Spring CLUB, fun and future musical trends since autumn

This summer, like every year, the iconic show of Primavera Sound Musical Festival was held in Barcelona. This multitudinous summer show is held every year in the Parc del Forum in Barcelona, a few meters from the Hotel Barcelona Princess.

Cartel Primavera Club 2017

Cartel Primavera Club 2017


Now we arrive to Autumn and another great festival, the Spring Club 2017, will be held in Barcelona and Madrid from 20th to 22nd October .

In the city of Barcelona the Primavera Club will have a total of 61 performances that will be performed by 39 artists of the moment and future promises of music among which there are also international figures.

These shows take place in different venues in Barcelona such as the Apollo hall or the cultural center of the Albareda, places to that you can easily access from the Hotel Negresco Barcelona, our hotel located in the heart of Barcelona.

If you like music, attend this great Festival of Spring Club 2017 that will give a small sample of the musical trends that are going to follow in the next years.

La Mercè festivals 2017 in Barcelona

As every year in Barcelona, from the 22 to the 25 September there are celebrated the festivals of La Mercé, an important figure of the catalan culture.
This year, the festival poster was made by Javier Mariscal, creator of the iconic and charismatic Coby, the mascot of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

Merce17-Cartell

Merce17-Cartell

During these days, the streets of the city are filled with events and shows of Catalan and Mediterranean culture, in which you can enjoy the performances of the best Catalan artists, and do several activities such as the sardanas (traditional Catalan dance) or watch the typical catalan castells, fireworks and many other activities.

Many of these activities are done in the center of the city, you can easily get to them from the Hotel Negresco Barcelona, located in the heart of the city, from there you can walk to the different and dynamic shows performed during these days of Catalan culture for example the Parc de la Ciutadella or Plaça Sant Jaume.

One of the highlights of La Mercé are the concerts that take place at the Fòrum de Barcelona, and from the Hotel Barcelona Princess you can attend them, as they are a few steps from the hotel entrance. In them you can enjoy countless festivals that will fill you with joy and energy.

From here you can access to an advanced schedule of the festivals.
Don’t miss these dates and enjoy the festivals from one of our two hotels located at the gates of these wonderful cultural festivals.

Navigate in Barcelona, a city that looks out to sea.

Being located on the Mediterranean coast, Barcelona is a city that offers unique and unforgettable experiences that you can keep in your memories.
The Hotel Barcelona Princess is located in front of the sea and the Negresco Princess is a Hotel in the heart of Barcelona, so both have a privileged location for incredible sea activities.

Blue Magic

Blue Magic

Blue Magic is adventure and it allows you to make unique experiences in Barcelona in unique boats, and enjoy the views of Barcelona from the sea, something different to visit the city on foot, which will allow you to see the city from an original and different perspective.

There are a thousand ways to see the city of Barcelona, and although it is nice to see it from wherever, without a doubt, doing it from the sea can be something memorable. Seeing a sunset from the Barcelona Sea is something that will surely remain in your memory, since you can make it away from all the noise and traffic of the city, only with the sound and tranquility of the waves.

Blue Magic 2

Blue Magic 2

You will be able to look at the city and see the whole skyline of Barcelona: the Sagrada Familia, Agbar tower, Montjuïc, Mapfre, W towers, monument to Columbus, the chimneys of Paral.lel and even the skyscraper of the Hotel Barcelona Princess.
From both urban hotels in Barcelona of the Princess Hotels & Resorts chain, you can arrive in a few minutes to the Blue Magic. All the exits sail from the Port Olímpic, so you can go there and live this beautiful experience that you will not regret.

Negresco and culture in the center of Barcelona

The Hotel Negresco Barcelona is located in the center of Barcelona, this privileged location allows you to be close to great cultural sights of Barcelona, and both its restaurant on the street and its roof terrace, are a meeting point for before and after the shows and theatre plays.

