Hotel Design Ideas Bathrooms at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona

The new design bathrooms at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona

One of our specialties is the design baths for hotels. In this new article of the blog, we explain with detail and photos that will inspire you, a project of design of the bathrooms of a luxury hotel in which we have participated and of which we feel very proud: the reform of the new baths of the emblematic Mandarin Hotel 5 * of Barcelona.

In particular we have made the supply of different models of various brands of design bathrooms, with which they will make the new suites rooms of the Hotel Mandarin Oriental of Barcelona. By the way, if the design of bathrooms of elegant and singular hotels is a topic that interests you, we also recommend that once you have read this article review the following in which we give you ideas for your interior design projects for hotel bathrooms :

  • Design faucets for 4 and 5 star hotels;
  • Luxury baths in hotels of 5 continents;
  • Modern and designer bathrooms in 3 Barcelona hotels;
  • What is the most important thing when it comes to equipping bathrooms in luxury hotels?

In case you don’t know him yet, we are talking about one of the most emblematic five star hotels in Barcelona, located in Paseo de Gracia, one of the most exclusive and privileged avenues in the city. This impressive hotel opened in 2009 – project in which then we also participate for the design of its 98 bathrooms-is in the process of carrying out its enlargement. To make this enlargement, they have rented the adjoining building that once hosted the old seat of Banc Sabadell in Paseo de Gràcia, 36. After the expansion of its facilities, this luxury hotel will pass from the 98 rooms it currently has to have 130.

Once completed the rehabilitation of the property, which by the way only retains its so characteristic façade, on the ground floor and the underground will open the shop teaches Mango in Barcelona, while the upper floors of the current will transform In 32 new rooms of which 25 will be suites of great luxury with an average surface of 80 square meters.

The work of this enlargement is being carried out by Constructora Construcciones Pai – a company with which we usually collaborate – and which has more than 30 years of experience in the secto, while in terms of the design of the enlargement of the hotel, the project has It was made in its entirety by the renowned and oft-rewarded Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, who already took care of the original project of this hotel, and of which we have spoken to you on several occasions both in articles of baths and in other related to Its collections of pavements and coatings.

As you can see in the photos of the bathrooms included in this article, Patricia Urquiola has been able to perfectly create a style that we describe as luminous, contemporary and very personal. The materials chosen strictly by Patricia for the baths of this ambitious project of enlargement, maintain an elegant line of luxury and refinement, very consistent with the characteristics of the hotel.

The hotel’s bathrooms have washbasins, toilets and bidets ABOL the AGAPE brand; Faucets designed by the same Patricia de HANSGROHE AXOR, intimate hygiene showers provided by the ROVIRA firm; COSMIC, TEUCO and DISA are the brands chosen for bathroom accessories; AGAPE bathtubs in-OUT model, HIDROBOX SPACE series, KALDEWEI Pure and TEUCO series-with a bathtub of almost four square meters.-SEASIDE model; And finally, the chosen bathroom coverings and pavements have been those of the Italian firm Mutia. Of all these brands you can also read various articles in our blog, and also if you enter the section of the website, you can see many of its latest news.

We hope that the reading of this post and visualization of the photos that we have incorporated has given you good ideas. Remember that if this is the first time you read this blog, you can register to periodically receive what we publish, or join us in the social networks in which we are present (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google + and Pinterest).

For any type of enquiry you may need regarding design and brands for hotel baths, please contact us directly through our website, or at any of our stores in Barcelona.

6 New Business Ideas with a Spark of Originality

It is not a question of inventing the wheel, but of providing a touch of creativity to businesses that already exist.


A hybrid between hotel and boutique

Hotels reinvent themselves to get closer to the practices of retail trade. The future is about offering differentiated proposals, trying to give the tourist the best of the local culture instead of those standard products that we are accustomed to seeing in the shops of the hotels.

Also, in the alliance between trade and hotels, with new Multi-format formulas, such as that offered by the Hotel bakery in Barcelona Praktik Bakery, designed to make your guests wake up with the smell of freshly baked bread.

Products with a handmade touch

The impulse of the ecological culture and the return to the origins, the search of the natural and the traditional creates opportunities to defend proposals of food elaborated of all type of form: cheeses, sausages, wineries of author … Products that can not be purchased anywhere else, but for their quality they deserve to be in the best gourmet shops in the world.

Bike Parking

Around the boom of the bike in the cities have already emerged many new businesses in recent years. But there is still an uncovered need: where to safely leave the bike? In some cities, bicycle parking has already been created, but the offer is still insufficient and in many others there is not.

There may be opportunities for innovative street parking solutions, such as those developed by the British Cyclehoop, or better, in closed and supervised premises, such as traditional car parking. Or underground, although more difficult to implement: take a look at the Eco Bicycle Parking of the Japanese Giken.

Segmented offers for tourists

Also, in the tourism sector, you can differentiate yourself with accommodation offers Only adults or offering services to the P2P apartments that they visit regularly. The Spanish BnBSitter is developing just that idea in Barcelona: delivery of keys and cleaning service and laundry for apartments that rent the private ones.

He also thinks that there are more and more hotels and restaurants that offer healthy experiences for both leisure and business travellers. A change that you can take advantage of offering yourself quality products: gluten free, for vegans, detox breakfasts or new processing processes, such as vegan and allergy pastries provided by Muuglu.

