Emblematic and centenary shops of Barcelona

Time goes by and some shops in the city of Barcelona are clear examples of the history of the city. They are shops with more than one hundred years and mostly modernist style.

Some of these emblematic stores continue to offer original products and some other shops offer new products. You can identify them because in their entrance they have a distinctive sign that catalogs them as the unique and most important shops from an historical point of view and the city’s heritage.

According to VisitBarcelona guide of BarcelonaTurisme, some of these historic shops that are well worth visiting and be surprised by their interiors, facades and products are:

  • Rei Herbalist( C/Vidre, 1)

In it you will find medicinal plants, spices, tea and natural cosmetics. In this herbalist of 1818 and heritage of Barcelona you will also find history in its exterior and interior with a XIX century environment and a fountain dedicated to Linne

  • Bagués´s Jewellery (Pg de Gràcia, 41)

In its interior,  shine and reflections with high-end jewelry and in its exterior culture, art and history.

  • Xancó´s shirts (La Rambla, 79-80)

This shop of almost two hundred years of history is placed in Ramblas, one of the most emblematic places of the city. Inside, the cash register is what surprises the most. This shop is part of the Architectural,Historic-Artistic and Landscape Heritage Catalog of the emblematic Establishments of Barcelona.

Other emblematic shops recommended by VisitBarcelona guide of BarcelonaTurisme are Casa Calicó, Cottet Optics and Audiology, Rovira´s drugstore, Boileu´s editorial, “El Rei de la Magia”, San José´s stamperie,  knitted prooducts La Torre, “La Casa de las Sabatilles”, La Mallorquina, Manual Alpargatera, fur shop La Sibèria, Mil and Obach hat shops.

During your holidays to Barcelona, do not miss these emblematic places and let yourself flown through the time and history of the city. To locate these places you can use our free handy smartphone that you will find in the room of your Hotel Barcelona Princess and Negresco Princess.

Easter means holidays!

If we talk about Easter, it reminds us spring, good weather and of course holidays!!!

This year Easter will be from 25th March to 02nd April. And Barcelona is the best place to enjoy a well-deserved vacation because it offers you many different options.

Barcelona is nature, especially with the arrival of spring and good weather. You will enjoy a green and full of color city in its gardens and parks. Also from the beach and you will even consider taking a bath or at least walking on the sand and sunbathing. If you want mountain Barcelona has two. One in Montjuïc where you will find a castle and the Tibidabo also where you will find the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart and Tibidabo amusement park.

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Barcelona is also recognized for its gastronomy. In this sense our chefs Pedro Montonllio and Jon García from the Barcelona Princess and Negresco Princess Hotels are the experts and every week they offer us a weekly menu with seasonal products, km 0 and fair trade in The Corner Bar Restaurant and Negresco Restaurant ,respectively. Negresco offers us a tasting menu from Wednesday to Saturday to spend a gastronomic evening.

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Barcelona is wellness and you can find well-being in it. Therefore, Barcelona Princess and Negresco Princess offer you a wellness package to relax yourself and to have energy to continue discovering Barcelona.

Barcelona is Architecture and in it you will find the Modernism route and know the Barcelona of Gaudí, Domènech i Montaner and Puig i Cadafalch, which together with other architects made Barcelona the Modernism world capital.

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Barcelona is also Sport, football and is dressed with FC Barcelona colors.

And Barcelona is culture and art … A great variety of cultural activities take place in Barcelona. In this section, the Poblenou Urban District is our reference in  Barcelona Princess. # NegrescoEscultura and together with the TR3SC club present us with different proposals, from literary dinners, pairings, to talks about the television series of the moment.

Are you still thinking where to go this Easter?

Come to Barcelona !!

 

We introduce you Gábor

You already know that we like to introduce you our team of the Barcelona Princess and the Negresco Priness Hotels It’s a good way to know each other a little better and so they can give us suggestions and explain some anecdotes.

On this occasion we spoke with Gábor Noé the person in charge of urban hotels in Barcelona of the Princess Hotels & Resorts chain.

– Where are you from?

