Luxlife Travel: Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Spain

There may not be a more stylish city in all of Europe than Barcelona, and if you don’t believe any hotel could possibly match the mood, the style and the attitude of Spain’s second largest city, then you haven’t experienced the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.

Located on the city’s famous Passeig de Gracia, in a mid 20th century building that was a bank in a previous life, the light and airy minimalist décor, with Asian influence, is the perfect home base from which to experience all that Barcelona has to offer. Fashion, dining, nightlife and a myriad of cultural venues, including the famous Gaudi Houses, Casa Batllo and Le Pedrera, are walking distance from the hotel. And it is only a short ride in a taxi to Gaudi’s masterpiece, the spectacular Sagrada Familia church.

Inside the Mandarin Oriental, spacious rooms boast balconies and views of either the Passeig de Gracia or the stunningly landscaped interior garden, while a highly attentive staff is there to meet your every need. With five restaurants to choose from on the property, you can choose based upon your culinary mood from among the Mimosa Garden for seasonal tapas or the funky, all-white, chic Blanc restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes that also boasts an Epicurean Table for breakfast offering Spanish cheeses, meats and breads. For a more formal experience, don’t miss the innovative cuisine by a Michelin star rated chef at the hotel’s Moments restaurant.

Once you’ve experienced the outstanding cuisine, work it all off with a few miles in the lap pool or fitness and wellness center. Or, you can skip the gym and instead head straight to the stunning spa to experience the herbal steam room or any of the holistic treatments in private rooms, or for a uniquely romantic experience, try the couples treatment rooms for luxurious quality time with your significant other.

With an ideal location, unbeatable selection of fine dining and amazingly attentive staff, the Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is the perfect hotel, in the perfect city, for the most perfectly sophisticated of vacations.

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