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    Nobu has touched down in Barcelona

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    Nobu has touched down in Barcelona

    Nobu Hotel Barcelona has opened it’s doors, bringing with it a sky-high dining destination in the form of the city’s very first Nobu Restaurant on the hotel’s 23rd floor; Nobu Barcelona…

    Billed as the city’s hottest new hotel, Nobu Hotel Barcelona is now open. Think sexy, cool, fun and vibrant interiors, the hotel brings with it the city’s very first Nobu Restaurant, achingly sharp design together with breathtaking views of one of the world’s most exciting cities.

    The interiors of the new hotel have been designed by New-York based Rockwell Group to reflect a Japanese influence. Studio have introduced Kintsugi – a craft where cracked pottery is repaired with lacquer mixed with precious metals to create collages, textures and spaces throughout the hotel – all cleverly paired with incredible works of art inspired by Catalonia’s legendary maestro, Gaudi.

    Located in the Catalan neighbourhood of Eixample, visitors can discover the hidden spots of the city through the hotel’s savvy concierge team; from founders Robert De Niro’s favourite restaurant to the bar Chef Nobu Matsuhisa visits when he’s in town and Meir Teper’s recommendation of where to dance. Just a short stroll from the hotel is Plaza de España, Barcelona’s buzzy La Rambla and the main railway station for high speed links to Madrid, Paris, Lyon and Marseille.

    Following the official opening, the hotel will soon welcome a wellness centre complete with a gym and spa, a Kozara terrace for alfresco dining, auditorium and a Café, serving fresh barista-style coffee.

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    Is this the most instagrammable hotel in Barcelona?

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    Is this the most instagrammable hotel in Barcelona?

    During August Hotel Designs is shining the Spotlight On Hotel Concepts. The editorial team believe that Hotel Arts Barcelona has all the ingredients in the mix to be Barcelona’s most instagrammable hotel. It’s a bold statement, but here’s why…

    Exclusive and indulgent, the 28 penthouses at the top of the tallest building in Barcelona give guests a behind-the-scenes experience to those photos on Instagram – where luxury is the bare minimum. Beneath them, is the entrance of a hotel that has been designed around essence of wellness and wellbeing.

    Iconic design, incredible culinary experiences and the sparkling Mediterranean are what draw visitors to Barcelona, Spain. These elements are also what attract luxury travelers to Hotel Arts Barcelona. Towering 44 floors above the sea, the 5-star hotel is a striking tower of blue glass and steel with beautifully designed accommodations, a two Michelin-star restaurant and spaces, including a rooftop spa and two outdoor pools, that overlook the sea.

    Beautifully curated by world-renowned Catalonian designer Jaime Tresserra, the penthouses display unforgettable wraparound views over the city and the Azur of the Mediterranean beyond, making Hotel Arts Barcelona an unmistakable icon of Catalonia’s capital.

    The hotel has been designed to evoke a certain wellness ambiance to shelter a collection of Insta-worthy and bespoke experiences including private cocktail mixology classes by highly acclaimed mixologist and high-end cuisine. From bright sunrises to soft pink sunsets, guests of the Royal, Presidential, Barcelona or Arts Penthouse can also book expertly taught, mindful yoga classes or have the professional therapists from the hotel’s 43 The Spa set up terrace massages for Natura Bissé spa treatments paired with undoubtedly Europe’s finest views.

    Each Penthouse also features indulgent Bvlgari amenities, daily personalised breakfasts and personal use of a MINI Cooper Cabrio. Unparalleled service throughout, combined with dynamic design, the Penthouses boast exclusive check-ins as well as dedicated, multilingual butlers and magnificent flower arrangements by celebrity florist Donna Stain.

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    Hard Rock Hotels to arrive in Barcelona

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    Hard Rock Hotels to arrive in Barcelona

    Hard Rock International continues growing its European hotel portfolio, announcing the development of Hard Rock Hotel Barcelona…

    The global brand, Hard Rock International, is set to bring its signature musical flair to the shores of Barcelona in a €200 million new hotel to be developed on the last available seaside plot in metropolitan Barcelona.

