Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bars of Barcelona

Barcelona's a hugely important tourist stop in Spain, and there are plenty of reasons why, from the architecture to the modern enclaves with green-minded touches. There's another reason to visit the city, however: the number of fantastic hotel bars to visit, no matter what luxury hotel you choose to call your home base during your vacation.

Bar To Try #1: Hotel Duquesa de Cardona's Brisa del Mar
Why Try It? This romantic boutique bar is great for honeymooners.

Their Tastiest Offering: The Cardona blends pineapple juice, grenadine, rum, Malibu, and blue caraçoa.

What the Experts Say: “The sixth-floor Brisa del Mar space is split into two parts by scented lavender boxes; one area is for sunbathing and splashing around in the pool (guests only), the other for dining and chilling out over drinks.”

Bar To Try #2: Me by Melia
Why Try It? This hotel bar has a beautiful view and is open to restaurant customers, making it a perfect place to grab a drink before dinner.

Their Tastiest Offering: The cava by Agusti Torrelló is the thing to try at ME.

What the Experts Say: “Enclosed by glass walls on the 24th floor, this starkly minimal space has fabulous views over the city's New Technology district in Poblenou, and makes a cool stopping-off point before dinner at the hotel's gourmet restaurant, Dos Cielos.”

Bar To Try #3: W Barcelona
Why Try It? This bar turns into a party by midnight, and it's cleverly designed to give you great views.

Their Tastiest Offering: Fruity cocktails

What the Experts Say:
“Evenings start slow and segue into full-on fiesta mode by midnight.”

Bar To Try #4: Hotel Villa Emilia
Why Try It?
This cozy hotel bar is still sleek—try it on Wednesdays for live piano music.

Their Tastiest Offering: Get a mojito!

What the Experts Say: “The Zinc Bar is an intimate space enclosed by terracotta walls and palms. Big Dedon sofas with safari prints, plump cushions and free Wi-Fi make it a great spot in which to combine work and leisure.”

Where to Stay in Barcelona

El Palace Hotel Barcelona: This hotel has been refurbished for the ultimate guests experience. 42 of the newly-renovated accommodation options are suites or junior suites, and this hotel is both close to the city center and advantageously positioned for an easy airport connection. 1920s style brings back memories of an old-fashioned continental Europe.

W Barcelona: Modern, artistic, and inspiring, the W Barcelona is befitting of such an avant-garde city, with its sleek bar, special WET pool, and intuitively-designed rooms with top-notch entertainment systems. Don't forget to hit the Munchie Box in your suite on a quiet night.

Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona: If you love to explore your destination on foot, then the Majestic Hotel and Spa Barcelona is your place. 303 luxurious rooms await, and they've been chosen in the past by a number of sophisticated visitors like Catherine Deneuve and even the Dalai Lama.

Hotel Arts Barcelona: Barcelona hotels have a great reputation already, but the Hotel Arts Barcelona gives other luxury locations a run for their money. If you love a room with a view, no matter where you're staying in the world, then this hotel is a can't-miss booking.

Hotel Miramar Barcelona: Opened in 1929, the Hotel Miramar Barcelona has entranced guests for the better part of a decade. Enjoy views of the Mediterranean from your private balcony, take in the modern furnishings and picture windows, and catch the details added and refined by a 2006 renovation.

Le Meridien Barcelona: Le Meridien Barcelona fills your world with the brightest of colors and easy access to Barcelona's Harbour, the theatre, and restaurants galore. The famous Las Ramblas street is close by and allows easy access for the curious visitor.

Now that you have your possible hotel options and a long list of places to score delicious cocktails, you won't have trouble filling your schedule in Barcelona. Our recommendation is to fill in your time with a visit to some of the hottest cultural and artistic spots in Spain—perhaps alternating that with a tipple or two at night.

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