Design – 4 stops away from Plaza Cataluna by metro – 4 star – Barcelona

Treat yourself to a luxury stay at this wonderful 4 star Top Secret Hotel in Barcelona’s Sant Marti district. Only 4 stops away from Plaza Cataluna by metro, this superior design hotel offers the best alternative to staying right in the centre, whilst still enjoying all the benefits of a prime location. The immediate environs are packed with fine dining options, shops, cafés and bars so there’s no need to travel into the tourist hotspots to find entertainment. The property itself also has plenty to offer guests, from convenient, everyday amenities to lavish leisure extras. The extensive list of facilities available includes 24 hour security, underground parking, WiFi, free newspaper and fully-equipped business and conference centre.

To ensure that your trip starts and ends in the best, most relaxed way, the hotel generously provides an airport shuttle service for straightforward and stress-free travel. Once you have been welcomed to the hotel by the friendly staff, and shown your room or suite, you can enjoy benefits such as built-in CD and DVD player with flat screen LCD TV, coffee and tea facilities, WiFi, a spacious living area, work desk, and private en-suite bathroom with bathtub. In order to relax and unwind at the end of a busy day or week, head to the hotel’s own swimming pool with private sun terraces and Solarium.

Known best as Barcelona’s Business Centre and technological district, Sant Marti is home to many newly-developed offices, corporate institutes and apartment buildings. There is a well-established international congress centre, CCIB, and exhibition hall, FORUM, which are regularly used for conferences and World Expos. The beaches along the Sant Marti coast are also a big draw to the area.

As well as business, the area also takes retail therapy seriously, and with two expansive shopping centres, Glories and Diagonal Mar, you’ll have plenty to pick from! Diagonal Mar, at the beginning of Avenue Diagonal, can’t be missed, as it’s one of the city’s newest and largest malls, and a calm environment in which to browse, shop and even catch a movie at the cinema! If you’re after a more alternative shopping experience, head to the Encants Flea Market on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday to rifle through infinite stalls of second-hand clothing, antique furniture and bric-a-brac. If you can, try and arrive between 7am-9am, when there’s usually a public auction taking place, which adds to the drama and excitement of the experience. Happy rummaging!