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Ferrari Gears Up For Its First Hotel, Coming in 2016, and Yeah, It's Red

Where: Barcelona, Spain
April 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

What you're looking at right now is the in-your-face rendering for the Ferrari Hotel. Ferrari, as in Ferrari, the car. And yes, this is for real.

Ferrari is planning their second Ferrari World theme park in Barcelona at the Port Aventura Resort (The first theme park is in Abu Dhabi.) When completed in 2016, it will be Europe’s first Ferrari theme park and Ferrari’s first luxury hotel.

Without much to go on about the details of the hotel, other than this picture, here’s what we do know so far:

The building’s shape is supposedly to resemble the front wing of their Formula 1 car. (Apologies to F1 fans if we've got this wrong.) The red exterior will be no ordinary red--it will be Ferrari "red", just as the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, reflects the recognizable Ferrari "yellow."

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Grand Hyatt to Make a Grand Entrance in Barcelona at The Bullet-Shaped Agbar Tower

Where: Barcelona, Spain
March 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts may be opening their luxury brand Grand Hyatt in this rather pronounced building in Barcelona, known as the Torre Agbar (Agbar Tower.) It’s not the tallest building in Barcelona (at 38 stories, it’s the third tallest) but it is certainly one of the most talked about.

Anyone who lives or visits this artsy city cannot avoid the presence of this glass-enclosed missile. The locals have their own name for it, which we hesitate to print. Let’s just say there is a similar shaped building that graces (or not) the London skyline, known affectionately as the “guerkin.” However, we and others may see this tower of power, Hyatt sees it as their Barcelona address for Grand Hyatt.

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Sale Alert: Generator Barcelona to Offer Beds for €1 on March 18

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  Site Where: Barcelona, Spain
March 14, 2014 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Generator hybrid hostel-hotel brand always offers cool accommodations for an even cooler price but on March 18th you'll be able to nab a bed at the Generator Barcelona for just ONE EURO. No need to read that again. It really says ONE EURO.

The hotel is offering a 24-hour flash sale from March 18th at 1pm (local Barcelona time) to 1pm on March 19th. Here are the details:

· Guests can book as many beds for as many nights as they like.

· The sale is only for the dorm beds, not the private hotel rooms.

· It's first come, first served so you have to book fast.

· The deal is good for stays from March 18, 2014-March 17, 2015, a whole year!

· You will also be automatically entered in a prize draw to win a free upgrade to the Penthouse Suite. This room has its own lounge, kitchenette, and a huge terrace. Normally, it's €250 a night, but if you win, it will only cost you ONE EURO.

· Some more terms and conditions are listed after the jump.

· Sign up here to get early bird access.

Set in the Gràcia district, just a short walk from the epic Sagrada Familia by Gaudi, the Generator Barcelona features some incredibly cool spaces, including the lobby/social area which features more than 300 lanterns inspired by the city's annual Festa Major de Gràcia.

Room accommodations range from twin, triple, quad and dorm hostel rooms to private hotel rooms and the aforementioned penthouse suite. Hostel rooms typically start at 13 euros a night while hotel rooms go for 51 euros a night.

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Funky Friday: The Funkiest Hotel By the Funkiest Architect Ever

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  Site Where: Calle Torrea 1, Elciego, Alava, Spain, 01340
February 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

There are many definitions of the word “funky”, ranging from a musical genre to less than pleasant smells. The Urban Dictionary, however, offers one that we like, “different, but cool, nice.” There are many hotels that qualify for this adjective and we are happy to give them due consideration. Today we revisit one undeniably funky hotel, Hotel Marques de Riscal, designed by the man who invented funky architecture, Frank Gehry, who is 85 years old today.

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Mandarin Oriental Goes Bigger in Barcelona, Adds New Rooms and Suites

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  Site Where: Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40, Barcelona, Spain, 08007
February 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

While we wait for its brand new hotel in Milan, Mandarin Oriental is giving us something new this spring in Barcelona: five rooms and 17 suites are being added to the converted bank on Passeig de Gràcia in April by expanding into a building next door.

That takes the total number of rooms up to 120, all done up by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, so we’re expecting a similarly understated look in the new accommodations as in the existing suite pictured above. Rooms and suites facing Passeig de Gràcia give you a view of Gaudi’s famous Casa Batlló across the street.

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ME Hotels Catch the 'Balearic Beat'

Where: Spain
November 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cancun, Cabo, Madrid ... and, er, Vienna ... ME Hotels sure do love to set up shop in the party places, so we are not surprised to hear where they will be making their next move: the Balearic Islands. Rave on!

ME will be bringing their super-cool vibe, minimalist design, Aura Managers and, we hope, 4AM DJ's to Ibiza in June 2014 and to Mallorca in May. The 200-room Ibiza property will be situated bayside in Santa Eulalia and will have direct access from boat to the hotel. There will be 21 ME+ Suites, which usually means a dedicated host looking after you and a complimentary spa treatment, and the hotel will have two pools, Bali beds, an on-site fitness centre and roof top Skinc spa. Don't expect to sleep because DJs at the rooftop cocktail bar will be playing Ibizan classics deep into the night. Rates start at £200 ($320).

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Use Your Finger to Open The Door at The Hotel Alma in Barcelona

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  Site Where: Mallorca 271, Barcelona, Spain, 08008
October 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've long fantasized about keyless hotel rooms where we could use our smartphone instead of a key card to enter the room. But the Hotel Alma in Barcelona in the Gothic Quarter is going way beyond that with a fingerprint recognition system.

