Gran Melia to open three properties in 2009

18 Feb 2009 by Mark Caswell

Spanish hotel
group Sol Melia will unveil three new properties under its premium Gran Melia
brand this year, including a new-build hotel in Shanghai.

Earlier this
month the group opened the doors to its renovated Gran Melia Colon property in
Seville, which had previously operated as Hotel Tryp Colon, another of Sol
Melia’s brands. The hotel is located in the city’s historic quarter, close to Seville’s
famous Giralda bell tower, and features 189 rooms and suites.

In June the group
will welcome its first hotel in China, the 687-room Gran Melia Shanghai. The
new-build property will be located in Pudong’s Lu Jia Zui
Financial District, and will feature 2,500sqm of spa facilities, including a health
club, fitness centre and swimming pool.

Finally the Gran
Melia Crete is slated for a summer 2009 opening, and will feature 250 ocean-facing
junior suites and 50 villas, as well as a marina and private beach. Sol Melia
also plans to open the Gran Melia Roma in the Italian capital next year.

The group says
the Gran Melia’s “seven essential points of differentiation” are: Red Glove
service (a play on the themes of white glove service and the red carpet), leading
hotels, meeting concierge facilities, resort designer pools, spa experiences and
signature dining concepts.

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