Gothic Glam | Grand Hotel Central

THE VIBE:  History, architecture, and of course those gorgeous Mediterranean beaches–there’s a reason why Barcelona is undoubtedly considered the most popular city in Spain.

The Grand Hotel Central offers the best of both worlds, with modern amenities in the historic setting of the Barri Gòtic, the city’s Gothic district, and the Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Música just around the corner.

Never mistake historic for boring—the area has some of the city’s best boutiques, bars, restaurants, and beaches with the Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya beaches just a short stroll away. This five star, 147 room hotel has a Mediterranean restaurant, a specialty steam and sauna suite, and a rooftop terrace with an impressive infinity pool and bar. In fact, the infinity pool was named top 10 in the world by Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and it was also featured in Conde Nast Traveler. The Grand Hotel Central is a part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Top Hotels in Spain list—so you know it’s worth traveling for.

THE SLEEP: The 147 rooms range from a Standard Room to a Grand Suite. The Grand Suite lives up to its name with a living room, kitchenette, access to the wellness Thermal Suite complete with dry and steam saunas, and a complimentary electric car to tour the city all included in your stay. Suite or no suite, you will score prime city views, a free mini bar with complimentary tea, soft drinks, and snacks, and an extravagant rain shower. Bring on the “me time!”

TRY IT ON:

TASTE: Head to City Restaurant at the Grand Hotel Central for bistro-style Mediterranean food with a contemporary twist. For cocktails from star mixologist, Manel Vehí, stick around after dinner at the City Bar for a signature cocktail like the Guanabana Jalapeño Martini. Feeling like dessert and drinks with a view? Skybar serves appetizers, dessert, and cocktails poolside on the rooftop overlooking the Barcelona skyline.

TONE: Sweat it out at the Grand Hotel Central gym with Kinesis equipment by Technogym, and then sweat some more in the Thermal Suite with a private steam and sauna treatment. Experience the 45-minute aromatherapy session of both dry and steam saunas to detox after a workout or a night out. Book a specialty Lomi Juma massage treatment at the spa, which promises to restore balance and harmony between the body and mind.

Calling all the Yogis out there, the Grand Hotel Central offers yoga classes, as well as a comprehensive Yoga Package the true om enthusiast, which includes a complimentary one-hour Yoga lesson on the panoramic rooftop offered on Friday and Sunday mornings, healthy breakfast options, and access to the Thermal Suite during your stay.

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