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The Cotton House stands imposingly on the site of the former headquarters of the Cotton Textile Foundation – “Fundación Textil Algodonera” -, an emblematic 19th-century building in the neoclassical style which is a landmark in the city of Barcelona.
Built on the orders of a family of the Catalan bourgeoisie when the textile industry was at its height, it was sold in the middle of the 20th Century to the Cotton Producers Guild which established its headquarters there with the aim of housing the highest possible number of cotton-producing bodies and services: the idea was to create a genuine Cotton House.
Finally, at the initiative of a group of hotel promoters in Barcelona, the building commenced an intense refurbishment process which culminated in January 2015 to give the beautiful Cotton House hotel. The refurbishment project has taken great care to maintain and recover all the original elements of the building. Acclaimed interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán was commissioned with the project and has done a marvellous job, reflecting a contemporary and sophisticated style, which at the same time incorporates all the functionalities needed to assure the luxury level of service and comfort that our guests deserve.
The original elements of the building have been conserved, such as the imposing marble staircase, delicate parquet and boiserie embellishing ceilings, floors and walls in some of the rooms. Also the famous spiral staircase built in 1957, the main feature of which is that it is not supported on the floor below, but is suspended from the metal frame of the upper floor, to give a light and airy aspect. At the same time, all the facilities of the building have been completely replaced, resulting in a distinguished setting full of history, yet modern and comfortable at the same time.
The hotel has 83 refined, comfortable rooms, five of which are spacious suites. The decoration is inspired on cotton through a chromatic combination of the white, black and sepia of the cotton plant and everything it evokes: softness, comfort, delicacy and naturalness, which are materialized in the fabrics and textures of the very highest quality.
The rooms have been designed to offer all possible comfort: the bed linen is made with sheets with 300-thread count mercerized Egyptian cotton and 600-g towels, honeycomb bathrobes and slippers, and cosmetics of the prestigious Ortigia brand, made with 100% natural products from the Mediterranean area.
Ottoman and Damask Suites
The suites have an exclusive location on the first floor of the hotel in the building’s former public area. The colourful frescoes on the high ceilings, the decorative mouldings and the magnificent marquetry-work parquet, all dating from the 19th century, have been restored. Both suites have spacious balconies looking onto Gran Vía, one of the most important streets in the city.
The Ottoman suite has a bedroom and independent sitting-room while the Damask suite, located in the former Boardroom of the Cotton Producers Guild, is located in a unique large space. Both have a soft 2x2 king-size bed, which in the case of the Damask suite is covered by a romantic canopy. Both have spacious and comfortable bathrooms with bath and shower, covered in elegant marble. Guests who decide to stay in either of these suites will also have a personalized butler service upon request.
The Cotton House has a cosmopolitan Cocktail Bar & Restaurant called “Batuar”, offering something uncommon in the city: non-stop service on the whole appetizing menus from 7 a.m. until midnight.
The ambience is a reflection of the spirit of the hotel: a certain colonial flavour, sophisticated, discreet, elegant and at the same time fresh. Enjoying some tapas and a drink in its lush, spacious terrace is a very tempting plan that cannot be missed.
The menu offers a wide range of local proposals, all made with market ingredients of the very highest quality typical of Mediterranean cuisine.
The origin of the name “Batuar” is to be found in the machine that was responsible for pressing cotton to eliminate all its impurities.