The Almanac Barcelona, positioned a number of steps from town’s modern Paseo de Gracia boulevard, is certainly one of three up to date residences owned by the Almanac group, a family-run firm devoted to rising its European portfolio of medium-sized luxurious motels.

Becoming a member of this Catalonian retreat and the Almanac Palais Vienna is the brand new Almanac X Prague, which opens for bookings in early 2023.

The model’s messaging is rooted in values, guided by the need to “discover the weather that talk to the genuine character of the place we name house”. Positive, that is advertising converse, however the sentiment stands up right here in Spain. 

It is a resort devoted to the very best commonplace of service, the place all the things is specifically chosen, hand-tested and punctiliously curated. You’ll be able to actually really feel the household’s private contact and the crew’s need to continually tweak and enhance. “The resort opened in February 2018 and was actually taking-off simply because the pandemic hit. Now, in a way, we’re beginning over: we’ve to repeatedly adapt to a altering world and the way this shapes the preferences of our friends,” says Sandra Jimenez, Basic Supervisor, Almanac Barcelona. 

In summertime, perspicacious service begins with a glass of icy mineral water, handed to you as quickly as you strategy reception, offering an instantaneous antidote to Spain’s intense warmth. First impressions depend, as do instantaneous aesthetic experiences: it’s unimaginable, then, to not be struck by the resort’s magnificent foyer, an space of excessive glamour embellished in golden tones, mirrored surfaces, shiny marble and darkish wooden, dominated by a sweeping spiral staircase and dynamic wrap-around mezzanine. Stylistically talking, it’s artwork deco with a touch of disco; Twenties ocean liner meets Studio 54. 

The spiral staircase at the Almanac Hotel Barcelona

The rooms 

From the surface, the resort is a piece of synthesis, combining a Nineteenth-century constructing and a Twentieth-century condominium block. Award-winning Chilean inside designer Jaime Beriestain has created a seamless move between these buildings due to his signature department of luxurious decor, which is without delay characterful, refined and homely.

The Almanac's penthouse suite

Shades of golden sand mix with flashes of coppery brown and chocolate to create an earthy palette that imbues bedrooms with a way of tranquillity and opulent simplicity. However it’s not all concerning the neutrals: look fastidiously and you discover refined nods to Barcelona’s pure, architectural and creative insignia. Gaudí’s swirling cathedral spires, his vibrant mosaics and topsy-turvy varieties, the geometric motifs of Catalonian tiles, the swish arches of historic Moorish edifices and the inexperienced stretches of the Collserola mountain vary, all discover life within the patterns, colors and textures of the Almanac Barcelona’s gentle furnishings, artworks and ornamental flooring designs. 

A junior suite at the Almanac Barcelona

There are 61 rooms and 30 suites, all significantly bigger than you’d anticipate finding in such a central location. The usual room measurement is 34m2, whereas suites – many with terraces or Juliet balconies – vary from 45m2 to 125m2. House can also be gained in numerous rooms due to bowed home windows, which type an alcove inside. Bogs are nearly fully clad in white marble from Ibiza, all shiny end and luminosity. Double sinks and stylish lavatory brassware full the look, together with a beneficiant provide of fluffy towels. 

A marble bathroom at the Almanac

The restaurant 

Ground-to-ceiling home windows, velveteen materials and loads of metallic surfaces create a suitably dramatic ambiance at Virens, the Almanac Barcelona’s gastronomic restaurant headed by chef Rodrigo de la Calle of the Michelin-starred El Invernadero in Madrid. It’s a “plant-forward” restaurant identified for its creative use of greens, root greens, legumes and fruit, though De la Calle doesn’t see himself as an “experimental” chef carrying ahead the legacy of an El Bulli-style delicacies, famously angled in direction of science, spectacle and radical culinary conversions. As an alternative, he’s a chef dedicated to discovering distinctive flavour compositions that faithfully improve the natural textures and tastes of his uncooked substances. 

Virens restaurant

Organically grown merchandise are domestically sourced in line with the seasons, with plates impressed by Mediterranean and Catalonian delicacies, in addition to Asian dishes and recipes from the Far East. Descriptions corresponding to “beetroot tartare with acidic herb salad” and “soup of chilly pickled carrots with courgette flower with Catalonian Mató goat’s cheese”, don’t do these dishes justice, however every speciality is an act of artistry, meticulously composed to trick and tease the style buds.

You’ll marvel on the chef’s playful expertise for elevating even the best of substances. The standard leek, for instance, is chopped, caramelised and marinated in a salty jus earlier than these thick vegetable rondelles are lovingly organized like dominos or tiny turrets on a completely fashioned disc of flaky pastry. An avant-garde Gaudí-inspired dish if ever there was one.

A dish from virens

For an off-the-cuff style of his inexperienced haute delicacies, sit on the bar and pattern some starters with a kombucha cocktail. Alternatively, be adventurous and skip the à la carte in favour of the 12-course Inexperienced Expertise tasting menu, which incorporates one fish and one meat dish. Be warned: you will have to loosen your waistband as a result of these seemingly ‘mild’ bites are in reality richly rendered and irresistibly moreish.

Good luck resisting the kitchen’s home-baked sourdough served with a attractive assortment of creamy butters together with one infused with wasabi. 

Excessive above town

The Almanac Barcelona has a small basement fitness center and spa, however it’s crowning glory is its rooftop terrace full with a bijou pool – not lengthy sufficient for laps however a welcome addition in the summertime months. The Azimuth terraced cocktail bar is a giant hit with each resort friends and locals, who flock right here on summer season weekends to take pleasure in dwell music and DJ units.

The west aspect of the terrace gives Instagram-worthy views of the Sagrada Família, though the seating preparations are immaterial with a sundown that has such a spectacular cocooning impact. 

The rooftop at the Almanac Barcelona

There’s a restaurant right here too, with each indoor and al fresco eating, serving Spanish-Mexican dishes with a pan-Asian twist. Specialities embrace grilled octopus with Peruvian huacatay salsa, Yucatán-style slow-roasted pork and tangy vegetable tacos, in addition to classics corresponding to natural Iberian ham and patates braves. 

The Almanac rooftop pool

The little additional

Attempt the resort’s personal model of cava, produced in an area winery known as Torelló, house to winegrowers because the 14th century. 

In the event you’ve booked a late flight house, the resort provides you with entry to a non-public bathe room lengthy after check-out, so you’re recent on arrival.

Almanac Barcelona’s Foodie Package deal begins from €2,040 for 2 individuals, based mostly on two nights in an Almanac Room. Companies topic to availability and date affirmation.