Nov 11

Amazing 5* Ship Hotel will be anchored at Barcelona Port Forum

The establishment, owned by Husa, has closed reservations for conventions in June. The cost of a room will be around 295 euros.

Late, but finally and after overcoming numerous financial and technical obstacles, the boat hotel from the finnish company Sunborn will dock at the port of the Forum in April 2012 and already has set aside contracts for June. A long journey of two months from the Malaysian city of Lumut, which has defined the ambitious hotel project, whose cost amounts are more than 150 million euros.

The arrival of this vessel, a five-star deluxe 140 meters in length, must be the big boost for this area of the city, after conclusion of the Forum of Cultures in 2004, has not yet managed to fill in felt this immense space facing the sea. In fact, those responsible for Sunborn and the second deputy mayor of Barcelona, Sònia Recasens, met last month to discuss the arrival of the boat next spring and discuss the possibilities of economic development forum, which would the creation of a commercial fabric in this area.

At present, Malaysia is finalizing the interior decoration of the ship, which is in charge of the Barcelona office of Alonso y Balaguer, the company itself and other Asian companies have participated in the interior of other hotel chains such as Mandarin and Four Season. Once completed this work, which is scheduled to end in February, the hotel boat ready to sail to Sant Adrià in Barcelona.

The boat with total size of 15,000 square meters, is seven stories high and has 186 rooms, of which twenty are designed to accommodate suites. All have balconies that are open to the sea. The smaller rooms have an area of 20 square meters and are decorated in Mediterranean and Asian style. The space has been maximized and concentrated all the machinery of the ship in the cellar.

Rooms have also been planned to hold conventions and conferences with capacity for 500 people, two restaurants, one located at the top of the boat, drinking area and a spa that does not have operator. These days the company officials who have visited Barcelona to meet Husa-makers involved in the operation, and the deputy mayor Recasens, are closing a deal for the exploitation of the water area. The arrival of the floating hotel will be crucial to the Forum Area.

Meanwhile, the company’s legal adviser, Xavier Valero says already closed the first convention and conference bookings for the month of June. “We are with the International Convention Centre (CCIB) and hope that many of our customers are tourists conference. In addition, Telefónica tower is very close,” said Valero. However, we also believe that a large volume of visitors arriving to the city for their holidays also chose the new formula of accommodation to experiment.

Joan Gaspart, Husa group president responsible for managing the business, is optimistic about the coming into operation of the ship. “It’s generating a lot of expectations, especially with the pace of reserves,” he says, while ensuring that the ship will bring more quality to the hotels of the city because it is a unique product. The process of selection of over 200 employees working on site will start floating in the boat when sailing from Malaysia.

Under current legislation, this ship of five star luxury can not always be lashed, but for some time, about eight weeks, he has to move. This is reflected in the operating agreement between the Finnish company and the city of Barcelona, which is 25 years. We talked about the possibility that in this period of rest the floating hotel was moved to Port Vell, to keep workers, or docked at nearby ports such as Mallorca, as has the autonomy to do so. Valero moved that this issue is being negotiated with the City.

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