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Majestic & Barcelona

Since 1918, the history of luxury itself in the centre of Barcelona

Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona, by now an institution in the city, is closely related to many of the monuments and attractions to be found nearby: Las Ramblas, Plaza de Cataluña, La Pedrera, la Casa Batlló and la Sagrada Familia. With its 100-year-old history, it also represents unchanging elegance, excellence and luxury in Barcelona’s most magnificent avenue: Passeig de Gracia.

  1. 2015 - New member of The Leading Hotels of the World

    The newly renovated Hotel Majestic is the last Spanish hotel to enter in the famous international association, which has 436 hotels in 80 countries and encompasses the best luxury hotels from all over the world. To become part of this elite international group for independent hotels, Majestic Hotel & Spa has gone through an audit which has assessed 1 500 aspects such as hospitality, gastronomy, human resources and facilities, and also the details that make every hotel a unique place.

  2. 2012 - Renovation of an emblematic hotel in Barcelona

    Nowadays the hotel is still run by the Soldevila-Casals family and still looking forward to a new remodelling project that will enable it to continue being a referent in Barcelona.

  3. 2011 - Distinguished guests at the Hotel

    Since it first opened almost 90 years ago, Hotel Majestic has had many distinguished customers. The long list includes Queen María Cristina, poets like Antonio Machado, León Felipe and García Lorca, the painter Joan Miró, the singers Charles Trenet and Josephine Baker and the soprano Renata Tebaldi.

  4. 2007 - 5* Grand Luxe and Diamond Award

    All the effort put into the refurbishment of the hotel was rewarded in 2007, when it was awarded the Deluxe Category and various international prizes, including the 5-Star Diamond Award by the American Association of Hospitality Sciences.

  5. 1999 - Majestic, hotel of the arts

    Towards the end of the 1990s, Hotel Majestic was known as the "hotel of the arts", because it held the international exhibition "New Art" that showed the work of many young avant-garde artists. The exhibition was very successful and drew very favourable coverage in the news media.

  6. 1994 - Refurbishing of the hotel and the Olympic Games

    Bearing in mind Barcelona's international projection following the 1992 Olympic Games, in 1994 Majestic Hotel started a new and ambitious refurbishment project. The façade of the building as well as the hotel's bar, buffet area, hall, meeting rooms, furniture and decoration were remodelled and updated. By 1999 the Majestic was almost a brand new hotel, offering customers 303 spacious and comfortable rooms.

  7. 1970 - Enlargement of thel Majestic

    With the addition of a whole new building to the original one, in the 1970s Hotel Majestic concludes its long-term refurbishment and enlargement project. As a result, the hotel was able to offer 340 rooms and much improved services and facilities.

  8. 1963 - Passing to future generations

    After the death of Martín Casals Galcerán in 1963, his daughter María Esperanza inherited Hotel Majestic. Together with her husband, the entrepreneur Oleguer Soldevila I Godó, she continued over the years enlarging and modernizing the hotel.

  9. 1940 - Name change and refurbishment

    After the Spanish Civil War, Majestic Hotel Inglaterra was named just Hotel Majestic. Then, in the late 1950s Martín Casals Galcerán was finally able to undertake his longed-for refurbishment and enlargement project. Special attention was given to the social areas of the establishment and to services unheard-of until then, including simultaneous translation.

  10. 1936 - Majestic and the Civil War

    During the Spanish Civil War the activity of Majestic Hotel Inglaterra was logically affected. Due to its enviable location and excellent services, the hotel played an important role during the conflict and as a consequence its status rose. The hotel was requisitioned for some time by the "Comissariat de Propaganda": the propaganda department of the Catalan government. It was also the place where well-known public figures stayed in the city, including Antonio Machado and a good number of foreign press correspondents.

  11. 1927 - International Exhibition and Cullinary prizes

    Two years before the International Exhibition of 1929, Barcelona held a Hotel & Catering Exhibition that drew thousands of visitors. During this exhibition, Majestic Hotel Inglaterra received the Top Culinary Award.

  12. 1925 - The Majestic Is already a city reference

    Majestic Hotel Inglaterra soon became a referent for social events & celebrations in Barcelona. The new, aristocratic and spacious Paseo de Gracia, where one could see the first Hispano-Suiza, Ford, Citroen, Studebaker and   Rolls-Royce automobiles, also flaunted a top quality hotel.

  13. 1921 - Martín Casals Galcerán, new owner of the hotel

    But, in 1921, like most of his fellow countrymen in the same business in Barcelona, Hércules Cacciami decided to sell his investment properties and return to Italy. However, under the management of other Italian professionals like Gaudenzio and Gabriele Martinetti and later on Luís Scatti, Majestic Hotel Inglaterra not only continued to operate but also managed to become one of Barcelona's leading establishments.
    Soon after it opened, Majestic Hotel Inglaterra had been bought by Martín Casals Galcerán. As proprietor of the building located at 68 Paseo de Gracia (that is, right next to the hotel), Casals Galcerán decided to enlarge and refurbish the hotel. However, the Spanish Civil War and the difficult post-war period delayed his project until the 1960s.

  14. 1918 - Opening of Majestic Hotel Inglaterra

    In 1917, encouraged by the success of Hotel Inglaterra, Hércules Cacciami decided to explore new horizons and challenges and by April 1918 his efforts had already been rewarded with the establishment of Majestic Hotel Inglaterra. The opening of Majestic Hotel Inglaterra was a well-publicized social event as annouced on the 28th of April 1918 by the local newspaper Diario de Barcelona.

  15. 1874 - The beginning of Ércole Cacciami

    Ércole Cacciami, who was born in the village of Grignasco (Piamonte, Italy), arrived in Barcelona in 1874. Like many of his fellow countrymen he started to work in the hospitality industry as an apprentice. After a difficult start and arguably thanks to his entrepreneurial spirit and hard work Ércole Cacciami managed to run and purchase Hotel Europe. Then, in 1897, Cacciami also opened Hotel Inglaterra at number 2 Calle Fontanella, which at the time was considered not only as one of the best hotels in Barcelona, but in the whole of Spain.