HOTEL PRAKTIK ESSENS
A stay at Praktik Essens is like unlocking a piece of history right in the heart of Barcelona - you're just a short stroll to Gaudi's Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. The hotel is within a decadent 19th-century building with impressive neo-Arab arches and windows. Known for their themed hotel concepts, the latest offering by the Praktik hotel group has opened a perfumer's hotel. This Barcelona boutique hotel is all about the experience, from the amenities to the artwork referencing fragrances and the perfume process on each floor of the building, to the bottles filled with floral scented perfumes. From the entrance, it immediately looks like some sort of perfumery until you see the reception nestled in the corner. The general vibe is like that of a museum and the informative staff are friendly and on hand for any assistance.
We’ve stayed at a few of the other Praktik hotels in Barcelona city before but this was our first time travelling with a 3-month old. What really sticks out about Praktik Essens is the location, it’s perfect. Tucked down the side street that takes you to El Nacional - the hotel is discreetly situated yet bang in the middle of the Eixample district. Fragrance is very much at the forefront of the hotel and is smoothly incorporated into the check-in process. We were encouraged to smell the 4 senses: Mar, Herbas, Flor and Barcelona. The Barcelona fragrance is a combination of the other three and has been produced to invigorate a scent that embodies the city. The chosen scent is the one that is used as your amenities. We opted for Mar and were then given a slab of soap to take and use in addition.
Our stay was based in a Superior room, which was exterior overlooking a typical Eixample courtyard - very Barcelona. The room was simple and chic and very well organised, with a good use of space for clothing, shelving for items, a luggage rack and seating area with desk. The hotel also has suites that have views of the charming Passeig de Gracià in addition to Premium rooms that have large terraces of up to 25m2 and heated outdoor bathtubs all-year round. Those travelling as a family can specify when doing so, as the hotel is happy to interconnect Double rooms to create bigger spaces to accommodate all. Now breakfast isn’t included but you do have tea and coffee facilities in-room and an elegant communal lounge area furnished in warm wooden tones. Plus you can pick something up nearby and eat in the lounge or simple pop downstairs for a bite.
- Complimentary amenities upon arrival
- Flat screen cable TV
- 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets
- Rain-effect shower
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Minibar, safe, hairdryer
- Bathroom amenities
- Central heating and air conditioning
- Free high speed WiFi throughout the grounds
- A rooftop terrace wih sunloungers and seating
- Communal lounge area
- 24hr concierge service
- Fragrance sampling
Rate - Start from 100 euros per night for a double room for single use
Location - Barcelona city centre
Suitable for - couples, groups, friends and families.
Tips - Do relax on the terrace for cosy sundowners and pop to Oassis restaurant next door for breakfast.