Spanish Design: Hotel Alexandra Barcelona

So if you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’ve recently returned from a Spanish Design Tour, travelling through Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid. It was pretty mind-blowing, I have to say, and the design, food and company were spectacular. I’m planning a series of posts to showcase some of my favourite finds but to begin with I wanted to show you the wonderful hotel where I stayed in Barcelona. This one is a real peach, and has the perfect combination of original features and contemporary design that I love.

Welcome to the Hotel Alexandra Barcelona, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels.

Alexandra roomIt looks like a little boutique hotel from the outside, nestled in a bustling part of Barcelona, between shops and busy streets, and certainly the reception area is contemporary and chic. But stepping inside my room I found some incredible architectural features like the detailed ceilings, and the glorious tiled floors. Oh my. There were beautiful tiled floors everywhere we went on the tour, and the hotel room didn’t disappoint.

Hotel Alexandra work areaThe huge King sized bed overlooked the balcony (more on that in a moment), but was positioned in the middle of the room. Behind the headboard was the desk working area with full network and hub connectivity – a godsend for working bloggers! Stunning lighting everywhere, very contemporary and in striking contrast to the original features. But wow I’m sure you’ll agree this works so well.

Hotel Alexandra lighting

Hotel Alexandra close upHuge wardrobes, and stunning bathroom with walk in shower (multiple shower heads) and double sinks, and a long corridor made this truly one of the most beautiful rooms I’ve stayed in. I do believe that many of the Hotel Alexandra rooms are quite different and not all of them have tiled floors or balconies so worth checking when you book.

But there was more… the view from the balcony was something else. Taking in the busy Barcelona streets, the beautiful architecture and of course, the sunny blue skies. Alexandra room viewI spent a leisurely half hour reading my book and soaking up the sun one afternoon. Hmmm shall I tell you how much work we did on this tour?! Seriously though, it was really jam-packed and that was actually the only time I had to enjoy this little beauty. Little blue chair, I shall return.

Hotel Alexandra exteriorNow the hotel has lots of hidden treasures to discover, and next up was the pool and terrace; well designed, wonderfully chic and very contemporary. I took this shot below when meeting some of the junior Spanish designers which will come up in a later post. But doesn’t it look inviting?

Hotel Alexandra terrace poolClean, clear and crisp you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, yet you’re just a few steps away from designer shops and high street finds, as well as all the sightseeing attractions.

Hotel Alexandra pool close upAnyone fancy a dip in the pool? Again, there was no time for me to enjoy this, not helped by the fact I joined the tour a day after everyone else. I must go back and put this right.

Restaurant Solomillo:

The latest addition to Hotel Alexandra is Restaurant Solomillo, a Charcuterie only just opened in June 2016. I was lucky enough to enjoy a lunchtime meal here with the #SunnyDesign press team and some of the junior designers showcasing their products that day.

Restaurant SolomilloRestaurant Solomillo is in stark contrast to the rest of the hotel, and certainly to the terrace and pool area. It’s dark, moody and full of atmosphere. It feels decadent and mysterious in many ways, which perfectly complements the food as I was to discover.

Solomillo foodNow I didn’t actually catch a photo but this restaurant is about the meat. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the food and not worry about taking pics for the blog and instagram, and this was so delicious I was too focused on eating.

The meat is carefully selected and the guest chooses the breed, the sauces and of course how it is to be cooked. But, it wasn’t just the meat, look at the side dishes. There was everything from potato dauphinoise, to pasta, to vegetables and so much more. It was truly a gastronomic delight.

Solomillo desertI guess I couldn’t finish a post about a restaurant without showing you dessert. And yes it tasted as good as it looked.

Press Tour SunnyDesignThe sign of a good meal? Empty plates and glasses plus very happy, chatty people. Thank you Restaurant Solomillo. I’m longing to return.

So, feeling inspired to discover a new hotel on your next break to Barcelona? I would highly recommend Hotel Alexandra and if you want to take a further look then do check out the website HERE.

I experienced Hotel Alexandra and Restaurant Solomillo as part of the #SunnyDesign Spanish Design Tour 2016. All comments and opinions are genuine and honest. 

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. Jane Taylor
    July 27, 2016 / 6:52 am

    What a gorgeous hotel! I love the fact it’s like a hidden treasure, tucked away in a busy street. The floor tiles are fab, too. Lovely treat!

    • Jen Stanbrook
      July 27, 2016 / 10:11 am

      Thanks Jane, yes what a treasure. Love that you can go upstairs and relax by their very own pool too. Felt like a million miles away from the bustle of Barcelona.

  2. Molly
    July 27, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Oh that is so stunning! Love the tiles, and what a great idea to have the desk and working area behind the bed, so you are not looking at that going to sleep – genius idea that all hotels should adopt! The restaurant and the food looks amazing too – and the last photos speaks a thousand words as to what it is like. I am definitely bookmarking this hotel for future ref! Look forward to seeing the rest of your Spanish trip posts too.

  3. Old Fashioned Susie
    July 27, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    That hotel!!! I am SWOONING!! Never been to Barca- I’d love to visit and stay here

  4. Rachel
    July 27, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    I love the mix of traditional and contemporary features in the hotel – and the balcony looks like the perfect spot to unwind after a busy day. As for the food…well, I shouldn’t really have read this whilst feeling hungry!

  5. Karen - Making Spaces
    July 27, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Oh my, this place looks STUN-NING. What a beautiful building. I’m not surprised you’d like to go back there. I’m going to show this to the OH right now and see if he takes the hint!

  6. Cate
    July 28, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Wow I want to go, what a beautiful hotel. I love the design details, that floor and the balcony looks like the perfect place to rest after walking around the city! x

  7. Vivian
    July 28, 2016 / 10:36 am

    What a nice place. That seems to be a great place to stay!

  8. Suze - Luxury Columnist
    July 28, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I like the desk area behind the headboard, it’s a very clever use of space. I’d love to return to Barcelona, my husband has never been

  9. Mark - ANGEL
    August 19, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Wow! What a hotel!

    This is really a a part of an heaven! Lovely

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