IHG Hotels and Resorts has opened its second Intercontinental property in Spain, located in Barcelona’s Montjuic district.

The existing property was previously known as the Fira Palace Hotel, before becoming the Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Center in 2014 – for our Tried and Tested review of the hotel shortly after it became a Crowne Plaza, click here.

Following extensive renovation the hotel has now reopened as the Intercontinental Barcelona, offering 273 rooms including 17 Junior Suites and the 180 sqm Presidential Suite.

IHG said that the property features “nods to the richness of a European city built on unique Catalan culture, including the use of natural wood interiors with hues of blue, ochre, and neutral tones woven into the soft furnishings”.

Facilities include Quirat restaurant, headed up by Michelin-starred chef Victor Torres, who will offer “a specially curated menu designed to offer guests a unique experience tailored around the chef’s interpretation of the earth” – the word quirat translates as “the measurement of purity amongst the elements that make up the earth”.

All day dining restaurant Arrel features an open kitchen and daily set menu, and there is also a rooftop swimming pool, Boira Coffee Lounge, Gebre cocktail bar, and a 1,200 sqm spa with six treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool, jets and water beds, steam bath, sauna and a hammam.

Intercontinental Barcelona joins the existing Intercontinental Madrid on Paseo de la Castellana in Spain’s capital.

Commenting on the opening Enrique Escofet, general manager, Intercontinental Barcelona, said:

“Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts has been pioneering luxury travel in new destinations and established, upmarket locations for 75 years.

“The brand is renowned for weaving modern luxury design through its collection of iconic properties globally and Intercontinental Barcelona is a perfect example of how the brand can reimagine an existing property to exceed the expectation of the modern luxury traveller.”