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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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A talk with Pau Santamaroa, one of the most renowned grower’s and land produce’ providers by gourmet restaurants in Spain

Now that we are venturing into autumn, Mother Earth has begun to offer many different products compared to those during the summer months. The look of our pantry has changed and we slowly transition from colourful and exotic flavours to eating more inviting ingredients, subtle yet very intense.

Taking this as our starting point, today we want to dig deeper into Pau Santamaria’s world, one of our most famous vegetable grower and provider that we currently have nationally. His knowledge towards the Earth’s products comes mainly from the passion that his dad passed on to him: deceased chef Santi Santamaria, owner of the Can Fabes restaurant already closed down and one of the most awarded Michelin Star chef in Spain together with Ferran Adrià, catalogued as one of the world’s best chefs.

Pau, where does your passion for the Earth’s products come from?
My dad was who passed on to me all his enthusiasm for cooking and the foods that the Earth gifts us. Since I was a small kid I lived through this passion and was always surrounded by mushroom-pickers and farmers from Montseny.

How did you start the project of distributing products to so many locals?
My wife, my father-in-low and myself are who all started this project. We were looking to reinvent ourselves professionally and it all began when the Via Veneto restaurant, with a Michelin Start, ordered us our very first command the day after I had personally visited them with a basket full of fresh vegetables for them to try and get to know our product. Ever since they turned on the engines and more restaurants started coming to us.

What is your secret to serve to high range restaurants in Barcelona and other regions?
Everything we produce is organic, and therefore the flavours and quality of the product we serve is excellent and very well taken care of.

Mushrooms are a typical product of autumn and you know that from first hand. Could you recommend any recipes using this ingredient?
In this case I’d definitely recommend one of my dad’s recipes, Santi Santamaria: Red Prawn Raviolis with “Ceps” oil, one of the most characteristic species of wild mushrooms in our region. In general this dish consists of serving the ravioli wrapped with the red prawn, and using as condiment glazed onion and mushrooms. Then, all you have to do is cover it with oil flavoured with these wild mushrooms, “ceps”. The result is extraordinary.

In what new growing techniques have you been part of? Could you give us some details?
One of the most relevant is the re-discovery of the hitlacoche, a fungus that grows in corn fields. In many countries it is considered a plague, however in Mexico it is consumed and even considered a gourmet product. Now we’ve discovered how to grow it here too. This year we’ve been growing a lot of green chickpeas, an ingredient that has been very solicited by the restaurants kitchens.

We would love to have kept asking Pau more questions but it’ll have to wait for next time. Until then, we’re pretty sure Pau will keep on adding value and knowledge to the agriculture sector.

If after reading our post you’d like to taste some of these delicious autumn flavours we’ve been talking about, come visit El Mall restaurant at Crowne Plaza Barcelona and we’ll surprise you with all the different flavours and emotions that this season’s dishes will evoke. Come and visit us!

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The most delicious recipes for this Summer… at 173 metres above sea level

Every season of the year has its own tasty seasonal dishes and Summer is not an exception. During these hot months dishes tend to be lighter and fresh, and still as tasty!

At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we know that one of the main factors to consider when looking for a new full gastronomic experience is the place. For this reason at 173 Rooftop Terrace we offer not only a selection of delicious dishes to enjoy every single bite but also a unique venue with enchanting views.

To open your appetite you can choose from the finest quality Ibérico charcuterie such as Jamón Ibérico de Bellota or a selected cheese platter full of intense flavours. For more you can also choose among our spicy bravas potatoes or some nachos with guacamole, cheese and Mexican salsa.

Honouring one of the Spanish gastronomic concepts by excellence, 173 Rooftop Terrace’ menu includes some of the best tapas and dishes to share: salmon tartar with side vegetables, barbeque chicken wings or a foie bombon with mango chutney sauce are just some of the delights that we offer.

In our new terrace menu we couldn’t miss out on fresh and light dishes such as our tuna ventresca or Ceasar salads, Salmorejo or artisan burrata with tomatoe, basil and nuts among many others.

