If you are lucky enough to visit Barcelona, Spain, during a city-wide festival, staying at a luxury hotel overlooking the Catalan capitol’s main square, Placa de Catalunya, is certainly an unparalleled spot for viewing (and easily accessing) the celebrations.
I was in town for the largest event of the year, Festes de la Merce, which honors the city’s patron saint, the Virgin de la Merce. With festivities and parades over the weekend, Iberostar Paseo de Gracia was a prime home base.
Sophisticated and stately, the property has a lot to celebrate on its own, as it is the brand’s first hotel in Barcelona. Opened in early 2018, this newly refurbished historical landmark was constructed more than 70 years ago, before leading other lives as a hotel and a bank. It features a neoclassical facade, created with local stone, while the building’s tower showcases neobaroque design and sculptures by artist Frederic Mares.
Located in the affluent Paseo de Gracia neighborhood, the hotel is ideally situated for tourists, as it’s a short walk to many of the city’s main attractions, such as Antoni Gaudi’s famous Casa Batllo, the Gothic Quarter, the city’s Las Ramblas and a variety of buzzing restaurants. There are shopping options galore, with a massive department store, a supermarket and plenty of boutiques just steps away.