Gran Melia brand debuts in Barcelona

4 Feb 2024 by Mark Caswell
Hotel Torre Melina Gran Meliá (image supplied by Fox Communications)

Meliá Hotels International has added the first Barcelona property under its luxury Gran Melia brand.

Last year the group announced plans to take over the management of the city’s former Rey Juan Carlos I hotel, which had been closed since 2020.

The property – which is located next to the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya – has now been renovated and renamed Torre Melina, after the 25,000 sqm gardens which surround the hotel.

Features include 391 rooms over sixteen floors, as well as a new three-storey RedLevel Presidential Suite, three swimming pools, an artificial beach, 18 events spaces, a spa and a private rooftop with 360-degree views.

Guests staying in RedLevel rooms and suites will also have access to “reserved areas, personalised attention, and premium service”.

Hotel Torre Melina Gran Meliá (image supplied by Fox Communications)

F&B options include signature restaurant Erre de Urrechu Barcelona, experiential dining venue Beso Pedrables, and Chroma Bar by mixologist Erick Lorincz.

First opened 25 years ago by the King and Queen of Spain for the 1992 Olympics, the Rey Juan Carlos became a Fairmont hotel in 2014, and Business Traveller last reviewed the property in 2017.

Hotel review: Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona

This week Meliá also announced plans to open its first Meliá Collection hotel in Madrid later this year.

The former Hotel Madrid Atocha – which was already affiliated with Meliá – will become Casa de las Artes, Member of Meliá Collection, and will feature “an innovative restaurant-theatre concept, allowing guests not only to indulge in exquisite flavours, but also to be part of a live show that unfolds around them”.

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