Contributor/ Glenn Ebert
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The global members club and hospitality powerhouse opens its latest outpost in the burgeoning creative capital, giving members and non-members alike a slice of sublime, sophisticated cool on the fringes of the Gothic Quarter.
The Good Stuff
All the normal Soho House staples and amenities members and guests expect from the brand are here. Most noticeable is the stunning rooftop deck and accompanying (yet small) rooftop pool overlooking the scenic Port of Barcelona. There’s also an expansive Cowshed Spa and Cowshed Active (Soho speak for gym) for guests and members to access, and complimentary Cowshed products available in all guest rooms.
Making good on the brand’s mantra to be “a global private members’ club for those in the film, media and creative industries”, clientele are a mix of pretty young (local) things and nomadic movers and shakers who thrive off the never ending melange of the business of pleasure. While the crowd is oozes a bit more of Catalan cool, the scene continues a Soho House tradition of being an accessible, effortless and unpretentious alternative for members and the new urban jet set alike.
Inside the Hotel – 10/10
From the stunning glass chandeliers and tile mosaics which greet you in the reception to the wood panelling finishes of the members-only club bar, every inch of the building oozes a 18th century colonial chic, while still infusing the same touch of British quaintness in every detail of its guest service. There’s also the latest outpost of Cecconi’s (open to the public) on the ground floor, which offers gorgeous tile floor, sky lights and chandeliers fit for a (Catalan) king.
Outside the Hotel – 9/10
Both Barcolenta and the famed Las Ramblas are within walking distance, but the real appeal is the hotel’s proximity to the picturesque passage ways of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. This also includes the dozens of shopping boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, museums and markets dotting the district, making it a huge draw for locals and tourists looking to immerse themselves in a setting that is equal parts Barcelona past, present and future.
Image courtesy of Soho House