Ok, it may be a little off the beaten track for those of you who really want to stay downtown when visiting one of Europe´s most busiest metropolises. But everyone who has already spent the night in Barcelona knows, that staying in the heart of the city also asks for a compromise in terms of noise. Melia Sky is situated in the Poble Nou district close to CCIB conference center and in the heart of the Avenida Diagonal.
The hotel is located in one of Barcelona´s most stunning skyscrapers designed by French architect Dominique Perrault. Perrault gained international recognition with his project of the National French Library in 1989.
The design language inside is clear and minimalistic. Yet the bright and sunny colors add a refreshing, homely and elegant ambiance.
Lots of fresh flowers loosen up the clean modernism.
The entire entrance is designed as an open space and consists of the lobby with the check-in desk, a sitting area, a little library and waiting lounge, the concierge and the stylish restaurant/bar.
MERKADO delivers a fresh Mediterranean cuisine and is a pleasure for the eye.
I love the illuminated striped wall in the background.
On the fifth floor, you will find a reasonable fitness room that allows a decent workout if you focus on weights. Apart from that, a few cardiovascular machines are available. This space could have received a little bit more of attention for my taste.
Right adjacent, the YHI spa.
Apart from offering the general spa services such as massages, pedicures or other beauty treatments, YHI spa also features a thermal suite.
The minimalistic design language is carried out throughout the spa making it a cool spot to unwind at.
There is a large heated whirlpool with three different bubble functions.
But as there are only two relaxation loungers, it can get a little overcrowded here.
I felt the happiest when I finally had the spa for myself.
Bithermal showers help the body to cool down after using the saunas or the pool.
The Finnish sauna had the perfect temperature and I really liked the bright and sleek design of it.
The style of the Turkish bath, on the other hand, seemed rather prosaic. It could have endured a little bit more creativity, I believe.
All in all an acceptable offering, yet way too small. I don´t know if this service is included in the general room rate for every guest, but as I stayed on a company contract, I had to pay entry to use the spa (10€ with discount instead of the general 20€). Check with the front desk first and take a tour of the premise before deciding on wherever it suits your needs or not.
One floor above, the Pool Club awaits.
The clean style reminds a little bit of Philippe Starck.
There is a sun terrace with outdoor pool, a bar and a restaurant.
Depending on the time of day or the day of the week, it can get a little crowded as you can see.
My room was located on the 10th floor. Loved the futuristic design of the hallways.
I have stayed at this hotel before and I really enjoy the rooms with the floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing lots of daylight inside and offering gorgeous views of the surrounding area as well as over parts of the Barcelona skyline.
The beds are perfectly padded for me. I always sleep like a baby here.
An individual lighting concept helps to feel cozy and comfortable and contemporary furnitures underline the hotel´s cool design.
One detail I particularly like is the Chaise lounge right in front of the window. It is fantastic for unwinding with a glass of wine or a good book (or both) if you are not in the mood for going outside.
The open design of the bathroom is typical for most boutique hotels. There is a sliding door for the toilet to offer privacy. The sink, the shower and the closet remain open though.
From the sink, you can enjoy the view through the windows and the mirror is traversable. A dimmable night-light inside the bathroom area would be helpful though in order to avoid light falling into the sleeping area at night when you turn on the lights while using the toilet.
A hotspot in the evening are the Sky Lounge 24 CIELOS and the adjacent restaurant DOS CIELOS.
The bar is located on the 24th floor and has a retractable roof. From here, you can enjoy a 360 degree panorama over the city and the sea.
The restaurant has been awarded with a Michelin star and was voted Year´s Best Restaurant for 2010.
Melia Sky Barcelona
Pere IV, 272 – 286, Barcelona
+(34) 93 367 2050