A modern, luxurious retreat in Barcelona
120 Rooms / 28 Suites
Located on one of Barcelona’s most desirable avenues, Passeig de Gràcia, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is steps from Casa Batlló, one of architect Antoni Gaudí’s most famous buildings, as well as shops like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Gucci that line the street. You can also easily walk to both Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter, so getting to some of the Catalan capital’s most popular sites is a breeze.
The hotel offers a serene oasis when you are ready to step away from the bustle of the city, with a world-class restaurant, a rooftop pool, an amazing spa and even a garden where you can wind down and relax with cocktail in hand. It’s fun to see signs of the building’s former history as bank, such as the old safes incorporated in the aptly named Banker’s Bar.
The Rooms and Suites
All accommodations either have views of bustling Passeig de Gràcia or the hotel’s Mimosa Garden, and many have balconies or patios. The décor throughout doesn’t resemble a hotel so much as an upscale stylish apartment thanks to award-winning Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, who made the spaces feel both sophisticated and comfortable. Wood floors, wall screens and wardrobes rather than closets, are among the luxe touches.
Spacious suites are appointed with Tai Ping silk and wool rugs, Bassano ceramics and unique pieces of furniture Urquiola designed herself for the Barcelona hotel. Each suite has the services of a butler, who is available 24 hours a day.
The two-bedroom Penthouse is as good as it gets anywhere in the city — it occupies the entire eighth floor and has an enormous terrace with stunning views of the city, as well as its own kitchen and massive master suite.
Deciding where to eat may pose a problem. There's so much amazing food to be had. There's the esteemed, award-winning Moments, helmed by Carme Ruscalleda (the most lauded woman chef in the world) and her son, Raül Balam; the seafood-centric BistrEau, run by chef Ángel León; and two alfresco options, Terrat (you'll love the rooftop terrace) and the more casual Mimosa Garden (both open seasonally from spring through early fall).
Drinks at the Banker’s Bar is also a must, where you can sip specialty cocktails, like the Bankers #3 (rum infused with tonka beans and cacao, Amontillado syrup, grapefruit and yuzu), under a ceiling crafted from original security boxes from the former bank. This winter, Gastón Acurio's Peruvian-inspired bar bites — think ceviche, tiraditos and makis — round out the experience in this little corner of Barcelona. Fun fact: Acurio is known as the “ambassador of Peruvian cuisine.”
A destination in its own right, the spa features eight treatment rooms, including two couples’ suites and two Thai suites. In addition to holistic-minded therapies including massages, wraps, facials and Orient-themed treatments, there’s also a spa-only lap pool and a hammam.
The Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio is by Bastien Gonzalez, an internationally known podiatrist who has designed a special foot care method incorporating podiatry, nail care and massage. Another big name in the spa field is Linda Meredith, and her facial services are also on offer.