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A Spooky Madrid Urban Legend Stars in This Adorable Campaign for RIU Hotels

The hotel chain marks opening of its first hotel in the Spanish capital – in an infamously haunted building – with campaign by LOLA MullenLowe

Twitter has been on fire in Spain while one of Madrid’s most popular mysteries was finally being resolved. For more than 35 years rumours have been circulating about a ghost who lives in the iconic Spain building on Madrid’s main avenue. The legend is part of Madrid’s spooky history, which is the only kind of history we really care about.

The last time the ghost appeared was in 2008 during a series of renovations in the building when a witness told the press that “some construction workers and security personnel swore that a ghost was living on the 14th floor of the building. One worker even decided to leave his job over it. ”

Now the ghost can finally rest in peace… with amenities. RIU hired him from the beyond to promote its beautiful new 4 star hotel and now he’s living la vida skybar.

History, pop culture and creativity came together in this advertising campaign that began with a thread launched on twitter by the comedian Darío Eme Hache and the agency LOLA MullenLowe Barcelona.

In addition to the friendly ghost, the RIU Plaza España Hotel has 585 rooms, a gym, an outdoor pool on the 21st floor, a restaurant and a lobby bar, as well as two sky bars with stunning panoramic views of the city that he can gaze at for all eternity.

Agency: LOLA MullenLowe Barcelona
Client: RIU Hotels
Product: Hotel Riu Plaza España – Madrid
Campaign title: The Ghost
Client contact: Albert Martínez, Ana Linares
Executive Creative Directors: Nacho Oñate, Néstor García
Art Director: Pablo Luna
Copywriter: Ana Prado
Global Business Director: Gonzaga Ayllón
Account Director: Esther Mestre
Account Supervisor: Fernando Losa
Account Executive: Claudia Matas
Planning Director: Gem Romero
Social Media Strategist: Estefanía Navarro
Agency Producer: FREELANCEFOR
Post Production: MCNULTY
Sound Studio: XEVI Estudi
Production House: Lobo Kane
Executive Producer: Ramón Corominas
Director: Silver
Music: BSO

This article was originally published on LBBO