New colourful suites by Patricia Urquiola for the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Barcelona.
A must for every exclusive visitor in the city, the Mandarin Oriental hotel is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Barcelona with the opening of 17 new suites and 5 deluxe rooms located in an annexe to the luxurious premises of this establishment at the Paseo de Gràcia of the Catalonian capital.
As the rest of the hotel, the interior design of the extension was comissioned to the masterful Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, who this time dared to play with warmer colors and also went further on the use of materials and furniture, including creations of her own as well as from other designers.
The new and exclusive suites stand out in special due to their spaciousness and high ceilings, oscillating between the 55 sqm of the junior suite and the 124 sqm of the premier, and also by the fact that they have natural light on both sides of the room, coming from the outside and the inner court of the building.
The new designs is based on the Presidential Suite at the penthouse of the hotel and continues exploring the balance between european avant-garde and oriental tradition. In a tribute to the city it also introduces elements which reinterpret Catalan Modernism such as encaustic tiling or exclusive artworks on the walls showing everyday scenes of Barcelona.
To Mandarin Oriental it was essential that visitors of these new suites “feel the comfort of an own home, whilst being surrounded by a particular beauty and an excellent service”. A feeling that can be noticed upon entering the suite through a flexible, well-distributed space based on textile screens with graphic and natural textures evoking oriental latitudes, Tai-ping carpets and furniture pieces exclusively designed by Urquiola Studio for the Barcelona Mandarin Oriental collection.
Among the pieces of furniture and other decorative details, most of them created in the milanese studio for exclusive brands, a few are highly outstanding ones such as the Tatou lamp for Flos, the sofa and tables for Moroso, the Husk armchair for B&B, the Re-trouvé stool for EMU and the tiles for Mutina.
All the suites have separate rooms for the dressing and studio areas, and of course the living room to host private parties or dinners. The Barcelona Suite is the most impressive, boasting a great terrace of 123 sqm with jacuzzi. Also, they all feature a bathroom that has a spa atmosphere surrounded by opaque glass, sometimes lightly tinted. Their generous space and enormous showers deserve a special mention.
Suites have either a terrace or a balcony which extend the interior design experience to the outdoor area. They have been conceived not as a mirador but as a space to be lived and in particular to feel the lovely Paseo de Gràcia. These comfortable and sophisticated exterior zones are also furnished with pieces by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal.
“We are delighted to have these new suites at Barcelona Mandarin Oriental”, said managing director Gérard Sintès. “This extension means a great added value to our hotel, positioning it among the best in Europe”.Barcelona Mandarin Oriental hotel Paseo de Gràcia, 38-40 08007 Barcelona