Riu Hotels is marking 25 years of the inauguration of the Riu Palace Maspalomas, the first hotel in the Riu Palace luxury line that set new standards of service for the chain.
The hotel continues to be a benchmark, as shown by the awards it receives year after year from both guests and tour operators. Its “U” shape has been used at RIU hotels all over the world, and its elegance and style have been an “education for the hundreds of professionals who have helped create the Riu Palace hotels in 11 different countries.”
“The opening day was very exciting. It had only been four years since we had expanded outside Mallorca with the creation of the Riu Palmeras, the first hotel outside the Balearic Islands. The family felt really proud standing by my father on the day when the colonial hotel he had dreamed about became a reality, facing the impressive Maspalomas Dunes,” remembers Luis Riu, RIU Hotels CEO. “That opening was a turning point for everybody in the company. Today, we are celebrating the anniversary of a hotel that continues to be a model for the 30 Riu Palaces around the world.”
Maspalomas, in the south of Gran Canaria, continues to be one of RIU’s most important destinations in world terms. The chain chose it as the location for its first Riu Palace for its natural beauty, pleasant weather throughout the year and the friendliness of the people.