Barcelo Raval Hotel in Barcelona

published in: Travel By Tina Komninou, 21 February 2009

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Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

ARCHITECTURE by CMV Arquitectos
interior design by Jordi Gali


    Entering Barcelona's 5 star Raval Hotel website two words appear on the screen 'Designer Hotel' and it certainly is. An avant garde renovation acting as a paradise for design addicts. The grandest names in one space Jaime Hayon, Marcel Wanders for Mooi, Vitra and the list goes on and on. For designers the Raval Hotel is what a candy shop is to a five year old.
    This renovation has raised everybody's attention it has become the central gem of the city. It is located in the infamous Barrio Chino which has given the area a whole new meaning. This 35 million euro face lift project was brought to realisation by the architect Jose Maria Guillen White, of the Barceló development group. Its elliptical shape is what makes it both unique and challenging for a hotel interior. In order to make it functional the architect has raised a central core of concrete, as a backbone, and then some side pillars, so that the rest of the area remains clear. Clear for grand semicircular dining spaces, over scale lighting and seating forms that have been custom designed to flow with the architecture of the exterior shell making the interior a guided journey to collective items .
    Semi circular edges and forms are carried into the interior structure of the bar which is reminiscent of something out of a Sean Connery Bond Movie. As his martini the circulation corridors to the bedrooms are shaken not stirred. The design language is carried throughout the interiors by exquisite cylindrical room signage and projecting floor lighting. One of the most dynamic features in the bedrooms is the elliptical facade iron cladding which is portrayed as a reminiscent decorative element of the 70's.

   The roof terrace is a magical feature which demands relaxation and promises breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
    All in all this is a stay that no guest can complain that it falls short of expectations. Should those expectations also involve design awareness then it is a mandatory visit.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Photo © 2009 Jordi Miralles. All rights reserved.

Barcelo Raval Hotel in Barcelona

Rambla del Raval 17-21
08001 Barcelona Spain
Telephone: +34 93 320 1490
Fax: +34 93 320 1494
E-mail: raval@barcelo.com

Head office of Barceló Hotels & Resorts
José Rover Motta, 27
07006 | Palma Mallorca
Telephone: +34 971 77 17 00

LEGAL NOTES :The photographs that are published at YATZER-DESIGNISTOSHARE concerning the Barceló Raval Hotel in Barcelona are copyrighted by Jordi Miralles Photography. Mr. Jordi Miralles gives permission to YATZER-DESIGNISTOSHARE  for using  the photographs for the publication on its site Yatzer.com. It is prohibited: TO REPRODUCE the work in copies (print, lithography print, engraving, picture and any other way to reproduce), TO DIFFUSE, that is, to give circulation to the images through television, satellite, internet, press and any other kind of publication. TO DISTRIBUTE to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by lending the material or its copies, TO ALTER, or rather, to modify the material, without adding YATZER-DESIGNISTOSHARE as the source and without asking Mr. Jordi Miralles

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Barceló Raval Hotel, photographs: Jordi Miralles

  • friend
    yatzerina | 2009-02-21 11:47:20

    I love love love Marcel Wanders.......... Let's create a whole world out of Marcel!

  • friend
    zuy | 2009-02-21 15:36:57

    ... and hayon, arad,lovegrove, not only Wanders (only some table containers and wallpaper)

  • friend
    zuy | 2009-02-21 15:38:49

    + urquiola , grcic , newson , morrisson ....

  • friend
    Itamar | 2009-02-21 19:15:43

    I still think Barcelona is adding more feathers to your neighbour's hat than a real, deep, intelligent design. It is such a boooooring place after two days !! This hotel design is not an exception: it's just more feathers on your hat. Boring Boring Boring

  • friend
    Ignacio Ribera | 2009-02-21 19:48:44

    what I like the most is the facade and the way it does play with that complex interior design.

  • friend
    BooKoo | 2009-02-22 03:41:02

    If I were a building I think I would be this place :) This is why I love this site. xoxo

  • friend
    TAerd | 2009-02-22 18:33:24

    Interior of inside unstable, unaligned nuclear reactor with reactor uranium tubes. Reactor make you fill charged ! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a7/Crocus-p1020491.jpg/800px-Crocus-p1020491.jpg

  • friend
    zuy | 2009-02-26 12:57:53

    TAerd i'm sorry i dunnot see a nuclear reactor there but a wandersland. Now as Philippe Starck does, an interior designer is also a curator but here it's more a design shop

  • friend
    Lia | 2009-03-03 01:15:11

    oh my god this is incredible! amazing work

  • friend
    velvet | 2009-04-12 21:39:04

    too bad that this hip hotel is in a crappy neighborood! bad match!

  • friend
    design.r | 2009-09-13 02:14:00

    Sorry guys, but lobby looks like design outlet. Messy, crowded and with exception of few nice details not good at all. The floors and the rooms are better.

  • friend
    Laura Dekker | 2010-07-30 19:28:29

    First: the neighborhood is absolutely not crappy. It's a wonderfull place, a place where a designhotel en the local people come thogether! A place where you can have a great meal en where you get a friendly real smile from the people. Not a neighborhood thats made by all the people in the world. Second: the hotel is brilliant! What you see is what you get. Service, luxery, a beautiful view from the top off the building, a great room and its never never never getting boring!

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