Barcelona is one of the best European cities for a long weekend. It has everything from bars to beaches, historic culture to haute cuisine – and in SOFIA, it now has a five-star establishment that promises to take your mini break to a maxi break.

SOFIA’s designers have created not just a hotel, but a universe: an avant-garde luxury hotel with everything you need under one roof.

First up, there’s the varied culinary options. IMPAR is the most sociable: a large restaurant paying tribute to the cuisine of different countries. Within it, there are two bars serving dishes inspired by the Mediterranean and
a third featuring show cooking.

For fine dining, book a table at SOFIA Be So – an exclusive gourmet restaurant, which begins with you choosing your perfect fusion from an aroma box. You then get to enjoy a five- or seven-course tasting menu, with an open kitchen one side and views to the hotel’s beautiful gardens on the other.

Then there’s ZUU, a live dinner experience that you might expect to see in New York or Paris, combining haute cuisine with performances and an entertainment programme that goes on well after midnight.

And, naturally, whichever restaurant you choose to eat at, you can always start (or finish) at SOFIA Bar – a circular bar of gold, wood and marble, where you can enjoy everything from chardonnay to a Sazerac.

The Wish suites include a 24-hour butler service called Mr Rightnow

Whether the sun is shining or setting, one of the coolest places to hang out has to be SOFIA POOL. This city beach club and bar, is centred around a large outdoor pool surrounded by manicured gardens and relaxing hammocks. It’s a real urban paradise.

For a further dose of relaxation, the 1,100 sq m SOFIA Oasis Wellness & Spa is a must-visit. Here you’ll find saunas, steam baths, a caldarium and a salt room. There’s also a hydrotherapy swimming pool, ice fountain, and experience showers. The spa offers just about every treatment you can imagine.

SOFIA also has a place dedicated to those who want to keep in shape. With designer facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and natural light from the huge window overlooking the garden, GYM is the hotel’s exclusive gym, open 24 hours and offering new ways to train under the guidance of instructors.

And when it comes to laying your head down for the night, there are 465 designer rooms and suites to choose from. At the top of the tree are the Wish suites, which include a 24-hour butler service called Mr Rightnow.

Barcelona may be a city for sightseeing, but for everything else, the SOFIA has it covered.

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