Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) has reached a franchise agreement with Grupo Avintia to bring Curio - A Collection by Hilton to Ibiza's historic town centre. The 33-guestroom Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza will welcome guests all-year-round and is set to open this summer, marking Hilton's debut on The White Isle.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide said, "Ibiza is the perfect location to welcome Spain's first Curio. The island has a considerable reputation as an upscale summer destination and is world renowned as one of Spain's most frequented and vibrant destinations. Gran Hotel Montesol will be one of the few internationally branded hotels on Ibiza, and as a part of the Curio collection it will benefit from Hilton's prime commercial engine while maintaining all of its unique character and charm."
Established in 1933, the hotel was the first purpose-built hotel established on Ibiza and was used as a military barracks during the Spanish Civil War. The building is recognised as a site of heritage and cultural interest by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and many of the hotel's historic features, such as its characteristic neoclassical white and yellow façade will be retained as part of the new designs.
A Mediterranean gem, the port town of Ibiza is a UNESCO World Heritage site with cobbled streets peppered with world-class restaurants, trendy boutiques and exclusive nightclubs. Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza is located in a quaint neighbourhood of the town, in sight of the busy harbour on the central plaza of Vara del Rey. Many of the hotel's guestrooms will have balconies overlooking the lofty 14th century cathedral of Santa Maria d'Eivissa, which sits atop the Dalt Vil, the town's highest point.
Carlos Berrozpe, managing director of ADH Hoteles, Grupo Avintia's hotel management arm, said, "This property is one of the icons of Ibiza and we are tremendously proud to be working with Hilton on reinstating the luxury and elegance of this famed hotel for visitors to the island to enjoy throughout the year. This project, with Hilton's seasoned hospitality experience and commercial capabilities, will be a great addition to our portfolio of hotels".
Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza will be less than 10km from Ibiza's airport and a short distance from some of the island's most famous nightclubs and beaches. Ibiza is an island of great natural beauty, with some of the Mediterranean's most picturesque beaches.
Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza will have a restaurant on the ground floor as well as a rooftop terrace that can be used as an exclusive meeting space for business travellers. Part of the restoration and the interior of the hotel will be designed by prestigious Spanish designer Lazaro Rosa Violan.
Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton, said: "With its fascinating history and elegant look-and-feel this landmark hotel is a sought-after addition to the Curio collection. The well-balanced synergy of the island's legendary nightlife and its long history make Ibiza the perfect location for a Curio hotel."
Curio is a global set of remarkable upscale and luxury hotels hand-picked for their unique character and personality; each one embedded with local history and culture. Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza will join more than 80 properties open or in various stages of development across the world, in locations including Hamburg, Reykjavik, London, Paris and Lagos.
Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza will be located at Passeig de Vara de Rey, 2, 07800 Ibiza, Illes Balears.
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