A few years ago I visited Spain for the first time with a small group of bloggers and we had an amazing week together discovering Spanish design in collaboration with RED. I have been in contact ever since with my Spanish friends and we still meet each other if we happen to be in the same location whether it be my home town Amsterdam, Ibiza, Cologne or Milan and I was happy to see them again in Barcelona this Summer.
Together with Wen I visited Barcelona and Madrid this last month and stayed in different hotels that we will cover on our Travel w/ Style page to give you a small impression. Our first stop was at the Cotton House hotel in Barcelona. The Cotton House hotel is located on the former site of the ‘Cotton Textile Foundation’ A 19th- century building centrally situated within walking distance from several tourist attractions, and only a few steps away from shops and delicious restaurants.
The Cotton House Hotel
We were welcomed by the lovely team and were really impressed by the beautiful entrance of the building, a vestibule covered in mirrors. The building is really elegant with several great rooms and lounges where the bar and restaurant are located, a luminous glass conservatory and a 300 sqm terrace filled with beautiful greens. Impressive stairways: one, a grand marble staircase, and the other, a spiral staircase built in the 50’s that received much acclamation among experts in architecture.
The staircases lead to the old library and the space now called “L’Atelier” which was the office to which guild-members withdrew so that their tailors and shirt-makers could take their measurements. The Cotton House recovers the essence of this tradition by offering its guests an artisanal tailor service provided by the professionals of Santa Eulalia, the most prestigious tailor establishment in Barcelona. A tailor from that firm will come to the Atelier to take guests measurements, advise and select unique fabrics of the highest quality to make the desired garments.
The decoration of the 83 rooms, including five spacious suites, is inspired on cotton through a chromatic combination of the white, black and sepia of the cotton plant and everything it evokes: softness, comfort, delicacy and naturalness, which are materialized in the fabrics and textures of the very highest quality. The rooms have been designed to offer all possible comfort: the bed linen is made with sheets with 300 thread count mercerized Egyptian cotton and 600-g towels, honeycomb bathrobes and slippers, and cosmetics of the prestigious Ortigia brand, made with 100% natural products from the Mediterranean area.
It was really warm when we were in Barcelona and it was great to start the day with a breakfast in the beautiful garden. You might have seen our stories on Instagram with the beautiful shot from above taken from our balcony also. What I loved most about our stay though was the early morning swim in the exterior pool located at the sixth floor and seeing the city wake up before breakfast.