The Northern Spanish coastal town of Gijón, in Asturias, might not be the first place you’d associate with Art Deco glamour and New York-style industrial, minimalist chic, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at the El Môderne boutique hotel in Gijón.
TEXT: EDDI FIEGEL | PHOTOS: EL MÔDERNE
Set in a listed 1931 building, the hotel is impressive from all angles, with its original Art Deco grey stone façade now painstakingly restored as well as highly contemporary interiors which are both stylish and warm. The 47 spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, including 26 generously proportioned Junior Suites, feature a chic palette of grey, charcoal and white, whilst in the reception and bar areas, décor is an equally stylish and inviting mix of warm-toned wood and soft lighting. All rooms also feature rain-showers and are fully sound-proofed.
The ground floor champagne bar and café has also become a popular choice for both locals and guests, be they travellers or tourists, thanks to its mix of smart, urbane décor and grand picture windows – ideal for people watching, as well as an extensive list of cocktails, champagnes, spirits, teas and coffees.
Since El Môderne opened in December 2018, the boutique hotel has become emblematic of the formerly industrial port city’s regeneration and a beacon of style across the region. “The owner,“ explains the hotel’s manager Élida Suárez Muiños, “is from Gijón, but has travelled extensively around the world, so he wanted to bring the style and comfort he had seen in hotels elsewhere back here. And we know he has succeeded because now we have guests who choose to come here instead of to other towns in the region. They know that we have something different and special to offer.”