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OVERVIEW

This modern boutique hotel opened in 2015 and has been lauded ever since for its great location - in the Gothic Quarter and by the marina, Port Vell - its snazzy decor, fab cuisine, rooftop bar and luxurious guest rooms. Picasso's first art studio was in this building no less.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The hotel is located on the palm-lined Passeig de Colom and overlooks the Port Vell, a marina for luxury yachts. It's a great base for exploring the different central areas such as the Gothic Quarter, the Born neighbourhood, Las Ramblas and the beach. An evening walk alongside the marina is a pleasant excursion. Being in the Gothic Quarter, there's a good choice of restaurants and bars but fish restaurant Estimar and live jazz club Harlem are good options.

By plane: there are direct flights from London (2 hours 5 mins), Manchester (2 hours 20 mins) and Edinburgh (2 hours 40 mins). The hotel is a 50-minute drive from El-Prat airport. Private parking is available nearby for €40 per day. Book flights to Barcelona.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The building sports a restored modernist façade; step inside to earthy and warm colours and soft fabrics, some plush furniture, splashes of colour and hardwood and concrete floors, which create a homely but uplifting vibe.

THE FACILITIES

The hotel packs quite a lot into a relatively small space: a 24-hour gym with running and step machines and free weights, several restaurant and bar areas, and a rooftop pool, although it is too small to swim in.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Solarium
  • Fitness centre
  • Paid parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The rooms are not the biggest, but are bright and airy, typically with white walls, hardwood floors, a splash of colour courtesy of a sofa or easy chairs, and linen curtains. Beds have Hypnos mattresses, there are minibars, Nespresso coffeemakers, and bathrooms have walk-in showers.

Room types: Superior, Grand Deluxe, Junior Suite, Junior Suite Marina, Suite Mediterraneo, Grand Suite Mediterraneo

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Diptyque toiletries, balcony, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

The hotel has a restaurant, Informal, with Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascons at the helm. It principally serves Catalan dishes with a modern slant from locally sourced ingredients, changing seasonally. There's also a rooftop restaurant and cocktail bar and a further mezzanine bar.

Informal: contemporary Catalan cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascons. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishes from €24.50.

Rooftop: Open Wed-Sun 12.30pm-midnight.

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