Curio Local Guide

Barcelona

Authored by Nicanor García
Nicanor García
Travel and Architecture Photographer

We sent Nicanor Garcia to Alexandra Barcelona Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton to create a Barcelona, Spain travel guide. This designer boutique hotel is where fascinating history, modernist details and avant-garde meet. Moments from Passeig de Gràcia, the fashion, culture and commercial heart of Barcelona, this hotel is a quick walk to Rambla de Catalunya, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and other top attractions. This renovated 19th-century building reflects the charm, elegance and spirit of its surroundings. Nicanor created an incredible travel guide full of local secrets and destination tips just for you.

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Barcelona is an exciting city that “has it all.” It is ideally situated close to the Mediterranean Sea and Pyrenees Mountains. It has a fascinating history full of strong characters, many of whom left their marks on the city.

My Perfect Day

If a friend was visiting Barcelona would you suggest they do?

If a friend was visiting Barcelona and staying at Alexandra Barcelona Hotel I would have them wake up around 6:00 am and enjoy the indoor breakfast buffet at the hotel at 7:00 am. I would tell them to order an omelet with their favorite ingredients.

Afterward, I would recommend them to walk down the Avinguda Diagonal toward the awesome Sagrada Familia. It opens at 9:00 am, and with pre-bought tickets, they could have a unique experience before it gets crowded. When they finish, it would be best to take a taxi straight to Barcelona’s Harbor Port Vell to relax a bit by the beach.

They would have a lunch reservation at 1:30 pm at Cinc Sentits a beautiful restaurant near Alexandra Barcelona Hotel. Here, they could experience a high-quality local lunch with Catalan ingredients cooked to perfection.

Upon returning to the hotel just before 4:00 pm, I would recommend a refreshing dip in the pool on the gorgeous Mederterainan-style terrace. There would still be a few hours before Spanish dinnertime, so I would have my friends walk a few short blocks to visit the fabulous La Pedrera with pre-bought tickets. They would finish the tour around dusk on the rooftop terrace, where they could catch a magnificent sunset.

They would have dinner reservations at Solomillo Restaurant on the patio terrace at Alexandra Barcelona Hotel at 9:00 pm. Here, they could feel at home in a lively atmosphere with locals as well as hotel guests. They would have a superb sirloin steak dinner with a variety of choices of cuts and weights, sauces and sides. The menu can be studied beforehand here.

Barcelona is known for nightlife that goes until early morning but I would highly recommend going to sleep early and getting a solid night’s rest in their king size bed because it would be very cool to see the sunrise over the city the next morning from a unique spot high above the city called the Bunkers del Carmel. It is just a short taxi ride from the hotel. Afterward, they could return to the hotel for a delightful breakfast on the patio terrace at 8:00 am before packing and checking out of the hotel.

Where to stay

Alexandra Barcelona Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Welcome to the Alexandra Barcelona Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. This designer boutique hotel is where fascinating history, modernist details and avant-garde meet. Moments from Passeig de Gràcia – the fashion, culture and commercial heart of Barcelona – our hotel is a quick walk to Rambla de Catalunya, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera and other top attractions.

Our fully renovated 19th-century building reflects the charm, elegance and spirit of our Barcelona surroundings. You will love the local photography that lines our walls, designer furniture from the ‘50s and ‘60s, original mosaic flooring, framed ceilings and natural oak throughout the hotel.

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My partner and I had a superb experience at the hotel! The hotel Team Members were so cheerful and helpful. Our room had gorgeous original details from the 19th century, and it had a beautiful street view. The breakfast buffet indoors as well as breakfast outdoors on the patio terrace were heavenly. Dinner at Solomillo Restaurant was absolutely fantastic, with excellent service and food. It is an incredible steakhouse where you get to choose everything; the type of meat and cut, the weight and the point and method of cooking the meat as well as the garnish. (Try the Iberian Ham Joselito and the Frisian Steak.) Everything about Alexandra Barcelona Hotel helps create a wonderful travel experience that you won’t forget.

I love how the location of the hotel in the Paseo de Gracia area is outstanding for visiting Barcelona. It is literally right in between two houses designed by Antoni Gaudí, Casa Batlló, and La Pedrera.

The patio terrace, with its beautiful Mediterranean-style garden and pool, is a paradise. It gets put to maximum use all day long, which is impressive. Breakfast on the patio is highly enjoyable. The space then transforms into a pool area from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, after which dinner is in full swing for local families as well as hotel guests.

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