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.