Situated along the bustling Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona, with its own Manolo Blahnik and Tiffany flagship stores, the Mandarin Oriental BARCELONA is one of the city’s most luxurious and exclusive place to stay. This elegant mid-2oth Century building was revamped by prestigious Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. It boats 98 roos and awe-inspiring ramp that brings guests from the busy street over the courtyard , with a view of the luminous Blanc restaurant and lounge below. Urquiola carefully selected furnishings, ceiling fixtures and beautiful hand-woven carpets, including the fully restored 20th century French ironing table that serves as a centrepiece to Blanc and the tartan carpet adorning the Banker’s Bar floor.
WHAT WE LOVE:
Blanc, on the lower floor, receives light from the atrium and through large skylights. A metallic grid suspended over the restaurant tables, allowing for greater privacy, an above it is a hanging garden. The Mandarin Oriental situated in the heart of the famoust Quadrat d’Or, or Golden Square, one of the most emblematic of the city’s modernist buildings, Antonio Gaudí’s Casa Mila, is just a stone’s throw away from the hotel.
We also love the Barcelona’s culinary rebirth which can be sampled at the Mandarin Oriental, especially after the recent collaboration between Mandarin Oriental and world renown Chef Carme Ruscalleda, the only woman in the world to be awarded a total of six Michelin stars.