Set apart and towering above the rest of the hotels in downtown Barcelona, the architecturally striking Hotel Arts is the upshot of acute competition that has pushed hotel innovation here to new heights. From the voluminous lobby the hotel’s immediate vibe stands for endless cool in all its senses. The sleek interior displaying modern sculptures and art becomes the perfect antidote to the intense tempo of the vibrant city. The design in calming pebble-tones is streamlined with ‘un- Gaudi’ restraint, exuding nonetheless the artist’s Hispanic flair.
Elevated above the city my room was a generous retreat with touch-pad technology, an expansive bed and geometric furnishings placed with graphic precision. The extravagant double bathroom, hydro- shower and dressing area created a spa-like ‘chill-out’ zone. Electronic blinds revealed a panorama of the sparkling Mediterranean and the hotel’s unique beachside location, with the prospect of an ocean-dip before breakfast.
Intriguing dining options are many for one short stay, either in leafy settings ‘alfresco’ or at the chic and ultra-pristine venues offering inspired interpretations of local gastronomy. The cocktail bar is solely cocooned in a plush and dusky fusion of traditional upholstery and contemporary accents. A tranquil spa suspended high with airy platform terraces and incorporating a glazed sauna, provides stunning vistas of both the city and the sea, and in a hotel that is all about ‘outlook’ proves to be the ideal vantage point for a spectacular sunset.
I am truly impressed with Can Cera Hotel.
This recently opened hotel in Palma de Mallorca has absolutely catch the Mediterranean and Mallorcan spirit! Housed in a 17th century palace in the heart of the old city of Mallorca Can Cera offers 5 rooms and 7 suites. Furniture, decoration and art are a dream. To round it all up I should mention the excellence of the gastronomy in this wonderful property.
Don’t miss this gem in our collection of favorite hotels. www.cancera.com
p.s.: Are you wondering what other properties are our favorite??? Well this is very personal but if you ask me… I will speak about Abac Hotel in Barcelona, Palacio del Bailio in Cordoba, Hacienda San Rafael in Sevilla, Finca Cortesin in southern Andalucia near Gibraltar and a few others… More to come!!
The Luxury Collection Hotel Maria Cristina Hotel in San Sebastian will be closing its doors next October 9th, 2011. The Maria Cristina is a classic in the city. It is one of the first five star properties in Spain that the King Alfonso XIII pushed to be built in the early 20th century together with Alfonso XIII Hotel in Sevilla, Ritz Hotel in Madrid, Westin Palace Hotel in Madrid, Alhambra Palace in Granada and so on. The property was built in the place where his mother and other members of his family spent holidays thus in order to push the upscale tourism and to to accommodate friends and family (royalty and aristocrats of the time!).
I spent many hours of my summers and holidays in the city (more specifically in Ondarreta beach with its colorful beach huts!!). My grandmother’s family is/was from San Sebastian. Thus I remember well how fascinated I was by looking the actors and actresses leaving the Maria Cristina Hotel during the International Film Festival of San Sebastian while I was a teenager (48 now!)
Now… that I am in the travel business I see the hotel as wonderful as it is but too tired and that has made me sad for years… Gracias Luxury Collection for taking care of our dear Maria Cristina. We I am going to visit you and sleep within your walls on March 23rd and then again on May 11 – 14th this year… It is going to be a wonderful farewell. I wish I am one of the first ones sleeping again within your walls when you re-open on June 30th 2012.
So, what is the newest hotel in Barcelona????? Mirror Hotel….. 63 rooms boutique hotel with a cutting edge design where the white color and the mirrors are protagonists.
The bar and reception share the space and access to a fabulous restaurant of a contemporary fisherman gastronomy, headed by Chef Paco Perez (2* Michelin in his Restaurant Miramar in Llançà, Girona).
The swimming pool and its solarium are other of the many available services. The extraordinary location, very close to Paseo de Gracia, Diagonal, La Pedrera (Casa Milá). The best location in Barcelona.