Deal Alert: A Chic Barcelona Boutique Hotel (and Former Picasso Haunt) for $183

by  Kristine Hansen | Dec 26, 2014
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You might think that it would cost a fortune to stay in the former studio of a famous artist. As it turns out, you can do just that for about $183 per night.

In Barcelona, a new 30-room hotel is opening next month in a building that used to house Pablo Picasso’s studio. The Serras is offering special opening rates for just 150 euros ($183 USD), per night. Later on in the season, the price will jump to 250 euros ($305 USD) per night.

Picasso painted “Ciencia y Caridad” (“Science & Clarity”) here in 1897, in a building that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, which means you get those same inspiring views. And proof that this part of Barcelona is up-and-coming: this is the neighborhood’s first five-star hotel, and the luxurious, members-only Soho House has already announced plans to open in the area. A rooftop bar with a pool area serves ceviche and cocktails along with views of Port Vell Marina, and the hotel’s interiors were crafted by Spanish designer Eva Martinez. Throughout the renovation, the original Neo-Classical façade – by the same designer as Barcelona’s Plaza Real, and dating back to 1846 – was retained.

Foodies will love that the hotel’s restaurant features Michelin-star chef Marc Gascons at the helm. (He is the chef and owner at Els Tinars, in Girona, Spain.) His restaurant will source ingredients locally for dishes that include Galician beef tataki. Back at the rooms – of which all have balconies – are Malin and Goetz bath amenities plus candles to create a relaxing environment. Upon check-in each guest receives a glass of Champagne. Among the 30 suites is the Picasso Suite, where Picasso painted the view of Basilica de la Mercè.

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