HOTEL PRAKTIK BAKERY, BARCELONA
The absolute epitome of bed and breakfast, a boutique hotel and bakery combined.
Perfectly positioned in the bustling district of Eixample, brimming with shops, bars and restaurants. The low key neighbourhood of Gracia lies nearby just waiting to be explored with it’s narrow streets and outdoor squares. Many of Gaudi’s famed sights are within walking distance including Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila-La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.
The hotel design and interior decor is the work of Lázaro Rosa-Violán, a prestigious, highly respected, Barcelona based interior designer, responsible for some of the most fashionable restaurants, stores, and hotels around the world.
Minimalist design combined with white wood and ceramics give the rooms a relaxed, understated feel. Our room had a balcony which let in lots of natural daylight and created a nice little sun trap first thing in the morning. The bathrooms, adorned with pretty blue mosaic tiles feature a high power rainfall shower. Rooms from £89.
The onsite bakery cafe offers a range of freshly baked goods from pastries and pizza breads to sandwiches and cakes.
You can see all of the bakery action live as it happens through the adjoining glass windows and observe a steady stream of goodies being carried out to the counter, fresh from the oven.
A buffet breakfast is available but we chose to take our coffee and pastries back to our room most mornings and indulge in breakfast in bed!
Super comfy beds, heavy duty blackout blinds, silky smooth coffee and delicious fresh pastries, the pain au chocolate or ‘napolitana xoco’ was my favourite.
No hotel bar. Although this really wasn’t a big deal. Infact we discovered that the neighbouring hotel The One right next door has a very nice rooftop bar open during Summer season so we had a little nightcap there one evening.
The Praktik group have 3 other hotels located in Barcelona city centre. Praktik Vinoteca is dedicated to the world of wine, Praktik Garden boasts an outdoor terrace abundant with luscious green plants spilling out from ceramic pots and finally Praktik Rambla, a fine example of 19th Century, Baroque style architecture with many ornate, original elements.
Barcelona airport (El Prat) has 2 terminals. There is a free, 15 minute, interconnecting shuttle bus between the terminals.
By metro: line L9 connects the airport with the northern part of the city and in 32 minutes you reach the Collblanc stop where you can change and take line L5 to the Diagonal stop (20- minute journey). Leave the station and the Praktik Bakery is a 5-minute walk away.
By train: From Terminal 2 follow the signs to the Renfe train station. Trains depart for the city centre approximately every 30 minutes. All trains take the same route, and you will need to get off at Passeig de Gràcia station (25 minutes). Once you are out on the street, the Praktik Bakery is a 7-minute walk along Passeig de Gràcia to Calle Provenza.
By taxi: There is no fixed charge from the airport. It will take approximately 25 minutes to reach the Praktik Bakery and cost approximately €30 plus supplements.
Praktik Bakery - Calle Provença 279, Barcelona