And for those of you who prefer a warm and abundant plate you can choose from our different culinary options of meat, fish or greens.

As our special meat dish we recommend our first-class beef steak with a maturation process of 60 days and accompanied by grilled vegetables and roasted potato, although you can also choose from some some of the tastiest sandwiches with our star Burger 173, a beef burger of up to 200 grams with the chef’s special sauce, Jamón Ibérico, goat cheese and all with a brown ale beer.

If you tend to have more of a seafood palate we also have fresh fish straight from the market with natural herbal essence grilled or roasted. If you wish to go for something greener you can also try our grilled vegetables with romesco sauce, definitely a must-try!

As you might imagine we could not forget about the little ones of the family, we also have special dishes for them! Our kid’s menu has several options: from Bolognese pasta to chicken escalope, nuggets and pizza.

And as our final touch, the biggest temptation: desserts at 173 Rooftop Terrace. Apple pie with vanilla ice-cream, fresh fruit of the season, guanaja chocolate with vanilla and Macadamia crunch or our tiramisu… we wouldn’t know where to start with!

These are just a few of the dishes on the menu of our new 173 Rooftop Terrace by Crowne Plaza Barcelona, but it definitely doesn’t end here! Adding to all of these delicacies we also have a wide drinks menu: healthy juices, tea, coffee, cava wine, champagne, cocktails, appetizers or beers are just some of them.

173 Rooftop Terrace offers all of the flavours of the Mediterranean to make your experience at 173 metres above sea level the most delicious in every sense.

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Which of 173 Rooftop Terrace’ cocktails fits you best?

Now that the Summer is here it is the best time to make the most of hotel rooftops to enjoy the sunset and cheer with a drink or cocktail and friends. At 173 Rooftop Terrace in Crowne Plaza Barcelona we have a great variety of drinks and cocktails to suit all tastes. They say your shoes or watch will say a lot about you,… so what about the cocktail that best fits your personality?

Let’s find out if you identify with some of our proposals!

 

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You are thoughtful and pay attention to detail, taking care and treating with care everything that surrounds you. You’re also a lover of anything exotic and different, tropical and interesting.

There are thousands of cocktail combinations for every personality. At 173 Rooftop Terrace, among many of our cocktails, here are some you may identify more with:

  • Dry Martini: the cocktail for the chic and classy. For simple personalities who look for a moment relax at the end of the day with a drink in hand. Someone who likes little but good, like the delicacy of a Martini with the taste of an olive.
  • Bloody Mary: the combination of tabasco with pepper and tomato juice make it the perfect mix for the passionate and adventurous, perfect for energic and extrovert personalities that are willing to try strong tastes with a touch of mischievous.
  • Cosmopolitan: for urban people who like simple things with a touch of glamour. They say it is one of the most feminine cocktails…although the mix of cranberry juice and lime sounds attractive for everyone!
  • Caipiriña: the drink for the warm hearted who enjoy dancing to the rhythm of Brazilian samba. The perfect balance between acid and sweetness, instinct and reason and depending on the moment, the best drink to let loose and let yourself go.
  • Mojito: original from Cuba, it is one of the most popular Caribbean drinks. Thought for those who are looking for something sweet but with character. Rum goes with strong personalities whilst mint is for those in search for a fresh and groundbreaking touch. Sugar adds the sweetness of audacity whilst lemon is the acid touch that is often needed to create a balance.

 

Aside from these cocktails, at 173 Rooftop Terrace you can also enjoy a drink of Rum, Tequila, Whiskey, Brandy, Gin and liquors. The combinations with these drinks are infinite, but you can also enjoy of the drink itself like a dry whiskey or brandy for those people who choose the perfect moment to take their time with their drink. Moments where one enjoys the taste of every instant. Those who prefer a more subtle drink can go with a a liquor or a Gin & Tonic, where every sip can be as cautious or vigorous as one decides.

