First in a new series on Boutique Travel Blog, we are delighted to feature the Mercer Hotel Barcelona as our June, Hotel of the Month. We believe this is the perfect base from which to explore this exciting city and a quiet, intimate, setting to relax and unwind. Cool off with a dip in their roof top plunge pool overlooking the Basilica, sip an aperitif in the Orange Tree Patio and enjoy the cuisine of chef, Jean Luc Figueras in this charming historic hotel.

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Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and with just 28 rooms, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona is a unique establishment in a restored heritage building of tremendous historical value to the city. Parts of the building dates back to the 1st century AD, including a portion of the Roman wall of ancient Barcino, whilst other parts date back to the middle ages. The architectural restoration project was headed up by Rafael Moneo who achieved the perfect balance between the original recovered features and new construction, most strikingly evident in the spectacular curtain wall that dominates the space known as the Orange Tree Patio.

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The Mercer Hotel Barcelona’s philosophy is focused on guest satisfaction, trying to anticipate your needs furhtermore it is in a great location in the Gothic Quarter of the city and within easy reach of tourist attractions such as as La Rambla, the Gothic Cathedral, Catalunya Square or Santa Caterina Market.

The hotel executive cher, Jean Luc Figueras was the precursor of modern Barcelona cuisine and his French culinary background and Italian influence (he was a pioneer in introducing carpaccio and tiramisu to Barcelona, quite a novelty at that time) enriched his Catalan culinary roots, later evolving towards a totally personal, spontaneous and creative style of cooking. Some of the dishes that will feature on the menu include langoustine cannelloni with tomato confit and black olives; rice with Palamós prawns; seasonal ceps with scallops and salted butter foam; the classic line-caught sea bass with salt cod tripe and black sausage, and the mouth-watering hot chocolate mousse with blackberries and vanilla ice-cream. The hotel’s bistrot, Le Bouchon, reinterprets the restaurants cuisine in the form of a tavern with a carefully-chosen range of cold and hot tapas.

All the details

Mercer Hotel Barcelona Carrer dels Lledó 7, 08002 Barcelona +34 93 310 74 80 MercerBarcelona.com

Hotel rating: 5 star
Number of rooms: 28
Room types: Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite (pictured above), Premium Junior Suite (1) & Suite (1)
Prices: From 225 euros per Superior room  to 1950 euros per Junior Suite (low season)
Room facilties: All rooms have wood floors, designer bathroom, flat screen TV with international channels, double bed, Individual air conditioning and heating controls, complimentary minibar, rain effect shower, Molton Brown toiletries, hair dryer, slippers, twice daily housekeeping service with complimentary water on turndown and laundry service. Some rooms have a balcony, designer bathtub or twin beds.
Hotel facilities: Gastronomic restaurant plus tapas bistrot offering traditional dishes, both managed by the prestigious chef Jean Luc Figueras. Cocktail bar, outdoor pool and terrace, orange tree patio, elevator, international newspapers, 24 hour room service, complimentary Wi-Fi, business corner, library and private areas for events and small meetings.

With thanks to the Mercer Hotel Barcelona for providing the above information and photography, by invitation from Boutique Travel Blog.

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