Apart from its fabulous rooms (to our surprise, we found the Sir Supreme to be a bit more enjoyable and comfortable than the Sir Suite) and designer communal areas you can add your own twist to the mandatory siesta at the glorious The Zero Space Spa and Gym, a truly zen, Osaka inspired well-being centre for those who want to zone out, and an invigourating work-out space for those who want to get pumped for the city. The manager couldn’t tell us what the signature treatment was, probably because she herself was spoilt for choice. And once your soul is back in equilibrium, you can don your glad rags and join the in-crowd for late evening drinks and a late-night eatery (we are in Spain after all – remembering that the locals don’t usually sit down to dinner until at least 10pm) with an Amsterdam vibe, Mr Porter.
You’ll mingle with Barcelona’s fashionistas as they swan through the doors to sip cocktails and cava in the hotel’s grand lounge or on the roof bar with a direct view of Gaudi’s Casa Mila rooftop and La Sagrada Familia in the distance.
With Sir Hotels being all about the experience as well as the stay, you can expect that Sir Victor offers a selection of handpicked things-to-do under their Sir Explore umbrella, with local hosts – from food (a must in this Catalan city), vinyl record shopping and our favourite, architecture. Although the photography hunt was all we needed to make us Insta-famous.
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While you’re Out There
Just across the infamous Passeig de Gràcia and a few blocks of in-the-know navigating, you’ll soon reach the heart of the city’s Eixample, Barcelona’s gaybourhood. The avenues and streets leading to it can look quite similar (and leave more time to walk it than you’d think, the large, diamond-shaped pavements and sidewalks of each major crossroad means that you can’t ever walk directly across the street), so if you do get lost, just follow your gay-dar. Mind you, it is quite a fun district to get lost in, teeming with restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.