However, if you are not a big fan of cocktails at 173 we also offer other drinks like Spritz, Vermouth or Martini, a wide selection of beers as well as Cava, wine and Champagne, or other beverages including teas, coffee and healthy juices!

 

So with all of these options, have you identified which of our drinks at 173 Rooftop Terrace fits best with your personality?

Come and discover more!

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173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjüic Terrace, two of the best hotel’ rooftops in Barcelona

Would you like to drink a cocktail in one of the best hotel’ rooftops in Barcelona? Are you looking for the best city views or searching for the perfect terrace to host an event in Barcelona? Keep on reading!

At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we couldn’t be happier to share these news with you, the opening of two open air spaces that will take your breath away: 173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjuïc Terrace. The best service at your disposition and some of the best views of Barcelona one can get.

Want to know more?

 

173 Rooftop Terrace

The dreamy rooftop terrace where anything is possible.

173 are the meters above sea level at which you will find our terrace, at the top of Montjüic where Crowne Plaza Barcelona is located. A privileged location in one of Barcelona’s most historical areas with a wide cultural and gastronomic tourism experience.

This perfect situation makes it one of the most unique hotel rooftops in town, with a 360º panoramic view that will let you see from Mediterranean’s horizon to any of the emblematic building’s of the city, such as the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s Cathedral, Tibidabo, the tower of Collserola and of course Montjuïc with all of its attractions.

173 Rooftop Terrace opens to the city to offer our best exclusive services not only to hotel guests but to everyone in town. Among the different areas that make 173 Rooftop Terrace you can find an exterior swimming pool, a solarium and a dedicated culinary space to enjoy the best Mediterranean flavours or cheer with our wide cocktail selection.

173 Rooftop Terrace offers unique and irreplaceable experiences in a cosmopolitan environment thought for you to relax and let go of time. An oasis in the middle of Barcelona. Want to come for a visit?

 

Montjuïc Terrace

The Montjüic Terrace is the perfect venue to organize all sorts of events: weddings, communions, business meetings, launchings, presentations… anything you can imagine.

This terrace also offers amazing views to the city. The National Palace with the National Art Museum of Cataluña (MNAC) as one of the main characters, together with the famous architect’s home Puig i Cadafalach, or the lights at night of the Montjuïc Fountain.

The Montjüic Terrace offers the perfect scenario to celebrate some of the most important and exclusive events in Barcelona. With the best expert team always available we want to make sure that every event is a success and that our clients don’t have to worry about anything but to enjoy the venue.

 

173 Rooftop Terrace and the Montjüic Terrace are your magical places in Barcelona.

Come and enjoy!

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Which are the best restaurants of Montjuïc? We give you a list of the most recognized places near Crowne Plaza Barcelona

Barcelona is an endless city. In addition to its architecture, cultural movement, a nice weather and a good location in the Mediterranean, the restlessness and curiosity for the gastronomy of the locals and the new arrivals has no limits.

In the “Ciudad Condal” we are fortunate to have some of the most renowned chefs in the whole country, and not only that, but other cook artists have chosen Barcelona to delight everyone with their recipes and dishes.

At Crowne Plaza Barcelona we know that the culinary offer in our city, and in our area, is wide and of quality. That’s why apart from out restaurant El Mall, we recommend other places and restaurants that treat every dish with care and attention.

 

Hoja Santa y Niño Viejo

Although they are to different restaurants, they share premises and origin: the recipes offered are based on Mexican cuisine. Albert Adrià, the brother of the chef Ferran Adrià, is the one who created and simmered these two restaurants, always maintaining his vision of “haute neighborhood cuisine”

Both places are part of elBarri, a group of restaurants created from the talent of the brothers and chefs Adrià, along with Pedro, Juan Carlos and Borja Iglesias, also brothers and first line chefs.

Niño Viejo has a more informal and relaxed character: a Mexican canteen or taquería without a tasting menu but with a delicate presentation, with contemporary additions.

