Hotel Porta Fira, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain

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  1. uggboy
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    Our Review, August 2013:

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    || OUR STAY @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO || VOTED BEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD 2010 BY THE EMPORIS AWARDS || HOTELES SANTOS || August 2013 || SHEER MAGIC || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Hotel sign above the main entrance

    When we planned our European tour we tried to find a way from Santiago de Compostela to Florence. There were no direct flights, and with a connection it would have meant we would arrive very late in Florence.

    We didn't want to arrive close to midnight in a city we've never been before. We decided to break up the flights. We bought a Vueling ticket to Barcelona and another one for the following day from Barcelona to Florence.

    That meant we needed a hotel for our roughly 19 hours in Barcelona. After a long discussion we thought we had found the right hotel with the Renaissance. It is located in Hospitalet de Llobregat, a suburb, between the airport and Barcelona.

    Shortly before booking we decided to have a closer look again. We spied the Hotel Porta Fira, belonging to Hoteles Santos of Spain and after that it was a done deal. We believed it was more interesting and better suitable for us.

    The location is similar to the Renaissance Fira - in fact our room faced it, from accross the road.

    The Porta Fira hotel's architect was Toyo Ito. The building is covered in red tubes and shaped like a lotus flower. It won in 2010 best skyscraper in the world by Emporis.

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    || OUR STAY @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO || VOTED BEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD 2010 BY THE EMPORIS AWARDS || HOTELES SANTOS || August 2013 || SHEER MAGIC || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Hotel Porta Fira exterior by architect Toyo Ito

    From the airport we took the bus 46 to Amadeu Torner - tickets were 2 Euro (ca. 2.70 USD) per person one way.

    The Hotel Porta Fira is around 50 to 100 m from the stop.

    We admired the building before checking in. It looked really great. The lobby was large. Check in was only staffed with one person.

    Our check in was fast, professional and efficient. Since there was only one member of staff, she was very busy and was asked even while we were dealing with the formalities for maps.

    To the left of the reception were the bar and restaurant and the elevators, to the right meeting rooms.

    We had booked a Privilege Room including breakfast. It was located on the higher floors and offered stunning views. The facade tubes were cut, so that they were undisturbed.

    The color scheme was black, white and red.

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    || OUR STAY @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO || VOTED BEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD 2010 BY THE EMPORIS AWARDS || HOTELES SANTOS || August 2013 || SHEER MAGIC || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ King-size bed in our 18th floor Privilege room

    There was a king sized bed with a bench in front, a stylish writing desk and chair - it wasn't comfortable -, a sofa that looked uncomfortable, but was the whole opposite, large storage space, wooden floors and a white carpet.

    The TV offered a wide choice of international channels, including Arirang South Korea and Bloomberg. The mini bar was well stocked with the usual items and priced according to staying in Barcelona.

    The bathroom concept was unusual. The double sinks were placed in the bed room, while there was a separate one for the toilet and bidet and another one for the bathroom.

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    || OUR STAY @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO || VOTED BEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD 2010 BY THE EMPORIS AWARDS || HOTELES SANTOS || August 2013 || SHEER MAGIC || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Separate bathtub and rain shower, excellent water pressure too

    The bathroom was a typical Japanese wet shower room.

    The amenities were Porta Fira own branded, there was also a comb provided.

    There is also 24 hour room service available.

    We already knew that the restaurant was unsuitable for our needs, so we went to Gran Via 2, a shopping center just ten minutes walk away and had dinner at Sottovoce and it was very good.

    The next morning we had breakfast at the restaurant. The facade tubes continued inside. The buffet offered everything including melon juice, cold cuts, bread, cheese, salad, hot items and much more. The quality was good and we enjoyed it very much.

    After breakfast it was already time for check out.

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    || OUR STAY @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO || VOTED BEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD 2010 BY THE EMPORIS AWARDS || HOTELES SANTOS || August 2013 || SHEER MAGIC || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Huge floor to ceiling windows in the lobby, excellent daylight capabilities

    We were sad to leave, because the stay was too short for this design hotel.

    Check out was quick. The only cost incurred was the city tax of 1.98 Euro (ca. 2.65 USD).

    Of course we are going to return, but would like to stay longer and test the bar.

    Would we recommend this hotel to a friend? YES!
    Would we stay at this hotel again? YES!
     
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  2. uggboy
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    Some more images with made during our stay at the Hotel Porta Fira, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain:

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    || OUR STAY @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO || VOTED BEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD 2010 BY THE EMPORIS AWARDS || HOTELES SANTOS || August 2013 || SHEER MAGIC || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ The her and his sinks were integrated into the room's ultra modern design

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    || OUR STAY @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO || VOTED BEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD 2010 BY THE EMPORIS AWARDS || HOTELES SANTOS || August 2013 || SHEER MAGIC || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Lobby views from the Mezzanine floor

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    || OUR STAY @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO || VOTED BEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD 2010 BY THE EMPORIS AWARDS || HOTELES SANTOS || August 2013 || SHEER MAGIC || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Integrated swivel TV for watching from the bed, the seating area or the modern writing desk

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    || RENAISSANCE BARCELONA FIRA HOTEL || L’HOPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || August 2013 || Architect: Jean Nouvel and Ribas & Ribas || AS SEEN FROM OUR ROOM @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || 18TH FLOOR ROOM WINDOW || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Views [without zoom] from our 18th floor room incl. the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel across the road, the hotel's architect was Jean Nouvel, also an interesting concept, visually different from the Hotel Porta Fira

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    || OUR STAY @ THE HOTEL PORTA FIRA || L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT || BARCELONA || SPAIN || ARCHITECT: TOYO ITO || VOTED BEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE WORLD 2010 BY THE EMPORIS AWARDS || HOTELES SANTOS || August 2013 || SHEER MAGIC || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr

    ^ Yes, we had a great stay at the Hotel Porta Fira, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain, the hotel's architect was Toyo Ito and the skyscraper in which the hotel is located was in 2010 awarded as best skyscraper in the world by Emporis

    Thanks & Safe travels. :)
     
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