Ultonia & Girona
From 1962 to 2019
The Ultònia building is a valuable architectural piece from Girona with monumentalist aesthetics movement parameters, and included in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia. It is located in one of the chamfers of the city expansion, and it was built over the Baluard de la Santa Creu, a small vestige of the old wall that in the past surrounded the city. The building's opening was celebrated in 1945, first as modern cinema and theater, and a few years later as a farm - coffee shop, becoming the first art deco establishment in the city of Girona that offered dances and live music.
During the summer of 1962 and after major reforms, the 3-star Hotel Ultonia was inaugurated in this same location. In 2009, on the same space occupied by the old cinema, the new Gran Ultonia Hotel of 4 stars was built, also incorporating a new space, the restaurant-cafeteria Room 118.
1890Girona, densely fortified, it's involved in different attacks, wars and it faces the entrance of the new XX century with full effervescence and desire for change. The people from Girona assume that in order to continue growing they need to go beyond the walled enclosure that surrounds them.
1941The location where the hotels are currently located is acquired. Until the 1908 in this terrain erected the Baluart de la Santa Creu, documented since the end of 1,600 as a fragment of the Girona's wall.
1944The Ultonia building is ready, with monumentalist architecture style, cataloged in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia and the work of the renowned architect Ignacio Bosch Reig. Its name is in honor of the regiment that defended the city during the third site of Girona in 1809.
1945The works for the current structure finished in 1945. The emblematic building opened its doors to the public on Sant Narcís Day during the same year, thus becoming the most modern cinema and theatre in the city. An emblem and symbol of Girona, it quickly consolidated itself as a reference and meeting point for the social life of Girona.
1953The Ultonia Café, the first such establishment in the city, opened on the first floor of the Gran Via building. The elegant tea room stood out for its art-decó décor style and for the dances and live music events it hosted. It became a unique meeting place for the social life of the city where the locals enjoyed culture and leisure.
1962On Sant Joan's day in 1962, and after major renovations, the 3-star Hotel Ultonia was inaugurated with 45 rooms, becoming one of the pioneers and most prestigious hotels in the Girona province. Among the first guests, there are numerous business people and travelers who take advantage of the strategic location of the hotel in one of the main communication areas of Catalonia.
1976The new address of the Hotel Ultonia carries out the first major renovation of the building and its spaces coinciding with the growing boom in tourism throughout the country. The decoration is renewed and new facilities such as air conditioning are incorporated.
2000After a long career the Cine Teatro Ultonia decided to close doors and made the pass of the last film, Titanic. Later, and in the space occupied by the cinema, the construction of the Hotel Gran Ultonia began.
2009The Hotel Gran Ultonia of 4 stars is inaugurated, which completes the most important hotel project in the city of Girona. And two new spaces are incorporated: the restaurant-cafeteria Room 118 and the terrace overlooking the Parque de la Devesa, The Secret.
2012The Ultonia Hotels celebrate its 50th anniversary while preserving the spirit of its history, maintaining its role as a meeting point and reference point of the city of Girona.