Lobby du futur Radisson Blu Barcelone Sagrada Familia. Lobby of the future Radisson Blu Barcelona Sagrada Familia.

The Radisson Group will strengthen its presence in Spain next spring by entering a key market for business and leisure travelers, Barcelona. For the occasion, the group will affix its Radisson Blu flag to an existing establishment, the Hotel Barcelona 1882, located in the Eixample district, 450 meters from the famous Sagrada Familia. Its name pays homage to Gaudi’s major work – 1882 is the year it was built – but, alongside this evocation of the past, the hotel also looks to the future with a sustainable ambition in line with the times, materialized by a LEED Gold certification.

Also close to the city center, the Radisson Blu Barcelona Sagrada Familie, soon to be managed by the upscale brand, will offer 182 rooms to its guests, including two junior suites, as well as a bar and a restaurant. Business travelers will find 120 square meters of meeting space, as well as a rooftop terrace with a pool and a view of the nearby Sagrada Familia.

The move to the Radisson Blu brand is the result of a partnership with Union Investment. ” With this transaction, Radisson Hotel Group demonstrates its confidence in the market and its commitment to expanding its presence throughout Spain, supported by its recent and upcoming openings in Seville, Bilbao and Madrid,” commented Valerie Schuermans

, vice president of business development for Radisson Hotel Group.

While the hotelier has only a handful of establishments in the country, including the Radisson Collection opened in recent months in Seville and Bilbao, the Radisson Group’s ambition is to open more than 20 hotels in Spain in the next five years. The next address announced is the first appearance of the Radisson RED lifestyle brand in Spain, with a hotel conveniently located in downtown Madrid.