A Taste Of Two Cities With NH Collection Hotels

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When it comes to excellent dining, a Spanish have it covered. Sophie Ritchie embarks on a foodie debate of Madrid and Barcelona for a launch of dual artistic NH Collection hotels… 

We’re here to knowledge a ambience of dual Spanish cities with NH Collection hotels – a enthralling preference of reward and superb hotels. The initial stop on my outing is Barcelona – a worldly city packed with culture, art and of course, fascinating architecture.

After a brief moody from Gatwick, a common dreariness of English continue is left prolonged behind as we check in to NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón – a 5 star hotel that’s located in a Quadrant D’Or, a small minute’s wander divided from some of Barcelona’s many eminent landmarks.

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After ongoing finish restoration in 2016, a hotel is sleek, stylish and full of lush touches. There’s no denying that a plcae is illusory – though a a perspective from my 8th building room that is even some-more so, with what seems like a whole bustling city stealing behind my curtains.

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Bright and cozy, bedrooms here are full of complicated touches – from accessible USB charging points to Nespresso coffee machines. It’s definite that it’s a small sum that matter – and Gran Hotel Calderón is full of them, from a sham menu to a bed’s luxuriously reward mattress.

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Gastronomy
Guests can feast their eyes on a perspective to their hearts’ calm – though also a immeasurable operation of epicurean delights on offer. Visit a circuitously Don Giovanni grill to knowledge a delights of Sicilian chef, Andrea Tumbarello and representation dishes with a fun holographic twist. It’s a assembly of record and ambience – and is an confront not to be missed.

For those who suffer a city skyline, try a delights of a circuitously NH Collection’s Podium’s roof patio – where fruity cocktails and decadent nibbles wait via a year. The food on offer during both hotels is smashing – fresh, sparkling and full of flavour.

Local activities

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An lively Catalan city, Barcelona is a stadium that final to be explored. Culture vultures can pleasure in walking tours of a city. With so many landmarks on a hotel’s doorstep, step outward and knowledge a circuitously wonders.

Walk a Passeig de Gràcia, one of a vital avenues in Barcelona to see some of Gaudi’s many intriguing buildings. From a iconic Casa Batlló – a building fake from ceramics, mill and iron that once pennyless amicable conventions and caused snub – to La Pedrera, a must-see instance of Gaudi’s creativity, there’s copiousness to admire. One of a many talented houses in a story of design, locals nicknamed this sculpture-like building ‘The Monster’ and it even caused confounded neighbours to pierce from a perfect steer of it. Nowadays,  La Pedrera is a World Heritage site – and is a fascinating approach to spend an afternoon.

For a fashionistas, there’s selling hotspots galore usually moments from a hotel. Stock adult on sunglasses, engineer bags or a latest Catalan looks – and relax in a saturation of circuitously coffee shops or tapas bars for a mid-trip pitstop.

Madrid

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After such an considerable start, Madrid had a lot to live adult to – though it did so and more. After throwing a quick sight to a centre of Spain’s collateral city, we check in to a NH Collection Madrid Suecia – a hotel that’s as colourful and smart as a district around it.

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Dating behind to a 1950s, this superb 5 star hotel was eminent for once being a home of zero other than Ernest Hemingway during his visits to Madrid – and his suggestion stays imprinted via a hotel’s design, from moving quotes found in a conveyor to a library ambience of a hotel’s lounge.

If we adore surprises, Madrid Suecia won’t disappoint. From a acquire summary created on my lavatory counterpart to a dark speakeasy cocktail bar found in a hotel’s basement, it’s full of delights and decadence.

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With a functional, contemporary look, a hotel offers 123 bedrooms widespread opposite 10 floors. My possess was on a 9th – and boasted a breathtaking perspective of both a city and surrounding mountains. Expect complicated oppulance – a newly renovated bedrooms are full of stylish design and stylish interiors.

Gastronomy

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Madrid is zero brief of a foodie dream. Dine during Santceloni to suffer a 2 Michelin star cooking served by cook Óscar Velasco. Expect a surprising – dishes here are a brew of intriguing hardness and flavour. The grill offers a menu full of bizarre nonetheless wealthy combinations – from eel and duck soup to an olive oil consume cake.

Another must-try is a revisit to La Terrazza del Casino. Chef Paco Roncero continues to fly a dwindle for a Adrià sovereignty – nonetheless a best thing about this grill competence be a top-floor plcae in an primitive casino. Dine on 2 Michelin star dishes for critical haute cuisine while admiring a extraordinary decor around you.

Local activities

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Aside from gastronomic heaven, there’s plenty activities on offer. Enjoy a guided debate via a city to learn about a abounding story or pleasure in a revisit to Museo del Prado, a categorical Spanish inhabitant art museum. Here, we can find examples of Goya’s many fascinating work, along with a creations of Raphael, El Greco and Bosch – to name only a few.

As good as admiring works of art, visitors can emporium until they drop. The hotel is primely located in a heart of a city’s ancestral centre with a upscale shops of Gran Vía, Fuencarral and Callao’s dialect stores a brief travel away. A bustling, pleasing and above all, shining city, Madrid is zero brief of fantastic – with an an unconstrained array of informative hotspots and epicurean delights.

I’ve had a ambience of both Spanish cities, though leave with an ardour – distant from satiated, I’m inspired for more.

NH Collection Madrid Suecia
Reservations: To make a booking, phone 0203 49 98 271 or email nhcollectionsuecia@nh-hotels.com
Where:  Calle del Marqués de Casa Riera 4 28014 Madrid Spain

NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderón
Reservations: To make a booking, phone 0203 49 90 485 or email nhcollectionghcalderon@nh-hotels.com.
Where: Rambla Catalunya, 26. 08007, Barcelona, Spain

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