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WHAT WE LOVE...

This modern 30-room boutique hotel has only been running since 2015 but has been popular ever since due to its great location in the Gothic Quarter and by the marina, Port Vell. Populated throughout with designer furnishings, its two restaurants are overseen by a Michelin star chef and its choice of bars include one on the rooftop with an enticing dip pool. The comfortable guest rooms are homely and contemporarily styled. There's a fitness centre with LifeFitness equipment, and whilst there's no spa, treatments can be arranged in your room. The building dates from 1846 and Picasso's first art studio was in this building, no less.

THE DETAILS

Location

While the Gothic Quarter is great, the buzzing neighbourhood of El Born is right next door, giving even more to explore on your doorstep.

The bustling marina, Port Vell, is close by; there's a great view of it from the rooftop pool.
By plane: there are direct flights from London (2 hours 5 mins), Manchester (2 hours 20 mins) and Edinburgh (2 hours 40 mins). The hotel is a 50-minute drive from El-Prat airport. Private parking is available nearby for €40 per day. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

The hotel largely attracts a quite trendy set of younger to middle-aged guests. There's a quiet corner devoted to Picasso, with books on the artist, as he had a studio in the building when he was young.

Service & Facilities

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to have a drink.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Solarium
  • Fitness centre
  • Paid parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The Grand Deluxe rooms have wrought iron balconies and overlook the marina. We loved the bright, uplifting, Mediterranean décor.

Superior, Grand Deluxe, Junior Suite, Junior Suite Marina, Suite Mediterraneo, Grand Suite Mediterraneo
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Diptyque toiletries, balcony, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

A good spread is provided at breakfast, both an à la carte menu for hot dishes and a buffet selection including pastries, meats, fish and cheese. The rooftop restaurant and cocktail bar is a great spot for a drink, with music to chill to and great views to enjoy.

Informal: contemporary Catalan cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Marc Gascons. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishes from €24.50.
Rooftop: Open Wed-Sun 12.30pm-midnight.
Le Nine: lounge bar, cocktails and daytime working spot.

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