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Ibis opens latest hotel in Barcelona

The Ibis hotel chain, which specialises in quality economy hotels, is continuing its expansion in Spain and has announced the opening of its latest hotel in Barcelona, the Ibis Barcelona Centro. This latest hotel opening by the Ibis group (made up of Ibis, Ibis Styles and Ibis budget) brings to 60 the number of hotels the company now operates in Spain, further strengthening its position in the country.

Located in Carrer Napols, just two blocks away from Gaudi’s iconic landmark cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, the new hotel is, according to manageress Beatriz Aguirre, “a flagship for the chain, a faithful reflection of the revolution that Ibis is undergoing, with an excellent location in one of the best tourist areas of Barcelona, a professional team available 24 hours, and Sweetbed-by-Ibis rooms with free WiFi throughout the hotel.”

Ibis Barcelona Centro has 80 soundproofed rooms equipped with the newly released bed ‘Sweetbed by Ibis’, LCD flat screen TV with national and international channels, air conditioning and telephone with PC Modem. Among the services offered in the new Ibis Barcelona Centro is the 8 hour breakfast which is available from 4:00 am to 12:00 noon and a 24-hour bar. There is also a paying private car park, plus excellent transport links with urban ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

A Barcelona hotel for art lovers

The four star Vincci Bit hotel in Barcelona is a prime example of the concept of combining the experience of staying in a hotel with an appreciation of all things artistic. Within the hotel there are more than 2,000 meters of murals which cover all the corridors from the first to the eighth floor. The murals were created over the course of a year by 10 different artists from seven different countries. We can almost say that each of the floors of this Barcelona hotel has been individually ‘created’ by a different artist. This hotel is in fact an art gallery that never closes. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The work of artists like the Japanese illustrator Yoshi Sislay, the Italian Lorenzo Petrantoni, French artist Christian Gastaldi, the American Matt W. Moore, the Russian design studio the Dopludo Collective, Mister Mourau from Portugal and Spaniards Alex Trochut, Aleix Gordo, Marta Cerdá and Brosmind are permanently exposed in this Barcelona hotel. We could describe the hotel as a true artistic laboratory. The artists were selected by the famous Barcelona-based interior designer Jaime Beriestain who gave them absolute freedom to develop their ‘creations’. Each artist was assigned an area of the landmark building which was designed by renowned ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Art packages at the U232 Hotel in Barcelona

Lovers of art now have an added incentive to make a weekend trip to Barcelona to enjoy some of the best museums and internationally renowned cultural centers the city has to offer. The U232 Hotel has created the Art Weekend Package, which, apart from a stay at the hotel, includes entry to seven of the most renowned cultural facilities in Barcelona. Guests can spend unforgettable days visiting the exhibitions on in Barcelona whilst also enjoying the services offered by this hotel full of its own particular personality.

Barcelona has plenty to offer those interested in art from painting to sculpture, architecture and photography. Everything from Romanesque to the most up-to-date innovative art, including, of course, the modernism of Gaudí. The unique package dedicated to lovers of art includes a two night stay at the U232 Hotel, a welcome drink at the U232 bar and a full buffet breakfast.

The Art Weekend trail starts just a few meters from Las Ramblas, taking visitors to the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). Right next to this museum is the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) which hosts regular exhibitions of artwork including photographs, paintings, sculptures and frescoes from around the world and from different periods.

At the Museu Nacional d’Art de ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Haute cuisine at ABaC hotel Barcelona

Last November the restaurant at the ABaC Hotel in Barcelona received a second Michelin star. This five-star Barcelona hotel is an excellent example of a hotel that is able to combine good taste with precision, luxury and simplicity.

The ABaC Restaurant & Hotel is a perfect choice for enjoying a weekend trip to Barcelona. The hotel is located right at the start of Tibidabo Avenue, one of the most popular areas of Barcelona. Surrounded by the Tamarita gardens and overlooking Kennedy Plaza, the location fits perfectly with the hotel’s concept of exclusivity.

The hotel is the product of the integration of two buildings, the legendary former U.S. Consulate and another building with contemporary design by the architect Antoni de Moragas. The hotel is renowned for its elegant features and tranquil atmosphere. White and cream decor with exclusive furniture and quality fabrics are the basic ingredients, although the final result is also thanks to the use of lighting which is capable of providing a special intimacy. The rooms are spacious and luxuriously equipped with large windows overlooking the gardens and some come with magnificent terraces.

The hotel has a spa reminiscent of ancient Roman baths. It was built in a quiet area illuminated by skylights, allowing the passage of natural light that is ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Casa Camper voted best hotel in Barcelona

The Casa Camper hotel has been voted the best hotel in Barcelona after a report showed that it received top scores from many of its customers on the popular hotel booking sites Booking.com, TripAdvisor and Trivago. This four-star boutique Barcelona hotel with just 25 rooms located in Elisabets Street in the Raval area of the city achieved the highest score with 27.5 points out of a possible maximum of 30.

The report selected the 15 best hotels in Barcelona among the three, four and five star categories and it is based on the points given by guests who have spent at least one night in these Barcelona hotels. The scoring assessment involved, among others, aspects such as personal attention, service, comfort and value for money.

In second place comes the Hotel Monte Carlo which received a score of 27.3 points. It is also a four star hotel and has 50 rooms. This hotel is located in a renovated nineteenth-century palace right on the famous Ramblas in Barcelona. The 125 room, five-star Palace Hotel in Gran Via de les Corts Catalans, formerly the Barcelona Ritz hotel, ranks third on the list with a score of 27.1 points.

