Design Destination: Apple Of Spain – Hotel Arts BarcelonaAuthor:Abigail Stone
Hotel Arts Barcelona’s new iLounge supports the business traveler with a sleek functional space. In partnership with Apple and modeled after an Apple Store, the space taps into the store’s familiar sleek iconography to create a workspace that feels immediately inviting to travelers far from home. Dark wood desk surfaces, marble floors, modern lights, high-top workstations and Mac desktops are peppered throughout an open plan workspace designed to encourage creativity and connection. The sleek upgrade positions the iconic hotel as a destination that supports the needs of our increasingly networked world.
Representing the first partnership between a Spanish hotel and the brand, the iLounge is set within one of Spain’s architectural masterpieces. Created by architect Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and completed in 1994, it is the tallest building in Barcelona. Almost a quarter of a century later its hard modernist exterior, which opens to a soft and inviting interior, is still arresting with its 44 stories of blue glass and exposed steel soaring high above the city’s famous beaches.
Accomodations range from plush suite to multiple story apartments all with breathtaking views and amenities to match. The hotel’s pool offers guests the chance to sunbathe within close proximity of Frank Gehry’s golden fish-like sculpture created for the 1992 Olympic Games while a spa, on the 43rd floor of the hotel, offers an soaring experience for mind and body alike.
With six restaurants and bars tucked within the hotel, serving everything from light, informal breakfasts and lunches to exceptional Catalan cuisine and tapas, venturing out beyond the hotel’s borders to eat and drink seems almost superfluous yet its location makes gastronomical exploration as easy as a short walk. Neaby dining spots include Bar Bas, BistrEau and El Nacional. For the culturally ravenous, Barcelona offers museums, galleries and shopping that skillfully showcase the city’s diverse history. Of course, the work of its native son, Antonio Gaudi, is as essential to the city’s heart as its beautiful beaches and late-night lifestyle; don’t miss Casa Batlló, Casa Milà or Sagrada Familia.
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