Boutique Hotel Claude Marbella
Hotel Claude Marbella opened its doors in the summer of 2007, after an extensive and magnificent renovation, converting this 17th century royal townhouse into a leading and luxurious Boutique Hotel, right in the heart of Marbella´s picturesque historic old town.
Architectually as well as historically, this townhouse is one of the most important buildings in Marbella´s old quarters. Once the summer residence of Empress Eugenia de Montijo ( wife of Napoleon III) and in the 19th century also the residence of Ferdinand de Lesseps ( architect and developer of the Suez Canal), in the 70s and 80s of the 20th century, this emblematic building was also a cultural centre and artists´ club. The bohemian spirit is still very much alive today.
The name "Claude" is in memory of the late opera singer Claude Devoize, who lived here back in the 70s and 80s with her lawyer husband Don Juan Berjano, hosting countless soirées and cultural gatherings.
From the mid 1980s to 2005, this old townhouse stood empty, until Franz Josef Willmes ( stepson of Don Juan Berjano) and his wife Maria Jose Aller had the brilliant idea of converting this exceptional building into the boutique hotel it is today.
Not only is Hotel Claude a stylish and unique bolthole, it also has become the cultural oasis and artist´club again, it once was, thanks to the actress Desiree Willmes.