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Tuesday
Dec282010

A Mandarin in Barcelona

Walking on a chilly afternoon down Barcelona's famous boulevard Passeig de Gràcia was the perfect moment to find refuge from the elements inside the extremely chic Mandarin Oriental Hotel, designed by Patricia Urquiola. I had heard wonders about its design and impressive interiors, but there is nothing like experiencing it in person —trust me, it's gorgeous. The actual exterior of the building does't prepare your for the majestic atrium that opens up as you walk through a floating bridge that leads you to the lobby.

After drooling over the zen lobby, we then lounged at the award-winning Blanc restaurant, a stunning double-height space with a dramatic glass roof. The restaurant is decorated in beautiful shades of white, light grays and a very interesting selection of furnishings. But what really caught my attention was the suspended sculptural panels that framed the space, making such a big room quite intimate. It was really the perfect spot to relax and enjoy drinks and a delicious dessert. If you're ever in this part of the world, you must put this hotel in your list of must-see places — and by the way, try their Pineapple soup, a very scrumptious dessert.

Images by George Apostolidis via Mandarin Oriental Barcelona 
Images 12-13 © TheDesignerPad

Reader Comments (3)

Seriously in love with that bathroom!!!!

Dec 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Oh wow - I love it....wish I knew about it when I went - Next time!!

Jan 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarlenni
I was in Barcelona and I must say that it is the most beautiful city I ever was in!

Desine and architecture are awesome all around the town!
Oct 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBigger

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