Argentinean President inaugurates 6-star hotel by Iguazu Falls

by | Dec 13, 2018 | News

Argentinean President Mauricio Macri inaugurated the country’s first-ever six-star hotel in Puerto Iguazu.

Argentinean President Mauricio Macri inaugurated the country’s first-ever six-star hotel in Puerto Iguazu, in the province of Misiones in northeast Argentina.

The Gran Melia is in a complex owned by the Spanish chain of the same name. The recently renovated swanky hotel is located within the Iguazu National Park just meters from the famous Iguazu Falls.

The most economical hotel suite costs 11,200 Argentinean pesos ($300) per night. Many of the rooms have a direct view to the waterfalls.

President Macri announced that next May, a Iguazu-Madrid flight would be launched to boost international tourism. During the property’s reopening ceremony, Macri was accompanied by the Governor of Misiones, Hugo Passalacqua as well as commerce and industry officials.

Addressing the gathering, President Macri said: “Tourism plays a central role. We are connecting Iguazu with the world.” When the Iguazu-Madrid air route opens in May 2019, it is hoped the current number of 1.6 million tourist visits will reach 2 million.

“This means jobs for many Argentineans,” declared the president.

With the re-inauguration, the hotel officially changes its name from Melia to Gran Melia — the brand that identifies with luxury resorts of the chain.

“These hotels are characterized by being in exotic places, iconic destinations and provide sophisticated services,” the chain said in a statement. The Gran Melia Iguazu required a total investment of $80 million, between the purchase of the property and the refurbishment.

The remodelling incorporated 10 new rooms to the building to reach a total of 183. An exclusive access area with VIP services has been added to the third and last floor, where the deluxe rooms and suites are located.

The most important of these is the royal suite, featuring 344 square meters distributed across two floors, and with a private pool.

The main attraction of the complex is its location in the heart of the Misiones jungle, inside the Iguazu National Park. Many of its rooms have a direct view of the Garganta del Diablo, the most impressive cascade of Iguazu Falls.

According to the hotel’s website, the cost of the stay starts at 11,200 pesos ($300) per night.

The venture is owned by Albwardy Investment, based in the United Arab Emirates. The firm operates more than 30 luxury hotels around the world.

The interiors and design of Gran Melia Iguazu was spearheaded by Argentine Jennifer Bazan.

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