Rio: opening of the Gran Melia
It is in a building dating from 1972, classified in the historical patrimony of the city and the work of the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer that the Spanish high-end hotels group chose to install its last flagship instead of the Hotel Nacional. The latter was at the time of its splendor, “the place to be in Rio”, a place appreciated by many celebrities such as Liza Minnelli, BB King and James Brown. This is where the Rio Film Festival took place. The hotel, inaugurated in March 2017, in the exclusive neighborhood of São Conrado, in the south of Rio, has been completely refurbished while maintaining its original structure. The remarkable renovation allows art to find a preponderant place as evidenced by the imposing concrete wall fresco of artist Carybé of 45 meters long by three meters high exposed in the lobby and the candlestick by Pedro Corrêa Of Araújo, 12 meters by 1.5 which adorns the reception. This five-star hotel overlooks the ocean and now offers 413 rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the city, two restaurants, three bars, and a full leisure, wellness and relaxation center. The rooftop and its spectacular 360 ° view of the city and ocean is the perfect place to have a drink at sunset. A. F.-M.