The Mandarin Oriental is opening a 98-room hotel on the Passeig de Gracia, one of the main boulevards of Barcelona, close to Gaudi’s Casa Batllo. The hotel is taking reservations for dates beginning 15 December 2009. Passeig de Gracia is ideal for people who love shopping as it is home to luxury designer brands such as Max Mara, but also to trendy chains like Zara and Mango. There are several metro stops along the boulevard making it very convenient for visits to Barceloneta, Tibidabo or El Born.
The hotel will have two main restaurants: the signature restaurant called Moments led by Michelin star chef Carme Ruscalleda and a more informal one called Blanc. According to the hotel’s press release, “both restaurants will feature original, natural and creative cuisine, delighting customers with a healthy and varied choice. From light salads and Asian inspired dishes at Blanc, to the authentic and traditional Catalan flavours and creations at Moments.” In case you were wondering what sort of Asian food they will be serving, it’s phad thai, dim sum, yakitori and bento boxes.
Of course there’s a bar, oddly enough called the Banker’s Bar (note: Mandarin Oriental has gone out on a limb here given that “banker” is a dirty word these days). But it’s because the building originally housed one of the city’s largest banks. Is this the destiny of banks – to end up as hotels? Will they hire unemployed bankers to serve drinks?
More from the press release:
The design will incorporate the original safes from the bank’s vault as part of the décor, creating an interesting and evocative atmosphere in which to enjoy classic cocktails.
Finally, the hotel has a 660 square-metre terrace designed by Patricia Urquiola (who designed the hotel’s interiors) and landscape designer Beth Figueras so you can relax and enjoy the view from the top.
I am sure the hotel will be a fabulous place to stay in Barcelona.
Passeig de Gracia 18
+34 93 151 88 88
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