This luxury 5 star rated hotel is ideally located for tourists and business people alike set in the centre of Barcelona and only a short stroll from the Placa de Catalunya Metro Station Le Méridien offers easy access to some of the city’s finest restaurants, bars, museums, local culture and its rich and diverse tourist attractions. Nearby attractions include the Gothic Quarter, Batlló House, Cafe de l'Opera, Camp nou, Liceu and Placa de Catalunya , Barcelona Cathedral and Palau de la Musica Catalana .The hotel provides 230 guestrooms offering a wide choice of accommodation types, a spa and wellness centre, sauna, jacuzzi, massage service, coffee bar, restaurant, currency exchange and for family guests a child minding service.
There are four different room types on offer including Deluxe Rooms with artistic details throughout enthused by local renowned architect Antoni Gaudi. Each room offers 27 square metres of space, a King Size Le Méridien bed with the finest cotton sheets, hypoallergenic foam and feather pillows, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room refreshment centre, 30 channel flat screen television, iPod docking station, Wi-Fi internet connection, choice of rain shower or deep soaking bathtub and complimentary slippers and bathrobes.
Deluxe Rooms with fantastic vistas over Barcelona’s most well-known street “Las Ramblas” are also available and are beautifully decorated in a contemporary style including scarlet leather and Antoni Gaudi details throughout as well as eco-friendly lighting. These rooms are also equipped to the same high levels as the standard Deluxe Rooms and leaves guests wanting for nothing during their stay.
Junior Suites offer a luxurious space (45 square metres) with an easy chair, sofa and coffee table for socializing there's also original artworks by local artist Jaume Amigó on display, The rooms are tastily furnished with quality fittings, fixtures and the latest technology such as large flat screen television with a choice of 8 languages, pay to view movies, iPod docking station, Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making facilities. Comfortable king-size or twin Le Méridien beds with a selection of pillows ensure a refreshing night’s sleep, bathrooms contain large soaker tubs and separate showers and a selection of quality bath and beauty products with complimentary slippers and indulgent fluffy bathrobes.
The largest room types on offer are the 56 square metre Family Suites designed for complete relaxation with its contemporary use of space with original furnishings and paintings by local artist Jaume Amigó. The centre piece of each Family Suite is the twin or king size Le Méridien bed with its sumptuous mattress, plump pillows and down duvet which guarantee a peaceful nights relaxation. You'll expect to find a large flat screen television, refreshment centre offering beverages and snacks and high speed Wi-Fi connections. Spacious bathrooms featuring separate shower and deep soaker tuns with exotic Cinq Mondes beauty products help create a spa-like occurrence. To keep the kids quiet you will also find hidden away a Wii video game console,.
A highlight of any stay at the Le Méridien is the Fitness Centre located on the ground floor and open 24 hours a day it is fitted out with a complete range of the latest equipment including steps, exercise bikes, treadmills, free weights, elliptical trainers, Kinect devices and to ensure you make the most of your stay personal trainers.
After a hard work out try the Urban Oasis with its separate steam room, sauna, vitality bath and an open terrace with sun loungers with great views over the busy Boulevard of Las Ramblas. Located on the sixth floor is the popular Spa Studio offering a number of body treatments such as hot stone massage, discovery massage, skin rejuvenation with aromatic exfoliation and express revitalizing massage to name but a few.
The hotel offers a fine dining experience with a wonderful menu at the CentOnze restaurant using the freshest local produce. For an evening drink try the Longitude Bar 02º 10' or the Le Pop Cocktail Bar which serves up some of the finest cocktails in Barcelona.
For business clientele the Le Méridien offers a 238 square metre banquet and conference centre catering for 126 attendees with 7 meeting rooms fully equipped with the latest high tech equipment and a dedicated team of business meeting specialists. To complete the business package the hotel offers a full culinary experience to meet the requirements of all attendees.
The hotel also offers the following services: Airport Shuttle from the hotel, Concierge, Dry Cleaning, Currency Exchange, Laundry Service or Self Laundry, 24 Hour Reception, Lift/Elevator, Babysitting/ Child Services, Parking.
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There are lots of things to do in Barcelona but it depends on your main interests and type of vacation you are seeking. It is a city steeped in history and culture and if sight-seeing is what you like doing then you won’t be disappointed. Barcelona is famous for the extraordinary architecture of Antonio Gaudi; many of his buildings can be seen around the city. The most well-known and inspiring can be located along “Passieg De Gracia” where you will find:
Known locally as “The Quarry” ( La Pedera), its nickname originates from the fortress-like stony exterior of the building, derided at the time but today it is seen for what it is a brilliant piece of architecture. In 1996 the entire building underwent a restoration program with the attic being used to display drawings and maps of the building. One of the studios was refurbished to how it was at the time of the beginning of the 20th century. La Pedrera is lodged in a corner block and its outlandish façade is in stark contrast to the more traditional neighbouring properties. It is a totally unique piece of architecture and it seems to have been sculptured rather than built using traditional methods of construction. The rooftop is amazing to see with its group of chimney stacks carefully restored and dwelling on a rolling surface mimicking the arches of the attic beneath. The rooftop offers tremendous vistas of the local neighbourhood and port.
