Architect: Rafael Moneo
Located in the heart of the Gothic quarter, the Hotel Mercer is the result of an ambitious project designed by renowned architect Rafael Moneo. Incorporated into part of it are the Roman walls of the ancient city of Barcino, dating back to the first century AD.
The main entrance to the hotel is in the narrow Calle dels Lledó and is marked by a large solid wooden door that opens onto the medieval facade. Crossing the threshold, immediately visible are the two central elements of the whole project, stone and light. Entering from the darkness of the street along a short corridor, you immediately see the inner courtyard and its orange trees, while the glass walls framed by 17th century stone pillars flood
the lobby with light.
Overseen by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Universidad de Barcelona, this masterly project was designed to recover and restore the architectural remains of various different styles established over the centuries. The hotel terrace which extends between the two watchtowers of the old Roman walls overlooks the Church of Santa Maria del Mar and the Cathedral of Santa Creu and Santa Eulàlia.
Another special spot is the library, located on the first floor of the building and decorated with medieval frescoes brought to light during the restoration work. Here guests can relax and enjoy reading some of the many books on the history of the city.
The design of the 28 rooms is also conceived to enhance the original building materials. Wooden beams and stone walls are left exposed, blending elegantly with the minimal and comfortable décor. This combination of ancient and modern provides a backdrop for the perfectly proportioned iconic Spoon XL bathtub, made inCristalplant® biobased and designed by Benedini Associati.
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photography: Xabier Mendiola