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Introducing El Palauet Living Barcelona: Luxury Living in the Heart of Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, – Discerning travelers seeking a new experience within a familiar city have quietly begun to discover Hotel El Palauet (or "Little Palace" in Catalan) Living (www.elpalauet.com), a boutique design hotel home to only six stunning 2-bedroom suites inside a landmark building in the heart of Barcelona. Built with the utmost attention to detail in design and service, this unique property has quickly become the hotel of choice for luxury travelers seeking a true home away from home in bustling Barcelona.

Posted on Mon, Oct 17th, 2016 11:00 am by Shane Fonner

El Palauet, now celebrating its 5-year anniversary, is located in the Gracia area, a charming village-like neighborhood in the progressive city of Barcelona, and sits on the Passeig de Gracia - a wide, tree-lined avenue flanked by architectural treasures including the Falqués masterpiece at No 113. Situated among the Passeig's numerous Modernisme (the Catalan version of Art Nouveau) architected buildings, small cafes, bars, and independent clothing boutiques of the bohemian neighborhood, the hotel's charming surroundings only add to the homelike feel of any stay at El Palauet.

Though the hotel officially opened its doors to the public in 2011 by a native Catalan family, the building's history begins in 1906 when it was designed and built by renowned architect Pere Falqués, who also designed the ornate benches and streetlights that line the boulevard outside, lending a seamless transition between hotel and city. The all-suite hotel features six large 1,600 square foot apartment suites with outdoor space, offering the comfort, feeling, and familiarity of home with highly personalized guest services and on-call personal assistants.
An architectural gem in the vein of Antoni Gaudi, the landmark building at No. 113 Passeig de Gracia stands adjacent to a verdant, tree-lined parkway, and its Baroque façade reflects the prosperity, creative genius, and unbridled imagination of the era in which it was conceived. Renovated in 2010, the building maintains much of its original artistry, evident in the preserved ceiling moldings, carved-wood doors, stained glass windows, and mosaic tiles. The wrought iron ornamentation, dramatic staircases, and traditional elevator were all restored during renovation, and offer a unique visual experience when paired with the modern interior design.
The masterfully executed interiors, featuring pieces by award-winning designers Charles and Ray Eames, Philippe Starck, and Mies van der Rohe, accentuate the attention to detail, both in décor and the excellent, personalized service that El Palauet is able to offer. Each suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and can accommodate up to four guests, with plenty of closet and shelving space along with iPad-controlled mood lighting, temperature, and sound systems to leave guests wanting for nothing more.
At the heart of El Palauet's successful 5-year operation is the hotel's dedication to service. Multilingual personal assistants are assigned to each suite in lieu of a traditional concierge, offering insight into the various cultural treasures of Barcelona and the surrounding region, and making arrangements for a litany of activities upon request. Likewise, culinary experts are on hand to assist in the preparation of any meals (or food shopping!) should you wish, and can even serve meals directly to your en-suite dining table.
For wellness aficionados, the rooftop terrace and private spa offer guests the utmost privacy. The spa features a wooden Finnish sauna, massage tables, treatment rooms, a solarium for taking sun, and an outdoor salt-water Jacuzzi replete with hydro-massage beds. The hotel's best amenity, however, remains its level of acute, one-on-one, customized guest services, and its peaceful, quiet tranquility in the heart of a bustling Mediterranean city.
Whether you are a celebrity traveling under the radar, or a family with children on a European getaway, El Palauet provides the perfect retreat with its uniquely luxe offering.
Rooms start at 499Euro / $560 USD per night during the low season (August, November – March) and up to 2900Euro / $3,300 per night in the high season (April – October).
For more information, please visit: wwwElPalauet.com/en
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About El Palauet

El Palauet Living is a luxury boutique hotel situated along the sprawling Passeig de Gracia, amidst the Modernisme (the sumptuous Catalan version of Art Nouveau) architecture of Barcelona's Gracia neighborhood. Opened in 2011 by a native Catalan family, El Palauet (or "Little Palace" in Catalan) was designed and built in 1906 by renowned architect Pere Falqués, who also designed the ornate benches and streetlights that line the 42m wide Boulevard. The all-suite hotel features six large 1600 square foot apartment suites, offering the comfort, feeling, and familiarity of home with highly personalized guest services and on-call personal assistants.

About Pere Falqués, Architect
Born in 1850 in Sant Andreu de Palomar, Barcelona, Pere Falqués became an architect in 1873. A contemporary of Gaudi, Falqués was named Municipal Architect of Barcelona in 1889, holding the position until 1914. His works around the city, including reforms to the Gran Teatro del Liceo, the reorganization of Ciudadela Park, and his famous "bank-lamps" (the iron street lamps which arise from benches along the Paseo de Gracia) using trencadis, a style of tile mosaic associated with Catalan modernism, are still widely visible and encouraged the proliferation of green spaces and public works that make the modern city the treasure it is today. Originally known as Casa Bonaventura Ferrer, today's Hotel El Palauet is one of his remarkable masterpieces and a lasting testament to his legacy.

Barcelona
Nestled on the Mediterranean coast of Catalonia, Barcelona is home to 1.5 Million people and hosts some of the best food in all of Europe, along with some of the best football in the world to boot. The city is renowned for its artistic heritage, which is evident in the many museums, public sculptures and statues, and of course, the famous works of architect Antoni Gaudi. Its many neighborhoods retain their own personalities, and food culture is paramount to the city's inventiveness and charm. Explore the Barceloneta neighborhood, where seaside open-air restaurants offer freshly caught fish, prepared in a variety of delicious ways. The Gracia neighborhood, home to El Palauet, was its own town until the late 19th century, and retains many of its own unique customs and its village-like feel. Barcelona is a wonderful year-round destination, and is easily explored on foot, or via the efficient public transportation. It's cultural treasures span the gauntlet, and include works by Picasso, Dali, and Joan Miro.