Exotic destinations are
a specialty of the chain,
where they adapt interior
design to local culture.
--- ALobby y habitación del Riu Palace Tikida Taghazout en Marruecos. Lobby and a room of the Riu Palace Tikida Taghazout in Morocco.
By Rocío Macho
43 Riu Hotels & Resorts was created in Mallorca in 1953 as a small
holiday business by the Riu family, the founders and current owners now
in their third generation. Today the company focuses on holiday hotels,
and more than 70% of its establishments now offer the `All Inclusive by
RIU´ service. Currently, the Spanish chain has 93 hotels in 19 countries
on four continents, receiving more than 4.5 million customers every year
and where a total of 29,985 employees work.
Since its inception, Riu Hotels & Resorts has specialized in hotels with
well-maintained facilities, excellent locations at the best beach destinations,
as well as a quality gastronomic offer. It has a range of hotels for
all tastes, from the ‘All Inclusive’ to family hotels or Adults Only, including
the Riu Palace with its elegant facilities and more sophisticated services.
In all its divisions, Riu maintains a strict commitment to quality, and to
offering its guests facilities that take care of details from the interior design
project to customer service.
With the opening of its first city hotel in 2010, RIU expanded its product
range with its own line of urban hotels, called Riu Plaza: urban
hotels located in strategic points of large international capitals such as
Berlin, Dublin, Miami, Guadalajara, Panama and New York. These establishments
are characterized by their modern, functional style decoration
and a service that offers all the comforts for both business and leisure
travellers. With the opening of the Hotel Riu Plaza España, the first of this
category in Spain and the company’s first hotel in Madrid, the chain has
strengthened its commitment to large capital cities.
Riu Plaza de España
A milestone in the Riu chain has been the recent inauguration of a hotel
in one of the most emblematic buildings in Madrid. It is the Riu Plaza of
Spain. The entire architectural and interior design project began with a
deep respect for the history of the building, originally opened in 1953.
Luis Riu, CEO of Riu Hotels, explains that “opening the Riu Plaza España
is a great satisfaction. For years we were looking for an opportunity to
open an urban hotel in Madrid and to be able to do it in the heart of
the city, in such an emblematic building, far exceeds all expectations.”
Located on Gran Vía, it is a 4-star hotel with 585 rooms. It has a gym,
an outdoor heated pool on the 21st floor, a restaurant and a lobby bar,
as well as two sky bars where the impressive views of the city are the
Agustín Díaz Giner, responsible for the interior design project, says that
the decoration aims to move the guest to another time, “to the splendid
years of the building. We have been very respectful towards it, and
to assist Heritage, very significant original elements such as bas-reliefs,
lampposts, marbles, elevator buttons, and similar items, have regained a
very important role in the new design of the hotel”. Noble materials such
as furs, velvets, brushed copper and marbles, define the criteria when
choosing furniture. “We were looking for a current design with a retro
air, which would fit with the proposed interior design.”
Other openings in 2019
In 2019 the chain reopened its emblematic Riu Playa Park hotel in Mallorca;
a reference point of “all-inclusive” family tourism hotel that was completely
demolished and built again from scratch. The result is a four-star
hotel with 475 rooms, some of them Adults Only, and with all the services
offered by the firm’s resorts. In addition, the Riu Palace Tikida Taghazout,
in Morocco, has recently been opened; and the Riu Palace Zanzibar,
on the exotic island of Tanzania, has been completely renovated.