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Hotel History

The 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona were historic for many reasons. The city underwent extensive redevelopment and on Avenida Diagonal a special project was taking shape; the construction of the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I. The hotel was designed by renowned Catalan architect Carlos Ferrater and won the National Architecture prize in 1993. The design makes a dramatic statement with the modernist angularity of the exterior and juxtaposed façade of glass and concrete. The development of this unique urban resort includes five thousand tons of steel, more than 75.000 sq. m of concrete and 10.700 sq. m of glass surfaces. Its 16 floors lend emphasis to its breathtaking 2160 sq. m atrium hall, with panoramic elevators.

During the Olympic Games the hotel was used to host heads of state, presidents, prime ministers and royal families from all over the world and has been a home from home for many famous faces ever since. In 2014 the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I became part of the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts family and began an ambitious renovation project to include all rooms and suites, lobby and common areas by the prestigious London based hospitality design studio Richmond International.

This unique urban resort in Europe is nestled in vast centenary gardens. The complex features 432 elegant guest rooms and suites, 5 permanent and seasonal restaurants and lounges, 24 interior and exterior event spaces including a lake area and 2 outdoor swimming pools. Also, within the hotel grounds are the Royal Polo Club Fitness & Spa and a world-class convention center in the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya.

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