Barceló turns former train station into hotel

1 min reading time

Published on 27 January 2023

Royal Hideaway Canfranc Estación

From March, fans of trains and stations will be able to stay at the Royal Hideaway Hotel Canfranc Estación, an almost century-old station located in the mountainous region of northern Spain, Aragon, renovated and operated by Barceló Hotel Group.

Inaugurated by Alfonso XIII in 1928 and declared a Site of Cultural Interest, the Canfranc station will no longer be used by trains but by customers in the next few weeks. Barceló will manage it, but the property belongs to the government of Aragon, which has invested a total of 15.3 million euros in the rehabilitation of the building since 2016.

The group stresses that it aspires to make the Royal Hideaway Canfranc Estación a five-star property of reference, both nationally and internationally, and that it "will be an important point of attraction for luxury tourism in the region".

The hotel will have 104 rooms, including four luxury suites, on the first and second floors. The F&B offer, which will be managed by Eduardo Salanova and Ana Acín, the hotel's gastronomic directors, includes three restaurants and two bars. The restaurants will be installed in two carriages that have been renovated in the classic style of 20th century trains.

The reception, open to the general public, will be located in the historic hall of the station and the ground floor will also include a wellness area with a heated pool and a library.

The interior design studio Ilmiodesign has been commissioned to design the hotel's interior. It was inspired by the aesthetics of the old railway stations and luxury long-distance trains of the early 20th century, but with a contemporary twist.

For further

Every week, the HON team brings you an expert look at the world of hospitality. By becoming a member, you will have access to a complete ecosystem: exclusive content, jobs, etc.


Sign up to add topics in favorite. Sign up to add categories in favorite. Sign up to add content in favorite. Register for free to vote for the application.

Already signed up? Already signed up? Already signed up? Already registered?