Motel One, the rapidly expanding German budget design hotel chain, has won the bidding for and purchased its first property in Barcelona – with their first Spanish opening set for 2016.The deal is worth over €14 million, with the hotel set to have approximately 300 rooms and be located on Passeig Pujades. Central locations are a key brand trademark, with Motel One Barcelona set to be no exception. Passeig Pujades runs alongside one of the city’s biggest parks; Parc De La Ciutadella and is also within a short walking distance of the famous streets of Las Ramblas not to mention the beach and bustling port.
Motel One will be the investor and operator of the hotel. The opening will be the brand’s first property in Spain, though further expansion plans are steadily gathering pace and are focused on European metropolises including Madrid and Amsterdam. Motel One are interested in taking on long lease building contracts or investing into new properties. The Barcelona hotel will be a complete new build property.
Of the latest edition to the Motel One portfolio the groups Marketing and PR Director Mrs Schelle said “We are thrilled to be adding a hotel in Barcelona to our expanding portfolio of properties. It is an exciting development and a great start to 2014. Location is key to us in every site we take on and this new location in Barcelona fits our city centre concept perfectly.”
This news comes just before Motel One’s second UK hotel will open its doors in Edinburgh this Spring, with London, Glasgow and Manchester set to follow over the next two years. The brand is going from strength to strength with its portfolio currently standing at 46 hotels across Germany, Austria and UK with an offering of approximately 10,290 rooms. Motel One’s objective is to grow the brand portfolio to 72 hotels and 18,000 rooms by 2016.
Further openings in 2014 will include: Berlin, Bremen, Brussels, Cologne, Frankfurt, Leipzig, London, Magdeburg and Vienna.