It works like this--you arrive to check-in and in addition to collecting your credit card for incidentals and telling you about the room amenities (free WiFi, breakfast and access to the spa are included), the hotel takes a scan of your fingerprint. Then you can use your finger to open the door to your room at any time. No key cards needed and no worries about the card getting demagnetized in your purse or wallet. So. Cool. And it's also available at the hotel's sister hotel in Pamplona.

Of course, you can opt for a regular key if you think is too fancy for your tastes but we think it's a no-brainer. Rooms at the trendy, high-tech boutique hotel start at about 200 Euros a night. The hotel's website also has a voyeuristic video showing a hunky grey-haired "guest" (an actor, we think) doing various things in his room--waking up, putting on his shirt (!!!) and sitting down at the desk to do work. Hopefully, the fingerprint access will keep out peeping Toms.

[Photo: Hotel Alma/Facebook]

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Barcelona Princess Has Brighter Brights After Rooms Revamped by Designer Desigual

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  Site Where: Avenida Diagonal, 1, Barcelona, Spain, 08019
October 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Three words come to mind when viewing the newly-reno’ed rooms and public spaces at the Hotel Barcelona Princess, re-done by Barcelona-based clothing designers Desigual: “kooky,” “quirky” and “vivid.” These are not rooms for lovers of cool minimalism but, rather, for hipster bohos looking for an eccentric room to call their own.

The 363-room Barcelona Princess Hotel, a member of London-based Great Hotels of the World, is located at the foot of Avenida Diagonal, about a 10-minute walk to the beach and next to the International Congress Centre. It was designed by Oscar Tusquets Blanca and opened in 2004.

Now, eighteen of the hotel’s rooms and two of their junior suites on the 23rd and 24th floors have been taken over and redecorated by Desigual to launch the Desigual Living Collection, created to fulfill the company's goal of bombarding homes with outrageous patterns and over-the-top color — the antithesis of neutral purity.

More pics below!

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@SolWaveHouse Wants You to #Party In Their #Hotel Under the #Sun and Have #Fun

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  Site Where: Mallorca, Spain
August 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

It took a while but today, hotels have fully embraced social media--posting photos of their properties on Instagram, updating their events and promotions on Facebook, answering customer service issues on Twitter and even allowing reservations to be made right through their Facebook pages.

And we've seen hotels use social media to let guests engage with other guests like the The Pod Hotel in New York which we dubbed The Facebook Hotel back in 2008 for its social networking ways via their Pod Community forum.

But today, there's news about a hotel that is actively facilitating Twitter meet-ups in special Twitter-themed suites.

The Sol Wave House in Mallorca from Melia Hotels is billing itself as the first "Twitter Experience Hotel" (we wonder what Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams think about that.) The hotel boasts of a special Twitter-themed suite, known by its hashtag #partysuite. Here a bunch of friends can party down at the #TweetPoolParty, get 20 percent off drinks, lounge on VIP sunbeds and have the services of a dedicated Twitter concierge, who will answer to requests via Twitter hashtags. If you look at their Twitter stream, the tweets are littered with hashtags.

But it goes both ways. If you look at the @replies to @SolWaveHouse you will see guests tweeting for service requests using hashtags. This might be our new favorite hashtag:

Needless to say, you need a Twitter account to enjoy the fun.

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Hard Rock Hotels To Bring The Party to Ibiza Next Year

Where: Ibiza, Spain
July 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hard Rock Hotels are known for their "rocking" hotel stays so it makes perfect sense that their first hotel in Europe will be on the party island of Ibiza.

Hard Rock and The Palladium Hotel Group made the announcement this morning to transform two fomer Fiesta hotels into The Hard Rock Ibiza in 2014. The Club Don Toni and the Hotel Don Toni will be connected to each other through a remodeled lobby and multi-purpose space which will house various dining, shopping and entertainment. Upstairs will be a total of 480 hotel rooms, including 235 suites.

The rest of the hotel will be outfitted with Hard Rock Hotel standards such as the Rock Spa, the Body Rock fitness center, the Rock Shop, rock memorabilia as well as a beach club and a kids and teen club. Yes, kids and teens will be welcome here.

But the real focus here is will be the live music and DJ performances especially since Ibiza is pretty much the birthplace for electronic dance music. And foam parties. Do not forget about the foam parties. We'll be tracking the property's transformation from Fiesta to Hard Rock. In the meantime, rates at the Hotel Don Toni start around 300 Euros a night this weekend.

[Photo of Fiesta Club Don Toni via Facebook]

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Space Hotels on Earth the Next Novel Experience for Travelers?

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  Site Where: Barcelona , Spain
May 20, 2013 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've gone over the fact that space hotels in space aren't going to happen anytime soon, but what about space hotels on earth?

An agreement was signed recently with Mobilona LLC to manage the financing of a space hotel on Barcelona Island off the coast of Catalonia, Spain. Details are few and far between at this stage, but we will admit that what we're reading sounds pretty damn cool.

The proposed project will have about 2,000 rooms and residences, each equipped with "immersive wall and surface displays that provide panoramic impressions of the universe."

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A Killer View Over The Buildings of Mallorca

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  Site Where: C/ Apuntadores 3, Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain, 07012
May 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we think of Spain, immediately thoughts of a sun-scorched land, sweet sangria, and tasty tapas come to mind. No doubt that we indulged in all of those a lot on a trip to the Iberian Peninsula, but once we walked into Hotel Tres on the Balearic Island of Mallorca Hotels, we knew we had arrived in paradise.

The hotel is tucked away down a cobblestone street behind an unassuming stone archway and an iron gate. In fact, we may not have been able to find it if we hadn't Google Mapped prior to arrival, but the hidden hotel was worth the search. After check-in we walked through a secluded courtyard and headed to our room, but the real jaw-dropper was the roof-top deck.

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