The project was commissioned in May 1908. Planned at a total height of 360 metres, many believed its futuristic design to be unrealistic for its time. Little is known about its origin, and the project remained unknown until 1956, when a report by Joan Matamala i Flotats was published, called "When the New World called Gaudí". There are two stories as to why the project was cancelled; that Gaudi fell ill, or that he, as a Communist, cancelled the project on principle after objecting to it catering to wealthy clients.
The drawings for the Attraction Hotel were proposed as a basis for the rebuilding of Ground Zero in Manhattan.
The hotel was featured in the Fox Broadcasting television show Fringe. It was featured in the New York City skyline in the alternate universe.