Ian Schrager helms the new Barcelona Edition

In Spain, the Barcelona Edition has opened as the luxury Marriott brand's newest European outpost. The design team for the hotel included creative director Ian Schrager, and Carlos Ferrater Studio and Lázaro Rosa-Violán as interior designers.

When entering the main doors, guests find a double-height lobby space dominated by a blue Eric Schmitt chandelier and a selection of furniture pieces originally designed by Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí. To the right, there will be a black marble and walnut wood reception desk. The lobby lounge area is located to the left, as well as a bar/restaurant.

Composed of two spaces, the lobby lounge also includes furniture pieces with varying styles. The first of the two spaces has a more traditional living room ambience with four Christian Liaigre chairs and a games table in the center, as well as a pair of Yves Klein blue armchairs designed by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld. The second space has a more intimate lounge area with low ceilings and sheepskin armchairs. An illuminated blue art piece by Carlos Coronas is framed by the space to the rear and will combine with dark wood wall finishes and off-white fabrics.

The lobby bar has an informal all-day dining restaurant. Bar Veraz can accommodate 87 guests.

A version of The London Edition’s Punch Room is located at the mezzanine floor. It is accessible via a spiral staircase of steel, marble and wood. This space overlooks the main lobby and dining area.

Located in the basement floor of the hotel, Cabaret restaurant has a lounge area and  cocktail bar. The velvet curtains at the far end of the dining room may be drawn back to reveal a stage, framed by a large archway. A cocktail bar sits at one end of the space while the lounge area will be located away from the main club area.


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The Roof, located on the 10th floor, has views of the city. It also has a kitchen, cocktail bar and lounge seating and sunbeds situated around a plunge pool.

In total, the property has 100 rooms and suites with city views over Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, Santa Caterina Market and the district of El Born. The rooms have custom-designed furniture with fabrics such as embossed Spanish leather headboards. The walls of the bedrooms are clad in walnut paneling, and the floors have whitened oak herringbone parquet. Bathrooms are finished in white Sivec marble, detailed with contrasting brass hardware. Two penthouses have a “home-from-home” concept with their own private terraces with lounge areas and dining furniture.

Amenities include a gym, as well as a wellness and meditation space.

The Barcelona Edition is located in El Born in the center of the Ciutat Vella district, between the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and l’Eixample neighborhood. The property is adjacent to the Santa Caterina Market and within 15 minutes of the beach and the Barcelona Cruise Port. The hotel is also near various city landmarks, including the Picasso museum, Antoni Gaudí’s Palau Güell and the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.

Photo credit: The Barcelona Edition