Sunshine, beach, tapas…There’s something about Spain and its culture that keeps you going back. I don’t know if it’s the warm and soft Mediterranean sun, the vibrant and rich Spanish history and culture, the passionate vibe of the country and nation, or the endless options of delicious tapas and seafood…possibly all of the above. Earlier last month, the Spanish city that almost never sleeps, Barcelona, added one more spot for locals and tourists to their late night options.

Officially launched in late September, the Barcelona Edition celebrated its opening with a series of events. Like the other very cool Edition Hotels in New York, London, Miami, plus recently opened Bodrum (Turkey) and Shanghai, Barcelona is set to be a hub for the locals to hang out. Conceived by Ian Schrager in a partnership with Marriott International, EDITION combines the personal, intimate, individualized experience that Ian is known for, with the global reach, operational expertise and scale of Marriott.  Boasting it’s authenticity and originality, each Edition Hotel is recognizable yet unique.

Enviably located in El Born, the city’s creative hub in the center of the famed Ciutat Vella district, translated as ‘Old City’, the hotel is situated in the most historic district of the city, positively vibrating with life, style, and energy. Nestled between the cerulean waters of the Mediterranean Sea and l’Eixample neighbourhood – Barcelona’s renowned boutique shopping epicentre – the location is considered the beating heart of the city. Adjacent to the Santa Caterina Market and within fifteen minutes of the beach and the great Barcelona Cruise Port, the hotel is surrounded by the city’s most beloved landmarks including the Picasso museum, Antoni Gaudí’s Palau Güell, and the famed Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, all within walking distance.

True to the Edition essence, the hotel has a distinctive bar, the signature spiral staircase, the award-winning Punch Room on the mezzanine floor, and a new late night entertainment dinner destination- the Cabaret. A new kind of dining concept, Cabaret is never seen before in Barcelona. Conceived with late-night revelry in mind with its low lighting and sumptuous materials, it is a restaurant for the darker hours with a sultry lounge area, cocktail bar and superior food experience based around a tasting menu concept and different engaging entertainment.

With 100 rooms and suites, three restaurants, two bars, a roof terrace with plunge pool and lounging beds and a home-like lobby, the hotel offers a dynamic social hub where guests and visitors can work, relax, socialise and dine all under one roof. Under the creative direction of Ian Schrager, alongside the famed Spanish interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the hotel is a mini art-gallery full of photos and art pieces by famous artists combined with innovative technology. Incorporating gorgeous pieces like a sapphire blue Eric Schmitt chandelier and a selection of timeless furniture pieces originally designed by Catalan masters, Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí. Just like its nesting city Barcelona, it is a perfect blend of art, vibrant buzz and a laid-back relaxing vibe.

The hotel has a few places you can chill, have a cocktail or coffee, or meeting etc. Everything is connected, and if you want some sun, head up the rooftop for a more relaxing vibe with a view of the city. Just a friendly reminder : do not miss the breakfast at Bar Varez there. I had difficulty picking what to eat for breakfast because they offer a wide variety of food from savory to sweet. First day I had this amazing waffle with coffee mascarpone, the next day I went for something more “traditional”-  home baked croissant, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. They are equally amazing. So on the last day, I ordered both!

 

 

Rooms are spacious and they all have a decent size window, either facing the city or the market, calm and quiet, modern and clean, something makes you forgot that you’re in Barcelona until you look out from the window and see the beautiful clear blue sky.

Similar to all the other Editions, the Barcelona one is as cool and homely. You know you’re in a luxurious hotel because of the world-class service, but you also don’t remember you’re in a hotel because of how laid-back and relaxed everybody is. There is truly something for everyone.