NH Hotel Group opens new five star hotels in Madrid and BarcelonaStaff Writer | November 22, 2016
NH Hotel Group’s most exclusive brand, NH Collection, opened two five-star hotels: NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón, in Barcelona, and NH Collection Suecia, in Madrid.
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Another 8 properties will be added globally between 2016 and 2018, across Mexico, Chile, France, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Spain.
Both hotels are located in landmark buildings in the city centre, and combine careful attention to detail, exceptional services, unique spaces, the latest technologies and an excellent gastronomic offering.
These two launches are another demonstration of the Group continuing to invest in and develop distinctive, high quality accommodation in major cities around the world.
Located on the Rambla de Catalunya, the central and vibrant promenade that crosses the heart of Barcelona, NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón has been transformed into one of the city’s most iconic five star hotels, becoming the flagship for the brand and the company in Catalonia.
After thorough refurbishment, the hotel’s interior design pays tribute to avant-garde Barcelona without forfeiting innovation and new technologies, epitomised by a 56 m2 LED video wall in the lobby, which is unique in the city.
To its 255 rooms (163 Superior, 63 Premium, and 14 Junior Suites) the hotel has added 10 rooms for events and meetings, with a total of 700 m2 and capacity for 350 people, together with a spectacular terrace with pool and solarium, and magnificent views over the city, which make it perfect for outdoor events.
The gastronomic offering brings together chef Andrea Tumbarello (4 Repsol Suns) and the Don Giovanni Restaurant, which offers the best of Italian cuisine along with creations based on seasonal produce that combine exotic ingredients and classic dishes.
The historic Hotel Suecia, that played host to figures like Ernesto Che Guevara and Ernest Hemingway, who lived there for long periods, has been reborn, after complete renovation, as a five star NH Collection hotel, the third for the brand in Madrid.
With 123 rooms (76 Superior, 33 Premium and 11 Junior Suites), the company has chosen Scandinavian inspired stylish and cosy décor for this hotel, from interior designers Lázaro Rosa-Violán and Mercedes Isasa.
Together they have achieved a pleasant feeling of warmth in all its spaces by using fine woods for walls, floors and furnishings, and by playing with natural and artificial light.
The location of NH Collection Suecia is one step away from the main tourist attractions of Spain's capital, and particularly what is known as the "Art Walk", a route along which there are more than a dozen world-class museums and art galleries, including the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum of Contemporary Art.
NH's commitment to high quality cuisine and culinary trends is expressed in the Casa Suecia restaurant, the new gastronomic offering that the Catalan Lluis Canadell has brought to Madrid.
Traditional Mediterranean dishes with an international nod are perfect for matching with signature cocktails in the speakeasy accessed through the restaurant toilets, harking back to the days of Prohibition. ■