I am Hungarian and I lived there until I was 27 years old. Later I came to Spain where I have been for 10 years. First in Tenerife and now a year ago in Barcelona, an exceptional and restless city with sea, mountains, culture and nightlife.

– What is your job at the hotel?

 I am joining the Princess Hotels & Resorts chain in their hotels in Barcelona as Sales Manager and my objective is to do business actions to attract businesses to hotels, and I do it mostly traveling.

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– What do you like the most about your job?

I like the idea of collaborating with two very different hotels in Barcelona at the same time.

They are the Hotel Barcelona Princess, a congress hotel with large meeting rooms and in front of the CCIB (International Convention Centre in Barcelona) and just a few minutes from the beach. The other one is the Negresco Princess, a hotel in the center of Barcelona with a large terrace and a restaurant, Negresco Restaurant, with a very interesting gastronomic proposal.

And of course traveling is also something that I love!

-Do you want to tell us any anecdote about your experiences at the Hotel Barcelona Princess?

Each trip is an experience because each destination is different. I have seen and heard many things! One example is that a partner was sent by mistake to another city because the agency organizing the trip made a mistake the city code.

– From your day by day, how do you contribute to the hotel’s social and environmental responsibility plan?

I will join the new solidarity cause of this year, as well as environmental, sports and solidarity activities organized by both Princess hotels in Barcelona.

– What is your favorite place in the city of Barcelona? And in the hotel?

The viewpoint of Montjuïc from where you can enjoy terrific views of Barcelona.

About the hotels, in Barcelona Princess the terrace of The Gym Bar is a great place to relax with a drink and an excellent place to organize an event. In Negresco Hotel, the terrace and the pool on the top floor of the hotel have a great atmosphere.

-If you came to visit the city, what do you think you could not miss in Barcelona?

I recommend living in neighborhoods of the city such as Gràcia, very close to the Negresco Princess or Poblenou, a few steps away from the Barcelona Princess.

Thank you for sharing your time with us and we hope to know more about your travelling experiences!

Diagonal Avenue, a treasure of Barcelona

Beyond the beaches of Barcelona, we can find much more wonderful places in the city.

Exclusive stores, galleries, shopping centers, are some of the things you can find in Diagonal Avenue.

In the Forum area starting at number 1 of Diagonal we can find the impressive skyscraper of 26 floors, the Barcelona Princess Hotel, designed by the architect Óscar Tusquets.

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Walking up through the Diagonal Avenue you will find the Agbar Tower with its controversial shape and that lights the city every night.

Through the Diagonal you will have an easy access to the most emblematic buildings of Antoni Gaudí and other emblematic buildings of the city too, such as Casa de les Punxes designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

From the beginning to end of t his avenue you will find many green areas to rest. The Diagonal itself is green but there are also gardens such as the Diagonal Mar park, Parc del Center in Poblenou and the Pedralbes Park.

You will find more information about this avenue and about Barcelona, in our blog and also in the Smartphone Handy (lexus section) you will find in rooms in both Barcelona Princess and Negresco Princess Hotels

 

In the Restaurant Negresco we are in season

We are in the middle of autumn, something that can be very interesting when you consider the delicious foods that arrive with this season of the year.

In the Hotel Negresco Princess we adapt to this change in the year, adding the best menus, which have seasonal products and are prepared by our great chef Jon.

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Some of the main foods of the season that you can find in our seasonal menus at the Negresco Restaurant or during the breakfast buffet, are the following:

  • Mushrooms
  • Chestnuts
  • Salmon- Sweet potatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Figs and pomegranates
  • Tangerines
  • Seasonal boar
  • Duck

These are some of the seasonal products that you can find, but the list is very extensive.

In these months of the year you can make a change in your diet and enjoy again these products that are only available during certain dates of the year, and that in autumn are in their best state.

In the Negresco Restaurant we offer a great variety of combinations to please all tastes “even the most demanding”.

Si quieres darle un placer otoñal a tu paladar tan solo tienes que pasar por nuestro restaurante en el centro de Barcelona, nuestros magníficos menús semanales harán que te alegres de la llegada del invierno.