For me, staying at El Palauet Living Barcelona means living as an insider. It offers the exclusivity of a discrete boutique hotel combined with the privacy of a luxury appartment or spacious suite. From the first night you will soon feel at ease and get used to being in the heart and my favourite area of city, within walking distance to everywhere. It is not about exploring Barcelona when you leave the hotel to visit the city highlights, but it is actually about “living Barcelona” already, from the first second when you cross the entrance of El Palauet. Barcelona is actually inside of the hotel too.
AT A GLANCE
Located on Barcelona’s most exclusive boulevard at Passeig de Gràcia 113, this five-story palatial mansion, built in 1906, is an extraordinary example of Modernism. Its architect, Pere Falqués, is also known for his ornate lampposts jutting from ceramic tile benches that are sidewalk landmarks on Passeig de Gràcia. He was a contemporary of Antoni Gaudí, whose acclaimed buildings are nearby, like La Pedrera, only three blocks south. The facade of El Palauet reflects the great prosperity, creative genius, and unbridled imagination of the era.
It is located just north of the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia and a main artery called Avinguda Diagonal, where the boulevard narrows into a charming tree-lined street divided by a parkway with gardens and sculptures.
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
21st-century ultra-modern decor and luxuries harmonize with the preserved 1906 modernista (Art Nouveau) artistry of this landmark building. Forty-five original ceilings with ornate molding designs are listed as historic treasures by the Town Hall of Barcelona. Superb carved-wood doors, stained-glass windows, mosaic tiles, wrought iron ornamentation, dramatic staircases and the traditional elevator have all been meticulously restored.
Masterful interior decor features contemporary pieces by an array of award-winning designers: Charles and Ray Eames, Ero Saarinen, Warren Platner, Arne Jacobsen, Mies van der Rohe, Philippe Starck, and Antonio Citterio (“less is more”) whose sleek works are in the permanent collection of MoMA New York.