    Construction of the 504-room hotel will begin in late 2019, set to open on the shores of Barcelona in early 2022.

    “This is set to be another ambitious project for Hard Rock International, alongside ASG,” comments Todd Hricko, senior vice president and head of global hotel development at Hard Rock International. “Hard Rock Hotel Barcelona will bring the brand’s dynamic and vibrant hospitality to Barcelona’s Mediterranean Coast, injecting energy and world-class entertainment into the city’s hotel scene.”

    The project is owned by ASG’s fifth real estate fund and will be operated by Hard Rock Hotels. It is the fourth project in ASG’s Spanish hotel development strategy following the dramatic surge in visitor growth in Spain.

    Saul Goldstein, ASG’s founder and managing partner, said: “Our agreement with Hard Rock International is an important milestone for this signature investment. It’s our second collaboration with HRI’s renowned hospitality brand following the announcement on the opening of Hard Rock Hotel Madrid. The Barcelona project amps up our hotels’ development strategy in Spain, which targets opportunities in major visitor destinations with a shortage of rooms.”

    Hard Rock Hotel Barcelona, which will be designed by B720 Arquitectos, will offer a stunning rooftop terrace and bar with swimming pool, two Speciality Restaurants, Lobby Bar with Grab and Go and Music Bar. Guestrooms will have luxurious private balconies overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

    The brand will bring a selection of its signature amenities to Barcelona, including a Body Rock Fitness Centre and a Rock Spa to keep the mind and body healthy, the Sound of Your Stay in-room music program, a Rock Shop and a Hard Rock Roxity Kids’ Club, providing entertainment for younger guests. The hotel’s seven meeting rooms and ballroom will cover 21,530 square feet of meeting and conference space to accommodate a variety of events and occasions.

    Adjacent to the Fòrum beach and Marina in Sant Adrià del Besòs, with direct subway and tram access to Barcelona city centre, Hard Rock Hotel Barcelona will be near Parc del Fòrum and Parc de la Pau, a regular host of spectacular music events and festivals, some of which Hard Rock has previously organised.

    Barcelona’s incredible climate, cultural heritage and easily accessible transport links have made this city one of the most visited in Europe. Filled with incredible entertainment and activities, the city is the perfect fit for Hard Rock’s next European venture.

    Main image credit: MAAD Architectural Imagery /B720 Arquitectos

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    Nobu Hospitality announces Nobu Hotel, Restaurant in Barcelona

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    Globally established luxury lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality, founded byNobu Matsuhisa,Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, and Selenta Group, a Spanish real estate and hotel group owned by Jordi Mestre, is delighted to announce their continued European expansion into Barcelona, Spain.

    Set to open by the end of 2018, as part of a multi-million Euro refurbishment of Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya, this property will be an integrated mix of a Nobu Hotel and Restaurant reflecting the innovation and imagination that has become synonymous with the name Nobu.


    The property will continue to be part of the Selenta Group collection. The partnership agreement with Nobu Hospitality gives rise to the shared management of the new establishment.

    Capturing the unique essence of the famous European city whilst reflecting the brand’s core aspirational lifestyle offering. The fourth European hotel and third Spanish property from the highly recognised brand, the 250 rooms and suites along with its meeting rooms, event spaces and Nobu restaurant will be under a long-term management contract with Nobu Hospitality.

    W Barcelona

    Iconic W Barcelona completes multi-million euro room renovation

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    W Barcelona, an iconic flagship of W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, has unveiled a multi-million euro transformation of all 473 guest rooms and suites, along with the addition of Europe”s first W Sound Suite (a music studio and writers room, now available at four W Hotels around the world).

    The award-winning in-house design team at W Hotels partnered with London-based design studio Bowler James Brindley to reimagine the hotel, inspired by the 24/7 energy and privileged location on the shores of the buzzing Barceloneta.

    Combining the personality and cutting-edge style of a boutique hotel with distinct positioning, W Hotels has created an entirely new segment in the hotel industry. W hotels provides the insider access to what’s new and next, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around design, fashion, music and fuel.

