Catalan charm

Mandarin Oriental, Passeig de Gracia, 38-40
Opened in November 2009, the Barcelona Mandarin Oriental retains the east meets west ambience of its cousins in other major cities, while featuring a design playfulness which perfectly matches the exuberant spirit of Catalan. Local architect Patricia Urquiola uses giant white lacy screens and a sophisticated blend of beige, white and black, with accents of mustard or lime in the Blanc restaurant and breakfast room. Above is a ‘secret garden’, the Mimosa Garden, for more private rendezvous.

On the ninth floor a splash pool and spa offers the best view going of the city, the port and Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia.

The Mandarin Oriental is situated in a former bank, so as an homage to the origins of the building, the Bank Bar features metal vaults on the walls and ceiling – and gold stacks which spell out the name. It’s seductively easy to while away and hour or three watching the barman mix cocktails.

Director of Communications, Bel  Natividad, says the best measure of the success of this new hotel is its acceptance by the locals, with many using the hotel’s restaurants and bars as meeting places. So even if you can’t afford a room, make time if you’re ever lucky enough to be in Barcelona to hide away for a secret coffee in the Mimosa Garden, or meet for a cocktail in the Bank Bar.

Find out more about the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.

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