If you’ve ever set foot in one of the EDITION properties around the world, you know that you’re in for a luxurious treat. And the minute you step into their newest property The Barcelona EDITION, this all becomes clear. On the edge of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter sits a grand building that is home to the latest project from Ian Schrager. Design led and stylish too (extremely stylish, in fact) but with a conscience, their commitment to being a sustainable tourist destination is apparent, their Stay Plastic Free initiative means single-use plastics won’t be found here.
The Barcelona EDITION: The Rooms
What the EDITION does well is seamlessly blend whatever town their in with high quality design. For instance, the swatches of walnut which are reminiscent of shutters found in the Old Town. Every square inch of the hotel feels bespoke and the attention to detail really is – just as you’d expect – off the charts. The perfectly formed rooms, of which are are 100, err slightly on the small side but are no exception. This is a lesson in considered but understated design and manages to achieve the difficult balance between cool and comfy – it’s just the kind of place to retreat to and enjoy a couple of hours with a book before heading back out on the town.
The clean lines of walnut, white marble and brass accents add an air familiarity of the EDITION collection, as does a welcome dose of quirk – from the locally designed chair at the desk, the Catalan artworks adorning the walls and a gold baroque mirror in the bathroom. The spec just tops it off perfectly with a Bang & Olufsen bluetooth speaker on the bedside table, a minimalist Jacob Jensen phone and a range of lighting modes to set the mood.
The Barcelona EDITION: The Food
With several options based at the hotel, you needn’t look too far for some of that delicious Barcelona cuisine you have heard about. For a more casual dining experience head to Bar Veraz where highlights like Pan Con Tomate and the super tasty burrata, will leave you satisfied. Or try the epic brunch option.
If you’re after a real experience, you’ve got to book into Cabaret. Billed as an ‘unexpected twist to traditional dining in Barcelona’ the evening promises dinner with a side of entertainment. Now, I wouldn’t want to ruin the experience for you by revealing too much, but If you’ve ever wanted to take an intergalactic voyage while sipping on and eating some of the most delicious cuisine, then look no further. The courses are themed by colours, think purple octopus with beetroot or the yellow desert with yuzu and mango. I really shouldn’t say much more, you simply have to try it out for yourself.
The Barcelona EDITION: The Location
Barcelona’s Gothic quarter with its narrow medieval streets is jam packed with history as well as bars and some of the best Catalan restaurants the city has to offer. Turn right when you exit the hotel to visit Mercat de Santa Caterina for some of the best local produce Barcelona has to offer. In five minutes you’ll be at the spectacular Cathedral of Barcelona and in fifteen minutes you’ll be at the cities beaches.
The rather fabulous rooftop pool. The roof, with Latin American and Asian touches is the perfect place to soak up the sun with a glass of orange wine. And, if you’re lucky enough to be there on a Sunday, you’ve got to make it to one of their rooftops Sunday sunset sessions. This is where good music, good views and good vibes all go perfectly together.
The Need to Know:
Address: Avinguda Francesc Cambo 14, Ciutat Vella, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Star Rating: 5
Check out: 11:00
The bathroom at the Barcelona EDITION.
The bar area at Cabaret.
The Punch Room.
The staircase entrance at the Barcelona EDITION.
The Roof at the Barcelona EDITION.
A guest room at the Barcelona EDITION.
The root top at the Barcelona EDITION.
The Punch Room at the Barcelona EDITION.