The iconic Byblos hotel on Mijas Golf is set to reopen its doors in 2022, as major refurbishment and rebuilding works started on Wednesday after the hotel lay abandoned for more than a decade.
The milestone event was marked by a presentation attended by Mijas mayor Josele González, who described the progress made as "very hopeful" in such a bad year for the industry.
Intriva, who acquired the hotel in 2019, will invest about 14 million euros in the works and has partnered with Marugal Hotel Management that will operate it under a Hyatt brand on a franchise deal.
Together with the price the new owners paid for the establishment, the total investment adds up to close to 50 million euros. This, however, will be supported by the Andalusian Urban Development Fund through a 20-million-euro financing operation, using funds mainly from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and from the Andalusian regional government.
The previous owners of the hotel, Ayco, had acquired the site, which has been closed since 2010, with the aim of operating it themselves. However, in the end they never applied for the building permit for reasons which are not yet apparent.
Changes to the original plan
Although a large part of Ayco's project remains, the reforms do have some substantial changes that have reduced the overall cost of the work. The main difference is that the original plan had a two-floor underground car park which has now been left out to save around ten million euros.
In addition, the new owner will build an extra floor on top of the three existing ones in order to accommodate a penthouse level.
The aim is to reach a total of around 215 rooms, and as sources consulted have explained, there will be "significant" work to alter the interior but the intention is not to touch the façade beyond minor alterations in order to "maintain the essence" of the original Hotel Byblos. The aim of the refurbishment is to give new life to the space while maintaining its five-star classification.
The hotel, which will be part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, is on a plot of 50,873 square metres in the Mijas Golf development and boasts private sports facilities.
Work should be finished by the end of next year.