Situated on the edge of Plaza John F Kennedy, where both Calle Balmes and the L7 metro begin their journeys across the Catalan capital, ABaC Restaurant & Hotel has an undeniably impressive address in Barcelona. This is the part of town furthest from the sea, where the haute bourgeoisie built their edge-of-town palaces. An intimate house and former residence of the gentry, architect Antoni De Moragas has fused two buildings together creating a unique environment with a huge garden in the heart of downtown Barcelona.
Not a trace of historical quaintness is to be found in the sparkly white and cream rooms with stylish velvet upholstered chaises longues, richly coloured curtains framing large bay windows and the finest quality linen with little pops of colour added by velvety purple blankets and throw pillows. The century-old building has been modernized with a few touches of real luxury: high-end beds and bath fixtures, Bang & Olufsen televisions and sound systems, and remote-control infrastructure. Most fifteen-room hotels would stop there, but the ABaC adds a full-service subterranean spa, complete with a thermal pool and submerged hammocks as well as a separate cold-water pool.
The hotel’s headline act is the ABaC restaurant, with acclaimed chef Jordi Cruz at its helm. The distinctive fusion cuisine has earned ABaC two Michelin stars, making it a landmark on Barcelona's gastronomic map. Creativity and tradition meet in well-loved dishes including smoked steak tartare, seasoned snow-like beef, and Mediterranean tuna belly with macaroni in ponzu sauce, kumquat skin, mizuna, crispy artichokes and spicy roots purée. These gems of gastronomy served all come served on exquisite and elegant Versace china with attentive and friendly service creating a professional but relaxed atmosphere. If you aren’t’ tempted by your nearby bed after a 14 or 21 taster course menu the cavernous underground lounge bar awaits with chesterfield sofas, ambient lighting and a wine cellar holding more than 800 labels.