Madrid, Spain, January 27, 2024 / TOP25HOTELS / After a complete renovation, and surrounded by 25,000 square metres of gardens, the hotel chain kicks off 2024 by restoring the splendour of one of Barcelona’s most iconic hotels. Designed by architect Carlos Ferrater and inaugurated during the 1992 Olympic Games, Gran Meliá has transformed the former Rey Juan Carlos I hotel into an urban oasis open to the city.
The new Torre Melina, named after the old 12th-century farmhouse on which the main building was constructed, is in a privileged location in the upper area of the Diagonal, next to the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya.
Contemporary and functional, the hotel features 391 rooms, including 61 suites; 18 indoor and outdoor function rooms, and a private rooftop with 360º views. The property also features Gran Meliá’s signature luxury amenities – including an exclusive RedLevel Lounge, spa and wellness facilities and restaurants. Torre Melina also has several outdoor pools and a heated pool.
The majestic and robust structure of the hotel is spread over sixteen floors in the heart of the gardens designed by landscape architect Josep Fontserè i Mestre, who conceived the Parc de la Ciutadella and designed Barcelona’s Born market. The abundant homages to architecture are also found inside the building, with a large vertical lobby that shows the floors of the rooms forming a set of polygonal lines that stagger the different surfaces.
Rooms and suites are divided into 14 categories, from entry-level Deluxe rooms to the exclusive Royal Penthouse Suite RedLevel. The RedLevel rooms and suites are located between the 10th and 15th floors, giving them all magnificent panoramic views of the mountains or the city. Among these, the One Bedroom RedLevel Long Stay suites stand out, featuring a bedroom, a separate en-suite living room, and a small kitchen.
The jewel is the 300m2 RedLevel Royal Penthouse Suite, a three-storey suite with its own dining room, living room, kitchen and rooftop.
The new suites and the shared areas represent one of the hotel’s most outstanding features after its renovation. The ASAH Studio by Álvaro and Adriana Sans, Meliá Hotels International partner and interior designer, has been in charge of the interior design, making it contemporary, enjoyable and sophisticated. The team paid particular attention to the pieces and tones that facilitate fluidity and make light a protagonist in a lobby that doubles as an amphitheatre.
The F&B spaces all offer an elegant and trendy atmosphere. Although the hotel prioritises the terraces for lunch, dinner or as a wedding venue in the middle of nature, the gastronomic options will be shaped both inside and outside the hotel in the coming months:
- Erre de Urrechu Barcelona: in this signature restaurant managed by Íñigo Urrechu, craftsmanship and experience merge with grilled cuisine. Located in the hotel lobby, this grill pays meticulous attention to the selection of ingredients, highlighting seasonal organic vegetables, wild fish and the most outstanding national and international meats. Diners can also enjoy an extensive menu with more than 200 wines.
- Beso Pedralbes: the Meliá brand is associated with the Beso brand, bringing the beach to the upper area of Barcelona. Located next to the Torre Melina pool, Beso Pedralbes will become the culinary space where guests can enjoy a complete experience with a taste of the sea and Basque embers in an all-over fun setting.
- Chroma by Erick Lorincz: Managed by Erik Lorincz, renowned as one of the industry’s most outstanding and talented mixologists, Chroma will be one of Barcelona’s hottest meeting spots. Winner of the prestigious Best Bartender of the Year 2010 award, founder of the Kwänt Restaurant in London and with more than two decades of experience, Lorincz brings his innovative flavours and creations to the hotel’s ground floor.
With these three gastronomic proposals, Torre Melina completes its kitchen with Gala and L’Amaranta, with an all-day dining service.
A few meters from the Polo Club of Barcelona, the David Lloyd Club Turó and Camp Nou, the new hotel by Meliá Hotels International’s luxury brand has been designed to open up to the city with an exceptional dining offer, as well as to offer a double experience: a perfect hotel for business travellers looking to disconnect in a unique natural environment, and for travellers visiting the city for pleasure and short and long holidays.
“RedLevel guests can expect an even more personalised service. They will also have access to VIP spaces and unique amenities” explains General Manager Ramón Vidal Castro.
Just one year after announcing the addition of this iconic property to Gran Meliá’s portfolio, the hotel chain opens the doors of the only establishment in its category in Barcelona: as the first Gran Meliá hotel and the twelfth property in Ciudad Condal, the opening of Torre Melina further reinforces the presence of Meliá Hotels International in the destination as a key player in the luxury hospitality segment in which architecture, gastronomy, art, design and the quality of its experiences shape the main cornerstones of the brand.
“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,” says Ramon Vidal Castro.
About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International has more than 400 hotels open or in the process of opening in more than 40 countries, and a portfolio of ten brands: Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, ME by Meliá, The Meliá Collection, Paradisus by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, ZEL, INNSiDE by Meliá, Falcon’s Resorts by Meliá, Sol by Meliá, and Affiliated by Meliá. The Company is one of the world’s leading hotel chains in the leisure segment and its experience in this area has allowed it to consolidate itself in the growing market of urban hotels inspired by leisure. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led it to be recognised as the world’s most sustainable hotel company in 2022 according to S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment, as well as being a “Top Employer 2023” brand in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Italy, Germany, France and Vietnam. Meliá Hotels International is also part of the IBEX 35.
About Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the first Spanish luxury hotel brand, which takes residence in some of the world’s most beautiful landmarks, combining timeless luxury, stunning architecture and Spanish culture. Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts offers exceptional experiences and services, which are a modern expression of Spanish culture. There are currently 18 Gran Meliá properties worldwide, with the brand continuing to expand its global footprint. All properties are located in the most important global travel destinations, such as Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques (Madrid, Spain), Gran Meliá de Mar (Mallorca, Spain), Gran Meliá Colón (Seville, Spain), Palazzo Cordusio (Milan, Italy), Gran Meliá Xi’an (China), Gran Meliá Sancti Petri (Cádiz, Spain), Gran Meliá Iguazú (Argentina) and Gran Meliá Nha Trang (Vietnam). The brand is set to expand further in Asia, with the launch of Gran Meliá Lombok within the next few years.