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Investment in Barcelona hotels passes €67 million in July

Investment into the hotel sector in Barcelona either through acquisitions, new builds or refurbishments, that were completed between July 2010 and July this year, reached a total figure of some €135 million. This figure is still below the one recorded for the same period in 2009, just before the worst of the effects of the global economic crisis really hit Spain, which amounted to some €157 million.  In 2010 some 840 new rooms were added to the capacity of the hotels in Barcelona and during the first half of 2011 several transactions have been completed that will mean a further increase in capacity of some 1,100 rooms in the coming years. The majority of these planned rooms will be in four star hotels in the city. Interestingly, the investments announced in July this year alone, make up nearly half the investments for the whole year, which could demonstrate a renewed appetite among investors based on the belief that the tourism sector in Barcelona has put the worst effects of the economic crisis behind it.

The profitability of the hotel business in Barcelona remains the highest in Spain with an average revenue per available room or RevPar of €69.50. This compares favourably with the €55.50 achieved by the hotels in Madrid...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Luxury hotel sector rebounds in Barcelona

The influx of guests to luxury hotels in Barcelona appears to be on the rise again which may be an indication that the worst effects of the global economic crisis in some economies outside Spain may be on the wane. The number of guests staying in top five star luxury hotels represented almost 14 percent of the total number of overnight stays in Barcelona last year and this figure is still increasing.

2010 made history because the number of tourists staying in the hotels of Barcelona reached record levels, achieving an average of almost 75 percent occupancy throughout the year. Within this figure, luxury hotels recorded occupancy levels of 67.8 percent, which was eight points higher than the previous year and was the sector with the highest percentage growth.

Although the rates of many luxury hotels in the city are around €300 per night, there are many accommodation options in Barcelona that are well beyond the pockets of the average traveler. For example, the Extreme Wow Suite in the W Hotel is €10,000 per night and the Presidential and Royal suites in the Hotel Arts can be as much as €12,000, these are over 400 square meters in size and include two bedrooms, private gym, personal trainer, butler, welcome massage ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Hotels in Barcelona promote the use of electric transport

The use of environmentally friendly electric vehicles is starting to take off in Barcelona, and it is worth noting that the hotels in the city are now doing their bit to promote the use of this type of transport in Spain. From now on guests staying in the hotel Diagonal Zero, the Santos Porta Fira, the ME Barcelona, the King Juan Carlos I or the W Barcelona can rent electric scooters directly from these hotels as an alternative way of independently exploring the city. This initiative is a world’s first and is being promoted by the Barcelona Hotel Association, the City Council and Mobecpoint, a green energy company specialising in the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles. The service has been initiated with thirty electric motorcycles spread across the five hotels where charging stations have already been installed. It is is expected that many other establishments throughout Spain will join the initiative in the coming years.

Doing a projected average distance of 30 kilometres a day, the use of these vehicles as opposed to carbon-based means of transport, will save up to 37 tonnes of CO2 a year, which is the equivalent of planting five acres of Mediterranean forest. According to the Councillor for Mobility in ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

New Alma hotel in Barcelona.

A new five star deluxe hotel, the Alma Barcelona, has been opened in the ‘Ciudad Condal’. The Alma Hotel group in Spain specialises in creating luxury hotels in unique locations. The group’s promotional literature says: “From the choice of location to the careful design of the hotel accompanied by impeccable service within a discreet and comfortable setting. All of these features give the sensation of exclusivity to all guests who stay in one of our hotels.” The Alma group now has hotels in Seville, Barcelona, Pamplona and Berlin with two new hotels coming soon in Cordoba and Lisbon.

The Alma Barcelona is located just a few minutes from Barcelona’s famous thoroughfare, the Paseo de Gracia, in a building that dates back to the early twentieth century. The Alma Group has restored the façade of the building to protect its history. With seven floors and 72 rooms, all over 40 square meters in size and including a terrace that overlooks famous Barcelona landmarks like the Sagrada Familia, Montjuic, La Pedrera or Tibidabo. The hotel restaurant serves international cuisine as well as local specialities and the hotel garden contains a curious botanical variety which makes it, along with the hotel terrace, a place not to be missed this summer.

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Barcelona hotel best skyscraper in the world

The four star Hotel Porta Fira in Barcelona, which belongs to the Santos chain of hotels in Spain, recently won the prestigious architectural prize the ‘Emporis Skyscraper Award’. The hotel was voted best skyscraper in the world ahead of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which came second in the competition.

In all some three hundred buildings entered to gain the accolade of being recognised as the best skyscraper in the world. Nevertheless, the Hotel Porta Fira, which actually consists of two buildings, defeated them all thanks to its functional and aesthetically pleasing design. A jury of more than 67 international experts judged the hotel on its appearance and functionality. The buildings are the result of the work of Japanese architect Toyo Ito and Spanish architectural studio b720 headed up by Fermin Vazquez. The towers have 26 floors and are 113 meters high. The hotel is located in one of the more modern areas of Barcelona just off the Fira Gran Via.