Another almost untapped niche is the rich and healthy food for older tourists. A need that will increase to satisfy an increasingly numerous and demanding senior consumer. And in which it is investing a lot within the food industry. Look for the term growing young to delve further into this recent trend.

There are also opportunities offering sports plans to maintain a healthy lifestyle away from home, such as those offered by some hotels, with cardio machines in some rooms or running routes; Even the possibility of going out to run with their employees. Research on platforms that bring different types of sports, such as the portal woow, for bikes, and register your business (accommodation, travel agency, event and any other local business) such as bike friendly.

Alternative routes

There are also opportunities around very specific leisure proposals, such as museum trips, history, photographic routes through cities, graffiti or urban art routes, vegan routes and even the route of Sabina offer already innovative agencies such as MadWay or Carpetania.

Low cost buses

But to travel abroad. It is a market that has not been exploited and wants to develop the British Megabus. At the moment, it only has routes from Barcelona, but the idea is to keep opening new ones. It offers international travel with aggressive discounts (from a pound) with a bus format which includes more seats and travelers, to make the journey profitable.

Adaptation for millennial’s

The millennial’s have become the most attractive potential customers for many, because of their increased purchasing power as they enter the labor market and because they are very avid travelers. Yes, also very particular. They look for hotels in which the technology is very present (WiFi is given for granted and offered free also). To attract them includes innovations such as check-in through the mobile, or AutoCheck-in, as the Galician literary Hotel San Bieito, spaces to share reading and large tables to eat in company with other travelers.

And why not an assistant robot like the one offered by the Hotel Aloft Cupertino to draw your attention and encourage you to share your experience in social networks?

6 Profitable Tourism Business Ideas to Create Your Own Company

If we look at society for a moment, we would be amazed. Everyone says he has no money, but when we go out into the street and see all the terraces full, the restaurants up and people in all the shops, we wonder: Where do they get it?

It is clear that if you have to cut into something it is not going to be at leisure. Too much to pull the week, the house, the work, the children, the classes… to stay at home and depressed. That’s what we think most citizens and the evidence I refer to.

For this reason, businesses that want to meet these leisure needs of society have a very wide market, with many opportunities. If you have reached this point, you want to undertake but do not know what business to put, I give you some more profitable business ideas focused on tourism, leisure and fun, with which you can generate great benefits and be your own boss:

1. Build a Restaurant

Opening a restaurant has become one of the most successful businesses ever. On every weekend no one wants to cook at home and much less want to scrub dishes. And weekdays there are people who for their work and lifestyle do not have time to make the food at home and have the need to eat out.

To open a restaurant you need to have a savings to form the company and buy furniture, hiring employees, etc. But if you have little money and want to start a food business there are other options to devote yourself to this and it doesn’t have to be open a restaurant:

  • Food at home through a website
  • Sell to other restaurants
  • Create a catering service
  • Undertake with a food truck

2. Tours

You can dedicate yourself to making routes, whether they be gastronomic, nocturnal, biking or electric skateboards.

The night tours are less seen, the fact is that tourists increasingly want to visit the city at night due to the weather or the charm of the city when the sun goes down.

The night tours can consist of routes that cross the most historical streets of the city, monuments, churches, parks, you can also teach the main bars and nightclubs in the area.

3. Rent of houses or apartments

There are tourists who instead of prefer to stay in a hotel, prefer to rent an apartment or house when they will stay many days in a place, as it has more space and amenities.

A good option would be to promote the apartments on a website and promote it through social networks.

4. Travel Agencies Online

Consumer habits are changing, buying online and also making reservations for flights or hotels online.

In addition there are many companies, especially hotels, that by making the booking online, they make discounts on packages and offer you other advantages like bonus with money to spend in the hotel. It is a form of loyalty to the client and offer a good service of attention.

5. Travel Blog or Travel magazine

Open a blog with information about tourist destinations, where you can count your experience or that of others and be useful to readers who travel to that destination.

To bring profitability to the blog or magazine, the ideal would be to play with advertising on the blog and create collaborations with other companies in the sector to attract visitors and generate good income.

6. Apps for Smartphones

Practically most use their smartphones to look for anything on the Internet. Thanks to the smartphone boom, the development of apps has become a very profitable and necessary business for consumers.

An app allows to simplify the daily activity of a user, offering information about a product, the city, the place of interest, the main restaurants most valued, or allowing you to make reservations to hire a transport service for Move.

Hotel Trends for 2017

It is usual and typical that, when the first weeks of a new year arrive, the tendencies that are expected will be detected. That’s typical doesn’t mean it’s useless. It’s never too much to start the year by taking a look at what’s around us and start to intuit what may be in a few more months.

This time we have noticed the hotel tendencies that the British newspaper Telegraph has intuited. The list that this diary has drawn up includes 9 hotel trends for 2017. Then we will discuss and look for various examples that show the trend.