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    Midmost Hotel Barcelona

    Midmost Hotel opens in Barcelona

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    The Majestic Hotel Group has announced the opening of Midmost Hotel Barcelona.

    Meaning, “in the exact centre,” Midmost is centrally positioned in the city’s “Golden Triangle,” between Plaza Catalunya and Plaza Universitat. Under five-minutes from Las Ramblas, the hotel’s location speaks to Barcelona’s modern culture with nearby health-conscious restaurants, art galleries, and contemporary museums. Embracing the values of the eclectic neighbourhood, modern simplicity and vintage style go hand in hand to create a hotel with a distinctive personality, in tune with the guests who stay there. In addition to a terrace bar and rooftop pool, the boutique property comprises 56 rooms and suites.

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    Housed within a nearly 100-year old building, the Midmost Hotel stands squarely at the intersection of old and new. Historical elements such as the 1919 façade and an original iron staircase were preserved in the design process, while new touches like an industrial-style front door and custom light fixtures provide modern sophistication. A nod to the property’s Mediterranean locale, the interior colour scheme is predominantly white and blue, accented by golden tones and bathroom floors lined with Catalan tiles.

    Midmost Hotel Barcelona

    The Midmost rooftop offers a backyard-feel with lush tropical plants, terrace beds, wood benches, and comfortable seating areas.

    Owned by the Majestic Hotel Group, Midmost Hotel Barcelona enjoys the benefits of nearly 100 years of experience shared by its sister property Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona.

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    Room Mate Hotels

    Room Mate Hotels opens fourth Barcelona hotel

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    Room Mate Hotels, the award-winning hotel chain founded and chaired by Kike Sarasola, has opened its fourth hotel in Barcelona.

    Room Mate Anna is located in Passeig de Gràcia, better known as the Quadrat d’Or, the ‘Golden Square’ of Catalonian modernism and is the heart of life and culture in Barcelona.

    The hotel offers 81 rooms in four categories: basic, standard, deluxe, and junior suite. Notable features include a terrace and a circular rooftop pool with views of Barcelona landmarks such as the Agbar Tower and the Gaudi masterpiece Casa Batlló.

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    Room Mate Anna has been designed by renowned interior designer and antiques expert Lorenzo Castillo, who previously worked with the group on Room Mate hotels in New York and Florence. Guests of Room Mate Anna can enjoy the services found in all Room Mate Hotels, such as breakfast served until noon and the innovative free WiFi Service WiMate, which provides free WiFi for guests not only in the hotel itself but also throughout the city.

    Sarasola, president and founder of Room Mate Hotels says, “Barcelona represents one of our key business areas and the city is a global tourism destination, which is why we are firmly committed to opening two further hotels by 2017.”

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    INTERIOR DESIGN BY LORENZO CASTILLO
    In designing Room Mate Anna, Castillo has created a scheme that reflects the Catalonian Mediterranean roots of Barcelona and pays tribute to the sea, the sun and the tropics. Bursts of bold colour are a notable aspect of the hotel’s design scheme, incorporating the hues of the Catalonian landscapes, such as the turquoises and aquamarines of Palamós, and the earthy and green tones of the cypress trees of Empordà.

    In the rooms, the Mediterranean Sea is the central theme, as seen by the use of bright red Trapani coral and giant shells. Wardrobe doors and headboards are fashioned from Venetian blinds and slatted shutters; the coloured marble floors add a further design dimension. A fresh, contemporary look is created by the use of white fabrics with accent colours such as red, blue, black and green.

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    There is bespoke furniture in natural woods and wax finishes, made with traditional methods, in updated and modern designs. Colour and brightness is further highlighted with the addition of metals such as brass plus wall lamps and giant skylights in the dining room of Room Mate Anna.

    With 23 establishments and a presence in six international markets, the chain plans to open eight additional hotels throughout 2016 and 2017 in cities that include Rotterdam, Florence, Rome, Paris and Madrid. This will allow the company to grow its size and reach a total of more than 4,000 rooms, while establishing its global presence.