Stay at the Almanac Barcelona
Ambling to your hotel, take a glance at the curving, dancing, wrought-iron shapes of the lamp posts above your head. They’ve more in common with sculptures than normal, but then Barcelona’s Passeig de Gràcia is no typical street, it's unapologetically style-conscious, in the heart of a city that takes beauty seriously. When you build a new luxury hotel somewhere like this you have to bring your A-game design-wise.Fortunately, that’s what the Almanac has done. Fiercely contemporary yet simultaneously paying homage to the opulent Art Deco days of the 1920s. Local designer Jaime Beriestain has achieved something delightful here. Sleek, stylish, very modern and ideally located in the heart of the amazing city.
This stylish upmarket hotel is exactly where it ought to be – in the stylish and upmarket neighbourhood Eixample, home to many of Gaudi’s modernist masterpieces. Plaça de Catalunya and Las Ramblas are a pleasant 5 minute stroll southward but beach fans should note, the sand and sea are quite a trek away.
61 rooms and 30 suites all with a very contemporary feel. The Cube rooms come with a sofa or chaise lounge set in fabulous cube-shaped windows offering gorgeous views over the city. Families should opt for the 2-bedroom Almanac Suite, which is a great value for money alternative to the equivalent suite at the nearby Mandarin Oriental.
Who is it for
Families are welcomed of course, but considering the hotel’s grown-up vibe and the overall style factor we think couples, in particular, will find the Almanac a very satisfying place to stay. Especially those with an eye for fabulous design.
Amenities & Activities
On the ground floor Catalan chef Sergio Ruiz’s superb Línia Brasserie won't disappoint foodies. While on the top floor the terraced Azimuth bar offers enchanting views of the city, a tiny but perfectly formed pool and an altogether sumptuous setting to wind down after a day of exploring. A wellness centre and a small gym complete the amenities.