If you’re familiar with Barcelona and are looking for something different to explore, then the Primero Primera boutique hotel is for you. Tucked into a quiet, residential and entirely authentic corner of Barcelona, Primero Primera offers a real slice of authentic Catalan living. Minimalist and effortlessly chic, the hotel is situated in the Tres Torres suburb, just ten minutes from all the attractions of downtown Barcelona. The name “primero primera” refers to where the piano nobile was located within the buildings of Barcelona.
Built in 1955 and renovated in 2011, Primero Primera features a modern, sleek and minimalist design that exudes a sense of warmth thanks to the elegant, carefully chosen accents adorning each room. To achieve its warm, welcoming atmosphere, the hotel’s interior and exterior design combines classical elements with elegant, modern details. Outside, the hotel has maintained the original appearance of the building from the 1950s. The façade was made with local granite stone and slate from Bolvir (Pyrenees), while the paving uses stone from Aiguafreda (province of Barcelona), and the windows are made from African teak wood. Inside, Primero Primera has aimed, above all, to create a sensation of warmth and comfort, using materials such as aged and waxed wooden flooring, and carpets. The interior design reflects the family’s intention to create spaces with timeless style so that guests feel at home. One space that remains practically intact is the reception area. Only paintwork has been applied, to give the pillars a black tone and to maintain the original wood. Much of the furniture has been recovered from the 1950s. In addition, some furniture, such as the table in the entrance and the chairs, were part of the family’s original furniture. There are also various pieces that the family acquired on their travels. While the atmosphere of the communal spaces is mainly English, elements of several styles, such as French and Belgian, have been applied in the rooms. In the bathrooms, tiling has been used with black granite and ipe wood. The interior design is the work of Nuria Pérez-Sala and Ana Galofré, in collaboration with Estrella Salietti for the communal spaces.
Primero Primera has 30 spacious bedrooms, including 10 suites. With its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, it offers all the peace and comfort of a private home. Ever since it was built, the owner’s family has lived on the first floor (the Primer Piso) with their eight children. With the renovation they have preserved the ample spaces and fine materials of the original building. Rooms are very spacious as this used to be an apart-hotel and spread over 4 floors. Over in the guest rooms, the colour palette shifts towards crisp white, black, blue and gold tones with a masculine, powerful edge. Vintage overtones intertwine with funky contemporary style in the form of antique trunks, sepia photos, oversized silver lanterns and stone Buddhas. Exquisite comfort is provided with white cotton linens, spacious private rooms and deep soaking bathtubs, along with a communal lounge where the stylishly tattered leather sofas take centre stage alongside a roaring fireplace. If you want a peaceful base in a hectic city, you could do no better.
Every morning, follow the smell of freshly baked bread wafting from the snug bar area and settle in for the spread: home-made cakes, croissants, hams, fruit, cereals and yoghurt. Befitting a bar-cum-breakfast room, decor is cool and casual. Breakfast is the only meal the hotel serves, giving guests all the more reason to discover the city’s tapas joints and sherry bars. The Salons are nice common areas, with comfortable chairs and sofas, rooms to relax in or have a drink by the fireplace. A lot of art and furniture from the mid-century era is used. A wide selection of books on Barcelona, art, interior and design magazines and novels in different languages are stacked in the library to make for a more enjoyable stay
In a nod to the luxurious, high-class neighbourhood where it is situated, a range of exquisite restaurants surround Primero Primera, offering a range of local and international cuisines. The hotel is also close to Mandri Street in the Sarria district, where you will find a superb range of bars and designer shops. The open green spaces, wide, leafy avenues and eye-catching architecture that characterize this very special metropolis are also nearby. The hotel location is close to public transport which gives you excellent access to the rest of this vibrant city. It is at 4-minute walk from the Les Tres Torres metro stop, which is a direct line to Placa de Catalunya. The hotel is located 3 km from Park Güell and 4 km from the Sagrada Familia, the renowned unfinished basilica. Barcelona El Prat Airport is 25 minutes away.
Each Double Room is around 25 sqm, with wooden flooring or carpeting, depending on the room. Designed for two people, standard rooms have a double bed or twin beds, if guests wish. They also have a desk for guests who are in Barcelona for work. Guests will find all these rooms comfortable with the necessary facilities for a relaxed stay. This includes bathrooms with natural light and the best selection of Gilchrist & Soames toiletries with aromas from around the world. There are sheets and towels made from 100% cotton and a pillow menu for choosing the best pillow for each type of sleep. There is a minibar service, with tea and coffee, and carefully selected dishes are served in the rooms. The hotel also takes technology lovers into account with free Wi-Fi, LCD televisions and docking stations for iPods, iPhones and Mp3s.
Guests will feel at home in these warm rooms, which have charming attic windows or tranquil terraces. These rooms of 40 sqm have wooden flooring or carpeting and a large, comfortable double bed or twin beds, as preferred by the guest. Guests will find all these rooms comfortable with the necessary facilities for a relaxed stay. This includes bathrooms with natural light and the best selection of Gilchrist & Soames toiletries with aromas from around the world. There are sheets and towels made from 100% cotton and a pillow menu for choosing the best pillow for each type of sleep. There is a minibar service, with tea and coffee, and carefully selected dishes are served in the rooms. The hotel also takes technology lovers into account with free Wi-Fi, LCD televisions and docking stations for iPods, iPhones and Mp3s.
