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El Palauet: Visiting Barcelona Like an A-Lister

El Palauet: Visiting Barcelona Like an A-Lister

I might as well warn you. One vacation to this gorgeous Catalan city is usually all it takes to make you desire it, again and again.

With its endless list of hip bars, inspiring food, whimsical architecture and people who know how to carpe the heck out of every diem, Barcelona gets under your skin, provokes a commitment, makes you consider a permanent address.

So here’s what I suggest. Stay in a place that feels like home. A place that oozes everything that’s cool about Barcelona.

Stay at El Palauet, a five-star boutique hotel right on Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona’s leafy answer to Rodeo Drive.

El Palauet is where you’d stay if you’re Madonna or Neil Patrick Harris or Lin-Manuel Miranda. Here’s why:

1. It has a fascinating history. Designed in 1906 by the famed architect, Pere Falqués, El Palauet (it means “little palace” in Catalan) is a stunning example of Barcelona’s Art Nouveau architecture. Original stained glass, molded ceilings, carved wooden doors, decorative ironwork and dramatic staircases have all been painstakingly preserved. And each of the boutique hotel’s six suites feature high ceilings, ornate balconies and sleek contemporary furnishings by Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio and other designers who can also be found in the permanent collection of MoMa New York.

2. Did I say suites? They’re really more like apartments. Each of El Palauet’s six offerings rings in at a whopping 1600-square feet and has a fully-stocked kitchen, dining room, living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

3. George Jetson would feel right at home. You’ll be grateful that each suite also comes with a personal assistant, because well, the technology is so space age that, unless you’re Steve Jobs, you might need help. There are mirrors that turn into TV’s, bathroom lighting that adjusts to suit your mood and iPads that control everything from the lamps to the air-conditioning to the in-house music system.

4. You don’t need a cab. La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s Unesco World Heritage Site and the one must-see on every tourist itinerary, is a short fifteen-minute walk. Other Gaudí masterpieces, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo, are also in the neighborhood. And if Gaudí’s name doesn’t excite you, add these neighbors to your Christmas card list: Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Louis Vuitton.


5. You can be famous without anyone noticing. From the rooftop terrace where you can soak in a hot tub, lounge on chic white leather sofas or sauna the day away, you can look out over your newly-appointed city without anyone noticing. And if you really want anonymity, you can come and go through a discreet back door entrance.

6. Your wish is their command. Your personal assistant has a little black book with gourmet chefs from around the city who are just waiting to come to your suite to prepare meals. Or if you need babysitting, a hair dresser or a personal shopping spree, one call is all it takes.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


A Historic Barcelona Hotel’s Modern-Day Romantic Makeover

Hotel decor has really stepped into the spotlight over the past six years, and boutique hotels are sprouting up in quaint towns and metropolitan cities, offering a more intimate, curated, and tailored customer service experience to make you feel like you’re home away from home. When I pulled up to the large and grand doors of El Palauet hotel along the busy street of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona’s trendy shopping district, the emphasis on design was quite clear. And after getting a tour from the staff, the emphasis on the customer was even more so.

During a birthday trip to Barcelona this past spring, three girlfriends and I stayed at the stunningly beautiful El Palauet. Having seen this hotel and its unique design aesthetic featured in multiple design and travel publications as the “Must Stay” place in Spain, we couldn’t wait to explore the hotel’s decor and receive a personal tour from the incredibly friendly staff.

The hotel underwent a two-year renovation process, during which time all the rooms were completely updated and equipped with modern appliances and resources fit for the modern age. But because El Palauet is considered a historical treasure, a few original elements went untouched, including the 45 original ceilings and the original wood banisters and railings, which date back to 1906. Even the original green glass that was used along the wall one of the main offices was still there and in tact.

You’re immediately transported back through time when you enter through two grand wooden doors fitted with stained glass windows and ride up the vintage elevator shaft to the six romantic suites. Large doors give way to stunningly modern white rooms bathed in sunlight from all sides, including a massive couch in the living room where, believe me when I say, an epic selfie-session went down. Modern white leather furniture stands out against walls and ceilings that feature the original crown molding from the building’s original design. Gorgeous glass tables, stainless steel kitchen counters, and bedroom terraces with mosaic tiled floors complete the incredible suites.


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