It was April 1952 when two Concierges from Barcelona, Mr. José María Bautista and Vicente Aguilar were invited to Cannes where with other eight countries they decided to create L’Union Europeenne des Portiers de Grands Hotels “Les Clefs d’Or” (UEPGH Les Clefs d’Or). Due to the strict Francoist law, the Spanish Section had to be under the French Section for ten years. In 1962 a group of Concierges in Madrid managed to be accepted by the government and had their first legal meeting where Alfredo Molero was chosen as President. In 1974 Mr. Molero was elected as International President then in 1985, Mr. Bautista was chosen as International President.
Nowadays the Spanish section is divided into five delegations all created in 1962 except Madrid that was created in 1977 as the Presidency moved to Barcelona. Those sections are lead by different concierges, in Andalucia Antonio Morilla from the Alfonso XIII is the delegate, in Baleares the delegate is Pep Toni Ferreiro from the Castillo Son Vida Hotel, in Cataluña the delegate is Marc Schmid from OD Hotels , in Costa del Sol José Sánchez from Los Monteros Hotel is the delegate and finally in Madrid the delegate is Borja Martín Guridi from the Ritz Hotel.
Spain has established a really long tradition of genuine hospitality, one of the many reasons why Spain is so popular is that its nation is renowned for being respectful and accommodating towards overseas visitors. The diversity in Spain is the other great asset. Spain is famous worldwide for its incredible architecture that brims with Moorish, Romanesque and Gothic monuments in the same country. Diversity is also represented by their worldwide famous writers such as Cervantes who wrote: “El Quijote de la Mancha” which is the second most translated book in history after the Bible. Diversity is also our wide variety of cuisines with dishes as famous as the Valencian Paella with a Moorish origin.
All the Spanish Les Clefs d´Or Concierges are very much looking forward to great you in Spain, not just to show you our amazing heritage, history, and culture but also to make you feel at home away from home. We are naturally born as hosts and we enjoy showing and assisting guests from all over the world.
Please also visit our website http://llavesdeoro.org/ to learn more about our association, we also have Facebook https://www.facebook.com/llavesdeoroespanolas/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/LesClefsdOrSP where we daily update about the events, exhibitions, and activities in Spain.
We look forward to meeting you in our hotel lobbies.
In Service through Friendship,
Borja Martin Guridi
Av. Diagonal 661 - 671 Barcelona Spain 08028
Set in 25,000 square meters of breathtaking 19th century gardens and revealing an unparalleled view of the stunning Barcelona skyline; this luxurious 432 rooms urban hotel provides guest with a tranquil retreat in the heart of Barcelona. With a central location on the prestigious Avenida Diagonal and surrounded by major attractions such as the famous Camp Nou stadium and the Barcelona Polo Club, Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I will ensure the most memorable stay with engaging service and glamorous character.
Passeig de Gracia, 38-40, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Located on Passeig de Gràcia, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is one of the city's best loved hotels. Enjoying stunning views over our gardens or the modernist landmark Casa Batlló, we offer a wonderful mix of style and five-star luxury.
San Sebastian, Spain
Paseo, República Argentina Kalea, 4, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
This majestic building known as the Grande Dame of hotels was designed by Charles Mewes in 1912. A noble mansion in golden stone, it dominates the city from its prime position on the banks of the river Urumea within sight of the Cantabrian sea. Named after the Spanish queen who vacationed here and brought Europe’s fashionable upper classes in her wake, this grandest of grand hotels is both an expression of Basque culture and a cornerstone of the city’s social scene.