Each junior suite is a large room of 50 sqm with views of the hotel’s garden, and can accommodate up to three people. Equipped with a comfortable king-sized bed or twin beds, the suite is separated by a sofa bed or chaise longue that can be used by a third guest. Guests will find all these junior suites comfortable with the necessary facilities for a relaxed stay. This includes bathrooms with natural light and the best selection of Gilchrist & Soames toiletries with aromas from around the world. There are sheets and towels made from 100% cotton and a pillow menu for choosing the best pillow for each type of sleep. There is a minibar service, with tea and coffee, and carefully selected dishes are served in the rooms. The hotel also takes technology lovers into account with free Wi-Fi, LCD televisions and docking stations for iPods, iPhones and Mp3s.
Sized 55 sqm, the suite is ideal for a stay in the city. One of its main charms is the view over either Doctor Carulla street or the garden, which enables guests to enjoy the tranquillity of the area. With a carpeted floor and large king-sized bed (which can be exchanged for twin beds), the suite also has a sofa bed and a large bathroom in which to relax. Guests will find all suites comfortable with the necessary facilities for a relaxed stay. This includes bathrooms with natural light and the best selection of Gilchrist & Soames toiletries with aromas from around the world. There are sheets and towels made from 100% cotton and a pillow menu for choosing the best pillow for each type of sleep. There is a minibar service, with tea and coffee, and carefully selected dishes are served in the rooms. The hotel also takes technology lovers into account with free Wi-Fi, LCD televisions and docking stations for iPods, iPhones and Mp3s. In addition, a Wii and an Xbox are available on request in the suites.
Fully equipped apartments of 60 sqm with two separate rooms and a terrace, allow guests the freedom to organise their time and space. It is ideal for families and for long stays. The apartment has two sections; the first contains the bedroom with a king-sized bed and a large bathroom, and the second features the living room separated by two comfortable sofa beds, which can be converted into large single beds. All apartments are equipped with microwaves so that guests can enjoy greater privacy for meals. Guests will find all apartments comfortable with the necessary facilities for a relaxed stay. This includes bathrooms with natural light and the best selection of Gilchrist & Soames toiletries with aromas from around the world. There are sheets and towels made from 100% cotton and a pillow menu for choosing the best pillow for each type of sleep. There is a minibar service, with tea and coffee, and carefully selected dishes are served in the rooms. The hotel also takes technology lovers into account with free Wi-Fi, LCD televisions and docking stations for iPods, iPhones and Mp3s. In addition, a Wii and an Xbox are available on request in the apartments.
Travelling does not need to involve leaving routines behind. For this reason, the hotel has a small gym in which visitors can exercise during their stay.
They have a wide selection of books on Barcelona, art and novels in different languages to make your stay more enjoyable.
Spaces to read, relax, chat. This space is especially designed to enable guests to relax, read and talk. The groups of comfortable chairs and sofas in the living room create private sections where clients can relax and converse. It also has an honesty bar where guests can serve themselves a drink at any time and pay at the end of their stay with complete trust.
Meetings & Events
They also have a 40 sqm meeting room with natural daylight, perfect for meetings or business lunches as well as celebrations with family and friends. Capacity up to 40 people.
The hotel guarantees total security and privacy with its own covered car park, which is easy to access, and on the same level as reception. The car park is an example of the hotel’s commitment to the environment and renewable energy; it is equipped for recharging electric cars, which can be carried out with a simple prepaid card.
The history of Primera Primera:
In 1955, Carlos Pérez-Sala constructed a building, in which the ground floor, first floor and garden became the private residence of the owners and their eight children. The upper section incorporated large apartments designed for long stays. The hotel, which did not offer food at first, operated for 50 years as apartments for city residents. The family has now looked to the past to restore their father’s original project. They have completely renovated the building and made significant improvements to the quality of the services, by extending and modernising them. The unique characteristic of the hotel is that the widow of the owner continues to live on the first floor, from which the name Primero Primera (meaning “first floor, first apartment”) comes, while the rest of the building is dedicated to accommodating guests. The hotel has been equipped with a cafeteria, where there was a large games room in the past, and the ground floor has been transformed into warm, welcoming communal spaces, such as the living room, the meeting room and the library. The entire hotel exudes family heritage thanks to interior design details, which include a number of family heirlooms. The members of the family have opted to conserve the original construction to maintain the character of the building. An example of this is seen in the various photographs, which depict the family’s link to the world of motoring.
The unique offering by Primero Primera is the result of the experience of the Pérez-Sala family, through their travels and their belief that the market needs a new approach to hotels. “We have developed an idea of what we believe certain clients expect when they stay in good hotels today and applied this to the entire process of the creation of the concept of Primero Primera, down to the smallest details”, explains Javier Pérez-Sala.
