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Barcelona’s prettiest hotel

With sprawling, shining surfaces, lace curtains in the dining room and the custom-made patio furniture, the Basque design star Patricia Urquiola lifts the hotel’s interior decorations to the sky.

Barcelona's prettiest hotel

Cool architecture. From the atrium the light flows down towards the Blanc restaurant. Photo: Mandarin Oriental

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The city center is lifted to new heights if you choose a hotel with distinctive character.

This newly furnished design hotel is set in a traditional 1950s building on Barcelona’s proud parade street Passieg de Gracia.

However, it is not much everyday about the super-creative interiors that the international design star, The Hurricane, Patricia Urquiola has created in both the public rooms and in each hotel room.

The hotel is worth the trip

The whole of Mandarin Oriental is incredibly sophisticated, says social anthropologist Gunn-Helen Øye. “When hotels manage to add this kind of design and architectural dimensions to the place, one gets a crazy bonus experience just by staying there.

Wow Hotel

– The great wow! – The feeling and curiosity of interiors like in Mandarin Oriental is almost worth the trip to Barcelona by itself, the expert believes. This is a great place, not least for all interior and architectural lovers, she says to Bonytt. no.

Barcelona's prettiest hotel

Brilliant. The golden-colored ceiling is a trademark of Mandarin Orientals hotels. Photo: GEORGE APOSTOLIDIS

Barcelona's prettiest hotel

Krafttak. Gymnastics are performed in the same powerful form language as the rest of the hotel. Photo: Mandarin Orental

Patricia’s own furniture

Barcelona's prettiest hotel

Wow! Here was a little to look at. Even the stairs up to Antoni Gaudi’s adventurous residential complex “La Pedrera” is an attraction you will soon forget. The properties are located close to the hotel. Photo: Mandarin Oriental.

Urquiola has preserved some of the original inventory of the building and, in plain, expressive style, shaved her hair with many furniture she herself designed for some of the world’s most reputable furniture and light producers.

Here we find sensational design objects from both B&B Italia, DePadova, Moroso and Flos.

High voltage

In restaurant Moments and in other rooms, furniture from her early period is inspired by Scandinavian design furniture together the newer, somewhat more pompous touches like her high-confidence chairs in Chesterfield – and peacock-style.

From the men’s club time

As a memory of earlier times, the building was an exclusive men’s club adorns a Scottish-style carpet Bankers Bar. And in the Blanc restaurant, a French long table is the visual eye-catcher.

View is free

From the rooftop terrace you will see the Barcelona skyline and the Passeig de Gracia parade.

Barcelona's prettiest hotel

Peace and taste. Urquiola recliner from B&B Italy’s “Lazy Seating Collection” collection matches the luxury interior. Photo: Mandarin Oriental

Up here you will find the “Barcelona” and “Terrace” suites of 90 sqm and own dining room. Nightly rate from NOK 30. 000.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona has 98 rooms.

The price per double room is approx. kr 5000, mandarin oriental.com

Barcelona Attractions

* La Pedrera (Casa Mila) designed by the world renowned Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) is located near the hotel. In this house there is not a straight line and the interiors take full breath from you.

Barcelona's prettiest hotel

An historical view. From the terrace you can see Barcelona’s Passeig de Gracia parade street. Photo: Mandarin Oriental

* Park Guell is another adventurous area filled with Gaudi’s magical works. Here you can even go to the roof of the master’s works. The entire park is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

* The Joan Miro Museum at Montjuic Hill is a peaceful haven with captivating art and views across the city.

* Bar Celta, tapas bar and cafe, has an interior that is an attraction in itself.

Do you have other tips for Barcelona’s attractions? Share them in the comments box below.

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