This great collection of memories couldn’t start without saying a huge THANK YOU.
Thank you for putting your trust in Vincci Hoteles for yet another year, and for allowing us to be part of the incredible experiences you only get when you’re exploring the world. Thank you for the excitement, the thrills and the dreams-made-reality, that without YOU, our guests, wouldn’t have been possible in 2016.
So, we reach the end of 366 days made up of thousands of incredible memories that have changed our lives. But one is worth highlighting. This year we celebrated our 15th anniversary: a decade and a half of passion for tourism. And we did it in a very special way. We surprised Emilia, head of reception at Vincci Vía 66 4* and one of the people who have been with us since the start of this great adventure. If you haven’t seen it yet, get watching!
In 2001, Rufino Calero opened his first Vincci hotel in Sierra Nevada. And now there are 39 in the extended family, including, of course, the most recent arrivals. In 2016 we opened five hotels in different locations in Spain and Tunisia.
At the start of the year, we opened our second hotel in Lisbon, the Vincci Liberdade 4*, on Rua Rosa Araujo. A tranquil hotel where you can rest and relax after a stroll through delightful Lisbon.
We also landed in Zaragoza, with our first hotel in the city: Vincci Zaragoza Zentro 4*. The perfect place to stay to enjoy the latest urban tourism trend: bleisure, mixing business and leisure, in the city’s historic centre.
We were then joined by a hotel filled with the scent of mint, right on Madrid’s Gran Vía, which delighted the Spanish capital with its surprising roof-top terrace. In March, number 10 of Madrid’s grand thoroughfare opened its doors to Vincci The Mint 4*, an innovative, cutting-edge concept, with work from interior designed Jaime Beriestain.
A month later, hundreds of kilometres away, our chain launched two new destinations in Tunisia: Vincci Marillia 4* (Hammamet) and Vincci El Mansour 4* (Mahdia); and finally, just a few weeks ago, we inaugurated our latest establishment: Vincci Mae 4*, our fourth hotel in Barcelona. At Avenida Diagonal 596, the new hotel is inspired by New York actress Mae West, bringing luxury, sophistication and a rebel touch.
… and refurbished hotels
But we didn’t focus all our efforts on our newest hotels. In the past 12 months we’ve also refurbished two our of establishments with the projects having a common denominator: to give them a more romantic air.
We’re talking about Vincci Centrum 4* in Madrid and Vincci Lys 4* in Valencia, where pastel tones and individual personalities have placed them at the forefront of hotel design. But it’s not just their decor that’s been influenced by innovative concepts. Their tapas and breakfasts are a vital entry in any gastronomic guide to the city.
More committed, more sustainable
We started the year with great news: Rufino Calero, president of Vincci Hoteles, receives the Medal for Merit in Tourism, in the Sustainability and Quality category, from Spain’s acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
But we didn’t stop there, doubling down on our commitment to the environment, and adding further measures to care for our planet. In 2016 we said “I do” to energy-saving, we took part in Earth Hour and paid tribute to water and work on Earth Day.
Hard work gets its reward
But above all, 2016 has been a year of awards that inspire us to keep improving, day after day. Randstad chose us as the best hotel company to work for; more than 5,000 Travel Managers chose us the best hotel chain for Business Travel in Spain; and our president Rufino Calero, received the Honour Award in Recognition of a Hotel and Tourism Personality in the 14th edition of the Roca Awards for Hotel Initiatives for his career in the sector.
And at an individual level, the hotel Vincci Selección Aleysa Boutique & Spa 5* was chosen as the best 5* hotel in Spain for the second consecutive year, the best beach hotel, as well as being recognised by Trivago as the hotel with the best reputation, and went back to the top of the list in the Travellers’ Choice 2016 awards.
Our most recent bit of good news? Our hotel in Tenerife, the Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur 5* has won a TUI Holly 2017, for the seventh time.
We couldn’t ask for more, and it’s all thanks to you. Once again, THANK YOU. With one year’s more experience and keener than ever to delight all our guests, we wish you all a very happy 2017!