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At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we believe in a better world. Which is why we have brought to you the different iniciatives and projects that year after year we collaborate in!

Crowne Plaza Barcelona isn’t just a hotel in the Condal City. It is also a firm that throughout the year supports different actions based on social, cultural and sustainable values to look after the world that surrounds us. Here are some of our initiatives that took place during 2017!

These projects are carried out throughout the whole year as we firmly believe that by playing a small part we will together achieve important changes in the environment and our society. The list is long, so let’s go for it!

 

What social actions have we carried out at Crowne Plaza Barcelona?

Regarding social activities, we focus mainly in projects to fight hunger and dehydration.

Crowne Plaza Barcelona received the Rotary Club certificate for having donated 2.350 solidary menus throughout 2016 under the initiative “Alimentos para Necesitados” – A.L.P.A.N (Foods for Needed) who also belongs to the club. Furthermor,e we collaborated with the catalan initiative “La Fam no fa vacances” (Hunger doesn’t get holidays), where we collected 175kg of food to help the most needed during the summer. “BCN Comparteix el menjar” (Barcelona shares their food) belongs to Nutrició sense Fronteres, another initiative in which we participated by providing hotel meals to social dinings.

We also participated with “Restaurantes contra el hambre” (Restaurants against hunger), a solidary initiative by “Acción contra el hambre” (Action against hunger) together with the Spanish Hostelry Federation, fighting against childhood malnutrition. Crowne Plaza joined the Project by providing 2€ per each dish consumed at the hotel’s restaurant El Mall.

Oxfam Intermon Trailwalker in Girona: for the second year in a row, part of Crowne Plaza Barcelona’s team joined this 100km trailwalk collecting more than 1.500€ to donate to this organization. An action put together for women and girls that each day have to walk for hours in the search of safe drinking water. We also cooperated with the program “IHG shelter in a storm” by IHG in an organized “Nordic Hike” in Montjuïc, to support the fight against the effects of natural disasters.

oxfam-crowne-plaza-barcelonaIntermón Oxfam Trailwalker

igh-crowne-plaza-barcelonaIHG Foundation – Nordic Hike

 

All of this without forgetting about the toiletries that each of our rooms has, all of which are 100% fair trade.

 

How about cultural initiatives?

During Christmas a big part of Crowne Plaza Barcelona’s team donated their gift sets to the neighbourhood of Poble Sec, to a catalan NGO “Bona Voluntat en Acció” (Good Will in Action) which works to erradicate poverty in the fourth world. Aside from that we also gave toys to the little ones of this same area, because Santa doesn’t forget about them! We collaborated with this organization in another project “Hotel Tapa Tour”, where they organized a tapas tour and all money went directly to the cause.

lotes-navidad-cpbDonation of Crowne Plaza Barcelona’s staff gift sets

regalos-navidad-crowne-plaza-barcelonaToys for children in need in the neighbourhood of Poble Sec

 

The “Interhotel Games” are Charity Olympics where several 4 and 5 star hotels participate to collect funds. This 2017 the money was destined to “Nutrición sin Fronteras” (Nutrition without borders) and their project “Barcelona comparteix el menjar” (Barcelona shares their food).

Crowne Plaza Barcelona was the main sponsor at their charity event “Cena Solidaria Esclat”, a charity dinner where all funds were destined to professional integration and personal development of people with cerebral paralysis.

Regarding the big screen, Crowne Plaza Fira-Center also collaborated with the 4th Edition of the Asian Cinema Festival in Barcelona, organized by Casa Asia, who gave out a honorary prize to the movie “Redha” for the treatment and sensibility towards autism. Related to this illness, to celebrate the International Day of Awareness about Autism we illuminated our main façade in blue and joined the campaign #ConnectatAlBlau (#connectedtoblue).

Furthermore, our El Mall restaurant participated in the latest version of the Barcelona Restaurant Week with an elaborated tasting menu. Included in the price was a solidary euro which was then destined to ”Menudos Corazones Foundation”, a music therapy project for pediatric ICU’s.

