21 July 2017 – Expansión
At the beginning of 2019, when the 22 luxury homes are completed in the Canalejas Complex, the Four Seasons hotel will also open its doors. It will be the famous Canadian chain’s first establishment in Spain.
The hotel will contain 200 rooms, the smallest of which will have a minimum surface area of 45 m2 (a standard room) and the largest of which will span 400 m2 (the Presidential and Royal suites). “From the start, we were clear that the ideal brand for Madrid was Four Seasons. The city does not have any major luxury hotel operators, whereas Paris and London have 15 or 20”, explained Francisco Meliá, CEO at OHL Desarrollos.
The hotel is being designed by the team at Lamela Arquitectos (which is taking care of the entire project to restore the complex) and the US interior design studio Bamo. “Four Seasons estimate that around 65,000 people per year will visit the hotel”, said Meliá. “The brand did not have any hotels in Spain and so this is a very important milestone for it. In fact, the firm is now looking at other locations in Madrid and Marbella”, he added.
The objective of Four Seasons Canalejas will be to take advantage of the tourism that already comes to Spain, but also to attract a new luxury audience, says Meliá. “Four Seasons has a unique service culture. For example, there will be a ratio of two employees per room. Moreover, the staff receive unique training so that they never have to say no to a client”.
The rooms at the Four Seasons will be the most expensive in Madrid (currently, that record is held by the Villa Magna). “The hotel prices will range from €500 for a single room to €12,000 for a suite, per night.
In addition to the 200 rooms, the hotel will house two restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and a spa. “In the case of the restaurants, the staff serving will be employed by Four Seasons but we are talking with high-profile operators both from Spain and overseas regarding the management of the restaurant, given that the intention is for these restaurants to be set a new benchmark in the city, both for tourists and Madrilenians”, said Meliá.
Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)
Translation: Carmel Drake