On my recent trip to Barcelona, with the good weather we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to check out some outside spaces. There was a foodie festival happening with partnerships across selected rooftops where you paid a set price for a drink and tapas, so we headed down to Negresco Princess first. The offer was for a set period so unfortunately we only got a chance to enjoy the deal at this rooftop spot, but it was worth the visit.
Negresco Princess is a 4 star boutique hotel just a couple of blocks over from La Rambla. Only opened in 2015, it boasts an infinity pool, gym and 128 bedrooms. It is not alone with other hotels within the group dotted around Spain in Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma and Tenerife. The group even stretches farther afield in Dominica Republic and Riviera Maya. The Barcelona site has a modern and contemporary feel and its location is ideal; a stones throw away from the madness but still maintaining calm. It also has a rooftop, a really cute non pretentious one. It affords some great views around Barcelona. A happy crowd of visitors get comfortable in this spot with its own DJ.
The service is friendly and as we went for the offer, the price was affordable. As we were on a bar hop we did not stick around to try the normal menu but this quick introduction to the place was so good that I will be back not only to visit the rooftop but to also stay in the hotel itself. Some places just have that welcoming vibe. Like you can get lost and be anonymous. This is one of those places. From an interiors point of view, I loved the atrium. Looking down from above its triangular shape and rows of floors is impressive.
We had the beer and tapas deal. The tapas itself was very interesting, in fact not at all what I expected. Seared tuna sashimi with wasabi mayonnaise. There were also shots of salmon gazpacho with Iberian crisps. I wanted more, but it wasn’t on the menu. Absolutely gorgeous. But let’s not be selfish here and let’s talk about the beer which was specially crafted by Ferran Adria, the worlds most award winning Chef (with a little help from the Damm Brewmaster of course). It was a tasty beer.
Back to the food; it was lush and if this simple tapas was a taster of what is on offer from the kitchen led by Chef Jon Garcia, then I cannot wait to dine here properly.
Roger de Lluria 16 – 18