Riu opens first Madrid hotel

The Riu Plaza España, located on Gran Vía, has 585 rooms. Photo credit: Riu Hotels & Resorts

Spain-based Riu Hotels & Resorts has arrived in its home country's capital.

The new Hotel Riu Plaza España has opened in Madrid’s historic Edificio España. The property is the first Riu hotel in Madrid and the first of the Riu Plaza urban line in Spain. 

“For years, we searched for an opportunity to open an urban hotel in Madrid, so this chance to open one in the heart of the city, in such an iconic building, far exceeds all our expectations,” said Luis Riu, CEO of RIU Hotels. “The project has been complex and exciting. For two years, we have channeled top talent, all our experience and a lot of hard work into creating this new hotel that brings Edificio España back to life and that we also hope will act as a lever for the surrounding area’s regeneration.”

Located on Gran Vía, the hotel has 585 rooms, a gym, a heated outdoor pool on the 21st floor, a restaurant and  lobby bar, two sky bars, more than 5,000 square meters of event space that includes 17 meeting rooms, an events terrace and dining areas. The hotel's Sala Madrid space has capacity for up to 1,500 persons.

Riu now has seven hotels globally in the Riu Plaza urban line, as well as three in construction in London, Toronto and a second one in New York.