Magazine June 2018
Is a reason really necessary?
To breathe in the contagious atmosphere, for Gaudi’s brilliant architecture, to get happily lost in the colourful covered market, for the nightlife, for the historic Old Town, for the beach and the port, for the Picasso and Miró museums… any excuse works to visit Barcelona!
And if you do indeed fancy it, don’t miss out on a visit or an overnight stay at the Sofia Hotel where our Hippy chairs and Grapevine tables are ready to welcome you.
Better known in the past as Gran Princesa Sofia Hotel, it opened in the seventies, soon becoming an icon of exclusivity, in fact the stand-out profile of the building that houses the hotel has now become an integral part of the Barcelona skyline.
The Sofia Hotel we admire today in Avenida Diagonal is the result of an impressive renovation, which took from October 2016 to the beginning of 2018. The aim of this renovation was to offer guests an incomparable experience in terms of cuisine, design, attention to detail and technological advancement of the construction work. The architectural and interior design project was carried out by Albert Blanch and SBC studio, while the furnishings of the rooms was the work of the interiors team at Selenta Group.
The hotel has 447 rooms and 18 suites, divided into different accommodation types; the Sphere and Harmony rooms have modern and harmonious decor, featuring Hippy lounge and side chairs as well as Billiani Grapevine tables.
The Hippy seating, designed by designer-architect Emilio Nanni, is distinguished by a padded shell reminiscent of the seats of vintage cars, combined with a turned beech wooden base; in its elegance, the Hippy collection expresses that informal aspect that makes it eclectic and multi-purpose.
The Grapevine coffee tables, designed by architect Egidio Panzera, were selected for this project in the version with a beech frame stained walnut, and walnut top.
The Sofia Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore Barcelona, and a lovely place to come back to, as well, to continue to enjoy its special atmosphere and to enjoy quality service, as exemplified by the Billiani furniture.