Hotel Continental Barcelona
Hotel Continental has over 100 years of history and has undergone many changes throughout its life. Initially the hotel was on the corner of La Rambla and Plaza Catalunya and it was a hotel and restaurant.
In 1931 when it was acquired by the family Malagarriga Vallet, the hotel changed the location and placed right next to where it was, in the Palace of Marquise of Pallejà.
During the Spanish Civil War, the hotel was collectivized, the family was invited to leave the hotel, and it became a kind of seat of local government. It was then that was stayed here one of the most famous writers of cult of in the world: George Orwell. During his stay he wrote his famous novel "Homage to Catalonia" (1937), in which he mentions on several occasions the name of the hotel. They are still many travelers who come to the hotel to see first-hand the hotel where it was stayed George Orwell.
During quieter times the hotel was the place chosen by people such as the orchestra conductor Herbert von Karajan, when he came to direct the Lyceum Theatre and Antonio Machinthe singer.
In 1974, as a result of the severe crisis that hit the Spanish economy, the hotel was forced to downsize and become a smaller modest establishment, but the result of perseverance and hard work of the family has been going up and right now is expanding in both size and performance.
Hotel Continental Palacete
The Hotel Continental Palacete project, was born thanks to Pilar Vallet who with its tenacity, always alert, found this opportunity through an advertisement in a local newspaper. It was a mansion of 1863 called Casa de Fabra and which was originally built in the Paseo de Gracia. When this avenue became busier, the owners dismantled the building and moved to its current location in the distinguished Rambla de Catalunya.
When Malagarriga family acquired the building in 1999, after nearly eighteen months of negotiations with the property, could not imagine how difficult it would be to work to convert that old mansion into a hotel. It was tough, but eventually and after 3 years and infinity of setbacks, the ultimate goal arrived. On March 6, 2002 it was inaugurated the Hotel Continental Palacete.