Situated in the heart of L’Eixample, a vibrant district of Barcelona known for its broad streets and modernist architecture, the Hotel Alma is close to many of the Catalan capital’s best bars and restaurants, as well as a host of cultural institutions – including Gaudi’s stunning Sagrada Familia. Set on tree-lined Carrer de Mallorca, this super-stylish abode is an ideal inner city retreat whether you’re here on business or for pleasure.
Boasting a sleek, long rectangular pool – perfect for doing a few laps each morning – the spa at Alma Hotel is a serene sanctuary in this bustling city. Flanked by day beds, it forms part of a space that includes a sauna, gym with cardiovascular and TRX suspension training equipment, and treatment rooms for a spot of pampering during your stay. Japanese reiki, reflexology and a range of massages and beautifying rituals are all on offer.
Housed within a beautifully restored 1940s building, the rooms here are artfully laid out, featuring comfy armchairs and space to relax and unwind. Wooden floors, large windows that let in ample sunlight, and minimalist white bathrooms all create a feeling of understated luxury. There’s a range of room options, including suites that are immaculately designed, with leather reclining chairs, a terrace and chic furnishings throughout.
Nearby Passeig de Gracia is lined with boutiques, and Zara, Mango and Camper are the place to go for a local look. After hitting the shops, the lounge here is perfect for a spot of reading, and the gardens invite you to enjoy some peace and quiet. You won’t stay still for long though, as local attractions include Gaudi’s incredible Sagrada Familia church and his unique Casa Milà. Venture further and the colourful mosaics of Park Güell or the musical performances at concert hall Palau Música Catalana are sure to give you that cultural fix.
Renowned chef Sergio Humada puts a modern spin on Mediterranean cuisine at Alma’s delectable restaurant, which also has tables out in the garden. Decorated like mini works of art, the dishes use the freshest ingredients, and include the likes of salmon tartare, and pasta with Catalan black sausage and egg. To kick-start your evening (or round it off!) be sure to order a hand-crafted cocktail from the bar’s expert staff, who can also fix you up with a homemade limoncello.
Calle Mallorca 2718008BarcelonaSpain