Barcelona, that's Barcelona, Spain... It's always been on my list of must sees. So on this day, the last of a few days off over the holiday (where client's are still traveling, vendors are closed and trucking companies aren't answering the phone) I am investigating. I have just two more days of laying low, playing around and hanging out with my .. not home very often... first kid, Lucy. Why Barcelona? Well, Lucy will be spending a month in this gorgeous country come May thanks to her Spanish class. Why not take the opportunity to crash for a day or two and bring the other two, Keith and Kate along for the ride. She'll be in Alicante, down the coast so I am busy pondering all our options for a trip.
I am an admitted hotel snob. Always searching for somewhere amazing and came across the Cotton House. Wow. Luckily it's part of Marriott Autograph Collection and American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts both of which I have been stashing points for since our last big Europe trip when I went the same route and cashed in points for a trip to London & Paris (check out here) and then Italy (here). I have this grand plan of spreading out big trips 2 years apart. 2015 London/Paris .. rebuild points. 2017 Italy (check out here)... rebuild points. It's time, I miss traveling and showing the girl's as much as I can. 2019 I am thinking Spain (with a quick trip to Ireland).
Look at this place. It has everything I want in a hotel. Centrally located downtown and complete eye candy. As a designer I am digging every single detail, I can't help it. The hotel is just as important to me as the city. AD featured this property here, and it really called my name.
Wander through with me . . . .
The thing is this... I am constantly on the design inspiration hunt and traveling is where I find it. I love the layers in these spaces as well as the neutrals in combination. What about that antique mirror wall and simple sofa and chairs, all classics. The two-tone marble entry floor greats you and definitely sets the tone. I see a mixture of modern pieces with classic design which is my favorite style and what I aim for. Spanish designer Lazaro Rosa-Violan paid such attention to every detail.
Here's a little bit of their history from their site.
Gold leaf detail and striking lighting. I love depth and layers and it's always the goal to create that along with a little old and a little new.
Floors and ceilings are your 4th and 5th walls and these are amazing. The rich patterns are complimentary in tones and colors but add such interest, and I have always loved a touch of red.
Enjoy and hit their site, maybe I'll see you there !
Let the plans begin !