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Hotel Mandarin Oriental Barcelona Hotel 5 star
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Paseo de Gracia 38 40 08007 Barcelona ES Barcelona, Spain -
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Part of the prestigious Mandarin Oriental hotel chain based in Hong Kong, this hotel is one of the best in the city. It should be stressed that the quality of the service and, of course, its facilities are very impressive. The decoration, cleverly orchestrated by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, combines a modern and refined look with a touch of the oriental. The 1,000m² spa has 8 rooms for the treatments specially designed for the hotel, the 9th floor terrace overlooks the city, and the gourmet restaurant has just been awarded its first Michelin star. In terms of location, it doesn't get better than this! The Mandarin is situated on the Paseo de Gracia, known as one of the most beautiful streets in Barcelona. So you'll be right at the heart of Barcelonian life and just next door to the most stunning boutiques in the Catalonian capital.

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    Location 7.5 /10

    At the heart of the Paseo de Gracia, opposite Casa Batllo and two minutes from Plaça de Catalunya (Catalonia Square), the Mandarin Oriental is ideally located for both business travellers and tourists. The city's airport is about a 25-minute drive away.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    Half of the 98 guest rooms afford a view of the garden. The decor once again lives up to the hotel's reputation. The shades of cream and white go perfectly with the avant-garde style furniture chosen by Patricia Urquiola: you can also see the Asian influences in the wall paintings, which resemble Chinese screens. If you are a fan of technology, you will love the suites: at 90m² they are incredibly spacious and full of technological gadgets, including a Bang & Olufsen brand Hi-Fi and of course all the necessities to stay connected during your business trip. All of the suites have a butler service. The large bathrooms are fitted with an Italian-style shower with coloured glass. They also come with beauty sets from the prestigious Swiss cosmetics brand La Prairie. In the junior suites, photos of Japan decorate the walls, the beds are as soft as in the other guest rooms, and a television built into the furniture allows guests to watch TV from either the lounge or the bedroom. Guests are sure to love the wash basin unit, made from a single piece by a local craftsman. The rest of the amenities are similar to those in the suites, only the space is smaller: the junior suites only measure 32 to 36m², which is still not bad!

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The building is an example of Art Deco architecture and is classified as a Historical Monument: previously a bank, it was transformed into the Mandarin Hotel in 2009 after colossal renovation works. As you enter the building you discover an access ramp at the heart of a patio full of light and surrounded by lounges. Immersed in soft natural light, the lounges are particularly charming and guests can stroll between the Manolo Blahnik, Brioni and Tiffany's display cases. The concierge is of course at guests' disposal 24/7.

    Here, all of Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola's expertise is on show: whether it's in the layout or the furniture, or the handmade tapestries, the decorator has demonstrated the full extent of her talent by combining it with luxury brands like B&B Italia, DePadova, Flos and Moroso.

    Throughout your stay, you will discover the decor classics, such as the famous Chesterfield armchairs in the lobby and the Scottish carpets in the Banker's Bar, which give it a private English club feel. In the bar, there is another surprising detail: Patricia has preserved the old safes from the bank that stood on the site before the hotel was built.

    In this hotel, every floor is decorated differently. On the 9th floor, a magnificent terrace overlooks the Paseo de Gracia. The terrace is only open in spring and summer. Guests can take advantage of the small yet refreshing swimming pool and the deckchairs that are perfect for a spot of peaceful sunbathing.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    The Mandarin has a large choice of restaurants. 'Moments' was awarded a Michelin star when it opened and now has two. It proposes traditional cuisine carefully prepared by renowned Catalan Chef Carme Ruscalleda and assisted by her son Raül Balam, who adds a touch of originality. Tasting menus are available from ?40 (£33) at lunchtime. The decor manages to combine two worlds: Europe on the one hand and Asia on the other. If you wish to dine in a more laidback atmosphere, the Blanc Brasserie & Gastrobar is a better choice. Here you'll find Mediterranean cuisine with Asian influences. Finally, if you fancy Asian cuisine, go for the recommended specialities; the Mandarin chain is particularly renowned for the quality of its food and its large range of Asian dishes.

    Spa 8.7 /10

    The spa is no other than the former bank vault! It covers a total surface area of 1,000m² and is situated on the basement level. It truly is an oasis in this hotel. Fans of luxury often choose the Mandarin chain for its exceptional spas. Indeed, the brand is famous worldwide for the particular attention paid to its spas. Once again, the Barcelona hotel is no exception. A 12m-long swimming pool, a steam room, a gym, pedicures, manicures by Bastian Gonzalez, facials by Linda Meredith, 8 treatment rooms with treatments exclusively designed for the Mandarin, a double room for couples and direct access to the spa from the guest rooms (without running the risk of being seen in a bathrobe at reception), it is safe to say that they have thought of everything to make your relaxation experience perfect!

    To know

    The hotel was designed by Patricia Urquiola, the interior designer of all the hotels in the Mandarin Oriental luxury chain. Its distinctive feature is the combination of contemporary design and touches of local or oriental decoration. Once again, the creator has demonstrated her talent.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, fitness

    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

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