Occupying a vast mid-20th Century mansion on the sweeping Passeig de Gracia boulevard, Barcelona's Mandarin Oriental Hotel is undoubtedly one of the most coveted addresses in town for the luxury traveller - just opposite Gaudi's spectacular Casa Batllo! Guests can choose from 98 rooms beautifully designed by Spanish artist Patricia Urquiola, from 'Deluxe Rooms' with garden views, oval bath tubs, French carpets and flat screen TVs up to the Penthouse Suite, which comes replete with spa facilities, home cinema entertainment (on an HD projector), and its own kitchen and bar (a butler is on hand should you want to host your own private party!). As well as the comforts of a 5-star hotel, the Mandarian Oriental Barcelona also boasts the cuisine of a one-star Michelin restaurant - Moments. Carme Ruscalleda is the celebrity chef blazing a trail in the kitchen. Not to be outdone, Jordi Otero, recently voted as one of the world's best barmen, mixes some of the most delicious cocktails in Barcelona in Banker's Bar. Just turn left when you cross the carpeted draw bridge into the lobby! Other facilities include an indoor pool, jacuzzi, hammam and gym. Easily one of the best five star hotels in Barcelona.
Never had the spending power to stay here unfortunately but I can concur that the Martini's at Banker's Bar are excellent indeed and a bit more affordable than the rooms (although not much).
reviewed by Donald from United States on Sep.08.2011