Leonardo to open Barcelona hotel after city-wide ban on new hotels

Leonardo Hotels will open the first hotel in Barcelona after the city put a freeze on new hotel licenses in 2015.

The city council imposed a moratorium on building new hotels in the city in an effort to curb overtourism in the city.

The four-star Leonardo Royal Hotel Fira Barcelona will be the fourth Leonardo property in the Catalan capital and will comprise 204 bedrooms and will create 50 jobs.

Located in the Sants-Montjuïc district, it will be the first Leonardo Hotel in Spain under the premium Leonardo Royal Hotel brand.

Shay Raz, general manager of Leonardo Hotels Spain, said: “We are committed to tourism in the city and we’re pleased to say this new hotel meets all the urban, environmental and sustainability requirements required by Barcelona City Council.”

The hotel will feature an infinity pool on its rooftop terrace, three conference rooms and 150 parking spaces.

Construction of the property is expected to be complete by the end of 2020.

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