  1. Restaurants and hotels. There are several mergers that we have seen in recent years between hotels and restaurants. In fact, in this post, which we wrote a few months ago, this fusion “restaurant-hotel” is highlighted as a multi-functional feature of boutique hotels. And it is that the gastronomic culture is sticking very strong in our country and this fact is presented as an opportunity for the hotels.
  2. Smart Hotels. We spoke last year of the first hotel without people and equipped only with robots. Here you can read what was written regarding this hotel. It seems that one of the tendencies of the hotels will continue to be to introduce technological elements that make better the experience of the guests. We will have to see if this tendency leads to replacing people by machines. As always, we assume that the best option will be to know them combine.
  3. Different buildings and spaces. It’s not all technology. It will also be a trend to choose original spaces to locate the hotels as well as to take advantage of old buildings or for different functions than to host the guest.
  4. Adaptation to the millennial’s. There are many changes that have taken place in recent years. These changes cause the hotel industry to feel invited to conform to the new demands of the guests. There is a clear trend on the part of the hotels aimed at adapting to the millennial’s. New low cost brands are emerging as well as strategies with a more local approach, based on lifestyle, locality and greater personalization.
  5. Chain mergers. Perhaps due to the high level of competition, many hotel chains have decided to agree on alliances and mergers that make them stronger. We must not forget that many hotel chains are taking as a threat the birth of new ways of sightseeing, as could be the case of AIRBNB. Some choose to join and become stronger, as is the case with the recent merger between Marriott and Starwood. Others prefer to react, for example, like the way of her. He and all his Room Mate team face these new business models accepting as an opportunity to do different things. That’s how Matt was born.
  6. The wellness sector takes more strength. More and more hotels expand their facilities to have luxury spas or even yoga retreats. The hotels have realized that there is a large demand for relaxation tourism that seeks to rest and take care of themselves at the same time. This is how interesting alliances between health centers and aesthetics and hotel establishments arise.
  7. Hotels are looking for new concepts. The hotel competition is huge and in front of so many choices of choice for the guest, it must be unmarked and differentiated from the rest. On the one hand you can differentiate by the quality part of the service. On the other, you can specialize. In the field of this specialization, many hotels have chosen to choose a thematic idea and differentiate themselves as well. Here you will find a small compilation of thematic hotels that favor differentiation.
  8. Hotel sustainability. A few years ago, because of new legislation and increased awareness, hotel companies are betting a little more on policies related to improving corporate Social responsibility (CSR). In this post we discuss what actions the hotel can take to increase its CSR in the social, environmental and economic field.
  9. The exclusive is the new luxury. Little by little the common is losing value. The guest is looking for exclusivity. In this article that we link we can see some of the peculiar services that begin to offer some hotels in order to differentiate themselves from the competition by means of the luxury and the personalization of the services.

Up to here the hotel trends that are expected for this year you just entered. Technology, creativity and quality could be the 3 major groups in which we could classify each of the trends we have just commented on. The technology will continue to have a more important role both to guarantee the quality that the host requires as the exclusivity it seeks in the experiences it hires.

Art-Compatible Hotels

Only a few weeks ago we spoke in this post of the inauguration of the Hotel Joan Miró Museum. We made a relationship between the art and the hotel, merging that is becoming very fashionable in the hospitality sector. Researching a little on the net we have found several hotels that support the same merger strategy. In this post we have based on a selection of that has revealed the ten best artistic accommodations best valued according to the guest’s opinion.

All of them have five points in common that we list below:

  1. They have received the Gold Award at the Loved by guests awards.
  2. These are five-star hotels.
  3. All of them do not have an appraisal, on the part of the guests, less than 4.7 over 5.
  4. They have an active account on a social network. Most of them participate in Twitter. When we list each of the selected hotels we will facilitate access to your Twitter account, in case you have one.
  5. They are considered luxury hotels.

Let’s start with the list of artistic hotels you have selected

The Surrey (New York): @SurreyHotelNYC

Hardly this hotel could be better valued by its guests. It has a score of 4.7 over 5 according to the guests who have stayed in it. As they say, the hotel looks like the house of an art collector. It has an art gallery that is to be envied. The centerpiece is a Chuck Close tapestry that occupies a whole wall and depicts Kate Moss. The hotel maintains nuances Art deco that merges with a design of the 90 years, with works by artists such as Jenny Holzer, Cecily Brown and Richard Serra. Guests are all exposed so that guests can contemplate them.

Rooms are available from €480 per room and night. He has recently received a Gold Award from’s Loved by guests awards.

The First Luxury Art Hotel (Rome): @thefirsthotel

This hotel could be confused with an Italian contemporary art gallery. Each room looks like a small private gallery. In the public areas the same hotel organizes temporary exhibitions and maintains other permanent ones.

As an added value, we emphasize that the hotel has an art advisor who is responsible for providing information on the exhibited works. In this way, if the guest wants to know more about some of the works can be addressed to him. The advisor also manages the marketing of some of the works that are on sale. This hotel is valued with the same score as the previous one, 4.7 over 5. The price of the room is not lower than €342 per room and night.

Hotel Éclat (Beijing): @eclat_beijing

This hotel has the largest private collection of works by Salvador Dalí from all over China. In addition, in the rooms and in the common areas you can find more than 100 artworks by artists such as Andy Warhol, Pierre Matter, Zhang Guolang, Chen Wen Ling, Gao Xiao Wu and Zou Liang.

One will be able to stay in your rooms paying from €258 per room and night.

The Art (Denver): @DenverArtHotel

In this case, the hotel combines contemporary design with high-tech facilities. The hotel has two art galleries, as well as other works that can be found in the public areas and rooms. The most outstanding work is an artistic installation with more than 22,000 lights.

