Ian Schrager’s rising global influence has landed in Spain with the arrival this month of his newest venture in the growing EDITION empire: The Barcelona EDITION.
Regarded as the avant-garde capital of Spain, Barcelona is the natural destination for EDITION’s latest hotel to set a pioneering cultural precedent in modern luxury travel, forming a vibrant new landmark for the self-confident city.
Having undergone a complete metamorphosis by Carlos Ferrater Studio, what was once an outdated, underused property has been transformed into a contemporary, glass-fronted monument, acting as an urban mirror to reflect the city’s gothic architecture.
Playing with geometric angles to emphasise light and shade, The Barcelona EDITION appears to harness the essence of its environment.
It boasts an enviable locale in El Born, the city’s creative hub in the centre of the famed Ciutat Vella district. Translating as ‘Old City’, the hotel is situated in its most historic district, positively vibrating with life, style and energy.
Nestled between the cerulean waters of the Mediterranean Sea and l’Eixample neighbourhood – Barcelona’s renowned boutique shopping epicentre – the location is considered the beating heart of the city.
Adjacent to the iconic Santa Caterina Market and within 15 minutes of the beach and the great Barcelona Cruise Port, the hotel is set within walking distance of the city’s most beloved landmarks including the Picasso museum, Antoni Gaudí’s Palau Güell, and the famed Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.
The Barcelona EDITION is the true personification of an urban resort: an intimate and sophisticated boutique-style environment, yet at the same time, a destination in itself for the city’s best entertainment, food and drink.
As with all EDITION hotels, Barcelona combines the personal, intimate, individualised and unique hotel experience that Schrager is known for. This delicate balancing act encompasses not only exceptional design and true innovation, but also personal, friendly, luxury service as well as outstanding, one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings ‘all under one roof’.
The heightened experience, authenticity and originality that Ian Schrager brings, coupled with the global reach of Marriott International, results in a truly distinct product.
“I am proud to further the global expansion of the brand with this incredibly exciting project,” says Schrager.
“Barcelona represents a great, cultural epi-center of Europe, making it an ideal location for the region’s newest EDITION.”
With 100 rooms and suites, three restaurants, two bars, a roof terrace with plunge pool and a buzzing lobby, the hotel offers a dynamic social hub where guests and visitors can work, relax, socialise and dine all under one roof.
Or even on it. Destined to be the most desired of Barcelona’s daytime social gathering places, The Roof, located on the 10th floor, offers an unparalleled panoramic view over the city and offers food and drinks served all day to residents and visitors alike.
Settled in between the public areas on the first floor and The Roof lies the 100 rooms and suites, each with views over Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Santa Caterina Market and the district of El Born.
The windows, all of which give breathtaking views of Barcelona’s skyline, add to the feeling of insulated calm within the rooms. The walls of the bedrooms are clad in walnut panelling, evocative of the shutters that dominate the old town’s narrow street facades and floors feature a fresh whitened oak herringbone parquet.
Bathrooms are finished in white Sivec marble, detailed with contrasting brass hardware, for a modern bathing experience with custom-scented Le Labo amenities as standard.
Two stunning penthouses set the standard for luxury in Barcelona, each a home-from-home concept with their own private terraces equipped with laid-back lounge areas and dining furniture for private al fresco meals and relaxation under the Catalan sun.
Rooms are from €375 per night.
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