09/18/14 Praktik Bakery Hotel, Barcelona
Here’s a hotel concept that’s fresh from the oven. Marked by a bright yellow awning, the lobby of the Hotel Praktik connects seamlessly with Baluard, a bakery by renowned dough dame Anna Bellsolà. “Each bread is a unique, handmade, and almost artistic article, full of textures, colors, and shapes,” says Bellsolà of her just-baked goods, their scent wafting across the lobby’s brick-laden lounge. “Likewise, every hotel is unique, with its charm, its smell, the treatment it offers, and the sensations it arouses when you walk into it.”
When you’ve had your fill of sesame loaves and baguettes, follow the bread paddle signage to rooms that offer rest from walking Barceloneta’s architectonic neighborhood. Amid the sweep of minimalism in each room, designed by AD 2013 winner Lazaro Rosa-Violán, ornate balcony railings and eye-catching bathroom tiles reflect the spirit of the Gaudi-designed apartment buildings nearby. Also a short crumb trail away: must-visit sites like the Sagrada Familia and the Paseo de Gracia.
The comforts of such a hotel are difficult to leave, however. Few things make a guest feel at home like oven-fresh homemade bread. “The bread my grandfather used to make, which reminds me of humanity, wisdom and work. The bread my grandmother used to sell. And now, time has passed and in Barceloneta, a typical seafaring district, hands enthusiastically shape what will be a loaf of bread,” says Bellsolà of the simple pleasure Praktik offers. “It fills me with satisfaction to be able to offer you every day the bread that I have always liked to see on the table.”
“Just a minute away from the Praktik Bakery, there’s Jaime, a restaurant and interior design shop. Jaime is a very talented designer from Chile and his restaurant and store are beautiful and definitely one of the trendiest places in town. 150 meters away, there’s also Casa Milà, popularly known as “La Pedrera,” one of the most-visited iconic buildings in Barcelona. It was constructed between 1906 and 1912 by Gaudí. In 1984, it was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. And 260 meters away from the hotel, you’ll find Bar Mut, an elegant “tapas” restaurant serving first-rate products. Crowded, noisy, chaotic, great wine selection. Many international celebrities have eaten here while in Barcelona.”
- Anna Fuertes, Marketing & Communications associate at the Praktik Bakery Hotel, shares her must-visit spots.