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If You Hate Palm Trees, Don't Stay At Renaissance Barcelona Fira

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  Site Where: Plaza Europa, 50-52,L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain, 08902
February 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | ()

Almost a year ago, we reported on the new Renaissance Barcelona, a pretty standard, 211-room Renaissance property set to open near the Paseo de Gracia, with a steakhouse and lounge.

Meanwhile, in October, a second Renaissance opened in Barcelona, the 357-room Renaissance Barcelona Fira, with a great deal more pizazz.

Why do we use the word pizazz? Because of an extremely original design by French architect Jean Nouvel. The hotel's two towers are connected by a lush, 27-story vertical garden, filled with over 300 palm trees, running up the center of the building. Now, there are 'green hotels,' and then there's this. We like!


The palm tree theme also plays out in the rooms themselves, which are all-white, with rich hardwood floors, palm tree-lined terraces, and palm shapes cut into the wall, meaning every time you look out the window, your view is framed by palm fronds.

In addition to the 300 palm trees, over 30 different species of plants, sourced from five continents, are interspersed throughout the hotel. On top of the two towers is a spectacular restaurant and rooftop terrace with views across the entire city (and, we're guessing, a few more palm trees). On the menu? Palm stew, with a salad of palm fronds, and palm dates for dessert.

Rates start at EUR 165 ($223), which is about the same as the other (less jungly) Renaissance.

[Photos: Renaissance Barcelona Fira]

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