Already one week passed by since I arrived back from my trip to Barcelona for my new editorial travel #mbf_barcelona. I'm already on my next travel but I want to take the chance to share my impressions of the visit at the Mercer Hotel today, where we went for lunch and a hotel tour..
The hotel is actually very new. It opened in 2012 after a long renovation, which took 6 years. The architect is very famous and no other than Rafael Moneo, who also won the Prince of Astoria award in the same year. He designed the whole hotel with a total 28 rooms.
The directions of the rooms are different from their views. This comes from the fact, that the architect tried to make it possible that all the light from outside is used for the rooms.
The hotel has an accessible terrace which is only opened for guests. Also there is a small pool and a rooftop garden, combined with a panorama view and a small garden on the ground floor. The hotel used to be a roman palace and some of the original parts, per example walls, are still taken.
The yard on the ground floor is small but still has orange trees in the yard and jasmine in the wall, which causes a strong smell in summer. Stationed on the ground floor there is also a cocktail bar, restaurant and bistro. The cocktail bar is opened from 5PM-12AM. The restaurant is opened for lunch and dinner. A highlight is also that the chef has a Michelin star.
Due the timing of our visit we ate at the bistro with a wide menu. A lot of the menu is inspired by fresh and local food. The bistro is open from noon to midnight and collects a lot of tapas and typical Spanish food which is all fresh and on a good price range. Also vegan options were available. Compared to the restaurant the bistro is more casual and gives a connection between city and hotel, which is a great and interesting influence.
It was a great visit. Thanks to the Mercer hotel for the lovely invitation and the tour through the hotel. Since the big game that weekend the hotel was sadly completely booked out, so there was no room to take photos that time. Hopefully next time we can have a chance to explore more of this hotel.