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The extraordinary El Palauet hotel, Barcelona

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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 Modernisme (the sumptuous Catalan version of Art Nouveau). Its architect, Pere Falqués, is also known for his ornate lampposts jutting from ceramic tile benches that are sidewalk landmarks at the Passeig de Gràcia. He was a contemporary of Antoni Gaudí whose acclaimed buildings are nearby.

The facade of El Palauet reflects the great prosperity, creative genius, and unbridled imagination of the era.  ‘Palauet’, in the Catalan language, is a small palau or palace. 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 median with gardens and sculptures – Gaudi’s undulating Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is just three blocks away.

The luxury hotel has six two-bedroom, two-bath apartment-style suites that accommodate up to four people. Similar in layout, the suites feature a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, stellar contemporary furnishings and state-of-the-art technology throughout.

There are two suites to a floor with a common foyer off the lift. The Passeig de Gràcia Suites have balconies and face east overlooking the tree-lined boulevard. On the opposite side of the building, the Tibidabo Suites have a small private terrace
and face west overlooking the Monastery of Pompeya and, in the distance, the top of Tibidabo Mountain.

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 modernsleek works are in the permanent collection of MoMA New York.

Space-age Corian seamless surfaces have embedded illuminated decorative patterns that mimic original modernista design motifs
found in the same suites.

EL Palauet, Passeig de Gràcia 113, 08008 Barcelona, elpalauet.com

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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April 8, 2013 | Barcelona Spain Travel | View comments

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