Need To Know
15, including five suites.
12 noon, but may be flexible depending on availability. Check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $272.81 (€245), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast (€30 each).
At the hotel
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.
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.
The hotel doesn’t have a swimming pool, but in the Elemis spa, there’s a relaxation pool with submerged hammocks for watery relaxation.
Bring your sleekest swimwear to showcase in the spa – a black Missoni cut-away will match the bathrobes you’ll find in your room.
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.
Baby cribs are available and sitters can be arranged (€40 an hour, plus seven per cent VAT), but ABaC is not ideal for youngsters.
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.