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BY Valeska Idarraga · DESTINATIONS SECRETS · August 24, 2016

6 NEW LUXURY HOTEL OPENINGS IN SPAIN

The luxury hotel industry is shaking up in Spain, and the fourth quarter of 2016 will see the emergence of various opulent establishments of very diverse styles. Whether urban or leisure oriented, the new stars are coming to satisfy a growing demand for refinement and ethos-oriented sleeping options, where a distinguished character naturally stands out and soul-placement is the new must. Spain is trendier than ever, so keep an eye on these six new openings.

1. GRAN MELIÁ PALACIO DE LOS DUQUES, MADRID

The new Grand Meliá Palacio De Los Duques has recently opened in the heart of Madrid. A five minutes’ walk from the Royal Palace, this new Meliá flagship springs with both history and glamour. This sophisticated hotel comprises of a combination of two great buildings, which are a 13th century convent and the 19th century palace of Dukes of Granada de Ega which overtime have been upgraded into a marvelous structure. The area surrounding Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques Madrid is well-known for its shopping and for its walking proximity to Plaza Mayor and Plaza de España. The hotel is endorsed by The Leading Hotels of the World.

Melia Palacio de los Duques, Madrid

2. MERCER SEVILLA, SEVILLE

Mercer Sevilla will be the second five stars Grand Luxury in Seville (being Alfonso XIII Luxury Collection from Starwood the iconic luxury property). Located at the hearth of the historic city of Seville, this small palace, born from a building which dates back to 1880, features 12 exclusive rooms and suites, an upscale restaurant for twenty, and a lively bar and lounge – the bar will provide memorable views over the city. The rooftop terrace will double as a place to sunbathe and take dips in the pool.

Hotel Mercer Sevilla, Seville

3. GRAN HOTEL MIRAMAR, MÁLAGA

Gran Hotel Miramar means the rebirth of a classic and represents the first ever five star grand luxury hotel in the city of Málaga; the Costa del Sol goes one step further in its sophistication. This gracefully designed architectural masterpiece – inaugurated in 1926 as Hotel Príncipe de Asturias – is beautifully placed at the foot of the Mediterranean, by the Caleta beach. What makes it even better is that it is just 5 minutes away from the cities top museums. The spectacular sea views and the 200 rooms with a sense of artistic proficiency – of which 29 suites – come at a time when the city is gaining attention among the international art scene and its gastronomy is taking on the Basque and Catalan forerunners.

Gran Hotel Miramar, Malaga

4. SOHO HOUSE BARCELONA, BARCELONA

Soho House club lands in Barcelona. Soho House Barcelona is reinvented in 18th-century building on the Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli in the city’s Gothic Quarter neighborhood, with rooms that face the Port Vell harbor. That’s a short walk away from the iconic Las Ramblas and from the Gaudí-designed Palau Güell. The brand is opening its latest outpost in Barcelona this fall. It’s the first of it kind in Spain, and hints at the company’s growing presence in the global hotel world. Soho House Barcelona features 57 rooms from tiny to large, as well as a rooftop pool with views over the city and the sea, house club, a House Kitchen, Club Bar, sitting room and game room, Cecconi’s restaurant and Cowshed spa as well as a 30-seat movie theatre.

Soho House Barcelona, Barcelona

5. HARD ROCK HOTEL TENERIFE, TENERIFE

Following the successful launch of Europe’s first Hard Rock Hotel in Ibiza in May 2014, the second European Hard Rock Hotel opens in Tenerife in October of 2016. Located off the northwestern coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic Spanish island of Tenerife is one of the world’s most captivating destinations. The luxury resort is located in sunny southern coast near Adeje, and for some of the best views of the island, the rooftop sky lounge bar, located on level 17 overlooks some of Tenerife’s most impressive scenery, from the majestic Teide; Europe’s highest volcanic cone and Spain’s tallest mountain, to the lesser known Canary Island of La Gomera. With 624 state-of-the-art rooms – of which 236 suites – the hotel promises so much more than a place to stay. “Every Hard Rock Hotel takes the spirit of a place and blends it with our vibrant collection of music and memorabilia. Anything can happen” according to the group mission.

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, Tenerife

6. MADRID’S SECOND RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX, MADRID

Gabriel García Alonso , owner of the landmark Hotel Orfila in Madrid , will open a second luxury boutique establishment this coming October at Principe de Vergara street. Like the Orfila, it will be affiliated to the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, becoming the second hotel in the capital that has the support of the 60 years old brand that is a unique benchmark of excellence in the field of hospitality and fine dining. As stated in the media, the hotel will have 36 luxury rooms and the restaurant is key to the project, and will be led by a renowned two Michelin-starred chef. Stay tuned.

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