Melia Hotels International has announced plans for a five-star hotel under its Me by Melia brand in the Spanish city of Malaga.

The 128-room hotel will be located on Calle Victoria, next to the Plaza de la Merced, “with views of the sea and the monuments of the Alcazaba” and close to attractions including the Museo Picasso Malaga and Museo de Malaga.

The development had originally been planned as a four-star hotel, but modifications allowed it to be upgraded to the five-star Me by Melia brand.

Features will include a ground-floor restaurant and reception, as well as a convention centre, gym, and rooftop infinity pool with adjacent sundeck, bar and restaurant.

There are currently just a handful of Me by Melia properties in locations including Dubai, Milan, London, Ibiza, Madrid, Barcelona and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.

Last year the group outlined plans to expand its luxury portfolio, with forthcoming Me by Melia properties in Malta, Lisbon and Guadalajara.

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Commenting on the news Gabriel Escarrer, executive vice president and CEO of Melia, said:

“I’m totally convinced that Me by Melia will find a natural home in this city, successfully responding to the demands of modern travellers for luxury experiences.

“I share the vision and commitment of both Malaga City Council and our partners in the project, aiming to make this hotel a benchmark for luxury, modernity and prosperity on the Costa del Sol.”

Last month it was announced that the former Rey Juan Carlos hotel in Barcelona would reopen as Miranda de Pedralbes, a Gran Melia Hotel following refurbishment works.

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