A trip down memory lane for the Gallery Hotel and Barcelona: 25th Anniversary Celebrations
The hotel held a very special event to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The theme of the gathering was a TRIP BACK IN TIME, with all of the hotel’s wining and dining areas having been decorated and set up to recreate the atmosphere of the most significant moments of the last 25 years.
These moments in the hotel’s history are invariably linked to the history of Barcelona, the city that has seen it grow.
Around 400 guests attended the event, including the media and the hotel’s best clients and friends, who have followed and supported the company over the last 25 years and become part of the Gallery family.
Following a route through the hotel’s various terraces and restaurants, guests learnt about the most important events in its history, with a clock that jumped forward in time moving them on to each period (Barcelona during the Olympics, opening up to tourism…).
Stepping through an elegant black curtain, the guests embarked on this journey through time and the history of the Gallery Hotel:
1. First stop: OLYMPIC BARCELONA 1991-1999
This year was decisive given that the hotel was inaugurated in 1991, after five years of renovations. It was named the GALLERY HOTEL as the building was initially going to be offices with shopping arcades or ‘galerías’ as they are known in Spanish.
Decorated in the style of the 1992 Olympic Games and marking the establishment of the Gallery Hotel, as well as the awakening of Barcelona, this space included an old-fashioned aperitif bar in the Barcelona cosmopolitan style and a cocktail bar with flair bartenders.
2. Second stop: TOURIST BARCELONA 2000-2005
Guests were transported to the year 2000, with the Gallery Hotel in its prime, as tourism in Barcelona was on the up thanks to its vast range of culture, art, food and leisure options.
Food and drink stands inspired by emblematic places and movements for tourists in the city were created. One was designed around the Mercat de la Boqueria, serving fish, seafood and rice, and another for drinks that paid tribute to the Catalan Art Noveau architecture and Gaudí.
3. Third stop: MOLINA LARIO IS ESTABLISHED_ Gallery Hotel since 2006
In 2006 Hotel Molina Lario was established in Malaga turning the Gallery Hotel into a small hotel group. Barcelona and Malaga are twin cities that have much in common: the sea, tourism, food and the promotion of culture. Gallery’s sister hotel in Malaga also celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
4. Fourth stop: CLASSICS FROM THE GALLERY’S ‘EL CAFÉ’
The restaurant paid homage to truly classic food and drink from the Gallery’s El Café: house Steak Tartar, its signature and most famous dish.
One of the hotel bar’s adjoining venues also included a pop-up bar which prepared a cocktail especially mixed for the anniversary occasion, the Gallery Scotch & Sour, created from a Chivas-Regal base, Lagavouline 16, egg whites and lemon juice, in a tribute to the longstanding favourite tipple of clients in the hotel bar: whisky.
5. Fifth stop: WELCOME TO THE BARCELONA SKIES. ‘THE TOP’ ROOFTOP TERRACE. 2016
‘The Top’, the hotel’s rooftop terrace that opened three years ago, is where the journey ends and officially declares the summer season has arrived, open from the month of April and already in full flow.
In next to no time ‘The Top’ has become one of the most coveted areas of the hotel, a meeting point for the people of Barcelona and visitors wanting to enjoy the city’s skies.
This year the drinks and cocktail list is exceptional, with ingredients mixed especially for the venue. All of the cocktails are made on the spot with fresh fruit and the best brands of liqueurs and spirits, with names such as Red Cosmo, Mediterranean Sea Mojito, Mai Tai Roa and Pineapple Sour.
Armando Rojas, Chairman of the hotel group, dedicated a toast to the values that have allowed them to continue growing and reach their 25th anniversary: “passion, commitment, excellence, respect and hospitality”, and thanked the guests for their presence and unconditional support, calling them part of the Gallery Hotel family.
After sharing a delicious anniversary cake made by the master chocolatier Oriol Balagué, hotel manager Lourdes Grau thanked everyone for their presence and introduced the last stage of the night on the ‘The Top’ Terrace, which rounded off with a DJ session and live percussion music.
Hotel Molina Lario celebrated its 10th Anniversary with an unforgettable fiesta
Hotel Molina Lario held an unforgettable fiesta on 9 June to celebrate its 10th anniversary with the people of Malaga. The evening paid homage to the values that make Malaga unique and that the Hotel Molina Lario shares with the city: gastronomy, art and making people feel welcome. Guests to the event included Armando Rojas, Chairman of the Gallery Hotels Group and Marta Golobardes, Managing Director of the Group, as well as Malaga Mayor Mr Francisco de la Torre.
Throughout the year Hotel Molina Lario has been organising events, activities and special promotions to celebrate its tenth anniversary with clients, locals and tourists.
Malaga’s institutions and the hotel’s best clients and friends were invited to a large gathering on the evening of 9 June.
The event was designed to pay tribute to the values that make Malaga unique and that the Hotel Molina Lario shares with the city: gastronomy, art, culture and welcoming tourists, thanks to efforts such as the pedestrianisation of the old centre and improvements to communications and infrastructures as with Quay 1.
The hotel’s communal areas were dressed up as emblematic places in Malaga: the hotel restaurant El Café de Bolsa had been turned into a stall from the famous Atarazanas market in homage to the gastronomy and specialties of the area, which the restaurant and its chef Marcos Granados always make use of in their dishes.
The patio of El Café de Bolsa was dedicated to Malaga’s art and culture, with details reminiscent of the Pompidou and Picasso museums ― examples of the wide range of cultural activities on offer in the city and that the Hotel supports by organising actions aimed at promoting culture in El Café de Bolsa’s outside space throughout the year and in the Piscina Lounge in the summer.
The Piscina Lounge was in fact the last stop of the party’s gastronomic tour up on the roof terrace and paid homage to Malaga’s welcoming character, one of the values that defines the Hotel in its dealings with clients. Taking in the views of Quay 1 as enjoyed from the 8th floor terrace, the lounge had been kitted out as the deck of a cruise liner, an example of the city’s new and improved infrastructure. The balcony on the 6th floor was made over as a route through some of the most emblematic streets of the historic centre such as Calle Alcazabilla, using the spectacular backdrop of the cathedral lit up at night.
On behalf of the Gallery Hotels Group, the event was attended by Chairman Armando Rojas, Managing Director Marta Golobardes and Manager of Hotel Molina Lario, Myriam Ortiz.
Armando Rojas delivered a toast before the 400-plus guests, together with Malaga Mayor Francisco de la Torre and Julio Andrade, Councillor for Tourism, who through their presence wished to support the work done by the hotel over last 10 years.
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Gallery Hotels is an independent hotel group which currently manages two flagship establishments renowned for their quality and personalised treatment: the Gallery Hotel in Barcelona, which opened in 1991 and the Hotel Molina Lario in Malaga, which opened in 2006. Their central location, elegant and comfortable facilities, excellent gastronomy and the enthusiasm of the entire Gallery Hotels team, makes any client enjoy their stay or event and feel completely at home. http://www.galleryhoteles.com/en
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