The Hotel Riu Palace Meloneras, which originally opened in 1997has reopened following upgrades. The refurbishment of this hotel located in the south of Gran Canaria involved a $37.67-million investment, and was carried out both on the complex's exteriors and interiors, following the new style that the RIU Hotels chain is introducing for its latest projects.
The 449 rooms, both in the main building and in the garden villas, were fully refurbished with contemporary furniture and modern services, such as 42-inch satellite flat screen televisions, electronic safes and free Wi-Fi Internet throughout the hotel. One novelty is a new 32-room building located right on the Meloneras promenade, in which all the rooms have a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Hotel Riu Palace Meloneras exteriors were also fully redesigned to give them a modern look. The resort has six swimming pools. Two of these are infinity pools that havethe Blue de Mar pool bar and the Ocean's View pool snack-bar, which at night offer guests Spanish cuisine. Another three pools are dedicated to water sports and full relaxation by a solarium terrace; and another is for the hotel's young visitors. All these are heated during the winter months.
With its refurbishment, the resort now also has a new main restaurant, the Magnolia, which has a terrace. Furthermore, the resort continues to offer the Krystal restaurant, which also has new interior décor.
Night-time entertainment is available in the renovated lounge bar Le Baroque, as well as the Rose Mar lobby bar, which also has an outdoor terrace.
The RIU chain was founded in Mallorca by the Riu family in 1953 as a small holiday firm and is still owned by the family's third generation. With the inauguration of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU is expanding its range of products with its own line of city hotels called Riu Plaza. RIU Hotels & Resorts now has more than 100 hotels in 16 countries.