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Antonio Obrador

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• La reforma de este hotel combina el estilo y la elegancia neoclásica con una perspectiva fresca, sofisticada y cálida y, a la vez, respetando los elementos del edificio original.

• El hotel ‘boutique’ de cinco estrellas abrió sus puertas el martes 26 de agosto tras menos de un año de reformas arquitectónicas.

Antonio Obrador

Palma de Mallorca, 3rd of September 2014.- The hotel URSO, located at the heart of Madrid in a discerning and peaceful environment, has been renovated by the designer Antonio Obrador, who has created a place wherein the Neoclassical aesthetics of the stately, old mansion blends with the modern style and the elegance which this distinguished and luxurious hotel exudes, while preserving its architectural characteristics to achieve an extraordinary ambience endowed with comfort.

The prestigious designer Antonio Obrador, charged with the renovation of this five-star “boutique” hotel, maintains his philosophy of working with local artisans to improve the identity and personality of the building and to safeguard traditions. The optimal distribution of architectural elements, with high-quality construction materials, enable the hotel to preserve its essence of a Neoclassical mansion, emphasising the past and its historical legacy.

There have been many architectural and artistic details which Obrador wished to preserve, maintaining some original elements of the building, such as the tiles decorating the façade, while the courtyard and all interiors of the common areas have been renovated, such as the marble floors, the wood panelled walls and the roofs.

Antonio Obrador blends a strong sense of the aesthetic with the right balance between tradition and modernity in his works. According to Obrador, he endeavoured "to recover the essence of the building which was lost during the previous renovations, highlight it and return it to its former glory as when it was created".

"Quality is the value par excellence", according to Obrador. “This property must be encapsulated in popular architecture, by bestowing it with modern touches inherent to the development of the elements, but without turning the building into a relic”, he explains.

This new jewel of a hotel has 78 rooms and suites, all of them exterior, and is surrounded by a cluster of traditional, small shops, grand embassy buildings and art galleries. On the other hand, the interiors are well-lighted, thanks to the colourful stained-glass windows, and the honey-coloured marble and wood bestow the building with the elegance of the early 20th century.

The carpets scattered on the marble floors and the fine fabrics covering the walls and the rooms, giving the feel of a private home. “High-quality materials such as wood, metal and fabric have been employed to recover the milieu of classical Madrid”, Obrador clarifies. The hotel has five floors and two basement levels. There are different meeting rooms on the ground floor while the rooms, differing in size and category, are located from the first floor up.

URSO opened its doors on Tuesday, 26th of August 2014 in one of the best and most central areas of the city, set between the bourgeois neighbourhood of Chamberí and the trendy neighbourhood of Chueca. “After a thorough analysis of the allocation of space, we took less than a year to draw up the project and carry out the renovation of the hotel,”, the designer concluded.

Some other projects which have conferred great prestige on Antonio Obrador are, among many others, the “Gran Hotel Majestic” in Barcelona and the iconic “Cap Rocat” in Mallorca, both in which impeccable taste and balance go hand in hand.

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