Millenium Acquires Asturias Hotel in Madrid from Platinum for €82 Million

1 November 2019 The socimi Millenium has acquired the former Asturias hotel in central Madrid from the Platinum Estates group, which is controlled by the Hong Kong-based investor Harry Mohinani, for €82 million.

Millenium plans to refurbish the hotel and reopen it in 2021 in conjunction with Marriott’s W Hotels brand., The hotel is on the central Madrid square of Canalejas.

The 5-star, 136-room hotel will have furniture inspired by angels’ wings, round beds and bathrooms with transparent walls. The larger rooms will have work areas, dressing rooms and terraces with private jacuzzis.

Original Story: Expansión – Rocío Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Millenium Hotels in Talks to Acquire the Former Asturias Hotel in Madrid

24 October 2019 – The Millenium Hotels socimi is in the midst of negotiations to acquire the former Asturias hotel on Madrid’s Plaza de Canalejas from the Hong Kong-based fund Platinum. The property, which includes two adjacent buildings with a total area of about 13,000 square meters, is reportedly worth 80 million.

It is believed that Marriott, which intends to open its first Marriott W hotel in Spain’s capital on the site, will invest another €25 million to renovate and tailor the asset to conform to the brand’s exigencies.

The future 5-star hotel will have 136 rooms on seven floors.

Original Story: Expansión – Rebeca Arroyo

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Hyatt to Operate 2 of Hesperia’s Hotels in Madrid & Barcelona

7 March 2019 – Expansión

After breaking off its alliance with NH last year, following that firm’s takeover by the Thai Group Minor, Hesperia is now joining forces with Hyatt. The US hotel giant is going to take over the operation of the two jewels in Hesperia’s crown: the Hesperia Madrid and the Hesperia Barcelona Tower. Hyatt will operate the two 5-star properties on a franchise basis under its Hyatt Regency brand from Q4 2019.

This deal forms part of a broader strategic approach by Hesperia, which has also teamed up with Apple Leisure Group for the management of four of its holiday hotels.

Original story: Expansión (by R. Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Catalonia Hotels Buys 2 Buildings in Málaga to Convert into 72-Room 4-Star Hotel

25 July 2018 – Press Release

Catalonia Hotels & Resorts has completed the purchase of two buildings in the historical centre of Málaga, whereby expanding its presence in Andalucía. This operation will involve an investment of €24 million, including the acquisition of both properties and the complete renovation of the existing homes. The purchase also involves the operation of 600 m2 of space devoted to retail premises.

The hotel, located at number 5 on the central Calle Puerta del Mar, plans to open its doors in 2020. Its installations will house 72 rooms, a restaurant, bar and fitness area.

This will be the seventh establishment for Catalonia Hotels & Resorts in Andalucía, where it already has two hotels in the town of Ronda, three in the city of Sevilla and one that it recently opened in the centre of Granada.

The company’s expansion department, led by Federico Holzmann, does not rule out continuing to study opportunities in the south of Spain. According to Holzmann, “Andalucía is a very attractive market for us, where tourism is continuing to grow. Towns such as Córdoba, Cádiz and Marbella, where we do not have a presence yet, could be interesting destinations for the expansion of our portfolio”.

At the national level, Catalonia Hotels & Resorts plans to open an establishment soon in San Sebastián and another in Bilbao, in addition to the expansions of its properties in Sevilla (Catalonia Santa Justa) and Menorca (Catalonia Mirador des Port).

In Europe, the chain is going to venture into the Italian market shortly with the upcoming opening of Catalonia Milano Centrale, and in Portugal with a new hotel in Oporto.

The 5 new projects share common traits, given that they will all be 4-star superior urban establishments, located in privileged, central and well-connected areas, and equipped with catering, leisure and wellness areas.

In addition, Catalonia Hotels & Resorts is going to expand its presence in the Caribbean with the construction of a 5-star All Inclusive resort on the Riviera Maya with 434 rooms located on the paradisiacal beach of Costa Mujeres.

Catalonia Hotels & Resorts 

A family run hotel chain founded in 1982 by the Vallet brothers. After starting out focusing on the real estate sector, the company inaugurated its first hotel establishment in 1983 to become one of the main hotel chains in Spain in just a few years. Currently, the company has 69 establishments, located in 22 different destinations: 57 hotels in Spain, two in Brussels, one in Berlin, 8 resorts in the Caribbean (4 in the Dominican Republic and 4 in Mexico) and one urban hotel in the city of Santo Domingo. At the moment, Catalonia Hotels & Resorts is a leading player in Barcelona, where it has more than 3,000 rooms.

Original story: Press Release

Translation: Carmel Drake