Barcelona, the vibrant heart of Catalonia, Spain, charms with its mix of art, architecture, history, cuisine, and culture. And at the epicentre of it all is ME Barcelona by Meliá Hotels & Resorts, a beacon of avant-garde luxury, art, design, and creative style, as Natalie Bannister discovered during a stay at the city’s coolest art and design hotels.
ME Barcelona: Where Luxury meets Art and Design
From the moment you set foot into ME Barcelona, you are transported into a world where every minute detail narrates a unique story. With art and fashion installations dispersed throughout the hotel, and a bold, edgy urban vibe to the curated furnishings by celebrated designers like Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola, and Jaime Hayón, the hotel’s interior is a visual treat with each corner radiating artistic inspiration.
The hotel interiors weave together the Mediterranean and the vibrant city of Barcelona. Neutral tones and natural finishes are accentuated by splashes of vibrant yellow hues and contemporary artworks, creating a harmonious blend of modernity and Barcelona’s rich artistic heritage.
Signature pieces like decorative glass bottles, inspired by Josep Maria Jujol, a close collaborator of the legendary architect Antonio Gaudí, serve as focal points throughout the hotel. These elements infuse the space with a touch of Barcelona’s artistic legacy, creating a unique and immersive experience for guests.
Personalised Bespoke Experiences
ME Barcelona by Meliá goes beyond being an accommodation; it transcends into an experience. The hotel’s commitment to providing personalised bespoke experiences is exemplified by its Aura Team of hospitality professionals. This team is devoted to curating unforgettable moments tailored to each guest’s preferences and desires — so you know your honeymoon or holiday experience is going to transcend the ordinary when you stay at ME Barcelona.
From the moment of arrival to the time of departure, the Aura Team ensures that every aspect of your stay is meticulously crafted to exceed expectations and create lasting memories. Be it arranging exclusive tours of Barcelona’s cultural landmarks, organising private art exhibitions, or recommending hidden gems in the city, the Aura Team is dedicated to making each guest’s stay truly exceptional.
Culinary Delights at ME Barcelona
The hotel offers three distinct gastronomic concepts designed to take guests on a flavourful journey. The BELBO Collection includes Belbo Terrenal, a Mediterranean restaurant that creates a green oasis within the city, Belbo Fasto, an elegant Italian restaurant with a touch of rebellion, and Belbo Luma, a cocktail bar paying tribute to the Mediterranean art of distillation.
Belbo Terrenal invites guests to indulge in Mediterranean flavours and culinary traditions, while Belbo Fasto offers a sophisticated ambiance and sensual Italian cuisine. At Belbo Luma, guests can savour a selection of expertly crafted cocktails that transport them to a world of indulgence. Each dining concept within the BELBO Collection offers a unique and immersive culinary experience, reflecting the vibrant and diverse culinary scene of Barcelona.
Exploring Barcelona’s Art Scene
ME Barcelona’s cultural programs offer a platform for artistic expression and exploration, providing guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant cultural scene of Barcelona. The hotel collaborates with local artists, musicians, and performers to showcase the city’s creative spirit.
Guests can participate in curated art tours, attend live music performances, or explore Barcelona’s renowned museums and galleries. ME Barcelona is not just a place to stay; it is a gateway to the rich cultural heritage and artistic vibrancy of Catalonia’s capital.
A Rooftop Terrace with Views of Barcelona
After a day of exploring Barcelona’s treasures, retreat to the rooftop terrace of ME Barcelona. Located on the eighth floor, this exclusive space offers breathtaking views of Plaça Catalunya and the mesmerising Barcelona skyline, including a glimpse of Gaudí’s incredible masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.
Complete with a swimming pool, shaded loungers, and an al fresco bar, the rooftop terrace provides an idyllic setting for relaxation. Bask in the warm Mediterranean sun while admiring the panoramic vistas, or sip on a refreshing cocktail as you soak in the vibrant energy of the city below.
Experience the Best of a Barcelona Holiday or Honeymoon
ME Barcelona invites you to immerse yourself in a world where art, design, and luxury intertwine. Indulge in an unrivalled experience that captures the essence of Barcelona’s vibrant cultural scene while embracing contemporary aesthetics and sustainable luxury. Embark on a journey of discovery, and let ME Barcelona be your gateway to an unforgettable holiday or honeymoon in the heart of Catalonia’s capital.