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Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona offers avant-garde luxury at the city’s most exclusive address. This exciting hotel pairs the legendary hospitality of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Barcelona with the inimitable character that has made Barcelona one of Europe’s foremost travel destinations.

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona is housed in the re-development of an elegant mid-20th Century building. The 98 room hotel offers highly stylized and spectacularly creative interiors by internationally renowned Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. Each of its stylish guest rooms and exquisitely designed suites showcase enduring contemporary design which incorporate subtle reflections of the Group’s oriental heritage.
Well, it is serious, people, because it’s showcasing the talents of rising star Raül Balam (son of multi-starred Carme Ruscalleda who oversees the restaurant and comes in every Thursday), who earned a star within minutes of arrival. His cooking, like that of his mother, is pure, delicate, extremely precise, yet exploding with flavour. If you want to taste a pea, a potato, or an artichoke as God intended, or tuck into upgraded Catalan classics such as escudella(Christmas stew) or arroz caldoso (rice broth), few places do it better.