Barcelona is one of my top destinations to visit for its relaxing culture, shopping and eating in Spain. Today it was great to be back thanks to MSF and my host the Claris Hotel & Spa. The hotel is situated right in the heart of this vibrant city, a street away from the Passeig de Gracia. It is only a 5-minute walk to the main shopping street and major avenue of Barcelona. The Passeig de Gracia is also one of Barcelona’s most important business areas and also contains several of the city’s most celebrated pieces of architecture.
I was greeted by lovely staff members who thoroughly explained to me the unique aspects of the hotel. In entering the reception area the immediate ambience and interior design stood out, thee interior consisted of original roman, Egyptian and Hindu art and this is what makes this hotel unique. This theme of historical accessories is also continued throughout the hotel, including the luxury suites and rooms. The Claris Hotel & Spa is part of Design Hotels a network of over 300 independently owned small boutique and luxury hotels in over 50 countries worldwide.
La Terraza del Claris
La Terraza De Claris is a very spacious rooftop area and has wonderful views over Barcelona. The seating area was comfortable and the swimming pool was perfect for a nice relaxing stay. Drinking a bottle of Cava here was the perfect way to soak up the Spanish weather. As day turned into night, the restaurant which is located next to the swimming pool on the hotel’s rooftop, La Terraza del Claris is the perfect place to enjoy summer or winter nights at a glass-enclosed restaurant.
The young vibrant chefs created some special “off the menu cuisines” for me and they were delicious. I could feel their passion and heart literally on each dish that was served. The Mediterranean-inspired signature cuisine with a variety of set menu and a la carte options is well worth taking the time to try. The setting was unique and it was great to host local business guests which on this occasion I did.
“I was amazed how much they used the spoon, to get a perfect end result regarding the presentation of the dishes.”
The buffet breakfast offered fresh and ample selections of food to start off the day. I am a big fan of Spanish cuisine and this buffet was a nice introduction to the Spanish and Catalan culinary experience. The fresh fruit and local meat options were lovely to eat so early in the morning. On my second morning I had to leave at 5 am in the morning and therefore the takeaway option was simple but sufficient. Lots to choose by and the packing was very well presented. I liked the fresh fruit that was given too.
“Breakfast at Claris Hotel Barcelona, is all about excellent customer service with a relaxed appeal to it.”
Grand Suite Duplex
I stayed at a stunning suite called Grand Suite Duplex a 50 m² duplex split-level room. The first-floor area was a lovely sitting area which features a fireplace, coffee machine and a separate bathroom and toilet facilities and had a large floor to ceiling windows. I loved the fact that I could peek out of the windows and observe the adventures of Barcelona. I adored the gorgeous wooden interior storage for my clothes and the cosy lounge. On this lounge, I just laid down for hours soaking up the interior room design.
This Grand Suite Duplex was brilliant for having many business meetings throughout my stay. Due to the split level concept, above I had my very own private bedroom with a complete marble bathroom. I could be messy in this area, in my private den because no one needed to see this hidden part of the suite. I loved the concept and feel it had.
After a very long day, I was greeted by a huge bed with 12 pillows and it was very cosy and comfortable to sleep in. Tucked away were more unique original artworks. The ambience was so relaxing and to have this separate space with another toilet bath and shower was wonderful.
The oval marble bath was brilliant to soak up all my thoughts for the week. It was spacious comfortable and I liked the added bath salt options too. The double sink with two mirrors was why there was never an argument regarding which sink belong to whom. We could just take our time and just simply reflect and relax in this very spacious bathroom. The massive soft towels and bathroom amenities just completed this luxury stay. It really made all the difference to how I felt and reacted in regards to my sleep.
This very spacious duplex was steeped in artworks which added to the luxury experience. I loved to walk barefoot in this suite because of the warm feel of the oak floorboards, it was a luxury pampering experience to my feet. It was so also nice as a yoga mat replacement for distressing and stretching exercises using the floor.
Hotels can be as opulent as they wish, but for me time and time again the important factor is the people that are willing to serve and understand that art. The Claris Hotel & Spa had it all. This hotel is situated in a perfect setting where I could choose to experience Barcelona at any time of the day and night by foot. I am a lover of fine art and there was a museum as part of the hotel, in where I could explore the history of why the hotel features unique pieces of artwork. I can recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay central in Barcelona and that appreciates art & design. Make sure to take the time to sit on the terrace and reflect and take in the Spanish and Catalan culture with a local Cava.
- Room reviewed: Grand Suite Duplex – prices form €297 a night.
- Website: www.hotelclaris.com
- Address: Carrer de Pau Claris, 150, 08009 Barcelona, Spain
- Phone: +34 934 87 62 62