Several new luxury properties and hotel renovations have been announced this year in destinations like Madrid, Marbella, and the city of Palma in Mallorca. Here is the latest news on hotels in Spain.
Hotel Ritz, Madrid
Mandarin Oriental has announced a $121 million restoration project for the Hotel Ritz, Madrid, which began this winter. Hotel Ritz, Madrid closed on February 28 for a complete overhaul that’s expected to be completed at the end of 2019.
With the renovation, the hotel’s public spaces will change significantly. Mandarin Oriental is planning the reinstatement of a glass roof over the lounge, the way it was when the hotel first opened, and the main restaurant will be moved back to its original location. Plus, the hotel’s interior décor and facilities will receive a transformation by French designers Gilles & Boissier.
The 106 rooms and 47 suites will get an entirely new look, and there will be a new series of specialty suites, including the Royal Suite that will offer views of the Prado Museum. A new fitness center, indoor pool and bar will also be added. The palace is located in the “Golden Triangle of Art," with three major museums close by: the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza, and the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art.
Hotel Es Princep in Mallorca
The hotel in the Mediterranean isle of Mallorca opened in February, offering luxury accommodations and facilities as well as views of both the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Palma. The hotel is situated in the Calatrava neighborhood in Palma’s historic center.
There are 68 guestrooms and suites equipped with Le Labo bath amenities and large windows for taking in the views. Facilities include the panoramic rooftop terrace called Almaq, complete with a pool, and a spa equipped with a jacuzzi, sauna, and 60-foot swimming pool.
The dining concepts are overseen by chef Andreu Genestra. Bala Roja, named “Red Bullet” for the cannons that used to protect the city, will serve up local cuisine, while Mura is the spot for breakfast and afternoon snacks. Guests looking for a signature cocktail can head to Hotel Es Princep’s bar, Gremium.
Gran Hotel Inglés in Madrid
Originally opened in 1886, the Gran Hotel Inglés has been restored by Hidden Away Hotels with the help of the architecture and design firm, the Rockwell Group. This historic property will reopen on March 23 as a new luxury hotel and member of Leading Hotels of the World. Gran Hotel Inglés is located in the Barrio de las Letras, near the Atocha Madrid train station and the Puerta del Sol.
There will be 48 rooms, decorated with hardwood floors, padded leather wall panels, Art Deco details like bronze furniture and glass, as well as armchairs and fabrics designed by David Rockwell. The Meller Suite has a private terrace with a jacuzzi, while the Presidential Suite is equipped with an antique bar and freestanding bathtub. The numerous suites come with perks like complimentary champagne.
The hotel will also have a library with a fireplace, meeting and event space, two spa treatment rooms and a fitness center offering yoga, pilates, and personal training sessions with private instructors upon request. The general manager is Javier Polo, who previously served as director of operations at the Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid.
New Members for Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) added seven hotels in the Americas and Europe to its portfolio this January, including two in Spain: the Nobu Hotel Marbella and the Hotel Aguas de Ibiza. The collection now comprises over 500 hotels in more than 80 countries.
Nobu Hotel Marbella
The latest hotel from Nobu Hospitality is set to open on March 29 as an “adults-only beach retreat” offering VIP access to the Nobu restaurant and to nightlife in Marbella's Plaza Village. The five-star hotel includes a pool area, private club, beach and its restaurant, por supuesto.
Nobu Hotel Marbella’s 49 guestrooms are equipped with exclusive Nobu bedding, terraces, espresso machines and entertainment systems. The marble bathrooms include rain showers and products by Barcelona skincare brand Natura Bissé. In-room spa treatments are also available, but guests can also opt for treatments at the Six Senses Spa.
Hotel Aguas de Ibiza
This 112-room boutique hotel offers a contemporary style with sleek, white walls paired with stone and wood. The hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens, terraces, and three outdoor swimming pools. Mediterranean cuisine is available at the hotel's three restaurants including Vi Cool, a rooftop cocktail and tapas restaurant headed by two Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola. The hotel also offers activities and amenities such as paddle board yoga and the Revival Spa by Clarins.