New Edition Hotel to Open in Barcelona

By Paul Joseph

Renowned hotelier Ian Schrager’s rising global influence has landed in Spain with the arrival of his newest venture in his growing hotel empire, The Barcelona EDITION.

Billed as an intimate and sophisticated boutique-style environment, the new hotel will boast an enviable locale in El Born, the city’s creative hub in the centre of the famed Ciutat Vella district, within fifteen minutes of the beach

Having undergone a complete revamp by Carlos Ferrater Studio, what was once an outdated property has been transformed into a contemporary, glass-fronted monument

With 100 rooms and suites, three restaurants, two bars, a roof terrace with plunge pool and a buzzing lobby, the hotel offers a dynamic social hub where guests and visitors can work, relax, socialise and dine all under one roof.

The hotel’s public spaces have neen designed to be a buzz of activity day and night, starting with the lobby. Guests are greeted by a spectacular double-height lobby space dominated by a striking, sapphire blue Eric Schmitt chandelier and a selection of timeless furniture pieces originally designed by Catalan masters, Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí

To the right, a black marble and walnut wood reception desk reminiscent of an abstract sculpture piece dominates the reception and concierge area. To the left, an eclectic and sophisticated lobby lounge area invites guests to enjoy a more laid-back ambience set against the backdrop of the dynamic bar-restaurant.

There’s also an informal all-day dining restaurant overseen, alongside the hotel’s two further dining concepts, by partner chef and founder of the global movement ‘Cooking in Motion’, Sebastián Mazzola, formerly creative director of the Adrià Group.

Meanwhile a fresh incarnation of The London EDITION’s award-winning Punch Room will occupy the mezzanine floor, adapted to suit the Barcelona zeitgeist. Accessed by a spiral staircase of steel, marble and wood, the space overlooks the main lobby and dining area and offers an extensive menu of long drinks, punches and sangrias, as well as a curated menu of individual cocktails.

For those with a sporting streak, a Castilian style billiard table with golden cloth welcomes guests into a space enclosed by oak panelled walls which are complimented by a rich dark oak checkerboard floor.

A black granite fireplace combined with sophisticated leather and green velvet furniture pieces adds further to the warmth of the space, while a collection of photos by local artist Andrea Torres are framed along the walls, flanked by wall sconces and antique free-standing lamps.

Then there's the Roof, located on the 10th floor and offering an unparalleled panoramic view over the city along with food and drinks served all day to residents and visitors alike.

Edition Hotels is part of Marriott International, an American hospitality company that manages and franchises a broad portfolio of hotels across the world.

An American entrepreneur, hotelier and real estate developer, Ian Schrager is often associated with co-creating of the Boutique Hotel category of accommodation. Originally. He originally gained fame as co-founder of the iconic Studio 54 night spot in New York.

By Paul Joseph