 

In terms of energetic efficiency and sustainability, what have you done?

tesla-crowne-plaza-barcelonaTesla chargers for electric cars

 

We obtained the IHG Green Engage Level 1 Certificate, which means that all of our hotel’s facilities are designed under sustainable parameters and accredits us for one of the best practices in matters of saving energy and costs.

We also received the Quality Ecoleader Certificate Platinum Level by TripAdvisor that promotes the reutilization of bedding and towels, the use of energy-efficient bulbs throughout the hotel, a cautious control of the use of A/C and heaters, recycling… among many other aspects.

As in the tourism of Barcelona, we also contributed with our grain of sand by participating in the initiative “Barcelona Sustainable Tourism” where different projects are carried out related to sustainability, environmental and socio-economical matters surrounding the city’s tourism.

Our latest news regarding energy efficiency is that since last October we have added in our hotel two Tesla chargers, the number one company in premium electric cars, which are free to use and completely compatible with any electric vehicle from hotel’ guests.

 

As you can see this is a summary of the actions that we have been contributing with at Crowne Plaza Barcelona throughout 2017, and there will still be more. Most important of all, we are determined to keep on participating in solidary actions that fight for social causes, equality, the environment and culture, as we strongly believe in our values and the kind of world we want to be living in.

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Tips and tricks to combat the “post-vacation blues”

Coming back from holidays isn’t easy and at Crowne Plaza Barcelona we know it. Getting back into routine and returning to our day to day life after a long period of relaxing and enjoying, can make it quite uphill for everyone. Either if you have been travelling around the world this summer or if you’ve simply stayed at home resting, here are some of our tips to combat those post-vacation blues and try and make your life back to routine as easy as posible!

 

1. Frame your memories
Pick up a pen and paper to express everything that you’ve lived. Put together your words with photographs, write down the name of the song that was playing in that moment and make sure you collect those special moments that will make you smile.

 

2. Organize fun plans
Going back to work after the holidays can make us feel a bit down. For that reason it is important to have short-term plans that will keep us motivated throughout the following months. A weekend getaway, dinner with friends or throwing a party are great options!

 

3. Get back on a schedule
During the holidays your timetable is probably way different to the usual. We get to go to bed late, wake up even later, eat whenever and more than once such a relaxed state will take us to sleep early. So before you go back to your routine, try and organize your days so that you slowly get back to normal hours and having your usual schedule.

 

4. Ten minutes in bed
When you start again with your routine don’t start with a hurry. Make sure you stay 10 minutes more in bed when you wake up in order to slowly start your day, meditate and steel yourself for a new day with new responsibilities and challenges. We’re sure that starting your days like this will make them much easier and pleasant!

 

5. Piano, piano… on your first day back at work
Take your first day back at work easy and with patience, and don’t let stress take over your workspace. Pay attention to changes and movements that have occurred while you were away and confront every situation with your best energy!

 

6. Organize your tasks
After having been away for a long time it is basic to start by organizing your ideas. Make sure before you get started with anything else that you organize your tasks so that nothing skips your hands. In your notebook, a calendar or on your phone, it will definitely be of much help.

 

7. Move your body!
Being active again is essential, so make sure you go back to doing sport in order to burn that energy and combat those blues after the holidays. It works!

 

8. Eat healthy
Eating a healthy and balanced diet will not only benefit us but it will help us feel good with ourselves too. Leave aside for a while those drinks, vermouths, beers, snacks and ice creams and fill your fridge and pantry with fresh fruit, veggies, meat or fish.

 

9. Moderate caffeine
Caffeine works to wake us up but an excessive consumption can lead us to have more stress and anxiety. By moderating your intake of coffee or tea it will enable you to get back to work without any alterations or extra nervousness.

 

10. Think positive
Yes, the holidays are over but that shouldn’t be such a big drama! Think positive thoughts: “Today the sun is shining bright”, “I’m so ready to take over the world!” or “I can’t wait to see all my friends!” will definitely help to bring a smile to your face and fight any negative impacts.

 

As you can see these are just some of the tips that will get you back on track and combat those post-holiday blues. The secret lies in listening to yourself and doing what your body really asks for in order to recover your personal wellbeing. Slowly this path will take you to have a permanent smile when you wake up and go back to your everyday routine.

 

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Are you staying in Barcelona during this Summer? Here are some cool plans to do!

Summer is always the perfect time to enjoy doing what you love: travel, visit your family, spend more time outdoors… Big cities seem empty, however it’s only an appearance! During the Summer many people still go to work and keep on with their day to day which is why we have decided to bring together some of the best plans to do in Barcelona during this Summer, for those who want to make the most of their time in the city!

 

Beach, water sports or swimming pool
One of Barcelona’s most valued treasures is the sea. Lucky us, specially during the Summer! The fact that we have the Mediterranean Sea so close allows us to do all sorts of water activities: paddle surf, windsurf, swimming, sailing, etc. However if getting in the sea is not really your cup of tea you can always play volleyball in the sand, beach tennis or simply sun bathe to soak in those sun rays while reading a book. To sum up, just like in many other cities Barcelona also has local and private swimming pools, another great option to feel refreshed!

 

Mountains and parks
Not only does Barcelona have the sea but we also are very close to the mountains. Even though they aren’t the highest of this region they are the perfect escape to go outdoors into nature. The area of Tibidabo, carretera de les Aigües or Montjuïc are perfect places to go to and enjoy being outside the city for a couple hours. If you prefer to stay in the urban area you can always go for a walk to Parc of Ciudadela, Parc of Montjuïc or any other green area in the city.

 

Music festivals
When the warm months roll in it is almost impossible for a day to go by in Barcelona without music. Summer festivals are some of the best summer days for locals and tourists: Barcelona Beach Festival, Cruïlla Festival, Música als Parcs, Circuit Festival, Jardins of Pedralbes Festival, summer concerts at Poble Espanyol or BAM are some of them. If you love music you should definitely take a look at some of them!

 

Activities and shows
The cultural offer in Barcelona is amazing, both during daytime and at night. There are all kinds of activities for everyone: open air cinema, tours around the city, museums, parks, exhibitions, nightlife… and the list could keep on!

 

Local neighbourhood festivities
Three of the most known local festivities in Barcelona that take place during the Summer are Fiestas of Gracia, Fiestas of Sants and Fiestas of Sant Roc. They are all local festivities that honour each of the three neighbourhoods in the city and that will welcome with open arms all visitors where you will enjoy popular local food, concerts, “castellers”, famous Catalan dance “sardanas”, magic and alternative shows… The streets simply fill up with people and fun.

 

To sum up, these are some of the coolest plans to enjoy in Barcelona during the Summer. In addition, Crowne Plaza Barcelona will open very soon the 173 Rooftop Terrace, the terrace in Montjuïc with the best views in Barcelona.

 

There is no longer any excuse to make the most of this city!

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Want to find out the “mum prototype” you are or have?

Mother’s Day in Spain is getting very close and in Crowne Plaza Barcelona we cannot resist to celebrate such a special day.

There are plenty of mum’s in the world and every single one of them is unique in their own way. However, sometimes there are some things about mum’s that they share in their personality or in the way that they raise their kids which many of us will probably feel identified with. Some sort of clichés about them. For this reason we have decided to collect a series of “mum prototypes” where one can find out the type of mum they are or have. Let’s go!

 

  1. The supermum who can do it all

These are the all-rounder unstoppable kind of mums. Supermums are those who have the ability to handle different situations at the same time and that don’t stress! Definetely very admirable. Not only that but they also manage to have an incredible memory to cover all of their kids’ needs. An endless amount of energy and a couple hours of sleep will do for them to recover and confront the next day with their best mood.

 

  1. Cooking lovers

There are some mum’s who are great at cooking, some others that aren’t as good… And then there’s those kind of cooking-lover mums who put all their effort into slow cooking the best meals for their family. Pots and pans do not rest in that kitchen and their recipes probably exceed the creativity of many chefs around the world.

Cooking-lover mums who spend hours and hours inside their kitchens enjoying every step of cooking abundant, delicious meals made with all their love.

 

  1. The sportswoman

The habit of being active is healthy and good for you. However when you have an athletic mum there’s definitely some moments where one wishes that she abandoned her sport shoes at least for once.

Athletic mums will not want you sleeping in until late on a Saturday morning, they will very probably be taking you on a hike to the top of the mountain or get some waves at the beach. Who even mentioned taking a nap or a good “siesta” after lunch, there’s definitely no stop here and they will keep pushing you until you can’t keep on anymore. As exhausting as it may be, once the effort is over and you think about all the shared moments with her, you will definitely feel very grateful and very thankful to have done all those things together.

 

  1. The worrying mum

The majority of mums have written in their DNA “protect your little ones”. The love mums have for their family is beyond and this translates into worries whenever they fear something. The worrying mums will need to have everything under control, know who their kids are with, when they are coming back, and sometimes this will limit ones freedom due to overprotection.

As time goes by and kids get older, slowly the worrying mums will start calming down, letting go and trusting their personal autonomy.

 

  1. The lectionary

The lectionaries are those mums who want their kids to learn what life is about on their own. This means learning to fall and stand back up again on their own, the kind of learning based on test-error where they will slowly learn what is good and bad.

Sometimes these kind of mums will be a bit resilient to baby their kids and may even seem strict and harsh, however the reality is that they are protecting their children in their own way. They know there are tough times and they will always protect them doing their best: letting them learn how to protect and figure things out on their own.

 

  1. The patient and the impatient

Mothers have to face every day a constant challenge: patience, with probably many moments where they will have to take in a deep breath.

Those who are patient will know perfectly how to handle these situations, controlling their temper with no problem. But for those who are more impatient, that’s where the challenge comes in to try and stay calm.

Whichever your case is, both patient and impatient mums will share one same thing: there is not a kiss or a hug they will resist to.

 

These are only some of the common prototypes that we share worldwide. Surely by reading this you will feel identified with one of these mum profiles, whether you are already in the mummy or in the children’s team.

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New year, new life (but truly)

You don’t need to dissimulate: with the entrance of the new year, we ALL have thought that we should change some habits to lead a healthier life, physically and spiritually. At these times, planning to do things a little better is the most normal thing in the world. But, unfortunately, it is also very common for all these goals to end up in NOTHING.

 

However, at Crowne Plaza Barcelona we have detected that if we fail achieving our goals is because in general we are too ambitious. Maybe we have to assume that we will never go 4 days a week to the gym, that we do not like tofu and that we weren’t born to read Proust. Perhaps we have to set more realistic goals.

 

Thinking about all of this, we have come up with a list of small daily gestures which we have called “Healthy 24 hours”. Because if you look, there is time to do everything since the time you get up until you go to sleep!

 

  • Have a glass of water with lemon just getting up.
  • Say good morning to your neighbor.
  • By mid-morning, eat a few pieces of fruit. Those that you like the most! We aren’t in this world to suffer.
  • Keep your workplace somewhat tidier, which is proven to perform better.
  • Ask a colleague to warn you each time you find yourself in front of the computer and the curvature of your back is defying the laws of physics.
  • Call that friend you haven’t seen for a while.
  • Run for 30 minutes, no more, as at this point you will not become an elite athlete.
  •  Tell your brother something nice, it doesn’t cost so much.
  • Visit the White Wellness Spa and give yourself a relaxing time just for you.
  • Actually, if you stop and think about it, on winter nights a vegetable dish feels great. Or not?
  • Go to bed earlier and read for a while (first ask your partner to turn off the light after 15 minutes because reading, as a sleeping pill, is infallible).

 

Maybe you can’t do everything we propose, but do something! The best way to lead a healthy life is to be happy with yourself and it is very difficult if you let yourself be overcome by laziness.

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