Pic by JaulaDeArdilla on Flickr

Pic by JaulaDeArdilla on Flickr

Some of the main cultural attractions that you can find near the hotel are:

Teatre Tívoli: One of the oldest theaters in Barcelona in which great figures of the Catalan theater have performed, it has an old decoration with red and gold colors and a capacity for 1643 people.

Coliseum: In Gran Vía, one of the oldest and renowned theaters in Barcelona, this venue hosts large format shows, musicals and concerts.

Teatre Borràs: In Plaza Urquinaona, built in 1931, this beautiful theater is built on an Italian Renaissance architecture. It used to be a cinema, and has been receiving various reforms, nowadays it is a theatre.

Palau de la Musica Catalana: It is a concert hall named World Heritage by UNESCO, is endowed with an incredible beauty and adorned with beautiful materials, a point to visit in Barcelona.

Liceu Theater: Located on Les Rambles, it is the most prestigious theater in Barcelona, it offers the best works on the genre of the opera, and is one of the most important theaters in the world.

These are some of the beautiful cultural places near the Hotel Negresco Barcelona, you can spend some time in the restaurant open to the public and eat some of the delicious menus offered at the hotel, then enjoy these great points of interest.
Also close to this hotel in the center of Barcelona you can find: Teatre Goya, Teatre Poliorama and Club Capitol.

Interview with Carlos, worker at the Hotel Barcelona Princess

Athlete, creative …. Meet Karlos at #YoSoyBarcelonaPrincess
At the Hotel Barcelona Princess we like to know more about our staff and we want you to know them too, for this reason we usually do interviews to know a little more about them, in this case we speak with Karlos, our dynamic bartender.

Bartender

Bartender

1. Where are you from?
I am from Poland, from the city Poznan, a nice interior and big city with a great history.
I also lived in England for 10 years. As a curious fact, the player Robert Levandowski played on the football team of my city.

2. What do you do in the hotel?
I am the food and beverage supervisor of three of the Barcelona Princess Hotel’s restaurants / bars and the events that are organized in their different event rooms.

3. How long have you been here?
I have been living in Barcelona for three years, and I started working at the hotel two and a half years ago.
I chose to come to Barcelona because I think that is a very complete city with beach, mountain, a perfect weather, and open and sociable people. I think it’s a very cosmopolitan city with many festivals

4. What do you like most about your work team?
What I like the most is the good atmosphere among the workers.

5. Do you want to tell any anecdote about your experiences at the Hotel Barcelona Princess?
One time a couple celebrated their anniversary at the hotel and the girl asked me to prepare a special cocktail as a surprise for her boyfriend.
I’ve always had a creative mind, so at the same moment, I had the idea of making a mojito and decorate it with leaves and lemons as a smiling face. The couple loved it and started taking photos. I named it “Happy mojito”.

6. What cocktail do you recommend to those who come to The Gym Bar?
To the girls I recommend the “Close to you”, I created it with my girlfriend on Valentine’s day and is a sweet cocktail with a touch of passion.
To the boys I recommend the “Mango cooler” a refreshing long drink made with mango and vodka, with a delicious fruity flavor.

Cocktails

Cocktails

7. From your day to day, how do you contribute to the hotel’s social and environmental responsibility plan?
In the food and beverage department of the hotel we use seasonal products that come from proximity. Even in our breakfast our customers can identify them with a 360 green logo.

8. Last year you were part of #BarcelonaPrincessTeam and you did the Barcelona Triathlon 2016 for a good cause. Do you repeat this year?
Yes, on the last year a had a great time doing the Barcelona triathlon in team, besides, all the #Barcelonateam, did it to raise funds to fight against rare diseases. This year I repeat in the cycling circuit.
9. Which is your favourite place in the hotel?
The terrace of The Gym Bar, is a fun and dynamic place, every Thursday of the summer there is a DJ so there are people and it generates a very good atmosphere.

10. If you came to visit the city, what could not you miss seeing or doing in Barcelona?
I could not miss the beautiful Sagrada Família and the Tibidabo mountain, which has amazing views of the city.

¡Thanks you for sharing your time with us!