Sol Meliá Opens The Meliá Mérida Boutique Hotel

Friday 18th. October, 2002.- Today Sol Meliá will be officially inaugurating the Meliá Mérida Boutique Hotel, built within two ancient palaces, the “Casa Palacio de los Pacheco” and the “Palacio de los Mendoza”, previously the Hotel Emperatriz. The inauguration tonight will be hosted by President of the Regional Government of Extremadura, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra, and the Chairman of Sol Meliá, Gabriel Escarrer Juliá, and will also be attended by numerous regional representatives from business and the arts.

Historical Hotel:

The Meliá Mérida Boutique Hotel is located in the central Plaza de España, alongside the City Hall and commercial and cultural heart of the city and has been built within two emblematic buildings: the “Palacio de los Pacheco” was built in 1802 and has hosted such illustrious guests as Queen Isabel II and her husband Francisco de Asís in 1879, King Alfonso XII in 1875 or King Alfonso XIII in 1905; the “Palacio de los Mendoza”, a medieval palace built in the 14th. Century on the foundations of a Roman construction, has been home to the Hotel Emperatriz since 1960.

The company Meliá Mérida – a joint venture between the authorities of Extremadura and Sol Meliá – has invested 13 million Euros in the project which forms part of an agreement signed in 1999 by Sol Meliá and the Regional Government of Extremadura aiming to promote quality tourism in the region. This fits in with the development of the “Boutique Hotel” brand of Meliá hotels, a new collection of smaller hotels with their own particular style and unique design.

According to Gabriel Escarrer “after the incorporation of the Meliá Cáceres Boutique Hotel in 1991, the Tryp Medea in 2000 and the Meliá Trujillo Boutique Hotel almost a year and a half ago, it is a great honor for me to be inaugurating the Meliá Mérida Boutique Hotel today, one of our most beautiful hotels. Now we only have one more objective here: Badajoz, a city in which we hope to soon be present so as to complete the range of destinations we offer in a region with such strong potential for tourism development.

Meliá Boutique: charming hotels.

Sol Meliá now provides 15 “Meliá Boutique Hotels”: the Meliá Colbert Boutique Hotel, the Meliá Alexander Boutique Hotel, the Meliá Royal Alma Boutique Hotel and the Meliá Vendôme Boutique Hotel (all 4 in Paris), the Meliá Carlton Boutique Hotel (Lausanne, Switzerland), the Meliá Avenue Louise Boutique Hotel (Brussels), the Meliá Dar Cheräit Boutique Hotel (Tozeur, Tunisia), the Meliá Flora Park Boutique Hotel (Hammamet, Tunisia), the Meliá Buenos Aires Boutique Hotel (Argentina), the Meliá Royal Tanau Boutique Hotel (Lleida-Baqueira Beret, Spain), the Meliá Horus Zamora Boutique Hotel (Zamora, Spain), the Meliá Las Claras Boutique Hotel (Salamanca, Spain), the Meliá Trujillo Boutique Hotel and Meliá Cáceres Boutique Hotel (both in Cáceres, Spain) and the Meliá Mérida Boutique Hotel (Mérida).

Meliá Mérida Boutique Hotel:

Rooms 76
Location In the central “Plaza de España”, alongside the City Hall, cultural and commercial heart of the historical city of Mérida
Services and facilities 8 meeting, convention and banqueting rooms for up to 200 guests, swimming pool, terrace and fitness center
Address Plaza España, 19– 06800- Mérida
Spain
Tel.: 924.38.38.00
Fax: 924.38.38.01
E-mail: melia.merida@solmelia.com

Mérida, capital of Extremadura:

With more than 50,000 inhabitants, the capital of the Autonomous Region of Extremadura is home to several monumental treasures and archaeological remains, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. The Roman Theater, the most internationally acclaimed of Merida’s attractions, the Amphitheater, the Hippodrome or Circus, the “Miracle” Aqueduct or Roman Bridge are just a few examples of the historical treasures to be found in the city.
Sol Meliá is the leading hotel company in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean, the third largest in Europe and tenth in the world ranking. The company currently provides more than 350 hotels in 30 countries through its Meliá Hotels, TRYP Hotels, Sol Hotels and Paradisus Resorts brands, 174 of which are located in Spain. In the region of Extremadura the company provides 4 hotels: the Meliá Cáceres Boutique Hotel, the Meliá Trujillo Boutique Hotel, the Meliá Mérida Boutique Hotel and the Tryp Medea in Mérida.