Hotel Review: Inside The Almanac Barcelona in Spain
As the Catalan capital, Barcelona draws millions of visitors to its historic streets every year, and it’s easy to see why: with iconic architecture, sun-soaked beaches, bustling markets and a raucous nightlife, there’s something for everyone here. But where should you stay? If you’re after sleek, sumptuous luxury, there’s a clear standout: the Almanac Barcelona, a stylish new design hotel that’s been making waves since its opening last December. Merging contemporary design with Art Deco opulence, here’s how the Almanac Barcelona measures up.
Just off the swanky boulevard of Passeig de Gràcia, in the fashionable Eixample neighbourhood, the location is hard to beat. Passeig de Gràcia offers guests easy access to the city’s most stylish shops, bars, restaurants and museums, and Las Ramblas and the historic old town are only a short walk away. A little further afield – although still only a 15-minute walk – are the leafy Parc de la Ciutadella and Barcelona’s famous Arc de Triomf. Being so close to the city’s main attractions is enormously helpful for a fuss-free stay, and the beautiful city beaches are only 20-minutes away on the metro.
STYLE & CHARACTER
The Almanac Barcelona showcases some of the most visionary designs seen in this city in recent years. Designed by award-winning local interior and landscape architect Jaime Beriestain, the contemporary décor has hints of 1920s Art Deco opulence while remaining sleek, clean and modern. The lobby sets the tone for the rest of the hotel, with gentle lighting, subtle hues of gold and grey (with a few occasional colour pops), natural wood accents of oak and walnut, and soft, luxurious fabrics. It all feels very sleek and refined, but the ambiance is warm and laid-back.
There are 61 rooms and 30 suites in the Almanac Barcelona, and all beautifully appointed and stylish. Many rooms have a balcony or terrace, but there are also ‘Cube Rooms’; these feature bowed window designs incorporating sofas into a windowed nook, and allow natural light to flood in – as well as providing unrivalled views. The beds are enormous and extremely comfy, and the bathrooms are light, spacious and slick – think white marble with copper accents – boasting double-sink vanities, walk-in rainfall showers and separate toilets. Each room comes with its own smartphone and tablet that connects to the concierge service, the free Wi-Fi is fast. With a TV, espresso machine and complimentary mini-bar – as well as cosy bathrobes and slippers – you certainly won’t want for anything.
SERVICE & FACILITIES
In terms of facilities, the main draw is the romantic multi-level rooftop terrace, which has a small but pristine swimming pool that’s perfect for floating in on a warm day (the pool and sun loungers are exclusive to hotel residents). The Azimuth rooftop bar provides breathtaking views across Barcelona, and it’s the perfect place to sip a cocktail and nibble on some light bites while gazing out at the city vista.
Other facilities include a wellness centre with a well-equipped gym, treatment room and sauna. Guests can also choose from a wide array of facial and massage treatments, all which use the luxurious French Anne Sémonin brand. Personalised care is the Almanac’s main mission, and staff go above and beyond to help guests, always looking for ways to tailor their stay to their specific requirements. Babysitting services, secure onsite parking and a 24/7 concierge add an extra layer of convenience.
FOOD & DRINK
Línia is the hotel’s Mediterranean brasserie, a bright and modern space on the ground floor where chef Sergio Ruiz and his team showcase the best of Catalan cuisine. Dishes are made for sharing and while, in true Spanish style, there are lots of fish and seafood dishes, vegetarians, vegans and diners with allergies and intolerances are well taken care of. The restaurant also offers an all-day dining menu – very handy if you’ve been travelling all day and fancy a late-night meal.
Breakfast is served at Línia too, from 7am to 11am, and the delicious buffet spread includes homemade pastries, healthy options like fresh fruit, cereal and granola, and hot dishes cooked to order, as well as plenty of refreshing and rejuvenating juices. The bar area is a great spot to people-watch as you sip house cocktails like the ‘Dealer’s Choice’ – a gin and tonic lifted with Jerez dry sherry, grapefruit bitters and tonic water. There are plenty of regional wines too, but the skilled barmen can knock up whatever you fancy – just ask.
Located in: Passeig de Gràcia, Eixample
Address: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 619-621
Phone: +34 930 18 70 00