ME by Meliá, the most innovative brand under the Meliá Hotels International umbrella, will also open in Milan and Miami this year and in Dubai in 2016

Palma de Mallorca, February 2, 2015 – Meliá Hotels International has announced the addition of a new five star hotel in Barcelona to be operated under the ME by Meliá flag, the company’s most innovative brand. ME by Meliá is already a great success in cities such as London and Madrid and in the world’s top resort destinations, and is growing very selectively in the capitals of fashion, finance and culture.

Located in the heart of the city on calle Caspe, the new ME Barcelona will provide 173 rooms and all the brand’s attributes and standards, including the “Aura Manager” to personally attend to the stay of each and every guest, ensuring a truly unique and unforgettable experience. The hotel will also offer innovative dining options, business and social areas, and the latest technology, aiming to become the new hub of the city’s social life. To stay one step ahead, ME hotels work with prestigious international partners such as New York-based “The One Group” in London and Miami, “En Compañ’a de Lobos” in Madrid and Mallorca, and the famous “Nikki Beach” in Mallorca and Ibiza.

Actual Capital Advisor, a company dedicated to the management of real estate projects in several countries, and with operations in Barcelona, Warsaw and New York, is responsible for the overall development of the project which will be completed in 2017. This development involves the demolition of the current building – the site of the former Hotel Barcelona – and the construction of a new 15-level building (five in the basement, plus 9 floors and roof terrace) as well as a car park and retail outlets. OUA, led by Jordi Artigas and Fito Architects, will be responsible for the design of the project and construction management, respectively. A hallmark of the ME brand is the involvement of the finest architects and designers, such as Zaha Hadid in Dubai, Norman Foster in London, and Aldo Rossi in Milan, amongst others.

According to Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, “We really wanted to create a truly stunning project for our ME brand in Barcelona, to be measured against the hotels the brand already has in London and Madrid, and the ones that will open soon in Miami, Milan and Dubai. Thanks to its features and location, the future ME Barcelona is the hotel that we dreamed about for this universal city.”