Gran Meliá, by Meliá Hotels International, has announced its arrival in Barcelona with the opening of Torre Melina. Designed by architect Carlos Ferrater, inaugurated during the 1992 Olympic Games, the former Rey Juan Carlos I and its surrounding 25,000square metres of gardens have been transformed into a modern-day city-centre oasis.
Located next to the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, Torre Melina offers a contemporary and functional experience, spread over sixteen floors, with 391 bright and spacious rooms, including 61 suites. The new luxury hotel, also features a spectacular three-storey suite, three swimming pools, an artificial beach, 18 indoor and outdoor function rooms, a private rooftop with 360 degree views, and exclusive amenities such as the RedLevel Lounge, spa and wellness facilities.
Overseen by ASAH Studio, the interior design ensures a sophisticated and enjoyable atmosphere, placing an emphasis on fluidity and light throughout and especially in the lobby, which also functions as an amphitheatre. Nestled on the 14th floor, the One Bedroom ‘RedLevel Presidential Suite’ features an elegant open plan design, which seamlessly blends a sophisticated living room with a fully equipped kitchen, providing guests with the convenience of crafting meals throughout the day. The ‘RedLevel Royal Penthouse Suite’ unfolds across three stories with a dedicated dining room, expansive living area, fully equipped kitchen, and an exclusive rooftop, which truly elevates the guest experience.
The hotel offers an extensive choice of F&B outlets, including signature restaurant, Erre de Urrechu Barcelona where expert craftsmanship meets grilled cuisine, resulting in an array of flavourful dishes. Further building on Meliá’s relationship with the Beso brand, bringing the beach to the city, Beso Pedrables is located next to the hotel’s pool and will provide an experiential dining experience for guests and locals alike. Set on the hotel’s ground floor, Chroma bar is set to become the city’s hottest meeting spot; conceptualised by Erick Lorincz, one of one of the industry’s most celebrated mixologists and founder of the Kwänt Restaurant in London, Lorincz will serve up innovative flavours and creations. Torre Melina’s kitchen is complete with Gala and L’Amaranta, with an all-day dining service.
“A project as ambitious as this is symbolic, embodying the greatness of a city and paying tribute to the Olympic spirit that lives on three decades later,” commented Ramon Vidal Castro, General Manager, Torre Melina. The new hotel aims to become a leading name in luxury and leisure tourism in 2024, catering to both business travellers and those seeking an oasis in the city-centre. The opening of Torre Melina Gran Meliá further reinforces Meliá Hotels International as a key player in Barcelona’s luxury hospitality segment, combining architecture, gastronomy, art, design and quality experiences.
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