Barcelona is a city constantly abuzz. Heritage, modernity and art is interspersed throughout the chaotic streets, particularly Barcelona’s famed shopping street, Passeig de Gràcia. Acting as a microcosm of the vibrant, Barcelonian way of life, Passeig de Gràcia is a must-visit for any tourist.

Passeig de Gràcia is also an extremely convenient location from which to explore the district on foot, making a stay at a hotel in the heart of the street a way to maximise your vacation time. Monument Hotel is a boutique hotel on Passeig de Gràcia that promises a luxurious experience and respite from the city, making your Spanish sojourn a truly indulgent one.

Location

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Monument Hotel is situated within an old palace, Casa Enric Batlló, fully refurbished and restored. It’s antique visage is characteristic of neo-Gothic architecture. Neighbouring the hotel is an Hermès boutique, and you can access a slew of other stores, tapas bars, restaurants and malls on foot. The famed La Rambla pedestrian mall is nearby, as well as the Barcelonian Old Town if you’re keen on sightseeing. You can even walk to a nearby beach if you don’t mind the hike.

Room

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We stayed in the Junior Suite, which is framed by two French balconies. The design of the 32m² suite is minimalistic, yet chic — typical of boutique hotels. Exposed brick walls are paired with oak furnishings throughout the lounge and bedroom. The bathroom contrasts the general aesthetic. Instead of white and wood, you get sleek black tiles, a rain shower, and a designer bathtub acting as the focal point of the area. The understated luxury of the room carries itself down to the details, from the Egyptian linen sheets, to the Jo Malone bathroom amenities.

Dining

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Monument Hotel is home to Lasarte, a Michelin two-starred restaurant. Created by Martín Berasategui of San Sebastian fame, head chef Paolo Casagrande presents Berasategui’s contemporary take on French dishes and his own signatures within the menu.

If you fancy Mediterranean fare and Basque cuisine, visit Oria. Run by Berasategui, it is the place to dine for a hearty meal. The menu is packed with rice, pasta, meat and fish dishes, so you’re bound to leave full. Breakfast is also served at Oria, where the options are traditionally Spanish — cheese, cold cuts and omelettes galore. For cocktails, head over to Hall0. Martini mogul and bar icon Javier de las Muelas conceptualised the place to be a meeting point for guests and locals alike, so expect a spacious bar that serves delightful Spanish snacks and localised cocktails crafted by friendly mixologoists.

Facilities

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Aside from a simple gym where you can squeeze in a decent workout, there’s also a dry and wet sauna within the gym and a pool. Personal trainers are available on request. The hotel has a Wellness Centre, offering Balinese-style massages and beauty treatments with products from Valmont, a prestigious Swiss cosmetics firm. There’s also a florist within the hotel where guests can order bespoke flower bouquets, which is a massive perk if you’re celebrating something special during your stay.

Verdict

If you’re gunning for convenience during your Barcelona stint, but don’t want to compromise on luxury, the Monument Hotel is definitely the way to go.

A night at the Junior Suite starts €462.80 (S$701.79). Monument Hotel is part of the Preferred Hotels and Resorts group

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Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.