Baraka to Invest Nearly €20 Million to Acquire and Convert the Cinema Ideal into a 4-Star Hotel

8 November 2019 – Baraka is planning to convert the former Cinema Ideal in Alicante into a four-star hotel in a total investment of nearly twenty million euros. The firm is negotiating to buy the property from its current owners for approximately €6 million and to invest another 13 million euros in the renovation.

The firm is looking to convert the asset into a 60-room hotel, including a restaurant, gym and lounge bar. Baraka hopes to inaugurate the hotel in 2022. NH has agreed to operate the unit under its NH Collection brand during a 20-year lease.

Original Story: Alicante Plaza – Raúl Navarro

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

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

Boissée Finances to Build a Luxury Hotel in Madrid

1 November 2019 – The French hospitality group Boissée Finances has acquired an office building on Calle Fomento in Madrid from Princeton Investments for €45 million. Boissée plans to subsequently convert the asset into a 155-room luxury hotel.

The building has 10,700 square meters of surface area and is located on the Plaza de Santo Domingo, and is thus quite close to the Gran Vía. The hotel will have a large rooftop pool and terrace, therefore overlooking the Royal Palace and with a good view of the mountains.

Original Story: Expansión – Rebeca Arroyo

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

Bouygues to Build New Hotel in Nervión in Seville

21 October 2019 – The municipal government in Seville has granted the necessary permits and approvals for the French construction giant Bouygues to build a new hotel in the neighbourhood of Nervión in Seville. The building, located at Avenida de la Buhaira 2, was formerly occupied by offices of the multinational Abengoa. Bouygues Inmobiliaria acquired the asset, which had been unoccupied for a decade, for 17.5 million euros.

The French group now plans to invest €8,175,000 in the redevelopment, resulting in a three-star hotel. The new, 128-room unit will have five above-ground floors and four below-ground floors with 139 parking spaces. The plot of land has an irregular shape and a constructed surface area of ​​15,387 square meters, facing the streets of Luis Montoto and Blanco White.

Original Story: Diário de Sevilla – Manuel Ruesga

Photo: Juan Carlos Vázquez

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

FTI Group to Convert Former Stella Canaris into Major Eco-Resort

14 October 2019 The Pájara City Council granted the FTI Group authorisation to start the renovation and conversion of the six hotels that make up the former Stella Canarias complex in ​​Solana Matorral, the Canary Islands. The FTI Group will invest approximately 200 million euros in converting the 4,000-bed complex into an eco-resort while creating some 600 jobs in the process. The needed infusion of capital into the island’s economy and its municipal coffers comes after the area has taken a series of hard hits, including the bankruptcies of Thomas Cook, Air Berlin and Germania Wings.

The municipal permits give the FTI Group twelve months to begin the construction though the firm announced that it would already begin in 2020. The FTI Group plans on turning former Stella Canaris, which is located in front of one of the best beaches in Jandía, into a major eco-resort.

Original Story: Canarias 7 – Catalina García

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

The Student Hotel Raises €90-Million in Financing for New Investments

14 October 2019 The Netherlands-based student hotel group The Student Hotel (TSH) announced that it had obtained €90-million in bank financing Santander, Sabadell and HSBC. TSH will use the funds to build two new hotels in Madrid and Barcelona as well as to refinance its existing debts in Spain. The investments are part of a €2-billion investment strategy that the group plans to implement over the next five years in Europe.

TSH is currently working on three projects in Spain: Madrid La Imprenta (340 rooms), Barcelona Provençals (300 rooms) and the TSH San Sebastian (328 rooms).

Original Story: Hosteltur

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Xpandia to Invest €43 Million in Hotels in Valencia, Andalusia and Madrid

16 September 2019 – Xpandia, a developer specialising in building hotels, announced that it expects to invest a total of 43 million euros in eight assets throughout 2019. The company currently has five projects underway and is looking to acquire another three. All but one of the assets are located in Valencia and Andalusia. The last is in Madrid and would be Xpandia’s first investment in Spain’s capital.

Original Story: Eje Prime – Marc Vidal Ordeig

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Grupo Soluciones to Build Four New Developments in Cádiz

4 September 2019

The Cádiz-based Grupo Soluciones has started construction on two residential and two hotel developments in Costa Ballenas, in the municipality of Chipiona, in Cádiz. The four different plots of land have a total surface area of 91,000 square meters, all near to the beach, and cost Soluciones a total of more than 50 million euros. The firm expects to invest 200 million euros over the next four years. Work began on the first residential development, known as Eleven Views.

One of the news hotels will be a 60-million-euro four-star unit, located in front of the Costa Ballena lake. The adults-only hotel will have 330 rooms and will start operating in 2023. The second will be a five-star, luxury hotel, adjacent to the Best Costa Ballena hotel. The hotel is expected to be the target of an 85-million-euro investment (including the land). Grupo Soluciones expects to inaugurate the hotel in 2022. The firm is currently looking for operators to manage the two facilities.

Original Story: Tourinews

Photo: ABC

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

RIU Opens Major Hotel on Madrid’s Gran Vía

13 August 2019

This week, RIU announced the opening of its first hotel in Madrid after almost two years of renovations and a total investment of between 380 and 400 million euros.

The RIU Plaza España hotel on Madrid’s Gran Vía has 585 rooms and 5,000 square meters of event facilities, including 17 meeting rooms.

Original Story: Expansión – R. Arroyo

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner