Barcelona, that uniquely dynamic metropolis on the Mediterranean, with its 1.6 million inhabitants is not only the capital of the autonomous province of Catalonia but also Spain’s second largest city. Avant-garde architecture, innovative design, unconventional art, fashion and music: Barcelona has a different – and faster – pace to most of Europe’s other capitals. The city is a magnet not only for creative minds and connoisseurs of savoir vivre, but also for business people and tourists from all over the world. In 2007 alone, more than 7 million tourists came here to enjoy the delights of Catalonian culture. Over 290 hotels in all categories offer bases from which to explore the creative spirit of this lively metropolis. The city’s main artery is the 1.3 kilometer Promenade Las Ramblas, which connects the Plaça Catalunya with the harbour. A colourful mix of street artists, vendors of flowers, animals and newspapers, market halls and cafés draws local inhabitants and visitors alike to this magical, elegant promenade for relaxed strolling. On each side of this central lifeline, flanked as it by roads, lie the old city quarters El Raval and Barri Gòtic, both worthy destinations for lovers of culture and cuisine. And here, too, perfectly placed at the hub of the action, is the new four-star design hotel of the famous Spanish hotel chain Barceló, the Barceló Raval. A 38-meter-high elliptical cylinder, completely clad in a veil of shimmering woven metallic mesh, this 186-room hotel is literally the linchpin of the Rambla del Raval’s two axes. A special production of GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG’s spiral mesh type Escale ensures that guests have an optimal view of this beautiful city outwards through the metal façade, while for onlookers outside the mesh mirrors a subtle reflection of the hotel’s surroundings.