The hotel restaurant is also very attentive. It receives the name of fire which is endowed with various artistic details like large lamps and kinetic sculptures related to the fire. Its rooms have a minimum price of 198 € per room and night.

21 Museum Hotel (Louisville): @ 21cLouisville

The 21 Museum Hotel is a museum, yes, but it is also a hotel. It is possibly one of the most authentic tourist-artistic fusions. The building in which the tourist can both stay and make a cultural visit is a renovated warehouse of the nineteenth century. The hotel has several rooms but highlights the Asleep in the Cyclone. This one is in the basement and is completely constructed of wood and decorated with exclusive fabrics. This suite also includes a vaulted sculpture on the ceiling, as you can see in this link where pictures are displayed.

All the artworks of the hotel and museum are the most interesting and amusing, and they pay homage to contemporary artists from all over the world who are still alive. The price of each room is part of a minimum of €198 per room and night.

South Place Hotel (London): @southplacehotel

It is a hotel of the most elegant in London. It has 80 rooms and each one of them is decorated with modern works of Art of London artists. In some common areas of the hotel, such as the lobby and restaurant, you will find very prestigious avant-garde works. Each year the hotel celebrates a competition dedicated to the new graduates of the London School of Art. The winner of this competition will be able to showcase his work in the hotel showcase.

The price to stay at this hotel is from €226 per room and night.

Andaz Masterdam Prinsengracht (Amsterdam): @AndazAMS

This hotel is situated in an old building where the main public library of Amsterdam was located. This hotel predominates a Inspitada theme in the novel by Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. In addition to the surrealist details typical of the Tmática chosen, the guest can also find a collection of video art.

The guest can stay at this hotel from a minimum price of €338 per room and night.

New Art Hotel (Athens)

This hotel stands out for its environmental philosophy, since it has been built with techniques that do not harm or harm the environment. Among other things, he has tried to recycle all the material that belonged to the previous building. In fact, to get these results the hotel designers consulted local architecture students to make sure not to break up with the city style. The hotel manages to integrate and merge into the city thanks to details from contemporary artists who manage to reflect the character of Athens.

What doesn’t have this hotel is an active Twitter account like all previous ones. If you have it on Facebook and you can visit it on this link. Rooms are available from €163 per room and night.

Palace Hotel (Tokyo)

The owners of this hotel are truly art lovers. Other than that the same establishment can be considered a work of art, the hotel offers an art package to its guests, which includes private excursions of artistic theme throughout the city. Still, if the guest wants to enjoy some of the best Japanese works of art you can find them in the same rooms of the hotel and in the common areas.

As a peculiarity, we want to comment that in each room, guests will find a book written by the owners entitled ‘ The Art of the Palace Hotel ‘. Yes, the cost of the stay is of the most expensive compared to the previous hotels: €484 per room and night.

Le Palais Art Hotel (Prague)

This hotel is located in a palace built in the year 1897 and is one of the best examples of the architecture of the Belle Epoque that one can find in the Czech capital. The interior of the hotel is decorated with majestic paintings of contemporary Czech artists. Contemporary art exhibits are offered in the lobby.

The price of each room is part of €223 per night. This hotel also does not participate in Twitter but it does on Facebook. In this link you can check it.

And here comes the selection of hotels. As we can see there are none Spanish. We will think about writing about it, because for the writing of some posts we have discovered that some are at national level. It would be interesting to discover them and make them known. We will leave it for another entry in our blog.

7 New Concepts that Could Make Your Trip Different

7 new hotel concepts that could make your trip different:

1. Nano Hotels (with a more than respectable room)

From the hotel for art lovers who has launched the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vigo (MARCO) with a single room, to the taxi that during the London Olympics has become a hotel room, in recent years have emerged different examples of Ultra Small hotels designed to provide a unique limited experience to a truly small number of travellers a year.

Here are some interesting examples of this trend:

  • Hotel MARCO (Vigo, Spain)
  • Taxi Hotel (London)
  • Hotel One by the Five (Paris)
  • Toilé de Kallio Hotel Room (Helsinki)

2. Tailor-made experiences

Fashionable to books, the tendency of personalization does not seem to go out of fashion and it was time for them to move to the hotels. With the idea in mind to offer a unique experience and offering a system of price modules to which we already have accustomed other sectors like the one of the airlines, these hotels offer from rooms that are made to measure (Waterklake, Grace Hotel), to Personalized check in and check-out times (Starwood), through handmade soaps and cut at the moment (Viceroy Riviera Maya) According to customer’s tastes:

  • Waterlake Hotel (UK)
  • Grace Hotel (Sydney)
  • Viceroy Riviera Maya (Mexico)
  • Starwood Hotels (Worldwide)

3. Ecotourism moves to the city

Sightseeing and being responsible ecologically is no longer limited to rural hotels and mountain camps, hotels like Charlotte’s Ritz-Carlton offer a luxury travel experience without sacrificing respect for the environment: parking for Bicycles and load of electric vehicles, uniforms made in recycled materials for the staff, beehives on the roof to help the pollination of the environment while generating the honey consumed in the hotel:

  • Ritz Carlton Charlotte (Charlotte, USA)
  • Waldorf-Astoria (New York)
  • Royal York Hotel (Toronto)
  • The Quartier DIX30 (Montreal)

