In the Hotel Barcelona Princess there is someone that everyone knows him even our customers know him. He always surprises us with his stories and anecdotes. He is Mr. Garcia.
In our section #YoSoyBarcelonaPrincess we had a talk with Mr. García before his retirement.
– Mr. Joan García, where are you from?
I’m from Barcelona, specifically from Poble Sec district but after I was adopted by the Paral·lel district.
I’ve also lived in Germany, the Canary Islands and Israel but Barcelona is the city that I love.
– What are you doing at the Hotel Barcelona Princess?
I work for Barcelona Princess Hotel since March 2004 before the opening of the Hotel. At the beginning I was the Director on the night shift for 6 months and then I was named Controller on the day shift.
For me it was not a job, it has been like a hobby but there are very difficult circumstances and demanding customers.
I have almost been in all the Princess Hotels. It has been an honor to work and be part of the hotel chain Princess Hotels & Resorts.
– What do you like most about your team?
I like that we are a big family in the hotel and together we do the work day-to-day.
I think this Hotel in Barcelona is like 2 marriages. One of them between Reception & Housekeeping another one between Food and Beverage & Events. Then, they must have communication each other and tug of war where the client is the gainer.
– Do you want to tell a story about your experiences at the Barcelona Princess Hotel?
I have more than a thousand stories to tell.
Recently a father spoke alarmed with me because his son had red eyes because of the pool. I went up to the boy and gave him the advice that he shouldn’t open his eyes in the pool. The child gave me a big hug. His father saw him and did the same.
– From your everyday practice, how do you contribute to the plan of social and environmental responsibility of the Hotel?
We try to promote the environment care in our staff. And we communicate our project 360 Sustainable Princess & You to our guests. In this way, if our clients contribute to the environment at their home, they know they also can be eecofriendly in this Sustainable Hotel in Barcelona.
– Which one is your favorite place in the city of Barcelona?
This hotel, the best hotel in Barcelona! (Laughing)
Las Ramblas at the center of Barcelona and La Rambla in the Poblenou district, near to the Hotel Barcelona Princess, are my favorite places in Barcelona
– Which one is your favorite place in the Hotel Barcelona Princess?
My favorite place is the Hall and lobby of the Hotel because it is the meeting point for all customers. Here we receive them and said goodbye.
– If you come to visit the city, what you could not miss see or do in Barcelona?
I recommend visiting in Barcelona La Sagrada Familia by Gaudí and the Magic Fountain in Montjuïc. After 25 years I have seen this fountain again and it is wonderful, it’s very special.
Mr. García has seen a lot farewells and it’s the moment Hotel Barcelona Princess says goodbye to him.
Mr. Garcia will miss you. Good luck!
Discover our favorite product and the star dish. This is what Jon says:
Hotels are also gastronomy and the new and modern Hotel Negresco Princess, located in the heart of Barcelona, opts for a simple but exquisite cuisine.
The scents represent the essence of our cuisine and we love aromatic herbs, specifically coriander which is our star product that brings freshness and personality to our plates.
Our star dish for summer is the ceviche made from turbot with guacamole and passion fruit. But the tuna tataki with wasabi mayonnaise or our crispy scallop with three emulsions, Finalist Tapa in the Hotel Tapa Tour 2016, will not disappoint you.
The Corner by Princess offers a cool and casual menu and this restaurant will soon offer a weekly menu.
Enjoy our range of tastes and aromas in The Corner by Princess, the new gastronomic corner of Barcelona.
Watch the interview to our chef:
A summer in Barcelona without a swimming pool is not summer. When you get hot, take a dip is the best solution to beat the summer heat.
The rooftop pool of the Hotel Negresco Princess (Roger de Llúria, 16 -18)) is situated in the terrace on the 7th floor of this Hotel in Barcelona. This infinity pool in Barcelona has one of the most stunning panoramic views of the city.
You can see almost the entire city. La Sagrada Familia, Torre Agbar, Tibidabo, Montjuïc will be at your feet.
You can cool off with a quick dip or you can simply relax and enjoy a flavorful cocktail at La Terrazza Bar o maybe an exotic coconut.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can make a splash while you listen a Dj session. (See Dj & Coktails)
At the Hotel Barcelona Princess (Av. Diagonal, 1) in the Fòrum Distric of Barcelona, you will find no one but two outdoors pools. Children can swim safely in the pool on the third floor; while adults drink a cocktail. Thursday the terrace, The Gym Bar, offers DJ session. (See Dj & Coktails)
The second pool is on the 23rd floor of this Hotel in Barcelona. This infinity pool in Barcelona has a luxury solarium with hammocks and views of the Mediterranean. Sunrises and sunsets, both are magical from this hotel with infinity pool.
After your dip in the pool, The Princess Crown, a loft also in the 23th floor of the hotel is undoubtedly the best option to enjoy your favorite drink or refreshing sangria while you enjoy the quiet times.
Barcelona is the world capital of Modernisme and near to the Hotel Negresco Princess you can find a modernisme route with the best architecture by Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch.
To make the modernisme route you have to follow the path with the small red paving stones on the ground.
Here is a list of the most recommended Modernisme masterpieces in Barcelona close to this Hotel in the center of Barcelona.
Along Las Ramblas you’ll see Mercat de la Boqueria, Antiga Casa Figueras, Casa Doctor Genové, Café de l’Òpera and Palau Güell.
Just few blocks from this Hotel in Barcelona you must visit Palau de la Música Catalana.
In the Parc de la Ciutadella you can visit the Castell dels Tres Dragons (Lluís Domènech & Montaner), Hivernacle, Umbracle (Josep Fontserè & Mestres)
In Passeig de Gràcia, the most glamorous boulevard, you will find the main modernisme buildings: Casa Milà / La Pedrera, Casa Domenèch i Estapà, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Amatller, Casa Batlló, Casa Serra and Casa de les Punxes.
And other emblematics modernisme masterpieces are La Sagrada Familia by Gaudí, Park Güell, Parc d’Atraccions Tibidabo, Observatori Fabra, Torre Belesguard and Pavellons Güell. These are further from the Hotel but it is worth.
If this summer you are on holiday in Barcelona, we recommend you visit the exhibition “Sorpréndeme” (Surprise me) in CaixaForum.
You will see up to 300 photographs of iconic figures like Alfred Hitchcock, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Einstein etc taken by Philippe Halsman.
We want to stand up the photographs of Salvador Dali who had an extensive collaboration with Philippe. You can see “Prenatal Dalí ‘, the series’ Dalí Atomicus’ and the eccentric Dali’s mustaches captured in the “Mona Lisa”
Dali’s work is part of the design of the Hotel Barcelona Princess. You’ve already noticed this in the business centre located in the attic of this hotel in Barcelona, where you can find paintings of this highest representative of surrealism and even rest in their original sofas “Dalilips”
Exhibition from July 15 to November 30
Social i Cultural Centre
More information here.