5 Great Reasons to Stay at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

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If you like your travels to come with culture, sun, architecture, and credit card melting shopping, then Barcelona is hard to beat. While you’re there, the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is one of the best places to stay without a doubt.

Located on the trendy Passeig de Gràcia, and flanked by Tiffany and Brioni, the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona feels like an exclusive refuge for shoppers with deep pockets and a love for Gaudi architecture.  

The hotel’s location on Spain’s most luxurious thoroughfare makes it the best HQ from which to enjoy one of the country’s most vibrant areas. But If you’re looking for some more great reasons to book a stay, we’ve got five lined up here for you:

The Location

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The first major drawcard to this area of Barcelona is its trendy shopping precinct; the Quadrat d’Or (Golden Square). The city has a variety of outlets from small local boutique stores to large international brand names. Each contains a diverse range of exclusive gift ware, clothing labels, decorative homewares, jewelry and marketplace wares. The hotel, from its position in the heart of the city, provides an intimate connection with its immediate surrounds, an appropriate complement of exclusivity.

The Cuisine

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Spain is proud of its exceptional and distinctive cuisine and the Mandarin Oriental is a perfect ambassador. The hotel houses two restaurants with indoor and outdoor bars, providing a relaxed mixture of novelty cocktails, local beers and wines and an atmosphere typical of trendy Iberian bars. Of the restaurants; “Moments” specializes in local Catalan cuisine with a dinner menu delicately designed by Michelin-star awardee Carme Ruscalleda. Blanc offers patrons an all-day menu of a la carte breakfasts, canapés, morning teas and light refreshments, all established with locally acquired first-class produce.

The Spa

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The hotel promotes healthy living and wellbeing by encouraging guests to take full advantage of the spa, health, and wellness center. The center, designed as a place sense of calm in what can be a bustling and sophisticated modern city, offers a wellness program based entirely on rejuvenation and “rebalance…(between)…mind, body and soul.” It features spa and relaxation sessions, massage, pedicures and skin treatments, all conducted in a private room with a professional staff member trained in the techniques mastered by renowned podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. Access to this amenity is free to all hotel guests.

The Rooms

The Mandarin Oriental Barcelona’s stylish rooms feature many comforts and accouterments to make the stay pleasurable and comfortable. Each accommodation is intricately developed by famed designer Patricia Urquiola, forming a contemporary reflection of modern Catalonian influences. A series of suite rooms cater to individual tastes with private terraces, gardens, views, spacious living and dining areas and all the technological mod-cons associated with a luxurious hotel. Further, the hotel offers highly trained professional butlers to wait on you while you’re there. 

The Gaudi Architecture

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Barcelona is a town of unique architectural marvels and the central district of Eixample maintains some of the most iconic structures in Spain. The region has undergone many incarnations in its nearly two hundred years history, and the Passeig de Gràcia embraces this historical legacy by becoming a focal place for expressions of many of Spain’s most renowned modernist architects. A visitor will realise they are in unique surroundings as they stroll past the masterpieces of Gaudi, Cadafalch, Sagnier and Montaner. These local sights can be viewed from the spectacular panoramic views of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Terrat rooftop alfresco area. Further afield, more of Barcelona’s major attractions are within easy access from the hotel with the medieval quarter, beachfront, markets and galleries all within strolling distance.

Staying at the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is one of the best things you can do while you’re in Catalan. If you’d like to book, just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help. And, if you’d like to know how to get room upgrades, complimentary breakfasts and more while you’re there, don’t hesitate to ask.

About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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