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Serras Barcelona: Picasso’s first studio becomes luxury hotel

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This 19th-century building in Barcelona‘s celebrated Gothic quarter was home to Pablo Picasso’s first studio, where he painted Ciencia y Caridad in 1897. It has since been restored to create a chic 30-room hotel, which opens in January.

Situated on Passeig de Colom, a three minute walk from Las Ramblas, the Serras is the first five star property on the waterfront in central Barcelona. It overlooks both the Gothic Old Town and Port Vell Marina, which has recently undergone a €125 million renovation and is now one of the most glamourous in Spain. Soho House Barcelona is also soon to launch just along from the hotel, a further sign that this is now a major hotspot in the city.

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Spanish designer Eva Martinez has designed the interiors by creating an elegant and fresh feel, with a look combining current New York and modern Catalan styles. Martinez has incorporated significant local influences into the design, for instance exquisite hydraulic tiles, traditionally used as flooring in the homes of Barcelona play a central role as headboards of the beds, with varying motifs depicting different areas of the city. The Spanish designer has also integrated iron and wood to reflect the district’s industrial past.

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Despite its seaside location, few hotels have notable outdoor space in Barcelona, the Serras, by contrast, has a beautiful rooftop overlooking the marina with a small pool and an informal bar, serving drinks and a selection of sharing plates, including ceviche.

The Serras Hotel Barcelona, Passeig de Colom, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain, hoteltheserrasbarcelona.com

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January 16, 2015 | Barcelona Europe Spain Travel Western Europe | View comments

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