ABaC Restaurant & Hotel
- Style Modern, minimalist and Michelin-starred
- Setting Hip heights of Zona Alta
The only thing that can improve a two Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona is not having to go home after dining. At ABaC Restaurant & Hotel you don’t have to – head straight from sampling seven-course-tasting menu to your white and gleaming bedroom, or down to the equally pristine subterranean Elemis spa.
Need to know
- Rooms 15, including five suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $291.59 (€213), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (€30 each).
- Facilities Elemis spa with Jacuzzi, hammam, cold plunge pool, heated sunbeds and juice bar (€25 a person a day); free WiFi throughout. In rooms: huge B&O flatscreen TV with MS Office and internet, DVD/CD player, remote control lights and blinds, minibar, Jacuzzi bath, Hermès toiletries.
- Poolside The hotel doesn’t have a swimming pool, but in the Elemis spa, there’s a relaxation pool with submerged hammocks for watery relaxation.
- Check–out Midday, but may be flexible depending on availability. Check-in, 3pm.
Children Baby cots area available and sitters can be arranged (€40 an hour, plus seven per cent VAT), but ABaC is not ideal for youngsters.
- Eco‐friendly Low energy lightbulbs are used throughout the hotel, which is designed to make use of natural light as possible, and everything that can be is recycled. Electricity in rooms operates on a keycard-based power system to conserve energy.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Ask for the Penthouse; it has two chaise longue-style love seats at the end of the bed and a wrap-around terrace with a Jacuzzi and shower, so you need never leave the room to enjoy the Barcelona sunshine. The bathroom has a limestone island in the centre with double sinks, and a Jacuzzi bath set up for colour therapy sessions. All ABaC’s rooms are dreamily decorated in whites and warm neutrals, with little pops of colour added by velvety purple blankets and throw pillows. To top the gadgetry stakes, all suites include iPads.
- Packing tips Bring your sleekest swimwear to showcase in the spa – a black Missoni cut-away will match the bathrobes you’ll find in your room.
- Also The hotel has a fleet of Mercedes Benz at your disposal, and you can arrange to take the wheel of a Ferrari or Lamborghini if you fancy cruising the streets of Barcelona in style or to try them out on a racing circuit. Or, if speed is not of the essence, hire a Segway.
Food and drink at ABaC Restaurant & Hotel
- Hotel restaurant This is the hotel’s headline act, with acclaimed chef Jordi Cruz at its helm. The distinctive fusion cuisine has earned ABaC two Michelin stars – the only restaurant in Barcelona with such gastronomic credentials. It would be a culinary crime to miss the fourteen or twenty one-course tasting menu, which features such foodie fireworks as Iberian suckling pig paired with mango tatin and bamboo-steamed foie gras, all served on patterned Versace china.
- Dress code Michelin man (ties, not tyres).
- Top table Ask for a corner table in the smaller back room, which has a more intimate atmosphere, or, if weather and availability oblige, request a spot outside in the courtyard.
- Last orders The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. The rest of the week, take lunch from 1.30pm to 4pm and dine from 8.30pm–11pm. The bar opens from Tuesday to Saturday, keeping the G&Ts flowing until 2am.
- Room service There’s a 24-hour menu available.
- Hotel bar A cavernous underground space riddled with nooks and dotted with leather chesterfields, the hotel’s lounge stone-arched bar has a futuristic edge – the lighting around the perimeter changes colour slowly, steadily and theatrically over the evening. The wine cellar holds more than 800 labels.