Located on Barcelona’s most exclusive boulevard at Passeig de Gràcia 113, this five-story palatial mansion, built in 1906, is an extraordinary example of Modernisme (the sumptuous Catalan version of Art Nouveau). Its architect, Pere Falqués, is also known for his ornate lampposts jutting from ceramic tile benches that are sidewalk landmarks at the Passeig de Gràcia. He was a contemporary of Antoni Gaudí whose acclaimed buildings are nearby.
The facade of El Palauet reflects the great prosperity, creative genius, and unbridled imagination of the era.
- “Palauet”, in the Catalan language, is a small palau or palace.
- It is located just north of the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia and a main artery called Avinguda Diagonal, where the boulevard narrows into a charming tree-lined street divided by a parkway median with gardens and sculptures.
- Gaudi’s undulating Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is just three blocks south.
Six two-bedroom, two-bath apartment-style suites, extremely spacious (1,615 square feet), accommodate up to four guests. Similar in layout, the suites feature a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, living room, stellar contemporary furnishings, and state-of-the-art technology throughout. There are two suites to a floor with a common foyer off the elevator.
The Passeig de Gràcia Suites have balconies and face east overlooking the tree-lined boulevard. On the opposite side of the building, the Tibidabo Suites have a small private terrace and face west overlooking the Monastery of Pompeya and, in the distance, the top of Tibidabo Mountain.
Bathrooms feature spacious closets and shelving, shower with enormous rainfall showerheads plus hand-held fixture, a futuristic automatic toilet-bidet, and a safe. An additional room has a large bathtub and soothing chromotherapy lighting with alternating colors.
High-technology: touch screens control ambient lighting, temperature, music selection (from El Palauet Living Barcelona’s own music library), sound level, and automated curtains. High-definition TVs with home cinema and DVD player. (Additional TV in each bedroom.)
Internet: high-speed Wi Fi in all double suites, COMPLIMENTARY
Toiletries: include a selection of complimentary natural-ingredient products produced by AVEDA and Natura Bissé.
Designer furniture: Masterful interior decor features contemporary pieces by an array of award-winning designers: Charles and Ray Eames, Ero Saarinen, Warren Platner, Arne Jacobsen, Mies van der Rohe, Philippe Starck, and Antonio Citterio (“less is more”) whose modernsleek works are in the permanent collection of MoMA New York.
Space-age Corian seamless surfaces have embedded illuminated decorative patterns that mimic original modernista design motifs found in the same suites.
21st-century ultra-modern decor and luxuries harmonize with the preserved 1906 modernista (Art Nouveau) artistry of this landmark building. Forty-five original ceilings with ornate molding designs are listed as historic treasures by the Town
Hall of Barcelona. Superb carved-wood doors, stained-glass windows, mosaic tiles, wrought iron ornamentation, dramatic staircases and the traditional elevator have all been meticulously restored.
ROOFTOP TERRACE AND PRIVATE SPA:
Guests enjoy utmost privacy at the rooftop private spa and landscaped terrace with a panoramic view of this cultural capital on the Mediterranean.
Spa facilities include a wooden Finnish sauna, treatment rooms and massage tables, outdoor jacuzzi with hydro-massage “beds”, and solarium for sun tanning.
The bar and al-fresco lounge area are ideal for yoga, simply relaxing, or for gatherings.