Gran Meliá Nacional Rio to Undergo Renovation Ahead of Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO—Meliá Hotels International has reopened the area’s Hotel National designed by Oscar Niemeyer, one of the fathers of modern architecture. Built in 1972, the hotel has been closed for several decades, and has now been taken over by Meliá Hotels International.

The hotel was a key location in the heyday of Rio de Janeiro, when it was the destination of artists such as Liza Minnelli, BB King, and James Brown, and also hosted the Rio Film Festival, according to the company. The hotel’s facilities are being renovated to accommodate 417 rooms, including two presidential suites and 50 executive suites, plus a gastronomic restaurant and modern bars in the lobby and on the penthouse terrace, with 360-degree views of Rio de Janeiro and the San Conrado bay, close to Ipanema and Copacabana.

Slated to be an official venue for the coming Olympic Games in Rio, the Gran Meliá Nacional Rio features a convention and events center with capacity for more than 4,000 delegates.

Meliá Hotels International has been in Brazil for 23 years, and now operates 17 hotels with another three hotel in development and expected to open in 2018.