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MUJI and WHOTELLS Team Up For A Barcelona Love Affair Inspired By The Sea.

6 Nov

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_Aerial View Of La Barceloneta

            MUJI and  WHOTELLS (not to be confused with THE W HOTEL) have teamed up and the collaboration has been inspired by the sea. The result is a simple holiday flat for those who want the comfort of staying somewhere that feels more like you have the keys to a friend’s pad rather than staying in a corporate chain.

They offer three properties around Barcelona however, keep in mind that depending on which neighborhood  you choose to stay at it, it will have a dramatic impact on your perception of Barcelona. These apart-hotels have buildings in 3 areas: The Barceloneta, The Raval & The Eixample but, like three children its hard to say which one you like best

Having furnished all of their apartments with the simplistic modern touch of  MUJI ( one of my favorite stores) the Barceloneta property is a laid back loft done up in simple blues.whotells bcneta

The edgier brother is the property in Raval home to vintage shops, cool pubs and the skateboarders at the MACBA.raval

While the Eixample property is the personification of  the uncluttered urban attitude with a definite point of view.eixamp

Check it out for yourself.  WHOTELLS and MUJI: a match made in heaven.

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Barcelona Hotel_Chic & Basic: The Cure For The Common Hotel

20 Oct

 

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Today I spent the day on a hotel hunt, checking out new places throughout Barcelona and doing some research on a few places which will be posted later this week. One of my favorite finds was CHIC & BASIC a hotel that is housed in a  beautiful old building in EL BORN.

This place opened 5 years ago and is currently in the process of remodeling it´s fantastic bar simply called the “WHITE BAR”

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This place breaks all the rules of what a basic hotel should be, done up in white washed halls over the top furniture and  sexy lighting it is impossible not to relax upon entering this space. The service at the counter was excellent and the place is filled with hipsters. If you are in Barcelona and spending the weekend shopping with friends, this  is the place to ditch you bags and head out for a night on the town .

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In fact while trying to scope out the place without getting thrown out for loitering I witnessed a fashion shoot  taking place in the of the rooms. This is the sort of place where art directors linger in the hallway twittering on their iphone,  and hip young international travelers mingle in the common areas.  This place definitely attracts a younger more stylish crowd so if your idea of  hotel is tea time rather than happy hour you might want to curb your enthusiasm.

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The hallways, resemble space ships, with white lacquered walls, soft lighting and chilled out electronica humming in the background. The rooms are like the title suggests “basic” but the common areas more than make up for it.

Amenities include Gym, reading room, kitchen area,  internet center and a spacious living room with lots of natural light.

This is not the Ritz or the W this is just a place for people who spend their vacation exploring the city and when they finally come back to the room they are greeted with a warm sense of style and a vibe that many a hotel rarely get right.

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For more info on the hotel  click it HERE

The “ME” Hotel in Barcelona’s 22@ district

19 Sep

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A tower of glass and steel becomes a beacon of style in the up & coming neighborhood called 22@

Located on Diagonal the ME- Barcelona opened earlier this year, bringing effortless sophistication to an area heavy with  development.  Part of the Sol Melia group, the company has  opened only  four ME properties within the last 2 years (*Barcelona/Madrid/Cabo/Cancun) . Tailored for the young urban professional; the hotel is the perfect place to get away with a weekend with friends or for a romantic weekend.

The hotel boast an impressive Spa, Gym and most importantly a pool scene that rivals anything in Barcelona. High above the city you can enjoy the pool deck which also houses the lounge/club aptly named “ANGELS& KINGS” owned by rocker Pete Wentz , of the band Fall Out Boy.

angels The club brings a touch of  Rock & Roll edge to the hotel  by dressing up the space with embossed black latex wallpaper, louis XIV chairs,  red velvet drapes, and walls littered with mug shots of rock and roll royalty.  Unisex bathrooms are the norm and come equiped with chalkboard walls to help you pass the time -writing or drawing while you wait in line.

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Take the elevator up to the 25th floor and you will be rewarded by the heavenly DOS CIELOS restaurant.  This restaurant,  has not only  managed to grab the attention of the culinary elite, but was also featured in Conde Nast Travelers 2009 HOT LIST.

Head chefs Javier and Sergio Torres ignite the palate with innovative dishes and a selection of drinks and deserts as eclectic as the city of Barcelona.

After dinner,  chill out on the patio where  with lush electronica plays softly, as the waiters keep the mojitos flowing on the moonlit terrace overlooking the mediterranean.

 In an area filled with highrise 5 star hotels the ME shines brighter than any other hotel in the area due to the stunning design and unique details.

For more information on the  ME Barcelona click below:

http://www.me-barcelona.com