Review: Mandarin Oriental Barcelona (Spain)


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Late September, I used to be presupposed to journey to French Polynesia for a vacation of a lifetime. Sadly, because of the ongoing pandemic, that journey was cancelled two weeks previous to departure, so I needed to search for a final minute vacation elsewhere. Ultimately, I select Spain as a journey vacation spot, the place I loved a beautiful time, regardless of some unusually wet and dreadful climate. You may learn my journey stories right here:


Right now: Evaluate of Mandarin Oriental Barcelona (Spain)

Ideally situated close to all the town’s main points of interest, the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Barcelona presents an atmospheric setting on Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s most upscale avenue. With modern interiors by designer Patricia Urquiola, the 120 rooms and suites (some with non-public terraces) are among the many most luxurious in Barcelona. Carme Ruscalleda (probably the most awarded cooks on the planet) is the chief of the two-Michelin-starred Moments Restaurant, informal Blanc, and Banker’s Bar. Terrat rooftop bar serves chef Gastón Acurio’s Peruvian delights. The luxurious spa is designed as a haven of serenity, making Mandarin Oriental the right base to discover the Catalan capital.

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona options in my high 10 listing of the perfect luxurious lodges in Barcelona.

Have you ever ever stayed at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona? In that case, what was your expertise? Depart a remark.

On this assessment (extra information and images beneath my YouTube video):


PROS & THINGS I LIKE
  • Mandarin Oriental Barcelona enjoys an glorious location on Passeig de Gràcia, on the very middle of Barcelona’s business and leisure district. It supplies quick access to the town’s best buying, eating and cultural venues and is a brief stroll from many main vacationer points of interest. From the lodge, company can stroll amongst the town’s celebrated promenades and structure and benefit from the points of interest of the well-known Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Barcelona’s many museums, church buildings and parks are all shut at hand and two of essentially the most celebrated buildings by the town’s well-known architect Gaudí – Casa Batlló and Casa Mila – are only a stone’s throw from the lodge. As well as, Barcelona’s airport (El Prat) is a mere 20 minutes by automotive.
  • Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is housed in a chic mid-Twentieth century constructing, which was as soon as the top workplaces of a financial institution. In step with Mandarin Oriental’s ardour for working with inventive design ideas, the well-known Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola was commissioned to create the lodge’s gorgeous inside. The design revolves round a hovering white atrium and floating catwalk, which lead from the Passeig de Gràcia to the cream-and-gold-colored foyer. That includes sliding crystal doorways, mirrored ceilings, and complex latticework, the doorway corridor overlooks the sunshine crammed Blanc restaurant and lounge beneath. The spatial format and furnishings design, the ceiling decorations, and the attractive hand-woven carpets have all been rigorously chosen by Urquiola.
  • Every of the lodge’s 120 rooms and suites has been individually furnished and embellished to embrace the perfect of the vacation spot while including a contact of Oriental aptitude. The luxurious guestrooms are amongst the most important within the metropolis and look out over Barcelona’s most trendy boulevard – Passeig de Gràcia – or over the lodge’s landscaped inside backyard. A lot of guestrooms have a balcony or terrace, from which to admire the encircling modernist façades. Throughout my go to, I used to be upgraded to a superb Premier Suite, which included a main bedroom, lounge with eating desk for six, and an expensive lavatory outfitted with standalone bathtub. Luxurious materials of leather-based, velvet and beautiful silks have been blended with elegant woods and a wealthy palette of inexperienced, black and gold to create a complicated and vibrant dwelling area.
  • Conceived as a complicated city oasis, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is an expensive wellness sanctuary situated within the basement of the property. Designer Urquiola has used a steadiness of black and white contrasts mixed with the heat of wooden with accents in malachite inexperienced to create a chic and serene retreat, markedly trendy in model with Oriental touches. The spa encompasses a whole of eight therapy rooms. These embrace two luxurious {couples}’ spa suites, two oriental suites, full with particular person spa vitality swimming pools and futons for conventional Thai massages, and 4 luxurious therapy rooms, every with their very own aromatherapy expertise bathe. An expansive 12 m (40 ft) indoor swimming pool, warmth and water areas in addition to a completely serviced state-of-the-art health middle additional complement the lodge’s way of life services.
  • On its ninth flooring, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona encompasses a attractive rooftop, which ranks among the many largest and most unique rooftop spots in Barcelona. Surrounded by completely trimmed hedges, the terrace presents a spectacular and distinctive perspective over Barcelona’s skyline. Most of metropolis’s landmarks are seen from the rooftop, together with the Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, Plaça d’Espanya, and the cathedral. The rooftop’s eye-catcher is an oblong dipping pool, surrounded by wooden slats, cushioned loungers, and wicker chairs. Drinks & mild snacks are supplied throughout the day. The ambiance (and views) are explicit nice within the late afternoon for the reason that rooftop presents a picture-perfect view of the sundown.
  • Mandarin Oriental Barcelona presents trendy eating in a selection of eating places and bars:
    • Culinary expertise and beautiful design converge within the lodge’s signature restaurant, Moments, which is awarded with two Michelin stars. Famend Chef Carme Ruscalleda, probably the most awarded feminine Cooks on the planet and greatest ambassador of Catalan gastronomy, is the Director of Moments which presents probably the most modern culinary experiences within the metropolis. The Moments kitchen is headed by Chef Raül Balam, Ruscalleda’s son, who has been working together with her for a few years.
    • Set towards a dramatic white backdrop, underneath vaulted skylights, Blanc Restaurant is the lodge’s all-day eating venue. Serving Carme Ruscalleda’s delicacies in an off-the-cuff setting, Blanc is a venue with a novel design: the massive, suspended metallic mesh is likely one of the lodge’s most spectacular architectural options. Blanc’s menu focuses on native delicacies based mostly on pure elements cooked with respect and inspiration.
    • With a ceiling common from genuine security deposit bins eluding to the constructing’s former use as a financial institution, the fabulous Banker’s Bar is each a vibrant nightspot and gorgeous piece of design. Atmospherically lit with a selection of indoor and outside seating, Banker’s Bar presents an intensive listing of cocktails together with much-loved classics together with Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan, Margarita or Whiskey Bitter.
    • The Terrat rooftop terrace encompasses a spectacular dipping pool and presents company the potential for having fun with cocktails and complicated Peruvian dishes by Gastón Acurio with the distinctive Barcelona skyline as backdrop.
  • The property is managed by the Mandarin Oriental Resort Group. Over the previous 50 years, Mandarin Oriental has grown from a well-respected Asian lodge firm into one of many world’s most unique lodge manufacturers, and has a wealthy and proud historical past which started with the opening of the model’s flagship property, The Mandarin, in 1963 in Hong Kong. In 1974, The Oriental in Bangkok, which was already acknowledged as one of many world’s most legendary lodges was partially acquired by the group, making the corporate distinctive in the way in which that it has two flagship lodges whose names represented the easiest in hospitality. Right now, the group operates greater than 30 lodges worldwide, with every property that includes a particular oriental design (reflecting its heritage) and a novel sense of place.

