funky and well equipped city apartments put hip and happening city
breaks back on the agenda for culture-starved parents! Splendom Suites
is an exciting concept that means families can do Barcelona and Madrid
in style even with a baby or toddler in tow. For around half the price
of a hotel in the same area, the Suites offer families home from home
comfort, space, kit and caboodle, with the designer style. Plus there's
daily maid service and a concierge on call for helping plan activities,
source daily needs or even book babysitting.
Suites Barcelona is handy for the city's central sights, located in the
Art Nouveau 'Barrio del Eixample' quarter around 10-15 minutes walk from
the Placa Catalunya and northern end of Las Ramblas in the heart of the city. Architecture enthusiasts
will delight in the 1906 building which has a grand and ornate facade,
listed in the Artistic Registry of Barcelona, and shuttered French doors
from the suites onto safely enclosed, wrought iron balconies or
spacious roof terraces (there is a lift). The building was renovated in
2007 in cool modernist style and the suites transformed into
sophisticated apartment-style accommodation, with 24-hour reception
desk, flexible housekeeping services and, a saving grace for baby
bedtime-bound parents, a cafe with room services. Families can even make
use of a 24-hour snack room with Nespresso, orange juice, infusions,
fresh milk, yoghurts and pastries – handy for late night munchies or
early bird brekkies.
at The Suites means the luxury of around 55-70 square metres of space
to chill out and enjoy Barcelona at a stress free pace, eating in or
eating out to a flexible, family timetable. A stunning living dining
area features Philippe Starck furnishings and little ones can watch
their favourite DVDs on the LCD TV, which also has satellite channels.
The compact, state of the art kitchen is equipped with a fridge freezer,
oven, microwave and washing machine so that's baby mealtimes, fussy
eaters and messy monsters sorted, plus a ‘Culture Customisation' service
means guests can specify international extras from an American coffee
machine to chopsticks. The Suites have one or two glamorous bedrooms
with classy, bold decor and luxurious linen then the super sleek
bathroom includes a walk in shower and designer fittings plus luxurious
Molton Brown toiletries. The Suites have free wi fi connection and
guests have complete control of the air con, heating, smoke detectors
etc from a smart panel. Really helpfully on the packing front, a free
family kit can be provided comprising high chair, cot, baby changing
table and toys.
Suites is certainly a swish and practical option for a baby friendly
Barcelona break but the brand has pretty cool principles too. Perfectly
good leftover food from the snack room or left by guests is boxed up and
sent to Barcelona's community dining rooms plus the company also
supports the Smiles from Mumbai charity helping poor families and street
orphans in India.
Two bedroom Family Apartments at Splendom Suites Barcelona (70sqm) are suitable for up to 4 adults and 1 or 2 children. The apartments have one double room and one room with either an extra large double or twin beds. The living/dining area features satellite TV and a DVD player, the kitchen includes a fridge, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine and there is a contemporary bathroom/shower-room. This apartment comes with a free baby kit including a cot, high chair and toys.
Splendom Suites Barcelona is located in the safe and well to do
residential area of the Barrio del Eixample, where many of the Art
Nouveau architectural masterpieces can be found including Gaudi's
organic La Pedrera and Casa Batllo buildings. The district is also noted
for Barcelona's answer to 5th Avenue, with designer shops
including Chanel, Gucci and Tiffany's along the Passeig de Gracia. There
are plenty of grocery stores within a few minutes walk plus cafes to
enjoy ‘churros and chocolate', hip bars like Dry Martini and some of the
city's top restaurants.
One of the easiest ways for
families to see Barcelona's highlights is hopping on and off an open top
sightseeing bus and guests get a discount when booked at the Splendom
reception desk. The staff can also arrange trips out to the Tibidabo
amusement park (25 mins), Isla Fantasía Water Park (30mins) and
Universal Studios Port Aventura Theme Park (1hr 20 mins). For a relaxing
day, Splendom Suites has an arrangement with a nearby fitness centre
where guests can make use of the swimming pool, sauna, steam room etc.
Although, its worth noting that children's swim times are weekends only.
Guell is a fairytale place for a picnic, thanks to Guadi's gingerbread
house and Parc de la Ciutadella features a boating lake and Barcelona
Zoo. Besides the city sights and attractions, Barcelona has no less than
4 golden sandy beaches, many backed by stylish cafes and bars. The
nearest is around 35-45 minutes on foot from the apartments via Las
Ramblas, but easy and quicly reached via the frequent public transport.
The apartment;s conceirge will be happy to offer advice on the quickest
routes anywhere in the city.
Barcelona Airport is around 25mins taxi drive from the apartments
(approx. 45Euros) and can be reached from most UK airports. Alternative
airports include Girona (103km) and Reus (106km). Splendom Suites is
located at Calle Valencia 194 and the nearest Metro is Paseo de Gracia, 4
blocks away. Nearest Medical Services:
Hospital Clinico is within a few minutes walk.