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The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona opened in 2009 (the hotel’s second wing in 2014) to offer guests a unique and elegant experience, a very Spanish one at that. From world-renowned chefs preparing fabulous meals, opulent suites and bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology in the rooms to name a few highlights, expect to be wooed from the moment you set foot in the door.
A former bank building, the hotel encompasses a natural light-filled, eight-story atrium with modern interiors by the Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. Located on the bustling Passeig de Gràcia, the property is positioned amidst the finest top-end boutiques (Loewe’s flagship store is just across the street) and sites. Sightseeing from many of the rooms is possible to take in the views of Gaudi’s spectacular Casa Batlló and Casa Amatllar, two places you won’t want to miss.
Suites and rooms come in many sizes here at the Mandarin, the largest of which is the Penthouse Suite with one or two bedrooms. An oversized terrace off the fifth-floor Barcelona Suite features a private Jacuzzi and an outdoor living room overlooking the architectural masterpieces along the Passeig de Gràcia. Standard rooms are on the smaller size, but no expense is spared when it comes to amenities and toiletries. Some rooms have balconies of varying sizes.
The staff here make sure you enjoy every moment spent here. Head to the outdoor Mimosa Bar if the sun’s out, where waiters wear trilby hats and Converse sneakers. They’re happy to discuss the city’s highlights, as are those working in the Banker’s Bar. They’re a little more formally garbed here and can make a sophisticated martini in a heartbeat, something to sip on as you admire the wall of old, perfectly polished bank vaults of yesteryear.
The bar overlooks the all-day dining restaurant, Blanc, where the tapas-style sharing plates are always a good idea, as is the Sunday brunch with free-flowing Cava. But the two-star Michelin restaurant, Moments, managed by chefs Carme Ruscalleda and her son Raül Balam, defines Catalan cuisine. Book way, way in advance, especially if you want to try the Chef’s Table experience.
Nothing has been overlooked at this 120-room hotel. The facilities are notably beautiful, including the rooftop pool (a party place when the sun goes down) and the indoor saltwater pool and steam room in the basement. There’s a cutting-edge gym and a spa – one of the best in town.
How to get here
20 minutes by road from Barcelona - El Prat Airport
120 rooms & suites