A historic building that's more than a hotel

Built in 1908 and fully restored in 2004, Hotel Casa Fuster is the result of the renovation of the iconic modernista building known as Casa Fuster, the posthumous work by famous Catalan architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, whose buildings, some of which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, are among the most representative works of Catalan modernisme.

Mr Mariano Fuster i Fuster gave the building to his wife as a sign of his love, but also with the intention of beautifying the city of Barcelona. At the time, it was considered the most expensive house in the city because of the materials used, including high-quality marble.

The Hotels Center chain acquired the building in 2000 and renovated it in a way that both respected the orginal features and enhanced the unique and spectacular nature of this outstanding piece of architecture. The hotel opened in 2004.

Casa Fuster is more than the culmination of Domènech i Montaner’s career; it’s also the building that elegantly closes out the Eixample district as its crowning jewel, representing 20th-century Barcelona at its most prosperous and splendid.


Mr Mariano Fuster i Fuster, a high-society gentleman from Mallorca, met Miss Consuelo Fabra i Puig, daughter of the Marquis of Alella, in Barcelona.

He wanted to give his wife a house as a gift, and decided to buy the building located at 132 Passeig de Gràcia. In 1905 they received the permits to demolish it and build a spectacular house.

Lluís Domènech i Montaner, under the supervision of Consuelo Fabra i Puig, was the architect who designed and built the house. Mariano Fuster put the house in his wife’s name and dedicated a rose window to her. You can find it located on the Carrer Gràcia façade with the initials CF.

Mr Domènech i Montaner, an internationally renowned modernista architect whose works include the famous Palau de la Música Catalana, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, designed the Casa Fuster with three breathtaking façades, known for their expressiveness and striking details.

Work on the building began in 1908, and in 1911 the Fuster i Fabra moved in to live on the main floor. In 1911, Casa Fuster was considered the most expensive house in the city due to the material used to build it. The façade of the house was the first in Barcelona to be built with white marble.


Given how expensive it was to build the house, the Fuster i Fabra family stopped living there in the early 1920s.

Starting then, the area where the Café Vienés is now located was used for a number of small businesses, such as a barbershop and a grocery store. What is today the Domènech i Montaner Room was in the mid-50s a dance hall called El Danubio Azul (The Blue Danube).

In 1962, ENHER, an electric company, bought the house with the intention of demolishing it and building a skyscraper. But it faced strong opposition from Barcelona society, and thanks to numerous protests and articles in the press, the disaster was averted. They convinced ENHER to not demolish the house and to instead commit to basic restorations of the building, which it carried out between 1962 and 1974, and finally again in 1995.

In 1999, Casa Fuster was put up for sale and in 2000 it was bought by Hoteles Center, who transformed it into what it is today: the wonderful Hotel Casa Fuster.