July 19, 2023 | Updated: 20 July 2023


Contemporary design for the historic station of Canfranc

Located in the Aragonese Pyrenees, the accommodation preserves its original structure, incorporating a wide selection of materials from Porcelanosa Group.

The renovation of the historic railway station of Canfranc (Huesca) has allowed Barceló Hotel Group to inaugurate this new 5-star GL establishment, operated under the Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts brand. Owned by the Government of Aragon, the new establishment Canfranc Estación, A Royal Hideaway Hotel, is set to become a national and international benchmark, considered an important potential point of attraction for luxury tourism in the region.

Façade of the Hotel Canfranc Estación

Canfranc Estación Royal Hideaway Hotel

Opened in 1928 as a property of the Government of Aragon, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2002, and forming part of Historical Cultural Railway Heritage, Canfranc International Station is one of the most important railway complexes in Europe dating from the first third of the 20th century.

The project to recover the historic Canfranc railway station and its conversion into a hotel has been recognised as one of the best sustainability and hotel rehabilitation projects in Spain for preserving the valuable cultural heritage of an emblematic building with more than 90 years of history.

On the ground floor of the new hotel is the wellness area, where Vela Natural flooring with anti-slip finish and Lexington Cognac cladding inspired by natural wood have been installed. Both materials are by Porcelanosa. Butech materials have also been used, such as the Pro-corner Black profiles to protect the liner and the Pool-Deck system for pool drainage.

The aesthetics of the old stations and the luxurious long-distance trains: these were the two sources of inspiration for IlMioDesign, the studio in charge of the hotel's interior design. With its particular carriages and representative elements, the style has been adapted to give it a contemporary touch.

Warm and elegant spaces have been designed that merge with subtle art deco elements to create a contemporary and nostalgic atmosphere, where noble materials such as wood and brass, velvet and a chromatic range of beige, green and petrol tones stand out. The integration of Aragonese popular culture in certain textile elements and the play of colours inspired by the rich and varied regional costumes of the local area are also notable.

The new establishment has 104 rooms, four of which are luxury suites. Different interiors have been used for the bedrooms. Various Noken elements have been installed in the bathrooms. In some of the bathrooms, the wet areas are structured on two levels, combining the Slate shower tray with the Acore Basic bathtub. In others, all the chrome taps are taken from the Round series, also by Noken.

Porcelanosa ceramic material is also used in the interior design of these rooms, such as Stripe Matika Silver (Porcelanosa) which, with its cream colour and lines, brings texture and dynamism to the shower area. All of this contrasts with the dark tone of the marble-effect washbasin countertop, Liem Dark Nature (XTONE) and the Hotels single lever taps by Noken. Noken's taps collections Touch & Feel and Rondo play a great role with their chrome and black finishes.

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