Hotel moratorium ends in Barcelona: first new property approved since 2015 [Infographic]

by | Jul 8, 2019 | Chains

The City of Barcelona previously had a moratorium on new hotel constructions in place.

After a 4-year construction moratorium on hotels, Barcelona has once more given the green light for a new property development project

Leonardo Hotels recently announced the construction of a new 204-key, 4-star superior establishment in Barcelona.

It will be close to Fira Barcelona and will be the first hotel to be built in Barcelona, ​​following the moratorium announced in 2015.

Leonardo Royal Hotel Fira Barcelona will be Leonardo Hotels’ fourth hotel in the Catalonian capital and first under the Leonardo Royal Hotels brand. The company emerged in the Spanish market four years ago and has launched a total of nine properties in Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Granada and Bilbao since then.

Hotel construction unpaused

The Barcelona City Council has approved this new project which will generate 50 new jobs and add a high-class property to Barcelona’s hotel market.

The council’s previous moratorium on hotels had kept many projects from becoming reality. According to HOSTELTUR, approximately 33 other projects had to be abandoned so the council’s go-ahead for Leonardo Hotels might have come as a surprise to some.

To get approval from the city council, Leonardo Hotels first needed to comply with all urban, environmental and sustainability requirements.

The project will be carried out by TDA Arquitectura y Urbanismo, in partnership with Acsa, Obras e Infraestructuras and Sorigué Group. Construction is set to begin soon to make the planned opening date at the end of 2020.

Barcelona remains top market for hotels

Daniel Roger, Managing Director of Leonardo Hotels Europe & UK, says this project shows Spain continues to be a priority destination for his group’s expansion and Barcelona remains an attractive city for travellers from around the world.

“This hotel’s opening reflects the high demand for Barcelona as a destination, both as a tourist getaway and for business trips. Also, under the umbrella of our Leonardo Royal Hotels brand, we want to offer travellers a unique accommodation experience which meets all their needs and allows them to experience the essence of this vibrant city,” says Roger.

Shay Raz, Managing Director of Leonardo Hotels in Spain, underlines that: “Spain, in general, and Barcelona, ​​specifically, are synonymous with stable tourism and quality. For that reason, we trust this city will have a bright future in terms of tourism and hospitality.”

“We thank the City of Barcelona for making ours the first approved project after the moratorium and, surely, the first of many other future projects,” says the head of expansion of Leonardo Hotels in the Spanish market.

The strategic location of the future Leonardo Royal Hotel Fira Barcelona is another aspect highlighted by Raz.

“Fira de Barcelona is known around the world as a business and meeting centre for companies and for contributing decisively to the city’s development as a tourist destination. Also, this hotel comes to complete our accommodation offer in Barcelona, ​​with a location close to Fira, the airport and the entire Montjuïc area,” Mr Raz adds.

A look inside the property

A digital rendering of Leonardo Hotels’ newest project in Barcelona

Leonardo Royal Hotel Fira Barcelona will occupy an 11-storey building, with an infinity pool on its rooftop terrace, enjoying great panoramic views.

The hotel will have three meeting rooms for 300 delegates and 150 parking spaces. The decoration will follow a contemporary and elegant line, coordinated by the company’s interior designer, Andreas Neudahm.

Room categories will include rooms specially designed for businesswomen, and overall come with all desirable comforts guests need to rest after a day of work, including details such as soft bathrobes, fresh flowers and premium amenities.

Looking at Spain, the TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION online database as identifies 75 new hotels scheduled to open in the next couple of years:

Let’s take a look at some more upcoming hotels by the Leonardo brand:

Leonardo Hotel Europaallee

Leonardo Hotel Burgwall Dortmund

Leonardo Hotel Offenbach



Leonardo Hotels are designed to cater to the special requirements of business travellers as well as those of event participants, travel groups or weekend travellers.


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