A Gastronomic Oasis in the Barcelona Foothills

El Equipo Creativo whips up Simultaneo, a vibrant lobby, bar, and restaurant in Hotel Plaza that recreates the breezy atmosphere of the city’s largest park at the base of Montjuic Mountain.

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Location: Hotel Plaza, Barcelona

Designer: El Equipo Creativo

On Offer: The park comprising Barcelona’s Montjuic mountain is the city’s largest, but the Hotel Plaza wanted to take it even further. Located at the mountain’s verdant base, the hotel enlisted El Equipo Creativo to transform its ground floor into a new lobby, bar, and restaurant that embodies Montjuic’s winding slopes. The team placed reception to one side, so as not to disturb a path leading to a stepped platform to Simultáneo’s circular cocktail lounge. Ascending further, guests reach the all-day restaurant, bathed in natural light courtesy of the roof with gentle peaks of translucent glass. 

Standout Features: El Equipo Creativo decided to go green for the interiors: custom 3D ceramic tiles in shades of jade and emerald clad the rear reception wall and bar facade and fleck the marble floor. Hues closer to basil and mint fan across the restaurant’s walls and upholstery, accenting monumental plants that form benches and a small stage for speeches and toasts. Wood panels give the bar’s ceiling a treehouse vibe, and they’re accentuated by sparkling clusters of tubular chandeliers, their ends glittering like stars in the mountain sky.

(All photography by Adria Goula.)

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