5. Luxury hotels that provide worldly experiences

True luxury may no longer be just a large room, a huge TV or a bathroom that looks like a SPA. Or so they seem to have started to think about these hotels, which have added to the standards of luxury classic experiences that go beyond the valuables and let you enjoy what the world offers for free, in a different way.
Here are some interesting examples of this trend:

  • Sky View Suites in L’And Vineyards (Portugal)
  • Waldorf-Astoria (New York)
  • Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa (Canada)

6. From tecnohoteles to hotels for geeks

Travellers are increasingly connected and we therefore expect that hotels will provide us with services that will allow us to enjoy our gadgets. Every time it is more common to enjoy custom plugs for Apple devices, Wi-Fi networks, music libraries via Spotify, .. But, in addition, if you have left your toys at home, these hotels provide you with the IPads room and ebooks to entertain you:

  • The Berkeley (London)
  • New York Plaza (New York)
  • Hollman Belletage (Vienna)
  • Fairmont Hotels (Worldwide)

7. New Themes in theme hotels: Music, cinema, books, wine, car racing

We have already presented them to you before, the theme hotels seem to be consolidated beyond the amusement parks and Las Vegas. From hotels focused on wine experience hosted by vineyards, to hotels inspired by literature, motoring, cinema, music,… One more way to live the trips in which your hotel not only reflects the type of traveler you are, but your hobbies and interests in your daily life.

  • V8 Hotel (Germany)
  • NHow (Berlin)
  • Astoria 7 (San Sebastián)
  • Hotel de las Letras (Madrid)

How to Do Emotional Marketing Effectively and Economically

Marketing strategies can be thought of as large treaties created by multinationals and large companies that have countless professionals at their service to think about it all day.

Although in some cases in fact not only these large corporations can benefit from great marketing discoveries like emotional marketing, any business, even a small one, can create valuable strategies that achieve a connection with Your customers on a permanent basis.

The emotional marketing is basically the use of strategies that allow associating the brand with emotions, making the buyer have a close relationship with this by associating it to something that thinks or feels, with what is identified.

This type of marketing focuses its efforts in that the client-brand affinity is positive by making it loyalty so much that it ends up using it for many years, even inheriting that taste to its predecessors.

Tips for doing emotional Marketing

So do not be a huge company with a gigantic capital you can take advantage of this marketing model to grow up to the smallest business, some ways to attract that good look by buyers are:

Support social causes: When a brand is linked to some social cause or demonstrates support for the community in some way gains the support of many people, in large multinationals can be seen in their commercial spots and virtual campaigns, in the smallest can Easily noticed by helping others.

As simple as if a local store welcomes people with difficult situations giving them job opportunities or donating items that no longer come out for sale, only that can make many people loyal to the good intentions.

To be part of a story: some brands look for their products to be linked to stories that stir, reach the consumer and identify with the protagonist of history, creating a relationship. Another way is to appeal to nostalgia, with elements and products that grandparents or ancestors used and that brings to the new consumers fond memories.

Sense of belonging: a good strategy of emotional marketing for growing companies is to appeal to the support of their fellow citizens to support the local industry, it usually works when the product or service in addition to being local is of good quality and to a Good price.

How to determine the emotional Marketing strategy

The big companies do it in a simple way, through psychographical segmentation and studies of consumer psychology, for these marks the technological tools like the big data or the Business analytic are the key to determining the lifestyle, values, personality and emotions that arouse products in consumers and use it for their benefit.

In smaller companies growing, the strategy of emotional marketing can be perceived through direct contact with people, to listen to their comments, to pay attention to their stories. When you have the opportunity to establish a trust relationship with the user either face-to-face or through social networks (which is very economical) it is possible to determine the best way to reach it and to make it loyal to the brand, whatever it is.

The Best Hotels in Sun and Beach

Throughout the life of this blog, we have spoken from capsule, boutique or art-related hotels to thematic hotels, under the sea or luxury. It seems common to define the category of hotels. Even so, we have never made special mention of the sun and beach hotels even though they are the ones we know best.

Recently, Trivague has published, as it has been doing for the last five years, a ranking of the hotels sun and beach with better reputation online. In this post we will discuss this top 10 highlighting what makes them peculiar.

Vincci Selección Aleysa Hotel Boutique & SPA

Vincci Selección Aleysa Hotel Boutique & Spa is located in Malaga (Andalusia) and belongs to the hotel chain Vinci Hotels. This boutique hotel has not only been considered the best valued hotel in Spain but has also been considered the best beach hotel. It is a hotel of 35 rooms located in first line of beach, in Benalmadena.

It is the only boutique hotel in that area and as they usually have many of these hotels it has a haute cuisine restaurant: Alamar. It is a restaurant of Mediterranean essence with some international nuances. The guest can eat there and enjoy a privileged view of the sea.

As the hotel’s name indicates, it also has a well-known spa: Oshum spa. This spa is undoubtedly a landmark in the Costa del Sol as it complements the hotel’s offer with water beds, a thermal circuit and personalized treatment cabins.

In your Instagram account you can find photographs that convey the attractiveness of this hotel and in your Facebook account general information of the chain. The network also participates in Twitter.

Seaside Grand Hotel Residence

For the fifth consecutive year, this is the best considered beach hotel in the Canary Islands. It is located on the Maspalomas beach, in the midst of a tropical garden. Despite being categorized as a beach hotel, you can boast a colonial style and harmonious interiorism that conveys tranquility.

