It earned the nickname “Titanic of the mountains”, but now the monumental and ill-fated train station at Canfranc is to get a new life as a five-star hotel, 51 years after the international rail link across the Pyrenees closed.
Today, the station operates only a modest Spanish domestic service.
The 104-room hotel is being designed by architects Joaquín Magrazó and Fernando Used in conjunction with the regional government of Aragón and the Barceló hotel chain. The budgeted cost is €27m, of which the Aragón government will contribute €12m to repair the tracks and develop the surrounding area.
The facade will be preserved but a new station is being built behind the existing one and will be entered via the hotel vestibule. The complex will include a 200-seat conference centre, a railway museum, shops, and a pilgrim refuge, as Canfranc is on one of the routes to Santiago de Compostela."
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