Hello I'm back! I just spent the latter part of this week in Boston where I was able to tag a bit of shopping on top of a business trip (more on that later). But today's post is actually about my trip to Barcelona last week. I usually stay at the Hotel Arts, but this time round I thought I'd try out the more central Mandarin Oriental.
First off, the location is absolutely perfect, right on Passeig de Gràcia, right in the middle of all things Gaudi, and almost opposite the fabulous Casa Battlo. It lives in the middle of the beautiful boutiques, and by crossing the avenue I strolled over to Carolina Herrera to check out the new collection. There is even a Manolo Bahnik boutique inside the hotel, featuring quite an impressive collection of Hangisis!
Upstairs, the room is smaller than what I'm used to at The Arts, but it is very functional and the bed is incredibly comfortable. I slept like a baby for the two nights I stayed. I loved my little balcony overloooking the patio (to me a room with a view in the centre of a city is not necessarily a must-have, as it often means lots of noise at night...) The bathroom is the only let-down of this hotel for me, it was not only tiny, but also dimly lit, something which is a big no-no in my book!
Downstairs however is where the Mandarin Oriental comes into its own, with an amazing array of bars and Michelin-starred restaurants. I had a fabulous lunch of seared tuna... yum. The combination of fabulous setting, attentive service and delicous food, perfect!
Going forward, I'm tempted to come back more regularly and spread my Barcelona trips between the Mandarin and the Arts... How else am I going to get my fill of Gaudi architecture sightings each month?
Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40
08007 Barcelona, Spain
+34 931 51 88 88