It is a luxury hotel equipped with all kinds of comforts for the guest. This hotel, like the previous one, also has a spa. This spa is notable for its thalassotherapy pool, different types of sauna, salt caves and sensation showers.

The nature, the island heat and the color are also transferred to the restaurant, where you can enjoy the typical Canarian flavors with views of the mountains of Gran Canaria and the dune characteristics.

Alén do Mar

The hotel Alén do Mar is located in Fisterra and is the best beach hotel valued in Galicia. At the national level is the third best valued.

It is a small and simple hotel, albeit with a marked personality. It offers very personalized services accompanied by a familiar treatment and close to its guests. It has eleven rooms that combine a modern design with traditional Galician architectural elements. The hotel is surrounded by nature and offers the option that the guest can surf, surf or snorkel in the Atlantic Ocean.

The hotel has a Twitter and a Facebook account, in which they are informing in a timid way the news.


This hotel is located in Catalonia, specifically in Cadaqués. The hotel has been recently renovated on the occasion of its 50 anniversary. It is located away from the crowded beaches and is located in a sunny and quiet cove, close to the center of the village.

It has rooms with good views to the village, to the sea, to the gardens around it. Some of them have a private jacuzzi.

We cannot ignore that part of the charm of the hotel is due to the intrinsic charm of the town of Cadaqués, a fishing village that conserves tradition and the Mediterranean style.

As for the social networks in which it participates, it has Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google +.

Ris Maritime

The Hotel Marítima Ris is located in Cantabria and is the best valued beach hotel of this autonomous community. It is a tourist complex formed by a hotel and apartments. Its rooms are simple but very well equipped and with all kinds of comforts. These have excellent views of Noja’s coastline.

It is located on the front line of the Ris Beach, which the guest can access directly from the room. Its facilities include the outdoor swimming pool and the spa, with Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and Finnish sauna.

It seems that only has Facebook account, where it interacts with guests and shares news related to the hotel sector.

Lake Garden

The Hotel Lago Garden is located in Cala Ratjada, a tourist area of fishing tradition located in the northeast of Majorca. The hotel rooms are elegant and sophisticated. They are surrounded by gardens full of palm trees and native plants.

The rooms range from doubles and family suites with private terrace to the Imperial Suite, which with 160 is the largest and most exclusive of the hotel.

As for the surroundings, the hotel is surrounded by beaches with natural dunes and transparent waters where the guest can know the Balearic underwater life.

We searched the social networks if they had any profile and it seems that they do not participate in any social network.

Las Arenas Balneario Resort

This hotel belongs to Santos hotels chain and is located in the Valencian Community and for the second year has been selected in this ranking. This is a five star hotel located on the Malvarrosa beach.

The hotel, formerly a historic spa, retains the same architectural beauty. So much so that the most noteworthy of the hotel is the Las arenas Spa, where guests can hire different aromatherapy, chromotherapy and music therapy treatments and Oriental and holistic therapies.

It also has a restaurant that leaves nothing to be desired. The Brasserie Sorolla Restaurant offers a refined gastronomic experience, loyal to traditional cuisine, by the hand of chef José María Baldo.

The hotel chain is present in various social networks: Facebook, Twitter and we highlight in a curious way that is also on LinkedIn.

Hotel Saiaz Getaria

There was No shortage in this list a Basque hotel. Hotel Saiaz Getaria is located between Gaztetape Beach and Getaria’s Old town. The location is more than privileged offering to the guest unique views to both the old Town and the Cantabrian from the rooms. Moreover, the same hotel has viewpoints as it is built on a cliff.

We emphasize that each of the rooms is decorated in a different way, honoring the medieval times with thick stone walls. In turn, the hotel keeps an interesting collection of antiques.

The hotel maintains active accounts on the following social networks: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Villa Rosario

The Hotel Villa Rosario is located in the Principality of Asturias, in the sea promenade of Ribadesella and with direct access to the beach of Santa Maria. The hotel is the result of the delicate renovation of a palace. The interior preserves the original decoration of the house and is surrounded by coastal and mountain spots.

The hotel has 17 spacious rooms and has a restaurant specializing in the traditional dishes of the region.

The hotel participates in many social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It is not usual for hotels to have an account on Flickr. In the case of this hotel, they have an account on Flickr, a platform specialized in maintaining a large image bank.

Hotel Servigroup Galúa

Hotel Servigroup Galúa is located in Murcia. It is located on the seafront of La Manga del Mar Menor, an area of great tourist interest formed by a coastline that separates the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean, and can enjoy 22 kilometres of warm water.

The hotel is large and has 194 rooms: Some doubles with large windows and sea views, other familiar and luminous in shades orange and turquoise with double bed and bunk beds with capacity of up to four people, and some with integrated living room. The hotel has a wellness centre that includes a sauna, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and gym.

The hotel chain Servigroup has several accounts in some social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google +.

And this is the list of sun and beach hotels that Trivague has proposed as best valued. We hope you have not been very envious and that you have been interesting.

Hotel Design Should Be Efficient

The design of the hotels is now focused on creating open and luminous spaces; They should also be smaller and more efficient in order for the investment to prove fruitful.

For the development of a hotel to be business it is necessary to focus the architecture as a solution within a very clear investment range, said the director of the Office of Architects of Anda and Associates, Víctor de Anda.

