Sunday, April 26, 2009
Gran Hotel la Florida, Barcelona, Spain
Gran Hotel La Florida poses a wealth of wonderful contradictions. Situated 500 metres above the city, away from the crowds and noise of downtown Barcelona hotels, this exceptionally restored resort affords commanding views of the Catalonian capital and sparkling Mediterranean beyond. The design is equally grand, featuring a sophisticated blend of art, style, and architecture. Despite the ubiquitous five-star luxury, the prevailing ambience is one of intimacy and warmth. The glowing fireplace in the lobby and sleek hardwood floors call to mind a stylish private residence. A mere 70 rooms allow for hushed privacy and impeccable, quietly intuitive service. Downstairs, a world-class spa awaits to soothe, while eclectic restaurants enchant with gourmet cuisine and splendid outdoor terraces. Located just 15 minutes from the city centre, this timeless 5-star Barcelona hotel offers convenience to – and an exclusive respite from – the quickened pace of Spain’s most fashionable city.