Grand Hotel Central

Rooms 147   Architecture Oriol Tintoré   Interior Design Sandra Tarruella, Isabel López
The Original Pau Guardans

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147
Architecture
Oriol Tintoré
Interior
Design Sandra Tarruella, Isabel López
The Original Pau Guardans
—Explore Barcelona from this elegant property, or simply take in the historic views while lounging by the rooftop infinity pool.

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    Rooms 147 / Architecture Oriol Tintoré / Interior Design Sandra Tarruella, Isabel López / The Original Pau Guardans

    The Grand Hotel Central offers a discreet and luxurious hideaway amid the bustle of Barcelona's fashionable El Born district. Owner Pau Guardans has completely reworked a 1920s building to create a hotel that evokes the splendor of Barcelona's high society in the early part of the 20th century. The result is a tranquil property infused with timeless elegance and urban soul. Guardans' reputation as a trendsetter and visionary is evident in the finer details of the hotel. With his very own city guide 'Barcelona Around,' Guardans offers guests an insider view of this vibrant city – a vibrancy that includes the hotel’s own Talent Gallery, which exhibits some of Barcelona's talented artists. And its new City Bar & Restaurant is the latest hotspot serving up fresh Mediterranean meals to be shared.

    Nearest Airport
    BCN – Barcelona Airport
    Food & Drink
    Restaurant, 2 Bars & Lounge
    Spa & Recreation
    Wellness area, Biking
    Conference & Meetings
    3 meeting rooms
    Internet
    Complimentary WiFi
    Services
    24-hour Room Service, Airport Shuttle, Bellman, Concierge, Parking

    Rooms & Suites

    Dark oak floors, clean lines, and smooth materials, such as glass and wood, provide the 147 rooms and suites here with a grand sense of urban modernity. The bedrooms feature transparent panels and semi-opaque materials as dividers so that sleeping spaces, bathrooms, and even the wardrobes all merge seamlessly. Little details in this centrally located Barcelona hotel, such as soundproof rooms for total peace and quiet, heavenly toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames (London), and an anti-steam mirror with make-up light, give an added dimension of luxury.

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    ARCHITECTURE

    A Tale of Two Architects

    Grand Hotel Central is the creation of two architects working 85 years apart. Back in the 1920s, the original architect of the building, Adolf Florensa, imitated the designs of the first skyscrapers in Chicago. During its renovation Oriol Tintoré painstakingly preserved the original façade and set the bedrooms around an inner patio, which meant all rooms could face outwards and have plenty of natural light. The hotel entrance and lobby—with wrought irons lamps, stone floors and bronze doors—remain as elegant as they were in the 1920s. The building’s original neoclassical stairway landings, tall ceilings and narrow windows perfectly complement the modern elements of the hotel, which are very firmly set in the 21st century.

    INTERIOR DESIGN

    Neoclassical Splendor Meets Urban Modernity

    Twenties-style grandeur is everywhere you look, starting with the original bronze doors of the impressive structure's elegant entrance. This motif continues in the oversized rooms, which feature preserved wrought iron lamps, stone cornicing and flooring, yet smooth materials like glass and wood ooze urban modernity. Transparent panels and semi-opaque materials divide the bedrooms so that sleeping spaces, bathrooms and even the wardrobes all merge seamlessly.

    In 2006, Guardans struck out on his own with Barcelona’s Grand Hotel Central, which reinterprets the grand hotels of the 1920s. Hotels, says Guardans, should function as ‘engines of local communities,’ a principle that governed his second and third properties: the Hotel Único Madrid, which opened in 2008 and The Principal Madrid in 2015, respectively.

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    MADE BY ORIGINALS

    Pau Guardans

    There are entrepreneurs who ride trends and there are those who drive them. Pau Guardans, a Barcelona native and veteran hotelier, is decidedly of the latter kind. As co-founder and director of the successful chain AC Hotels, he helped introduce design into the Spanish hospitality sector.

    MADE BY ORIGINALS
    Pau Guardans

    There are entrepreneurs who ride trends and there are those who drive them. Pau Guardans, a Barcelona native and veteran hotelier, is decidedly of the latter kind. As co-founder and director of the successful chain AC Hotels, he helped introduce design into the Spanish hospitality sector.

    In 2006, Guardans struck out on his own with Barcelona’s Grand Hotel Central, which reinterprets the grand hotels of the 1920s. Hotels, says Guardans, should function as ‘engines of local communities,’ a principle that governed his second and third properties: the Hotel Único Madrid, which opened in 2008 and The Principal Madrid in 2015, respectively.

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      • Complimentary WiFi