Alma Barcelona Hotel
Sometimes you need to stroll some city streets in search of culture, cocktails and cafes. One of the best cities to do this is beautiful Barcelona where you can find a bewildering range of striking architecture, world-class museums, hip restaurants and trendy bars.
Staying in style in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona is easy, with designer-led hotels dotted across the city center. But what’s our favorite place to stay in Barcelona? Perfectly located off the legendary shoppers’ boulevard Passeig de Gràcia and walking distance from Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, Alma Hotel in the heart of this Mediterranean city is as superb as it is stylish. Set in an attractive restored building on the tree-lined Mallorca Street, Alma Barcelona Hotel in the upscale Eixample district oozes quiet sophistication. Barcelona’s Eixample area is a great choice for travelers interested in architecture, food and high-end shopping.
Opened in 2011 after a five-year renovation, Alma Barcelona Hotel combines an unbeatable location with spacious rooms, fantastic facilities including an indoor pool, a cool rooftop bar with Gaudi-glam views and an amazing large garden – typical of the Eixample area. In addition, this blissful Barcelona beauty offers a modern mood, seamless service, sheer comfort and style with soul (Alma means soul in Spanish). It’s designed solely to meet the needs and expectations of the contemporary client. We love Alma’s low-key allure and homely atmosphere. It’s not overly busy and bustling, it’s just right. Totally hotelicious!
The look? Think of a blend of timeless charms, contemporary pieces and modernist classics. The brains behind Alma Barcelona’s beauty are the Spanish interior designers Nori Furlan and Paco Llonch of CoriumCasa. We were enchanted by its sophistication and stunning style. Eye-catching detail: the seven-story atrium, illuminating the hotel lobby’s charcoal-hued walls and big hanging artworks from local artists.
Upstairs, the dark corridors will lead you to the 72 designer rooms & suites. Alma Barcelona Hotel has two parts: the one overlooking calle Mallorca with a traditional Eixample façade plus a classical design and the part facing the peaceful garden offering a modern façade and a minimally chic style. There are subtle high-tech touches throughout Alma, most notably the fingerprint-activated room entry. The rooms (some with balcony) are all more than 50m2 in size and cleverly done with mood lighting, luxe marble bathrooms, smart design details, flat-screen Loewe TV’s and fine materials such as wood and leather. Added bonus: the complimentary minibar. Fancy your own Barcelona pied-a-terre? Inspired by a typical Eixample apartment, the exclusive Executive Suites facing Mallorca Street boast separate sitting areas and slate-blue or beige walls.
Alma Barcelona’s hotel restaurant amazes guests and hungry locals alike with its all-day menu. Expect great mod-Med food in a gorgeous yet intimate environment. The small breakfast menu includes dishes like Alma’s Sandwich with truffle, Iberian ham and brie and a Spanish potato omelette, while the buffet breakfast is a riot of homemade breads, jams, pastries, mini sandwiches, cakes, hams, cheeses and lots of healthy options, laid out prettily. We think Alma’s breakfast with fresh fare and fine service is worth every euro. Enjoy breakfast either inside while listening to classical music or grab a table in the hotel’s garden, an oasis of calm in the heart of Barcelona. For killer views & cocktails, head upstairs to the trendy rooftop bar.
For post-shopping pampering, there’s a spa in the basement with a pool, steam room, sauna, one massage room and little fitness room – including a bike, treadmill and TRX training equipment.