CONS & THINGS TO KNOW
  • The rooftop pool capabilities extra as an ornamental component than an actual pool. It’s solely about 60 cm (2 ft) deep, so you possibly can’t actually swim in it. It’s excellent although to take a dip on a scorching summer time day. If you wish to swim laps or want some morning exercise, you’re higher off within the spa’s indoor lap pool, which is illuminated by inexperienced neon lights.
  • When Mandarin Oriental Barcelona opened in 2009, there was some criticism concerning the dimension of the rooms, which have been less than what you discover in different lodges of the chain. Nonetheless, in 2014 some renovation works have been finished and the common dimension of the rooms was elevated, in order that’s not an issue anymore. However, I recommend to guide one of many suites in the event you choose extra space.

MY VERDICT
  • Location: 9/10
  • Design: 9/10
  • Pool: 8/10
  • Rooms: 9/10
  • Meals: 9/10
  • Breakfast: 9/10
  • Spa: 9/10
  • Service: 9/10
  • Worth for cash: 8/10
  • Total expertise: excellent 8,6/10

TIPS FOR FUTURE GUESTS & SAVE MONEY
  • Lower your expenses: learn right here my suggestions for getting the perfect deal at a luxurious lodge like Mandarin Oriental Barcelona (and/or obtain many free perks).
  • Lower your expenses: get complimentary VIP perks when reserving through Virtuoso (e.g. improve, day by day breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and a complimentary Tapas assortment together with drinks for 2 at Banker’s Bar).
  • Room tip: most rooms and suites at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona supply views over the town or into the again backyard. The very best rooms include both a small patio or balcony, making the room vibrant and full of sunshine. I like to recommend reserving a collection, since these rooms are extra spacious and their company have entry to butler service.
  • Learn my suggestions for making ready your journey in time.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

July and August are the height of the vacationer season in Barcelona. Temperatures will be sweltering, particularly within the metropolis centre, and in every single place is busy, together with the seashore. From March to June and from September to November, issues are rather less crowded, and you may also get pleasure from heat and nice climate. September is especially good when it comes to climate and seashore goers can profit from a sea that also feels blissfully heat after the new summer time months. There’s all the time loads happening in Barcelona and there are festivals and occasions all year long, so that you may need to analysis what’s occurring and when earlier than making a selection. When it comes to reserving a collection at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, the winter months are usually just a little bit cheaper, in order that’s price making an allowance for too.


HOW TO GET THERE

Barcelona’s airport (El Prat) is a mere 20 minutes by automotive from Mandarin Oriental Barcelona.


PHOTOS

Under is a collection of my images of Mandarin Oriental Barcelona. To view extra lodge images (together with meals), click on right here.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL BARCELONA – EXTERIOR
MANDARIN ORIENTAL BARCELONA – EXTERIOR
HOTEL ENTRANCE
HOTEL ENTRANCE
LOBBY
LOBBY
LOBBY
GUEST ROOM FLOOR
PREMIER SUITE – LIVING AREA
PREMIER SUITE – LIVING AREA
PREMIER SUITE – LIVING AREA
PREMIER SUITE – BEDROOM
PREMIER SUITE – BEDROOM
PREMIER SUITE – BATHROOM
PREMIER SUITE – BATHROOM
ROOFTOP
ROOFTOP
ROOFTOP
ROOFTOP
SPA
SPA – TREATMENT ROOM
SPA – INDOOR POOL
SPA – GYM
BANKER’S BAR
BLANC RESTAURANT

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