Junior suite du ME Barcelone. One of the junior suites at ME Barcelona.

The Spanish group Melia will soon open a new page in the history of its luxury and lifestyle brand ME by Melia. After Madrid, Ibiza and Sitges in Spain, but also Milan, London and Dubai – the latter being one of the last creations of the architect Zaha Hadid

, who has since passed away – the ME brand is preparing to make its debut in Barcelona, at the corner of the famous Passeig de Gràcia.

With 164 rooms and suites, the ME Barcelona is awaiting its opening, scheduled for 25 November, and from that date onwards professionals visiting the Catalan metropolis will be able to discover a contemporary establishment with a design by Mur Arquitectos and ASAH. Its furnishings have been designed by Patricia Urquiola, Ronan & Ewan Bouroullec and Jaime Hayón, while its architectural concept has been created by the Barcelona studio FITARQ, and the transformation of the building housing the hotel will take six years.

Between contemporary art and innovative design, the brand’s creative spirit is also reflected in three trendy gastronomic concepts with two restaurants created by the Belbo Collection group – the Mediterranean table Terrenal and the Italian restaurant Fasto – and the cocktail bar Luma, which opens onto a landscaped terrace of over 1,000 m2.

The hotel, which has a total of nearly 3,000 m2 of open-air space, has a proven sustainable dimension, with its own urban vegetable garden supplying its restaurants and the use of renewable energy with solar panels on the roof and the recovery of heat from the air-conditioning system for domestic hot water and heating the pool in winter. Because there is a swimming pool, obviously on the rooftop, on the eighth floor, the roof terrace overlooking Plaça Catalunya. For relaxation, the hotel also adds a spa and an ultramodern gym equipped with the latest Technogym machines.