At the beginning of the 20th century, architect Calixto Freixa –one of Gaudí’s disciples- designed the “Castle of our Lady of Remedy”, commissioned by banker Agustí Manaut i Taberner as a gift to his daughter, Blanca Manaut i Uyà. Inaugurated in 1910, the palace combines French Neoclassic elements with Catalan modernism.
During the Spanish Civil War, the house was confiscated by the republican government. But despite the warlike conflict, the building didn’t suffer any damage or lootings. And after the war, the owner Blanca Manaut got the Torre del Remei back although it never restored its prestige and ended up being closed and abandoned.
Years later, the Catalan chef, Josep Maria Boix and his wife, struck by the beauty of the palace, decided to convert the palace into a luxury hotel. In 1991, after the architectural rehabilitation and adaptation project by the the Espinet-Ubach architectural firm, the hotel dreamed up by the Boix couple was inaugurated. In 1993, it formed a part of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux family.
From its origin, gastronomy was the heart of the project. During the 27 years that Boix was head of the kitchen at the Torre del Remei, his restaurant served anywhere from royal banquets to national awards.
In 2018, the Torre del Remei started a new phase in its history accompanied by Mercer Hoteles: Throughout several months, the hotel chain has carried out diverse improvements to adapt its facilities and services to contemporary luxury. Taking into account the fulfilment of guests’ high expectations, the project of the Mercer Torre del Remei places special emphasis on design without forgetting gastronomy.
The prestigious Catalan chef, Carles Gaig and his wife, Fina Navarro –head of the dining room- are in charge of taking over for Boix, moving their emblematic restaurant from Barcelona to the Cerdanya. Now is the time to discover it.