by Michael J. Shapiro | October 08, 2014
The 432-room Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I in Barcelona, Spain, will be rebranded as the Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I, Barcelona, later this fall. Fairmont will soon assume management of the property and will begin extensive renovations in 2015, keeping the property open for business throughout the process. The hotel, designed by architect Carlos Ferrater and first opened for the 1992 Olympic Games, won the National Prize for Architecture in 1993. On-site are the Polo Restaurant and Club Lounge, as well as a lobby bar and 26,900 square feet of meeting and event space. A fitness center and a spa provide 13 treatment rooms and both indoor and outdoor pools. The hotel is surrounded by nearly 270,000 square feet of Mediterranean gardens and is a short walk from the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, a convention center with 43,000 square feet of exhibit space.