The latest edition to Malaga’s burgeoning hotel scene is getting close to opening its doors. The Gran Hotel Miramar is nearing the end of a two-year restoration and is expected to see its first guests staying overnight from the second half of next month.
The five-star Gran Miramar project, on the Paseo Marítimo in the La Malagueta area, is a 65 million euro investment in an historic hotel building first opened in the 1920s but not used as a hotel for many years. Its last use was as the city’s law courts.
Hoteles Santos, the new operators, have said that they plan to open the building with a gala dinner for all the workers who have been involved in returning it to its former glory.
Israel Martínez, hotel director, explained that it was a company tradition to thank those working on its new hotels this way and that guests would also be invited to spend the night to test out the hotel rooms.
No date has been announced for when the general public will be able to stay, however the website has been accepting reservations since July this year for next March and rooms from mid-January were also recently put on sale.
Of the 200 rooms in the restored building, 120 are expected to be filled regularly with conference guests and the rest occupied by independent travellers. Up to 700 guests can be hosted in the different function rooms and there are already around thirty bookings for weddings.
Fitting out is underway
Workers continue to put the finishing touches to the site, including to the 9,000 square metres of ornamental gardens that have been restored and relandscaped.
This week furniture and supplies have begun arriving at the hotel and recruitment of most of the staff is under way. Some 75 people will start work initially, rising to 120 in high season.
The Gran Miramar, originally opened as the Hotel Príncipe de Asturias, was once the height of fashion, regularly receiving royalty and film stars, including Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth.