2 March 2015 – Expansión
In Madrid’s Plaza de España, the hubbub of construction work is accompanying tourists as they journey into the commercial heart of the capital: Gran Vía. The Edificio España remains in tact (for the moment), as Wang Jianlin, the owner of Dalian Wanda, finalises the designs for his megaproject, which will include a hotel, shopping centre and homes.
The site that will house the future Hotel VP Plaza de España remains empty, but scaffolding is now up on the Torre Madrid, where Metrovacesa is refurbishing the building that will house a Barceló hotel – on one of the corners that Plaza de España shares with Gran Vía.
Plaza de España is also where the first of the hotels that is intended to revitalise the area will be opened. The area has been in decline since 2005, when Intercontinental closed its Hotel Crowne Plaza, which was located into the Edificio España building. Now, work is nearing completion on the Dear Hotel, a property that the Sebrango family acquired in 2012, after exercising a call option that Renta Corporación held over the building. The Sebrango family, which also owns the Hotel Chiqui (in Santander) have designed a four star hotel, with 162 rooms and it is scheduled to open on 15 May, on the day of San Isidro, one of the most important fiestas in the Spanish capital.
The Dear Hotel project, which will have its entrance on Gran Vía, 80, has required an investment of €30 million – including the purchase of the building and the work required to refurbish it. Previously, the property housed homes and offices.
The hotel will have 12 floors and there will be a roof terrace and restaurant on the top floor, which its owners hope will become an iconic space for the hosting of special events in the capital. The style (of the property) will be elegant and modern, and in terms of prices, the average room will cost between €150 and €160 per night. The price of the suites will range between €250 and €300 per night and the hotel will create between 70 and 80 new jobs.
“It will be a four star hotel due to the individuality of the building, but the service and quality will be on a par with a luxury establishment”, explains its director, Francisco Sebrango. According to the owner’s forecasts, more than 60% of the hotel’s guests will be foreigners.
Since purchasing the building, the Sebrango family has received numerous offers to sell or transfer the operation of the hotel. Nevertheless, they have decided to pursue their original strategy and operate the hotel themselves. “We considered the option of a franchise agreement, but in the end we ruled that out. We want to create a unique hotel and we believe that it has the most value in our hands”.
Original story: Expansión (by Yovanna Blanco)
Translation: Carmel Drake