NH Collection Barcelona Podium – Beautifully Calm in the Middle of a Crazy City!
September 22, 2018
Barcelona is one of the coolest, most beautiful cities to visit for an action packed weekend and the NH Collection Barcelona Podium is the perfect hotel if you’re looking for an ideal base, from which to explore the city.
Quiet, yet still central, the NH Collection Barcelona Podium boasts a well equipped gym and a stunning rooftop pool with beautiful views out across the city. With luxurious loungers, good sized towels and a bar for drinks and snacks with waiter/waitress service, it’s the perfect place to while away a sunny day. While swimming in the pleasantly warm pool, you’ll feel totally immersed in Barcelona’s captivating surroundings and yet it’s cool, calm and relaxing, contrary to what’s going on just a mile down the road!
Rooms at the NH Collection Barcelona Podium are stylish, functional and each one is unique – due to the shape of the building. We loved the split level design of our premium room, which even though it was a twin, had enormous beds which were oh so comfy! We really appreciated the size of the bathroom complete with bath and shower and huge mirror – perfect for two girls getting ready for a night out! Wifi, luxury bedding, coffee maker and full length mirror are also all included.
Our room had the added benefit of a cute little balcony with views out across the street – there was always plenty going on the Career D’ali Bei where a few bars and restaurants are situated – brilliant for people watching…
If you’re in Barcelona for the sightseeing, then NH Collection Barcelona Podium is also perfect for this. It’s located just a 10 minute walk from the Plaza de Cataluna – the main shopping street, while the Arc do Triomf is just at the end of the street and if you’re feeling fit, Gaudi’s infamous Sagrada Familia is also just a 20 minute stroll.
In the evenings, we enjoyed a wander down the iconic Ramblas, taking in the sights and stopping for drinks and tapas en route. The Gothic Quarter is also close enough to walk and we loved weaving amongst the cobble streets – if truth be told, we may have walked round in circles a number of times but it really didn’t seem to bother us!
Breakfast at the NH Collection Barcelona Podium is something else! Seriously amazing! I probably could’ve written a full feature just on our morning experience! Set against a wall city scape of the city, the space really lends itself to the buffet set up. With literally everything imaginable on offer, you can choose from fresh juices including the ‘detox’ with pineapple, fennel and kale; a full fresh fruits selection; cakes and doughnuts; croissants and breads – including tomato sauces, garlic, and olive oil if you’re brave enough to re-create the tapas staple (Pan a la Catalana); and then a selection of hot dishes like chorizo and potato gratin.
As if that wasn’t enough, the hotel also has wines, dessert wines and bubbles – and why not when you’re on holiday?! There’s also a menu to order eggs from every which way, pancakes (we are still dreaming about the oreos topping), tea infusions and a gluten free section too. Just wow.
From the ultra modern reception area and a friendly, helpful team who love advising you on where to visit in their amazing city, the NH Collection Barcelona Podium makes for the absolute perfect stay in one of the world’s best cities. One final tip – be sure to visit the pool side bar in the evening – beautifully tranquil and the perfect place to cool off.
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Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield