Mercer Hotel, Barcelona

The Mercer Hotel is tucked away in the atmospheric and historic gothic quarter of Barcelona. Away from the main tourist streets, there is a luxurious sense of calm and cool inside and around the grand building. The discreet and efficient reception desk staff ensured a speedy check-in and we were encouraged to speak to the well informed concierge who kindly checked all the places we were interested in visiting.

The rooms here are stylish and minimalist, design-led and blissfully comfortable. We were upgraded to an immaculate Junior Suite, room 104 to be precise, overlooking the indoor terrace of orange trees, a blissful retreat from the hot, busy Barcelona streets with a tranquil lounge area in which to sit and read your favourite book. The bedroom is spacious and indulgent, a smart four-poster bed with the softest white sheets and techy bedside lamps that illuminate with a special hand gesture. The wooden floor is homely but chic and matches the ‘relaxed luxury’ style of the room. The bathroom was my favourite, with infinitely more light than the rest of the suite, I could fully appreciate the décor. All white and smooth with a single red rose to scent the air. A glazed rain-effect shower and deep designer bath tub are heavenly alongside the fragrant Molton Brown miniatures and complimentary bath bomb.

If you’ve exhausted the local sightseeing, the rooftop terrace bar and pool is heaven on a hot day and the restaurant downstairs serves seasonal fine food. Each of the communal spaces at Mercer has an individual character – think atmospheric lighting, fresh flower bouquets, intelligent books, intriguing artwork… there is always something new to discover and admire. I noticed when wandering along the corridors that there is even a special fragrance in the air. It seems like an odd thing to say, but the hotel smelt delicious.

We ate breakfast in the courtyard, an oasis with the blue sky above and green plants all around. The table was immaculately set with white tablecloth, garden flowers, pretty crockery, bowls of fruit and a basket of freshly baked pastries. There was plenty of more extravagant hot dishes on offer but we found the array adequate along with a cappuccino and orange juice. It was as delicious as it was dainty.

I couldn’t bear to tear myself away from the Mercer Hotel, a beautifully serene and sophisticated place in the heart of buzzing Barcelona, it is the perfect city escape.

Book a stay at The Mercer Hotel here: www.mercerhotel.com

Many thanks to the Barcelona Tourist Board for their help with this trip, more information here.

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