Meliá Hotels International has announced its first five-star hotel opening in Barcelona in over a decade.

ME Barcelona will open its doors in late November on the Passeig de Gràcia, joining the hotel group’s cosmopolitan hotel ME Sitges Terramar, which opened in 2008.

Situated in the heart of the city, ME Barcelona comprises 164 guestrooms and luxurious suites spread over 14 floors, complete with a rooftop patio and pool on the eighth floor for distinct skyline views of Plaça Catalunya and La Sagrada Familia.

The interiors are home to pieces by globally renowned designers such as Ronan & Ewan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola and Jaime Hayón. Guestrooms feature neutral tones with yellow hues, clean lines, and large windows illuminating the space, accentuated by the bright translucent bathrooms. Each room presents bespoke details, from the decorative glass bottles made by Josep Ma Jujol, Antonio Gaudí’s close collaborator, and the Oscar Tusquets tables, to the suspended bedside lamps and the vibrant Roll Club armchairs by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal.

Similarly, the illuminated hallway signs are a tribute to Barcelona-based architect Barba Corsini, who designed the apartments in las golfas of Gaudí’s La Pedrera, in which he curated his signature lamp.

ME Barcelona also welcomes a diverse culinary offering with Belbo, a unique space including three restaurants for a delicious and exclusive gastronomic experience. Terrenal, the flagship restaurant will serve dishes created with local produce; Luma will become a temple for the Barcelona cocktail scene; and Fasto will be a new setting to indulge in unconventional and unforgettable Italian cuisine.

The spa has collaborated with Manuel de la Garza, founder of Égoïste Spa, to curate a wellness offering which reflects a philosophy focused on personalisation, pampering, and luxury, where guests and non-guests will enjoy tailored treatments. This oasis of wellness offers and a wide range of spa and wellbeing treatments which blend ancient traditions with the most sophisticated beauty and wellness techniques. The hotel also has a gym with the latest Technogym equipment.

Taking inspiration from its exclusive location, ME Barcelona combines contemporary art and innovative design, thanks to the architectural work carried renowned Barcelona studio FITARQ and the interior design development concepts of Mur Arquitectos and ASAH. The new property has been completely transformed to offer a modern design and maintains brand hallmarks such as ME by Meliá’s already recognised “cultural programme”, ME +, and stewardship under the “Aura Team” seal.

“ME Barcelona represents a step forward for ME by Meliá, along with recent major openings such as the stunning ME Dubai, the work of the late architect Zaha Hadid, and the exotic ME Cabo,” says Alba Bustamante, Global Brand Marketing Director of ME by Meliá. “All these hotels have consolidated, at an international level, the new definition of contemporary luxury close to the art and culture of the brand.”