Hoja Santa is categorized as an elegant restaurant with slightly more colorful and elaborate results – without losing sight of the fact that both places are delicious – where, undoubtedly, there are influences of elBulli, the restaurant which during three consecutive years (2007-2009) received the recognition of the “Better restaurant of the world”. Some of its specialties are Antojitos, Tacos and Los Moles although the listing is long.

 

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Hoja Santa

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Niño Viejo

 

 

Mano Rota
Mano Rota is located in the area of Poble Sec ad offers fusion cuisine served mostly in the bars, one of the most characteristic elements of the local, although tables for two are also present.

The chefs, Bernat Bermudo and Oswaldo Brito, strive to stand out from the usual and offer diner guests intense flavors and surprising combinations, thus avoiding plain dishes without emotion. The products are of quality, of season and of proximity: many of the ingredients come from Barcelona or surroundings. This, added to the textures and nuances worked in all the food, gives the dish an international character, mainly starting from the Peruvian cuisine.

 

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Tickets Bar
Like Niño Viejo and Hoja Santa, Tickets is part of the group elBarri, which also includes other well-known places in the Paral·lel area such as Pakta, Bodega 1900 or Enigma.

The place offers dishes based on avant-garde cuisine but always reflecting in all its culinary creations its emblem of “La Vida Tapa!”, a concept that clearly shapes the cuisine of the land. The variety of dishes is wide and the menu changes according to the season. But we can assure that you will love any of the stews and sauces.

 

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Casa Xica

Casa Xica is oriented to a homemade menu but not less interesting. It is one of the jewels of Poblesec that besides serving products of proximity travels to other countries like China and Japan until taking them to your plate. The Asian character is breathed in almost all their creations and can be used as a passport to later taste the ecological wine included in the menu. The quality of the products is exceptional, besides the local is cozy, and it is necessary to reserve table if you want to go at night! The harmony of their dishes plays an important role in the whole experience, and also they renew the gastronomic offer often.

 

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Casa Xica | Style by Brú

 


Enigma

It is another of the locals that is also part of the elBarri group. Enigma is the newborn of ElBulli’s offspring, largely serving as a laboratory to transport its culinary ideas to the rest of the group’s restaurants and one of its main features is that serves an amount of twenty diner guests, no more.

The approach of the restaurant and its design is thought to surprise and deviate from what is usual, so the mysterious decoration and surprise are one of the main ingredients, together with the quality of food and its spectacular presentation.

 

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espai Kru
espai Kru  by Rías de Galicia is the main identity of this restaurant. Located very close to Plaza España, it is next to another of the most recognized restaurants of the area with a similar gastronomic offer, the Pakta.

espai Kru has a tour of dishes that travel from Galicia to Japan. The presentation of the delicacies is excellent and the quality of the ingredients outstanding. Definitely a recommended place to go, at least once in a lifetime. The experience deserves a visit, and more bearing in mind that the restaurant was awarded the Sol Repsol in 2016, a recognition and symbol of culinary excellence in the gastronomy of the country.

 

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espai Kru

 

 

Filigrana
The concept of the restaurant follows the line of classic, elegant and careful attention to details. The specialty of the Filigrana specialty is grilled meat, although the fish or the tapas are also delicious. It is the right place for a business meal or even for a romantic dinner, it meets all requirements. In addition to its gastronomic qualities, the premises have a privileged terrace overlooking Plaza España and Montjuïc.

 

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Filigrana

 

 

Oleum
Oleum Oleum is located in one of the most special places in Barcelona: the interior of the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) from where it has a panoramic view of the privileged city.
Oleum counts on gastronomic advice by Fina Puigdevall, chef of the restaurant LES COLS of the city of Olot, with ** Michelin. Its menu includes some dishes based on modernism and others from romanticism, for the most tender and delicate evenings. The ingredients that are used in the kitchen are of high quality, based, above all, on Mediterranean cuisine.

 

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Oleum

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