The former project and equipment director of Grupo Posadas opined that the design stage is essential for a hotel to be efficient, as is the choice of materials, specifications, constructive methods, programming of the Work and project Executive.

From their point of view, the trends seek to make the spaces more reduced and efficient, because it is no longer necessary that the hotels, even those that are aimed at entrepreneurs, have business centers.

“Every time we require fewer spaces dedicated to work,” said the architect, giving a lecture at the International Building Hall (SAIE), held at the World Trade Center Mexico City (WTC).

He added that building less square meters for the supply of food and beverages makes the cost of investment more efficient, so it is necessary to design areas that serve for various purposes. exemplified with kitchen and stores, which can be used for cafeteria and for restaurant.

As for the common spaces, the designs must be illuminated and open, and a solution to achieve it may be that the lobby, the restaurant and the reception are part of the same space, explained de Anda.

He mentioned that this is used to make a minimum conversion to adapt the hotel to the trends of the moment and avoid that it has an outdated appearance, a fact that also competes with furniture, because they are not so durable, because it is necessary to renew them to give Freshness and topicality.

The materials for the finishes have to be simple and natural, so that they are easy to maintain and give an impression of amplitude and illumination, he said. He added that the woods, stones, sands for textured finishes and ceramic tiles mark the current trend in the world hotels.

As we can see the design of the hotel has a lot of natural light entrance, its architecture is avant-garde, all its details are made clear by its functionality, it has a reception, an extensive dining room, a gymnasium, conference rooms, lounge Entertainments, etc. Then we leave the plans so you can see more carefully the details of this wonderful architectural work.

Design Hotels vs Hotel Design

Beyond satisfying the demands of the design victims, design hotels must be linked to innovation and the proposal of new social values. In this article, Giulio Ceppi of the Total Tool study provides some key to this pending definition, and explains its positioning in four hotel projects. The “new architect” will be a strategic figure that transcends the traditional scales of urbanism, architecture and design.

Design hotels after Starck

I think it’s never easy for a designer, given his egocentric nature, to recognize someone’s real merits. But, if we want to talk about the relationship between design and hotel, I do not think you can deny Philippe Starck (and his mentor Ian Schreger) The fundamental role of having reopened and clearly redefined, from the early 1990s, that relationship. As is obvious, the model of design hotel proposed by the powerful pairing Starck-Schraeger, ie, that of a hotel strongly oriented towards the design and all it signed by designers, as a kind of total scenography and Totalizer, is not the only formula Possible, even with all the combinations given by the infinite locations and the infinite designers available.

To understand how to move in that world –a question that I raised 10 years ago, precisely when I was commissioned by a design hotel in Milan–, I think we have to go to a wider horizon, provided by the combination of at least two factors Basic:
1. The role that is intended to be attributed to the design, that is to say, which and how many expressive and linguistic values we want to offer to the user.

2. The business model generated by the obvious presence of the design as a factor capable of causing new dynamics and new services for the client, as well as, obviously, profitability and different models for its managers. The harmonious interaction of these porting axes (aesthetic experience and innovation in the service) very often determines the degree of originality and success of each case. Let’s try, then, to imagine that we move in a field defined by four macro-factors:

– Expression and style.
– Service and quality.

Thematic vs Authentic

The first two factors define, de facto, the architectural language and the capacity of aesthetic implication of the client, that is to say, of environmental fascination. In a way, forcing things a little, it would be the chosen “theme” and its temporal and cultural validity.

We have thus authentic monothematic hotels, which we could define as hotels of the imagination (now inspired in the Pirates of the Caribbean, now in the Egypt of the Pharaohs), of strong connotation and figuratively redundant, as are the American models to the Disney style or Las Vegas, which no longer ceases to amaze and amuse us with its iconographic and geographical paradoxes (serve, as a sample button, the recent hotels Venice and Bellagio).

Or, on a culturally perhaps higher level, but which should be judged on a case-by-event basis, the so-called art Hotels, whose more or less direct and authentic references to the world of art, and works by artists of fame and capacity of the most heterogeneous, create anyway with Notations that try to involve the client in the old avant-garde utopia of the Gesamtkunstwerk (the work of total art).

Long Lasting vs Ephemeral

Factors of great importance are the geographical connotation and the temporal space of the hotel. What were the classic big hotels, today, significantly, of great topicality and monuments to the memory of the hotel tradition, but icons of the style of the city and of the relational and aesthetic culture that was intended almost to sublimate in the interior of the property itself?

An urban hotel that expresses the Milanese creativity. Giulio Ceppi explains that the project of this hotel, located in Milan, arises from a paradox: Can you build a design hotel in a design capital and avoid that, for that very reason, it will become immediately obsolete? After making the decision to conserve the industrial morphology of the building, it was conceived as a container of various functions with parallel structures (bar, restaurant, Congress Centre), which were defined in various diagrams (in the image). The Enterprise is a city hotel, an open structure to the city. Its relationship with design and fashion is shown in the common spaces and in the objects of courtesy of the rooms. Carried out in collaboration with Paolo Bodega, the project included the choice of name, graphic design, division of spaces and interior.

