A Place To Stay / Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

29th July 2016

The foyer of boutique Spanish design hotel, Hotel Alexandra Barcelona in Eixample district

Barcelona and all it’s magic seems like a world away now, so I can’t wait to relive the Sunny Design Days tour again with you, kicking off with the place we called home for three days – the Alexandra Barcelona Hotel. A boutique hotel with an avant garde, contemporary style, this is a hotel for design lovers, showcasing the best names in Spanish design in an environment that feels like home. Found in Paseo de Gracia, bustling shopping district of Eixample and a stones throw from Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, you couldn’t be in a more prominent place to explore the city and immerse yourself in local culture.

Stylish lighting at Hotel Alexandra, Barcelona

Solomillo Restaurant and Charcuterie at boutique hotel, Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Traditionally used as skirting, the “meaty” coloured custom glazed terracotta tiles are a contemporary nod to Spanish style.

Inside an historic 19th century building, the Alexandra is carving out a name as the hotel of Spanish design, slowing working its way through each space, updating and renovating weaving in pieces created by the best Spanish names. Starting with the recently opened charcuterie and bar on the ground floor and more intimate gastronomic brasserie upstairs, restaurant Solomillo puts a modern twist on traditional Spanish cuisine. Designed by Barcelona based architects Borrell Jover who also redesigned the pool terrace and several of the bedrooms inside the hotel, the charcuterie and brasserie (not pictured) create an intimate backdrop in which to sample a beautiful selection of cooked and cured meats, local cheeses and other fresh from the market produce.

Solomillo Restaurant and Charcuterie at boutique Barcelona hotel, hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Bar-top Funiculí lights by Marset, marble top by Cosentino.

Over two wonderful dinners at the restaurant with Borrell and Jover, they explained how they carefully selected each element for a timeless, contemporary feel; from the 7,300 “meaty” coloured glazed tiles, the Cosentino marble table tops, rugs by Nanimarquina, lighting by Marset and Santa & Cole and Expormim rattan Huma chairs. Phew! I’ll introduce you to these names very soon-you. will. LOVE. 

Pool terrace at the Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Outside, a luxury outdoor urban jungle awaits on the pool terrace. Using a series of layers to provide screening, this green oasis is divided up into two main areas-the bar and lounge and pool. Taking direction from the yellow bricks of the structure next door to the hotel, Borrell and Jover incorporated this into the terrace to blend into its surroundings, using brick to separate the ground floor rooms with a screen and lush planting, a bank of brick seating to separate the pool and then just beyond the pool, an organic vegetable and wild flower garden to screen the roof of an unsightly former cinema. The garden also provides produce for the hotel.

Pool terrace at the Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Pool terrace at the Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Pool terrace at the Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Pool terrace at the Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

Pool terrace garden at the Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

A glimpse into my room – overlooking the quiet terrace and tucked away from the city streets. With such a punishing busy schedule, I relished the secluded cocoon of this space with its warm, earthy Spanish tones, parquet flooring and concrete bathroom. When can I come back??

Superior room inside the Hotel Alexandra Barcelona in the Eixample district

Warm, earthy colours inside my bedroom, and the soothing shape of the Eclipse lamp by Objekto.

Photography © Tiffany Grant-Riley.

What a beautiful hotel . Sounds like an amazing tour.x

Looks beautiful – really serene and quiet, and like an adult-only space which this tired mum would LOVE to visit ha!

Ooh, that terrace looks inviting. Sounds like you had a great time. I’m not jealous really x

You photos are stunning. I went to Barca when I was about 19 and slept on a beach as I had no money. The dream is to go back and do it in style now I’m older enough to know better.

The outside space is beautiful! As is the inside, what a find!

Such a lovely hotel. I also read Jen at Love Chic Living’s post on it – love how you both have chosen to photograph different aspects – really have a great sense of what the space is like. Looking forward to your posts on the lighting and furniture designers.

Such a wonderful looking place, in one of my favourite parts of Barcelona. Oh to be there now! x

Stunning! Love that outdoor area especially and the furniture throughout is perfect. Very jealous indeed of your stay xx

It looks lovely and your images definitely make me want to visit Barcelona now! Looks and sounds like you had a brilliant trip x

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