“The facade is made of aluminium tubes that run along the outside of the building as continuous lines from the ground to the top, following the complex geometry of the tower, that grows and twists and becomes ever wider as ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Mandarin Oriental proves to be a hit in Barcelona

The hotels of the Mandarin Oriental brand are synonymous with luxury and opulence and since the chain opened its only hotel in Spain in Barcelona in 2010, it has proved to be a huge hit with locals and international travellers alike. The very grand hotel in Barcelona lives up to the usual outstanding quality of all the other establishments of this exclusive chain which is known for taking pleasure in delighting its guests and surpassing their expectations.

The hotel chain has managed to establish a presence in many of the most exclusive areas of the major cities around the world in a very short time. It has gone for superb locations in Asia such as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur and the likes of Las Vegas in America. In Spain there is only one of these luxurious hotels which is to be found right on the Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona very near to the famous Casa Battló designed by Antoni Gaudí.

Located in one of the most hip areas of the city the Mandarin Oriental Hotel has managed to become one of those establishments where everybody wants to stay and from around €400 a night we can discover and appreciate every detail of each of the 88 rooms available and ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Sastre Group opens its first hotel in Barcelona

The Hotel Grums recently opened its doors in Barcelona under the slogan “Muy Barcelona”, or very Barcelona. The hotel is positioning itself as a modern, cosmopolitan and charming four star establishment striving to be a place where customers can enjoy to the full both business and leisure trips to the Catalan capital in the northeast of Spain.

Built on a street adjacent to one of the main thoroughfares in Barcelona, the Avenida del Paralelo, the hotel is owned by the Sastre Group. The Sastre Group is a local construction company that has been operating in Barcelona since 1922 with headquarters on the Rambla Catalunya. Over the years the company has built many of the emblematic buildings that grace the Barcelona skyline and has recently moved into the hotel sector.

In the design of the Hotel Grums the Sastre Group has endeavoured to combine the brightness of the Mediterranean Sea with the vibrant culture of Barcelona and events from the city’s colourful history. This is the reason the hotel logo bears the expression ‘Very Barcelona’, because inside the hotel there are frequent references to the history of the city.

The 78 rooms of the Hotel Grums are spread over six floors, each containing references to landmark buildings, Catalan artists, streets, tourist ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

The H1898 hotel in Barcelona celebrates its Philippine heritage

The H1898 hotel in Barcelona is currently hosting a superb exhibition of magnificent and striking images of the Philippines taken by Swedish photographer, Maria Espeus, who is based in Barcelona. The photographer recently spent some time in the Philippines absorbing the customs of its people and its superb scenery. Many little details that reveal the Philippine’s past colonial connection with Spain have remained unchanged and can now be appreciated in this Barcelona hotel.

Many different rooms in the H1898 now offer spectacular snapshots of the Banaue rice fields in the Philippines. The Church of Pavay, famous because it is made of coral, can be admired in the hall on the fourth floor of the hotel. Some of the photographs demonstrate the production of cigars proving that the long tradition of craftsmanship is still alive in the archipelago and this craftsmanship can also be seen in the markets and old colonial houses of the islands. The colonial connection between Spain and the Philippines is in fact the essence of this Barcelona hotel, which is located in the building which was previously home to the headquarters of the Philippines Tobacco Company right on the famous Ramblas.

With the opening of the H1898 in 2005, the building, which for many years had reverberated ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Barcelona hotels with a touch of the exquisite

Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the most diverse cities in Spain and has many characteristics that tourists find attractive. It resembles a very old Spanish city in the Gothic Quarter, the Ramblas give it a very popular feel, it is melancholic and maritime in the Barceloneta area and it has its fair share of modernity in the newer areas of the city. But there is another aspect that is starting to attract more and more tourists from all around the world and we could perhaps describe it as the luxurious Barcelona.

There are, of course, lots of five star hotels in Barcelona that offer many of the usual services associated with such exclusive establishments such as suites decorated with original pieces of art from the ancient classical period to swimming pools with fantastic views over the city and Mediterranean Sea.

For lovers of jewellery, the Bagués Hotel, is located in the historic former headquarters of the Masriera jewellery makers. Masriera have been making jewellery since 1839 and are famous for their Art Nouveau pieces from the early Twentieth Century. The Bagués allows hotel guests to see the latest jewellery collections in private and make purchases with the help of a personal shopper who specialises in this field. So, you ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels

Barcelona hotels looking at record year

It looks like the hotels in Barcelona could rack up around 15 million overnight stays this year. Occupancy rates have continued to rise throughout 2011 even though the average price of hotel rooms in Barcelona has increased by 9 percent and are now, on average, €104 per night.

It would appear that the tourism sector in Barcelona, which accounts for 14 percent of the GDP of the city, has been booming this year and it seems that this will continue for the foreseeable future. Expectations for the year could not be more optimistic and the Hotel Association of Barcelona expects to beat all records and reach or pass the 15 million overnight stays mark. The trend began last summer and has consolidated during the first half of 2011 which closed with 8 percent more overnight stays than during the first half of 2010.

The recovery in overnight stays and occupancy rates is reflected in the €104 average room price. The President of the Barcelona Hotel Association, Jordi Clos, stated that the future challenge for hoteliers in the city is to maintain these prices and noted that there is still work to be done as these current rates are still well below the €121 achieved in 2007. He went on to ...Click to read more about Barcelona Hotels