The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Barcelona, Spain.
This hotel is indeed luxury urban chic, the original premises of the Hispano Americano Bank, located on Barcelona´s most elegant street the Paseo de Gracia. From the attentive doorman to the huge 1000m2 spa with instant Asian recall and divine emerald-green pool, the whole experience of being a guest at the MO Barcelona is a total treat.
The bedrooms are minimalist yet cosy, with super-sleek bathrooms; front-facing rooms have views to the Paseo de Gracia, where you can even catch a glimpse of two of Gaudi´s masterpieces. The stylish Banker´s Bar has incorporated the original bank's safety deposit boxes - corresponding keys can be found on the ceiling, great for fantasizing about which key opens that potential million-dollar box. There is a Michelin-starred restaurant and a rooftop plunge pool with panoramic views of the city.
At the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, our Hotel Essence team photographed the smiling doorman crossing the catwalk entrance, the jamon serrano tapas and hand-written welcoming notes, the chocolates, the bar, breakfast in Blanc, cool blue details and finally the spa with its emerald pool and zen relaxation rooms.