Not often are we lucky enough to be woken by the smell of freshly baked croissants, have all-day access to just-made sandwiches, and be only steps away from a hot espresso. But at one Barcelona hotel, that’s exactly what you get.
Hotel Praktik Bakery, a boutique hotel set right in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, centers around food and houses the Baluard Bakery on the main level. From morning well into late afternoon, all the best baked-goods are at your fingertips, right downstairs and a cheerful buzz echoes through the building. Muffins and tarts, savory sandwiches and snacks — all perfectly priced and abundantly available in the lobby bakery.
Most hotel lobbies are cold and cookie-cutter, encouraging you to check-in and move on. At Praktik Bakery, the check-in counter is nestled right between the bakery and the cafeteria, surrounded by heavenly smells and smiling bakers, covered in flour.
The ‘lobby’ is often times filled with a line of locals, sometimes stretching out onto the sidewalk, waiting to grab a bite at breakfast, a quick lunch to nibble in the garden, or an afternoon pick-me-up.
No matter the reason for the visit, the bakery makes the hotel feel homey and you really do want to linger. With a city buzzing just outside the bakery door, you’ll be hard pressed to leave your cozy, corner table.