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May Featured Hotel Giveaway + Barcelona

Hola! Tonight, judging from the horns, fireworks, and jubilant voices outside my hotel window, Barcelona has won the Copa del Rei, a tournament they have been chasing for 11 years (thanks David Bennet of Splendia Hotel for clarifying!). However, I suspect that this may only be one of the many reasons why Barcelona is always celebrating.

Barcelona is a progressive, creative, and experimental city which has, in my opinion, surpassed Paris in its fashion and gastronomical innovations. At least to the degree in which it makes them accessible to the general populace. In fact, here in Barcelona, it is a law to offer an affordable lunch prix fixe menu, so that workers are able to afford the pleasure of dining out during their usual 2-hour lunch break. All but the most upmarket restaurants participate in this offering, thus there are literally hundreds of restaurants to choose from. So, in honour of such a forward-thinking and fiercely-loyal Catalan city, my featured Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel is Hotel Omm in Barcelona.

Classic upmarket chic with a chill vibe, Hotel Omm not only features stylishly modern suites in neutral tones, but it also boasts a deluxe spa, rooftop terrace and pool, Ommsession bar, as well as two acclaimed restaurants.

The light, open plan interior of Moo restaurant is but one reason why this establishment has gained its one Michelin star rating. With an award-winning sommelier, Roger Viusa, on hand to offer stellar wine pairings, Felip Llufriu as general manager, and Roca del Celler brothers of Can Roca acting as consultants, is it ever a wonder why Moo is highly attractive to tourists and well-heeled locals alike? A 45-euro lunch set menu may seem a bit pricey compared to the 10-euro ones offered by other places, but it is a great value considering the sophisticated level of food and service.

For a more pared-down version of Moo, its sister restaurant, Moovida provides an attractive healthy menu which features Cheese, Apple, and Rocket Toast Tuna Tartare, PayƩs Egg with Asparagus, and Chicken Tandoori. Serving continuously everyday from 1:30 pm to 1 am with a midday prix fixe menu on offer, this joint is always happening. It is perfect as a casual rendezvous point in the L'Eixample district!

Tempted to holiday in hip Barcelona? Check out Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel site for more options.

For the month of May, I am giving away a Mr and Mrs Smith European Cities guidebook + $50 gift certificate. What do you have to do? It only takes a few minutes. Be a " Follower " of my blog and leave a comment about your dream Mr and Mrs Smith hotel getaway everytime you see a Featured Hotel Giveaway post! Last month's winner is Fly Girl, but this month, it could be you!