Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, marked the beginning of an 18-month construction project to give new life to the former La Fonda restaurant (and latterly catering school) by laying the foundation stone for a new hotel-restaurant on Monday.
When finished, the hotel will cover 1,448 square metres with 20 rooms and suites. Tesrol Property have made a 7.5-million-euro investment in the project which will bring together cuisine and history. Three existing buildings from different eras form part of the plan.
Tesrol Property has pledged three million euros of its investment to the restoration and conservation of the oldest of the three, which dates back to the 16th century.
The future hotel will also pay tribute to local culinary history, taking the name of the former well-known restaurant in Plaza del Santo Cristo. The old La Fonda restaurant used to host famous international actors, intellectuals and celebrities during the 1960s and 70s.
To further this culinary history, there will be a restaurant called La Fondona that will serve international cuisine, as well as two bars on the hotel patio and on the roof of the building's northern wing.
Muñoz highlighted that the project will "allow us to recover part of our recent history in Marbella, when La Fonda was an international gastronomic landmark".
Lauren Gilbert, the developer for the project, stressed that the building "has always been an important part of Marbella's history".
"We don't want to take that away. On the contrary, we want to open it up to those who live in the area and tourists," she said.