InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Splashes Down in Barcelona

The luxe hospitality brand has just opened its second Spanish outpost after the InterContinental Madrid.

The reception area at the InterContinental Barcelona. (All photos courtesy of IHG)

Travelers planning a trip to Spain now have a new five-star hotel to check in to while visiting the capital of Catalonia. Located a short walk from the attraction-studded hill of Montjuïc, the former Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Center has now been transformed into the InterContinental Barcelona after a top-to-toe renovation. The brand-new property made its debut this week as the first luxury hotel to open in the city this year.

At InterContinental Barcelona, the 273 guest rooms nod to the Mediterranean Sea and the city’s striking architecture through the use of natural wood elements and hues of blue, ochre, and neutral tones woven into the soft furnishings. The room count also includes 17 Junior suites with views of the city and a 180-square-meter Presidential suite.

The hotel’s culinary lineup is led by its main restaurant Quirat. Helmed by 28-year-old Víctor Torres, who became the youngest chef in Spain to achieve a Michelin star back in 2018, Quirat promises to showcase seasonal, locally sourced ingredients through its evolving avant-garde cuisine. All-day dining venue Arrel also champions seasonal produce, and is centered on the concept of roots as the source of the earth’s vitality. Breakfast buffets are served here each morning, while a daily set menu and an à la carte menu with sharing plates will be available for lunch and dinner.

Lounge seating in the lobby of the InterContinental Barcelona.

A Classic King room at the hotel.

Other in-house venues range from Gebre Cocktail and More bar, whose drinks list includes a selection of classic and signature cocktails; to Boira Coffee Lounge and 173 Rooftop Terrace. The latter boasts panoramic views over Barcelona (encompassing the domes of the nearby National Palace), an alfresco bar, and an infinity-edge swimming pool that’s open in the warmer months.

Wellness-minded guests will want to head over to the 1,200-square-meter spa, which features an expansive wet area complete with a hydrotherapy pool, jets and water beds, steam bath, sauna, and a hammam. There are also six treatments rooms, including two for couples, where weary travelers can unwind with therapies from Barcelona-based spa brand Natura Bissé.

Doubles from €315 (US$366); ihg.com

Overlooking the InterContinental’s rooftop pool and terrace.

The alfresco bar and dining area of 173 Rooftop Terrace.

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