotea Grupo and is overseen by chef Manuel Berganza, includes a street-level terrace and a rooftop terrace with a cocktail bar.

The hotel has various sustainable credentials, having achieved Spain’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Hospitality Gold level. It runs entirely on renewable energy, consumes 40 per cent less water than the reference building, and has achieved the LEED Innovation credit for creating a ‘Walkable Project Site’ – this means that it has incorporated various design elements that promote walking, cycling and other non-motorised transport in the hotel location and surroundings.

Federico J. Gonzalez, CEO of Radisson Hotel Group, commented:

“Radisson Collection brings together emblematic hotels in unique locations worldwide that stand out for their exceptional style and authenticity. They are designed to be different in each of the cities where they are located such as Moscow, Milan, London, Copenhagen, Bodrum and Shanghai. Seville is a perfect destination to introduce the first property of this brand in Spain”.

Basque Eneko restaurant design at Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza Sevilla

Radisson aims to open more than 20 hotels in Spain within the next five years. Another Radisson Collection hotel is set to open in Bilbao in the coming months, followed by Spain’s first Radisson Red property in Madrid. Guests can also enjoy the newly renovated Radisson Blu Hotel in Madrid Prado.

The Radisson Collection was launched in 2018 as a replacement for the Quorvus Collection, and there are currently more than 40 Radisson Collection hotels in operation or under development worldwide.

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