This colourful remodelled 19th century construction is one of the countless masterpieces by Guaudi to be viewed in Barcelona. Built between 1904 and 1906 this modernist building with its distinctive interiors and extraordinary exteriors is a key characteristic in the style of architecture in Barcelona. The façade looks like it has been constructed from “skulls and bones” but in fact the skulls are balconies and the supporting pillars are the bones. Guidi loved to use colours in his designs and gained inspiration the colours found in the marine environment. The building was conceived for a wealthy aristocrat Josep Batlló and his family who resided in the lower floors while the upper levels were rented out. This building is a spectacular and unique piece of work and well worth visiting to see the brilliance of the man.
La Sagrada Familia Basilica
In the centre of Barcelona you will find “La Sagrada Familia Basilica” visited by millions of people every year who flock to see what is considered to be Gaudi’s most celebrated work. This truly is a stupendous piece of architecture and this huge Basilica has been under construction since 1882 with still many years left before completion. Today the Basilica is surrounded with much controversy with the modern use of materials being used which many feel is out of keeping with Gaudi’s original intents. When you visit the Basilica it’s easy to see the differences in the colour of the stone used between the back and front of the buildings. There is a notable difference in the style of construction used between the old and newer parts. The present design is a combination of various versions of the misplaced plans and recent adaptations.
The building is still under construction so you will see a lot of construction work be carried out when you visit. Despite all the disagreement encompassing the Sagrada Familia it is a truly magnificent building and a highlight of any trip to Barcelona.
The Barcelona Cathedral
One of Barcelona’s main attractions is without doubt the Cathedral, due partly to the accessibility but more so for its outstanding striking architecture. Constructed in Gothic style between the 13th and 15th century’s it was actually built on top of the cathedrals forerunners dating back to Roman times. It can be easily reached down the busiest shopping street in Barcelona “Portal de la Angel”. Like the majority of Gothic style cathedrals it is adorned with some beautiful stained glass windows in intricate fine detail. Undoubtedly the chapel located along its edge and in the hidden cloister is one of the main tourist attractions. The cloister is on the right hand side of the cathedral and entry can be gained from the outside or the inside of the cathedral. The cloister has a wonderful peaceful garden fall of delightful variety of plants and marvelousness Gothic sculptures.
The Spanish Village
The “Spainish Village” showing building styles from all over Spain is one of the most popular tourist’s attractions. Its 117 traditional Spanish buildings are firstly an outdoor open-air museum that was constructed for the 1929 world exhibition and should have been demolished after the exhibition. But so popular was the village that the population of Barcelona prevented this from happening. The displays show the typical various regional differences in building styles such as “Andalusion”, “Castile”, “Aragon” “Basque Country”, “Extremadura” and “Catalonia”. As is typical of Spainish towns and villages the varying groups of buildings are assembled around the main square near the large entrance gate. You have the opportunity to purchase fine examples of local products such as ceramics, textiles, leather goods, enamel and works of art. Recently revamped the village has 5 schools, 20 shops and 17 bars and cafes so there’s always plenty to see and do.
Barcelona FC Tour
The highlight for any football fan must be a tour of the famous Barcelona Football Club and its museum. It is one of Barcelona’s top ten tourist destinations with over one million visitors every year. The FC Barcelona museum was opened on 24 September 1984 with recent restructuring taking place in 2010 to better explain the history, success and values of the club. To learn about the history of the club there is a huge touch screen that allows each visitor to learn at their own leisure about the Club and its many titles and trophies won. On display are the six cups won in an incredible season of achievement, there are also display cabinets showing the statues and pictures of some of the Clubs great players. There are 2 options available for the visitor, one ticket allows you entrance to the stadium and museum or a dual ticket that allows entry behind the scenes including the changing rooms, press areas and the VIP lounge.
The Picasso Museum
For anyone interested in art then the Picasso Museum is a must see, occupying five large residences or palaces on the “Carrer de Montcada”. The original palaces were constructed during the 13th to 15th centuries and underwent a number of refurbishments, the most important taking place during the 18th century. The palaces are fine examples of Catalan Gothic style and are a fitting place to hold the collection of the great man’s work. More than 3,800 works of art spanning many years form the backbone of the collection on display and show the brilliance of the young artist. As per the artists wishes the majority of his work is housed in Barcelona which know boasts the finest collection of one of the 20th century’s most noteworthy artists.
L' Aquarium de Barcelona
The most influential marine leisure and education focal point devoted to Mediterranean undersea life can be found at the impressive “L’Aquàrium de Barcelona” in the city’s old harbour district of Port Vell. It is a great attraction for young and old alike with more than 14 million visitors walking through the doors since it first opened. There is a huge amount to view with 35 tanks exhibiting over 450 species and11, 000 animals in six million litres of water with a gigantic Oceanarium and a 80 metre long underwater tunnel for closer viewing of the creatures of the sea. There are 3 large water tanks each depicting a different marine environment with stunning fish, sharks and gorgeous corals. The highlight of any visit is the giant Oceanarium designed and maintained to create a self- sustaining Mediterranean eco system. View the array of differing life forms from the inside of a tunnel which runs along its entire length.
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