I visited Barcelona with my four month old baby girl on what was our first mum and baby holiday. This was a much needed city break to this very vibrant, very beautiful Mediterranean city . The weather was wonderful and it really made a difference as we were a bit tired of the long and grey London winter. Travelling alone with a baby can be challenging- Yes, we women can multitask but we only have two hands- but I knew there was a 5*GL hotel waiting for us who had everything we needed to make our stay not only comfortable but as we would soon find out, one to remember.For this city break, we were invited to stay at Le Meridien Barcelona.
In the luxury hotel world, as in life, it is all about the people. You can stay in the most luxurious hotel but if the staff is not right, if the vibe is not positive, warm and genuine, then the experience is somehow empty. What I liked the most about my stay was definitely the team of people working at the hotel who made me feel at home and made Alba feel like a little princess.
The location of Le Meridien Barcelona couldn’t be better. It is just off Las Ramblas and it is only a 5 minute walk to Plaça de Catalunya where you can take a train or bus to literally everywhere in Barcelona including the airport. The tourist bus also arrives and departs from there. We arrived before the check in time which is 3pm but our room was ready .
The lovely Ana Miquel , Public relations of the hotel, took us to one of the family rooms where Alba and I were staying. On our way to the lift, I noticed a beautiful art piece by the staircase;“Sopa de Gaudi” by artist Jaume Amigó.There is a lot of emphasis on art throughout the hotel, but this one is probably the most striking one.
As soon as I entered our room and saw how light, airy and spacious it was, I felt comfortable and cosy.
Alba had a cot ready next to my bed, a bag with paraben free baby toiletries and a massive blue bath . They also offered baby bottles and a bottle steriliser but I was fine as I like to travel with my own things. However, had I been short on nappies or baby milk, the Hotel would have me sorted.Many of the women here are mums themselves so there is empathy and there is sympathy and a lot of attention to detail to what a family needs, in my case, to what a mum and her small baby needed for a great stay.
The living area was ideal for Alba to do her tummy time and so she did .
Le Meridien Barcelona is a five star hotel with a style that is elegant but unfussy. It is simple and slightly minimalist. My film director self was already thinking in shots by Bergman in “Persona”. Uncluttered and slightly minimalist, just like the design of this hotel.
Films aside, I left Alba new pram by the entrance of the room and headed to check out the dressing area and the toilet.
Needles to say that night we slept like two sleeping beauties , I was super tired from the crazy o’clock flight but the king size bed of my room made sleeping an art form.
As it was still early , Alba and I headed to the spa , it was quiet and I took a picture of the baby by the terrace of the spa in the afternoon sun.
I didn’t want to venture out for dinner that evening so decided to try Le Meridien restaurant, CentOnze.
It was 9pm when I was welcomed into the restaurant which was reasonably busy for being a Monday evening.I liked the fact that there were locals too having dinner apart from hotel guests as that is a good sign. Staff kindly made space for the pram by my table and the little baby behaved really well so no one in that room could tell there was a very young guest that night amongst the dinners. I went for the set menu as wanted to keep it safe and simple and didn’t regret my choice as had a very tasty ,very fresh but light dinner overlooking Las Ramblas.
The next morning, it was another beautiful day and a day of exploring Barcelona awaited us. From the hotel you can walk to the nearby La Boqueria Market, the Barrio Gotico or head down towards Plaza Colón and have a walk around the Barcelona Port as we did. The staff is of course savvy when it comes to local knowledge so you can trust them with their suggestions.
But first stop, CentOnze for breakfast. I ordered an omelette from the live cooking station and had my daily intake of fruits and veggies which in this restaurant they source from La Boqueria market.
After the revitalising breakfast, we headed to “Palau Güell”courtesy of Le Meridien Unclock Art programme. This programme offers guests free access to a cultural local institution worldwide and in Barcelona, their Unlock Art Partner is Palau Güell . The iconic modernist building by Antoni Gaudi and former home of the Güell family. The building was in my list of things to see while in Barcelona so it was perfect to have the tickets already sorted.
Again, it was the very knowledgeable and Le Meridien Experience Specialist , Ana, who guided me to make the most of my visit and gave me tips on places to go and see during my three days in Barcelona. This was very helpful as it saved a lot of time going through Barcelona guides or reading endless online suggestions. Just a brief morning meeting with Ana and a map, and I was ready to explore the city.Done!
We loved our stay at the hotel and we loved Barcelona, for someone with a baby like myself, the location right in the heart of the city, made my life very easy as I could walk almost everywhere rather than relying on buses, taxis or the underground. Considering the opulence and massive size of many of the luxury hotels in many parts of the world, staying in a hotel that oozes authenticity, culture,elegance and class was the icing on the cake. Above it all, it was the people – the staff- who made our stay memorable. Baby Alba was treated like royalty. This comes natural to them as Le Meridien hotels are big on families having recently launched Le Méridien Family Programme . It is the little things that count and Alba and I are looking forward staying at Le Meridien in the near future.A home from home in Barcelona.
Le Meridien Barcelona, Ramblas, 111, Ciutat Vella, 08002 Barcelona, Spain.