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Sleek & Chic | Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, Spain

August 21, 2010

Barcelona, Spain’s happening city, and arguably The Mediterranean’s most vibrant city has no shortage of cool and hip lodging. And each new hotel opening raises the style quotient. Hong Kong-based Mandarin Oriental Hotels is of course no slouch in the design department, having seriously upped its game in the past few years. Brushing off its staid old-world chintz-meets chinoisserie.

And Mandarin Oriental Barcelona raises the luxe bar indeed, holding its own in the artistic Catalonian capital.

This luxury hotel is situated in an elegant mid 20th century building, recreated with a highly stylised contemporary interior by Spanish born designer Patricia Urquiola. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group operates in 25 countries, but this is its first entry into southern Europe. Mandarin Oriental Barcelona’s official opening was celebrated in November 2009 with a lavish gala attended by the city’s style leaders and elite.

The hotel’s coolest factor is a lucky combination of three elements: First is the convenience of the central location on Passeig de Gracia, the good bones of the refurbished 20th-century former bank building, and most significant, the tour de force of design of Patricia Urquiola, responsible for the interior decor of the 98-room hotel, including most of the furnishings.

The hotel owns 98 rooms, finished to a level of luxury. Views are either over Barcelona’s most stylish boulevard and most of them have a balcony or terrace, from where you can admire the surrounding modernist facades.

Created with a sophisticated sense of contemporary style and a spice of the orient, guests will discover an environment of holistic rejuvenation and relaxation. The Spa center offers a wide range of natural treatments and relaxing atmosphere. The roof terrace has a spectacular dipping pool with views over the city, our garden is a charming place to relax and we have two select boutiques.

If you feel bored in the hotel, admire the streets of Barcelona full with fashion and a culture that sees fine eating and drinking as a pleasurable pastime. Location: Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona, Spain.

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