The news from Spain by Esther Gladen, Business & Market Intelligence Analyst, HVS Madrid. Louvre Group launches its first low-cost brand in Spain: the 40-room hotel in Saragossa is the first franchised property of the low-cost Première Classe. The hotel is 15 minutes away from the exhibition centre and close to several industrial parks. Mac Hotels plans the addition of a hotel on the Costa del Sol to its portfolio: the four-star Hotel Puerto Marina in Benalmádena has 272 rooms and will be integrated into Mac Hotels’ portfolio in April 2013. At present, the hotel is operated by RIU Hotels & Resorts. Upgrade to four stars for Hotel Claridge in Madrid: the now four-star property has been completely restructured and refurbished, offering 114 rooms and suites, new meeting space and a showroom.