Discerning travellers are increasingly seeking alternatives to traditional hotels in their search for luxury and privacy: luxury apartments. Still in its early days, this sector comprises around 150 exclusive apartments concentrated in the most desirable areas of the world’s top cities. Travellers looking for the comforts of home in exotic locales will find all the benefits of a hotel in a spacious yet intimate setting that a hotel suite just can’t offer. Here are some of our top picks:
CASTRO EXCLUSIVE RESIDENCES, Barcelona
Offering stylish apartments with balconies near Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece combines a relaxing environment with excellent access to the city centre – metro and bus stations are just a few metres away. Alternatively, you can opt for Saint Paul Exclusive apartments, located near the marvellous Hospital of Saint Paul designed by Luís Domenèch Montaner, an architect who had a profound influence on the Catalan Modernism movement a century ago. Each spacious, modern apartment (75 to 85 square metres, with up to 6-person capacity), is brightly decorated with Tom Drag’s creations and current technology, maintaining Barcelona’s reputation for design and exclusivity.
The residences are innovative and exclusive; for example, the building’s entrance is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 technology. All apartments have free Wi-Fi, a large living room with a flat-screen TV, and a dining area. The fully equipped kitchen has a fridge, stove, microwave, oven, kettle, kitchenware, dishwasher, washing machine, toaster oven and coffee maker. A daily cleaning service is included.
Most importantly, the apartments maintain Corporate Social Responsibility and work to minimize their environmental impact. Their energy-saving system, AA equipment, taps and showers equipped with water-saving aerators, and biodegradable cleaning products, as well as their green energy production, all demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.
Castro Exclusive Residences offer personalized attention and help guests build their itinerary, since their main objective is to make guests feel like they’re at home but with all the commodities and luxury of an apartment. After exploring the city, guests will be able to relax at a fabulous spa with more than 8000 square metres of facilities.
SPA Sagrada Familia
Provença 414, Barcelona
+34 93 281 29 05
For all those independent and discerning travelers who want to experience all the comforts of home while visiting new destinations, there’s a perfect alternative: a HOMTEL. This combination of HOME and HOTEL allows guests to explore the city from a perfect location in the city centre while enjoying a fully equipped apartment. Comfort and equipment are the Homtels’ main values, ensuring that guests feel at-home comfort combined with unique décor.
In Madrid, travelers can find two HOMTELS in two prime locations. One option is Atocha 107, ideally located in the Las Letras Quarter. Travellers can wander the narrow streets of this Bohemian neighbourhood, taking in its entertainment, literature, shopping and restaurants. The area is Madrid’s artistic and cultural centre, steps away from CaixaForum Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Queen Sofia Museum, The Prado Museum and the Retiro Park.
Atocha 107 offers fully equipped apartments in a refurbished historical building, featuring avant-garde décor and all the necessary amenities to provide guests with a unique experience: to feel at home while immersing themselves in the rhythms of the city.
Alternatively, travellers can choose Plaza de Oriente Apartments, exclusive residences located in front of the Plaza de Oriente Square, with views of the Royal Palace and the Sabatini Gardens. The location is as good as Atocha 107, offering close proximity to shopping districts as well as the history and nobility of Old Madrid. Plaza de Oriente offers stylish apartments and suites, each with its own unique design and décor. This originality, combined with the comfort and equipment provided, will ensure an unforgettable travelling experience for all its guests.
Calle Atocha, 107 – 28012. HOMTELS Madrid