When to go:
Barcelona is blessed with a benign Mediterranean climate. Early summer and fall are ideal times to visit, especially May to June and September to October. Even in the winter, days are crisp to cold (due to its proximity to the mountains) but often sunny. Snow is rare and never lasts more than a day or two. Most of the rainfall occurs in April but some quite spectacular storms, as is typical of the Mediterranean, can occur all year round. July and August are hot and humid, even at night, as the temperature often only drops minimally. The surrounding sea is warm enough to swim in from the end of June to early October. Inland, the temperatures drop slightly, as does the humidity. North on the Costa Brava, a strong wind known as the tramontana often blows, refreshing in summer, chill in winter. August is the major vacation month in Europe. The traffic to Spain from France, the Netherlands and Germany becomes a veritable migration. Barcelona is officially Spain’s most popular destination, so tourism is pretty much all year round.
Guests can begin the day in the best possible way with the delicious buffet served in the cafeteria. It includes a selection of fresh fruit juice, tea, coffee, cereal, pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurt and local meats and cheeses. Throughout the day, there is a snack & salads menu to accompany a selection of warm drinks, wine and beer in the Bar. It is a place to relax and read the papers or meet and enjoy the company of friends. This pleasant space is also open to the general public, who can enjoy the tranquillity of the place while having a coffee or a drink.
The Salons provides an honesty bar where guests can serve themselves a drink at any time and pay at the end of their stay with complete trust.
The city of Barcelona is located in northeast Spain, on the Mediterranean Sea. In its urban design integrates Roman ruins, medieval districts and the most beautiful examples of Modernism. Besides its architecture, it offers it visitors a variety of attractions such as museums, cultural activity and excellent cuisine, although you can not forget their urban beaches, streets and squares, and shops. Primero Primera is located in Calle Doctor Carulla n º 25-29, in the suburb of Tres Torres, 10 minutes by underground or bus from the city center. The district of Tres Torres was born as such between 1901 and 1903, it was a peripheral area of Sant Gervasi. It began to develop thanks to the initiative of some neighbours of Sants (the brothers Romani and Climent Masía). They built three houses (Torres), one for each, on land inherited from Niña Casas. Over time other mansions were built. However, as happens in the rest of the district, during the second half of the twentieth century they gave way to luxurious buildings of apartments.
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Enjoy the Mercat de la Boquerìa – In Mercat de la Boquerìa all the senses will be appealed to. In every corner you can experience new smells, familiar as exotic. The colourful presentation of the goods seem to be like the famous still-life painter. The roundabout in the middle of the market, with the variety of often still living marine animals in Aquàrium competition.Nowhere you can enjoy a meal as fresh as here, on many boothes you can not only taste the products but also have a lunch. In the Mercat de Sant Josep, as the Mercat de la Boquerìa is named actually, you can find almost everything the culinary heart desires: sweets, honey, cheese, refined oils, olives, local and exotic fruit and vegetables, meat, ham, fish, seafood.
Discover the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia – Gaudí’s iconic (and unfinished) masterpiece might probably the most obvious attraction in the Catalan capital, but it’s worth a visit to wonder at the level of detail. It’s a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 and it’s not expected to be completed for some time yet. When you visit the building you will see the contrast in the stone colour between the front and back of the building. Also the actual style of construction appears somewhat different between the new and old parts of the building.
Visit La Pedrera – Another one of Antonio Gaudí’s creations once again hits the top 10 most visited attractions in Barcelona. This building used to be called Casa Mila but nowadays it’s more commonly known as La Pedrera which means “quarry”. Gaudí was instrumental in completing this building and his characteristic wavy brick work and colourful tiles are also evident on this masterpiece.
Walk on Las Ramblas – Las Ramblas is often the first landmark that most tourists identify with the city. It is the central most boulevard which cuts through the heart of the city centre and is a vibrant and lively promenade filled with Barcelona action at its best.
Enjoy the Barcelona FC Museum – No surprises here. If you are a football fan then this museum is a must see. It has wall to wall trophies, pictures and statues of the greats.
Visit the Spanish Village – This Barcelona attraction is a small Spanish village with different quarters that replicate the style of houses and architecture from different parts of Spain. Poble Espanyol is also home to a whole host of specialist craft shops and workshops where you can see some traditionally made Spanish goods.
Discover the Mirò Museum – This art gallery has a wide range of Miró’s work dating back as far as 1914. This artwork collection not only includes his paintings but also a good selection of sculptures, tapestries and early sketches. A wonderful collection of Miró’s work.
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Top attraction without a doubt in Barcelona? The work of Antoni Gaudí. There are a number of examples of his work dotted throughout the city with a mix of civil and religious buildings. Sagrada Familia is the most famous but don’t forget about others which include Casa Vicens, Casa Batllo and the crypt of Colonia Guell if you have the opportunity to travel a little outside the city centre. For those who enjoy admiring architecture, Barcelona is the perfect location as there are works by Puig I Cadafalch, Domenech I Muntaner and the World Heritage Centre of Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau. […]
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