A hotel with a lot of history
Igualada | Anoia | Barcelona
The origins of the Hotel America go back to the 40s when Jeroni Carol Gual, owner of the Bar America located on the Rambla San Isidro in the centre of Igualada, decided to start a new project building a hotel by the new N -II road that was being built on the northern outskirts of the city. On December 8 th 1955 the Hotel America opened its doors, an establishment that for many years was a point of reference as a stopover for people travelling between Barcelona, Madrid, Andorra and other places.
Together with the strong industrial development of the city, this establishment experienced its greatest period of growth through the 70s. Thus, in 1973 an ambitious extension to the business was inaugurated. This included a 6-storey building with 34 rooms and an imposing lobby that complemented the previously built and well known original cafeteria, the restaurant rooms and the great ballroom.
In June 2014, within a completely different socio-economic context to that previously described, the current cafeteria and breakfast buffet area were put into service. This was possible following a general restructuring and consequent renovation works of the generously spaced original hotel lobby that today houses these spaces that are annexed to the reception area. This has allowed us to concentrate services, improve functionality and offer our customers a better service.
Further to the changes that have taken place in recent years, the hotel plans to continue renovating and improving its facilities. The ‘Urban Superior’ room, which was recently fully renovated, is an example which serves as a referent for our future actions
Activities in Igualada
Gaudeix de l’oferta cultural de la ciutat
This geographical location, just 30 minutes from Barcelona on the A-2 motorway, means it is well connected to the different parts of the Catalan territory.
Within the city you can visit the basilica of Santa Maria, the Leather Museum, the tanneries of Cal Granotes, the Traginer Museum (museum that focuses on the craft of the muleteer) or the Miniature Train. It is essential when visiting to stroll through the alleys of the old town, discover the hidden corners of the tanneries neighbourhood and stop to contemplate the unique modernist buildings such as the Asilo del Santo Cristo or a sample of industrial architecture such as the Igualadina Cotonera, among others.
In the rest of the Anoia region you will find other places of interest such as the Molí Paperer (18th century paper mill) and the prehistoric Abric Romaní site in Capellades, the Igualada- Òdena aerodrome, the Parcmotor automobile complex in Castellolí or the Pujalt observatory. You can go hiking or mountain biking in the surrounding forests, visit the region’s medieval castles or enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the entire Òdena basin from Tossa de Montbui viewpoint, where you can also visit the Romanesque church and the remains of a 10h century castle.
We must not forget that the Monastery of Montserrat is only 20 minutes away. This is a must-see highlight. And for those who love nature, the surrounding Montserrat Mountain Natural Park offers walkers different routes of extraordinary beauty.
In Igualada events of the category of the European Balloon Festival, the Aerosport air festival, the Zoom Festival or the Mostra de Teatre (children and youth theatre fair) are held. Furthermore, there is the successful Rec.0 Experimental Stores, which for four days twice a year transforms the tanneries neighbourhood into an ephemeral setting where commerce, culture and gastronomy combine. In the month of January you cannot miss the centuries-old Cabalgata de Reyes (Kings’ day parade) and the Tres Tombs festivities (animals and carriages parade), declared Heritage of National Interest.
For more information on these activities, as well as many others, you can visit the site www.anoiaturisme.cat