The H1898 Hotel, also located on Las Ramblas and the Abac hotel on Avenida ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Barcelona hotel recognised by industry magazine

The Casa Fuster hotel, located on the central Paseo de Gracia thoroughfare in Barcelona, and which belongs to the Hotelescenter hotel chain in Spain, has been nominated as a finalist in the Hospitality Initiative Awards of Grand Hotel magazine in the Best Urban Hotel section. This nomination is in recognition of the high standard of the hotel facilities in general, the quality dining experiences on offer and excellent customer service. The Grand Hotel magazine awards will be announced on November 3rd.

This unique Barcelona hotel previously won this award in 2008 and continues to maintain and improve its high levels of quality and service. To give the hotel its full title, The Hotel Casa Fuster 5 * Monument Grand Deluxe, is the only Barcelona hotel to be nominated in Best Urban Hotel category of the Grand Hotel magazine awards this year. The hotel has managed to blend the prized architectural heritage of a unique building in Barcelona with the latest trends in design, advanced technological installations and great offerings and products for both leisure and work. In addition, the hotel contains two well-known cultural and social facilities, the ‘Café Vienna’, which often hosts select musical events and the unique dining experience of the ‘Galaxó Restauarant’, which caters for all kinds ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Palace Hotel Barcelona for sale

The Palace Hotel in Barcelona, which was formerly the Ritz, is currently up for sale. International property and hotel consulting firm CB Richard Ellis is handling the sale and is understood to already be in a second round of negotiations with potential investors. According to the Head of the hotel division of CB Richard Ellis, Jorge Ruiz, “we have received numerous offers from foreign investors and some from Spain with bids coming in at between €60 and €70 million”.

However, one well-known investor is currently missing from the list of international parties interested in the hotel. Lebanese investor Boutros El Koury, who last year acquired the hotel Husa Princesa and Husa Moncloa in Madrid and the hotels Miramar and La Florida in Barcelona has not yet expressed an interest in the Barcelona Palace.

The former 5 star Ritz hotel has 125 rooms and was built by Swiss hotelier César Ritz. It opened in 1919 and soon became the hotel of choice for celebrities visiting Barcelona. Its guest book includes signatures from Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Pele and Madonna among others. Salvador Dalí lived in the hotel for some time and one of its suites has been named after him. In 2007 the hotel closed to undergo a thorough renovation which ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Barcelona hotel sector continues to attract investment

It would appear that the hotel business in Barcelona is one of the very few sectors that is still attracting investment and experiencing growth in the current difficult economic climate in Spain. The development of houses, offices and the construction sector in general has practically ground to a halt. However, investment continues into the hotels in Barcelona, albeit at a slower rate than some years ago. After a difficult time at the start of the global crisis, the hotels in Barcelona now seem to be managing the economic crisis better than many other businesses in Spain. By the end of 2011 eight new hotels will have opened in the Catalan capital including two five star establishments, three four stars and three in the three star category. Another twelve new hotels are planned for Barcelona next year and a further thirteen are planned for 2013. A report by consultancy company Global Bric has estimated that the value of transactions in the hotel sector in Barcelona for the last twelve months was around €135 million.

This continuing investment into the hotel sector in Barcelona is probably due to the excellent results that the tourism sector in this part of Spain has been experiencing recently, where visitor numbers continue to increase steadily. The ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Bookings double among Barcelona five star hotels

The number of reservations in the five star hotels in Barcelona almost doubled in July this year compared to the same month in 2010, recording an increase of some 87.75 percent. This increase in bookings can be ascribed mainly to the reduction in prices that these establishments have been setting as a way of attracting guests in the midst of the ongoing financial crisis in Spain and beyond. At the moment there are quite a few five star hotels in Barcelona that are more affordable than one would expect of accommodation with their characteristics. A data analysis firm, The Data Republic, recently produced a study of the profiles of clients of five star hotels in Barcelona. The analysis was based on more than 6,000 web user reviews and revealed that the profile of the majority of guests of five star Barcelona hotels are young couples. This group, by far, makes the majority of reservations in these establishments. In relation to hotel choices, those establishments that stand out for their style, design and art are preferred over more emblematic five stars that are aimed more at business guests and are often located in more remote areas away from the city centre. Preferences also vary according to the nationality of those visiting ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Quality hotels help regenerate Barcelona old town

The ‘Ciutat Vella’, or old town, in Barcelona city centre is starting to increase the quality of both its tourism offering and the type of travelers it is attracting thanks to the fact that some good quality hotels have set up business in the area. These hotels have focused on the marriage of the traditional architecture in the old town and first-class, modern design and service to entice guests to this charming, if somewhat forgotten, part of the city. This combination of architecture and tourism has provided a way of reinvigorating previously run-down areas of many large cities and Barcelona is no exception.

A good example of this is the Hotel España, which has enjoyed great success since undergoing a complete renovation during 2010 and making its 82 new rooms available for booking again earlier this year. Previously known as the Fonda España , the historic original building dates back to 1859 and was designed by local architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner and operated as a two star hotel until the end of the last century. The recent renovations mean the building has now been upgraded to house a new four star establishment which has retained many of the original modernist elements of the original. Its new terrace, appropriately ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels