Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and with just 28 rooms, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona is a unique establishment that has restored a heritage building of tremendous historical value to the city. The architectural restoration project was headed up by Rafael Moneo who, once again, has managed to achieve a balance between the original recovered features and new construction, most strikingly evident in the spectacular curtain wall that dominates the space known as the Orange Tree Patio. The medieval façade, which has remained virtually immune to the passing of time, gives no clue as to what is waiting for us behind the massive wooden doors through which guests and visitors are welcomed, a light and airy space flanked by that same curtain wall along with 17th century pilasters.
In the open space that forms the Patio, dominated by three orange trees that add freshness, living arches, balconies and large windows that have been changing over the centuries, and offers its guests an ideal place for breakfast, lunch and a drink. The rear façade is the original Roman wall where defence tower number 28 was located and where we now find a private room of the restaurant decorated with restored mediaeval frescoes.
Restored historical features can be found in practically all the hotel’s spaces,including the bedrooms. Examples include the wooden ceilings dating from the 18th century and the atrium, presided over by two pointed archways from the 14th century that are unique in Barcelona, where we find the Grand Suite which covers an area of more than 150m². The interior design of the bedrooms and the public areas, the work of Gastón & Daniela and the Mercer Hotels team, sought to set off the building’s historical features with the use of refined furniture in a contemporary design.
But as man does not live by history and architecture alone, the Mercer Hotel Barcelona also offers some very interesting gastronomic possibilities. The responsibility for these fall to chef Jean Luc Figueras, one of the chefs who has made the greatest contribution to modernizing gastronomy in Catalonia. His goal is for local Barcelona residents and guests of the Hotel Mercer Barcelona to once again enjoy traditional cuisine with avant-garde touches in a unique and historical setting at the very heart of the Gothic Quarter.
Figueras’ new concept encompasses the gourmet restaurant, the Mercer by Jean Luc Figueras, and a bistro, Le Bouchon, featuring tapas, light dishes and daily specials in an informal and laid-back atmosphere.
Some of the dishes that will feature on the menu include langoustine cannelloni with tomato confit and black olives; rice with Palamós prawns; seasonal ceps with scallops and salted butter foam; the classic line-caught sea bass with salt cod tripe and black sausage, and the mouth-watering hot chocolate mousse with blackberries and vanilla ice-cream.
Also open to the public is the cocktail bar, that is set to become one of the places to enjoy a drink on the Barcelona nightlife scene.
We finish with the hotel’s fantastic terrace. During the day, guests can take advantage of the pool or enjoy an aperitif in the sun. As evening falls, it opens to the public to offer a unique vantage point for enjoying a drink with views over the dome of the Santa María del Mar church and the Basilica of Sant Just y Pastor.