Recently having spent a few days in Barcelona, it is easy to see why it is such a popular destination. The weather is lovely, it has an old world charm and lacks the pretense and rush of some of the larger European cities. The Catalan people are friendly and welcoming, even during the most hectic of tourist season.
A year round destination… however mid-April to early-June is the best time of the year to visit.
The winters can be a bit chilly, and the summers hot and muggy. Swimming Season in the Mediterranean is from the end of June to early October. As with most of Europe, August is the busiest tourist season, either plan ahead or be prepared for sold out conditions at all quality lodgings.
almost in the Gothic Quarter
Recently opened, The Barcelona Edition is elegant, modern and very comfortable to stay. This is currently my first choice to stay whenever in Barcelona. And the location is one of the best of all the hotels I have visited in this city. As with other Ian Schrager hotels, it has special rooms and even a Cabaret on weekend nights (Adults Only, of course). Being next door to the Santa Caterina Market makes it that much better.
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City Center, front of the Marina
A wonderful hotel. With only 28 rooms, it is intimate and the staff takes care of evertyhing to perfection. A modern Spanish diesgn, close to the Gothic region but near the ocean for some cool breezes at the rooftop bar & pool. And the 1-Star Michelen kitchen makes eating here a treat all day long.
Part of my Preferred Hotels Portfolio, includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Complimentary Buffet Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
• $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
• Complimentary tapa and bottle of Cava in the room on arrival
• Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
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The Gothic Quarter
This chic and exclusive boutique hotel, located in the heart of the old Jewish quarter, Hotel Neri Relais & Châteaux is set in two historical and aristocratic houses, being one of them a medieval palace from the XII century. The building’s original period charm has been preserved and enhanced by the hotel’s sophisticated interior design. Its design blends with relaxing music and sensual aromas to create a unique setting in this ancient area of central Barcelona.
Also, Casa Neri residence located in several building in the area feature a more home like option. Contact me for more information or availability.
Depending time of year & availability:
• 4 Nights for the price of 3
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Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
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Hotel Arts Barcelona
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page updated: April 2020