I’ll be honest, coming back from Spain wasn’t easy. The weather was fantastic, the locations we visited were stunning and the brands we got to meet were a treat. I was invited, along with several other online media colleagues, by the Spanish Design Association to participate in the #SunnyDesignDays that brought us to visit several cities and design brands all over Spain. The aim was to have a comprehensive, actually, immersive experience of Spanish design in all its beauty. Please note that even though the trip was sponsored, all opinions are my own.
A definite all-round favorite, not only according to me but to the New York Times Style Magazine as well, was the Alexandra Barcelona. The experience was sublime, and I’m so sad that I didn’t record a video of the whole experience but that’s a reason to go back for sure.
The hotel is located in the beautiful ‘Eixample’ neighborhood walking distance to the works of Gaudi’ minus the feeling of being surrounded by tourists despite being one of them. The neighborhood was designed over 140 years ago by Ildefons Cerda, with the idea in mind to have a clean new city with lots of green and fresh air. It is characterized by a grid pattern where long streets are crossed by wide avenues that allow for a variety of inner courtyards-patio-gardens where you can quietly sink in the beautiful architecture that surrounds you. And that’s exactly where the Hotel Alexandra hides their beautiful swimming pool. Oh, the pool. When I first walked to the terrace I felt like it was a secret gem. The design of the terrace is the perfect balance between green and function where the minimalist pool, reminiscent of the sea in Mallorca meets the city.
The hotel itself was beautifully thought, from the bright welcoming hall, the front-facing marble bar to the rooms each different from one another and I haven’t mentioned my room yet. I was lucky enough to have a terrace with a bath tub looking at the Barcelona skyline. Have I mentioned I had a bathtub on the terrace? I didn’t have the time to enjoy any of it because of the packed schedule but I loved waking up, walking out the terrace barefoot taking in the sunshine whilst having the first cup of coffee. The decor of the hotel itself was really tasteful, the color palette was filled with muted earthy tones topped by several details from brands part of the Spanish Design Association like Marset and Sancal. One thing that really struck a chord with me was the custom tile work that you could see around the Solomillo restaurant which is part of the hotel. (A note for the vegetarian friends out there: despite it being ‘Charcutería y Carne al Peso’ meaning that it specializes in meat, there’s plenty of tapas options – don’t worry, you’ll leave feeling full and happy, I promise!)
The staff was another one of the reasons behind the great experience, especially the managing director Carolina – her attention to detail, spirit and presence were impeccable. Everybody else was welcoming (I got greeted by a warm cookie, yes, seriously) with a great positive attitude. After the first morning the waiter already knew my coffee order. Seriously! And that’s an example, at least for me, of the little attentions that can make or break an experience.