This historical and social dimension, of almost urban and temporal reach, is absent in the contemporary performances signed by the different architects, in which the choral power is replaced by the eccentric and subjective vision of the individual, for the exercise Self-referential the style of the architect, or – as an even more recent phenomenon – of a well-known brand (see the Bulgari Hotel in Milan or the performance of Fornarina in Rimini). In these cases the hotel is, more than ever, stage, space of pure representation, media place before real, conceived as pure experience that justifies itself and auto-feed, with temporal duration that we do not know and that will depend on the fashions or the business profitability.

Container vs Content

On the other axis, however, are the values linked to service and quality, that is to say, to the authenticity of the contents. Apparently, it is a sum of values and traditional practices, value for money, but this sum, today, can generate in turn aesthetic and expressive models of great power and impact, crossing two worlds.

Consider the emblematic case, if only for its already smelling abundance, of the beauty farms and the spa (Suaper aquam) with Hotel Anexo, to which we go, obviously, to receive regenerative and exclusive treatments and care, but in which the framework Scenographic and sensory becomes equally important, if not even predominantly.

Or think of similar success in Italian rural houses, where the contents should prevail over the container, and where the quality and tractability of food and raw materials should be the criteria of choice. However, the experience is inevitably complemented by the bucolic value of the landscape and other figurative elements, less sensory in themselves, that connote and highlight the authenticity of the ensemble for an already culturally urbanized client.

Real experience vs. media representation

It is easy to ironic on the already great and ever increasing importance of design in hotel structures, since the design victims abound and also the media have played an important role in the overcrowding of a sales model and Renovation of the tourist experience, which passes by the prestige of the hotel. What was perhaps only a discreet “mouth-to-mouth” at the time of the Grand Tour, today is inevitably a media bombardment by force of articles that do not recommend both different cultures and exotic destinations, but exclusive hotels and resorts where you pass the ends of Week.

We do not intend here to stigmatize this phenomenon, let alone ridicule it, especially when the numbers of both supply and demand are so impressive. The architects themselves, moreover, are both their victims and promoters, because it is a stimulating and interdisciplinary work area, in which you can mix the architecture with interior design, the graphic communication with the layout of the services, the product Design with the experience design.

However, it is necessary to understand where the design is located between so much proliferation of forms, styles and themes, if we want to give this word a sense linked to innovation and the proposal of new social values, and not only to understand it as a catalogue Permanently updated service sector; Something not reprehensible in itself, but perhaps limiting.

Unique Models vs. New Standards

To the previous question, no doubt question and rhetoric, I am inclined to give a single answer, based on my professional experience as an architect: the validity of a hotel project is, first, to create something authentic and original, where the aesthetic component and Architectural complements actively with innovative management and business models, in order to provide the final customer with new services and a very specific experience. Among the great global standards imposed by American pragmatism, on the one hand (the points cards of the big chains) and the Solipsistic and hyper-anesthetizes exercises of the divots of architecture, on the other, we must look for intermediate paths , new qualitative standards, new models of experience and relationship that pass through the hotel as a place, format or environment capable of generating, at the same time, services and identities.

Simplification vs. Exaggeration

A new and interesting typology, for example, are the new urban apartments (like the town House of Milan, which already has 2 facilities in that city), where the services are reduced to the minimum and where the hotel acquires an aesthetic dimension and Very domestic and “neighbourhood” socio-relational; Or the low cost hotels, like the EasyHotel of the group of the same name that has already revolutionized the world of the airlines. It is about opening up to new targets of customers, creative and youthful, attracted, yes, for adjusted prices, but also for freedom at the time of consuming and choosing, a bit like the fashion outlets.

Aesthetics vs. Experience

The world of hotels shows us clearly how the culture of the architects, excessively self-referential and enclosed in itself, is destined to positively pollute and to hybridize with other dimensions of creation and management. The latter, in particular, has been relegated too long to a second level, as a logical corollary of the project, but always as something technical and specialized, oblivious to the formal and aesthetic language of which the architect felt maximum and unique interpreter Responsible.

In recent years, however, the role of the architect and the interior designer has changed dramatically, and will change even more in the next decade.

The quality of the architecture cannot be placed today only in a bet of linguistic and expressive type, in the formulation of a style or of a formal model: that architecture is compositive and abstract; It is retinal, that is, limited to a two-dimensional and merely figurative perception of space, without a will to conceive the life of this and its transformations in time, nor dynamic, active and complex, that make it something really livable.

The architect and the designer thus limited their role to the specialists of the form and the ornament, without wanting to understand its contents and its implications in different fields, from the social to the behavior, the environment and the energy, to the questions Linked to services and management over time.

Do vs. Organize
Beside the traditional professional figures, today it is necessary that of a new architect able to catalyze and coordinate the different professions and the different social actors involved in the project.

Its main function is to respond to the growing demand for well-being by reducing the environmental impact of human activities and regenerating and extolling the social quality of the cities. In other words, a professional who before the project is already able to visualize and materialize the relational attributes implicit in the structure.

Specific disciplines vs. Science of Change
As we have explained, with this new perspective, architecture becomes an instrument of organization of complexity.

The space that we must design is not born of a unitary project, but rather in a way of understanding reality, of dismantling it and reassembling it, and of the awareness of the definitive fall of the figurative (and narrative) systems of architecture as such» (Andrea Branzi).

It is necessary for architecture to know how to take advantage of and interpret change and to do so with new instruments and means of representation and visualization. The architects must begin to reason in terms of processes and possibilities, giving up the idea of total control, of the formal and linguistic rigidity that everything freezes and systematizes it.