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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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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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San Juan’s Eve, a night of magic and tradition

San Juan, Saint John’s Eve or Sant Joan, is one of the most expected popular celebrations in Spain of June and the Summer time in general. The eve of the 23rd of June marks the beginning of the Summer, the endless days of sun, holidays, free time and watching sunsets from a rooftop. It is also a day of meeting with friends and family and getting to share this popular tradition, which is why we decided to bring to you in this post some of the most famous traditions on the year’s shortest night in Barcelona and surroundings. Had you heard of any of them?

 

Fire and bonfires
Fire is one of the main characters during San Juan’s Eve, which already reveals part of this night’s traditions. This midsummer night is all about making bonfires, especially at the beach. The tradition dates back to centuries ago when there was a belief that fire symbolized the welcoming of Summer solstice.

Another tradition that still lasts through time is the thought of fire’s light and heat to drive away evil spirits, as well as extending the amount of hours a day to give the Sun more strength, as from this night on the days start becoming shorter and shorter until Fall arrives.

 

Make a wish whilst jumping over a bonfire
It definitely is a risky activity, not suitable for minors and only to be considered if one is fully aware of the situation and its’ risks. During the night of San Juan many are brave enough to challenge the fire and jump over the bonfire while making a wish at the same time. If it becomes true or not, that’s only a matter of luck!

Get a taste of the “Coca of San Juan” and toast with a glass of cava

The “Coca of San Juan” is one of the highlights of June 23rd. This dessert consists of a pie made out of flour covered with glazed fruit and sugar. To go with the pie it is very common to toast with a glass of cava, a traditional sparkling wine from the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona.

 

Fireworks
Fireworks are also a must on this summer night of celebrations. Explosions filled with colour and spark light up the night sky forming all sorts of shapes and forms and the sound of the firecrackers will be heard from far away. An authentic performance.

 

Swimming in the sea at night
If you celebrate San Juan’s Eve around the coast one of the most magical traditions on this night is to go for a swim after midnight when the sea is completely dark or waiting for the sun to rise, welcoming the next day.

 

Music and dancing
Almost everywhere you go on this night you will find streets and beaches filled with people celebrating and concerts and music going on. Those who make their bonfire will very probably be dancing around the fire. Those who don’t, will probably also be dancing under the moonlight.

 

Burn what is no longer useful
Like we mentioned at the very beginning fire is one of they key elements of the night of San Juan. Many people will follow the tradition of bringing with them what is no longer useful and throw it into the fire to burn. Furniture, paintings, clothing… or even last year’s school books!

 

Now that you’ve learnt a bit more about some of the most typical traditions of San Juan, are you in to join any of them?

 

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Serena Spa, a new relaxation experience in Crowne Plaza Barcelona.

We have reasons to celebrate in Crowne Plaza Barcelona!

We can now say out loud and proud that we finally have one of the best spa services of the continent: the Serena Spa, by Heaven on Earth.

You might be thinking that we’re exaggerating, but not at all! In Crowne Plaza Barcelona we officially have the second Serena Spa across Europe. A luxury spa brand that belongs to the brand Heaven on Earth, with a high international presence and consideration especially in Asian countries such as Singapore, Seychelles or the Maldives.

The Serena Spa is a new spa concept based in Indian and Eastern treatments, places where the massage tradition and the study of the body’s wellbeing have been grown for thousands of years. Harmony, balance and rest are a priority and therefore the experience we offer our clients is based on relax, pleasure, peace and disconnection.

One of the most relevant and differentiating attributes that we have at the Serena Spa is that all treatments use 100% natural, chemical-free and cruelty-free products, values that faithfully meet our philosophy at Crowne Plaza Barcelona.

We offer essential oils with different fragrances to let our clients choose the smell and treatment they prefer, all surrounded by an intimate, warm, relaxed and minimalistic environment.

Aside from personal care and the constant search of relaxation and balance between body and mind, one of the main characteristics that we have at the Serena Spa is that we offer a unique massage in Spain: the Marma Body, a massage technique that requires of a very specific and specialized professional training.

The Marma Body focuses on 109 points across our body that correspond to nerve endings and that will work to achieve a profound relaxation of our entire body through these points.

Furthermore, the Marma Body at the Serena Spa in Crowne Plaza Barcelona we also offer other treatments to our customers: from beauty treatments or anti-stress massages to rejuvenation, aromatherapy, exfoliation or relaxation treatments among others.

One of the main goals at Serena Spa together with Crowne Plaza Barcelona is to promote a healthy lifestyle, looking for balance between the body and mind through good habits: a healthy and balanced diet, appropriate rest, meditation, exercise, and in conclusion taking care of ourselves as priority factors. For this reason at the Serena Spa we offer not only a gym but also a hydrotherapy pool with a waterfall, water beds, swan’s neck fountains and a cold water area. Clients can also find a steam bath, sauna, caldarium, multi-sensory showers and a pediluvium.

 

The new Serena Spa at Crowne Plaza Barcelona is the ideal place to relax in Barcelona. Because dedicating time to ourselves, taking care of ourselves and disconnecting is necessary. Because you deserve it.

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Welcome February. How happy we are that you are already here!

The shortest month of the year of long nights and cold days hosts one of the best parties to let the imagination fly and become the character you want to be: Carnival. This pagan feast began 5000 years ago and seems to have no end. Many people love it!

In this post we give you some ideas to disguise yourself individually or in group, creating your own design in a fast, easy and with an original and attractive result. Here it goes!

 

Thief
One of the most fun and suitable for all audiences. The costume is simple, you just have to dress in a horizontal striped shirt and dark pants and shoes. Put on a mask to hide your eyes and carry a bag or a sac where you take your loot!

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Gourmet cook
An original costume to disguise yourself with your family. The clothing is simple, you only need a cooking jacket or a robe (black or white are the most common colors), and a toque blanche, the traditional chef’s cap. For the youngest ones, you can use the same clothes or, if you want to make it more likeable, you can dress them of some ingredient you use for cooking. They will look delicious!

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Indians

The key element is the feather headdress, an accessory that you can easily do following the guidelines of the video below/above. The most common thing is to place the feathers on the head, although you can also wear them as earrings, as a necklace or hanging from the shoes. For her, a top and a skirt with a fringe finish is very much in line with the theme. For him, a waistcoat and long and wide trousers fit perfectly in the style of the constume. Other accessories that complement the outfit are leather boots or an arrow bow and, as a last touch, stripes or painted designs on the face.

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 Cristian Newman

 

How to make Indian feathers

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Prince and Princess

One of the most dreamed costumes by all, children, but adults too! To be the main characters of the castle, or the hotel,  you do not need many elements. Less is more. For her we propose a simple outfit, with a long, elegant and not very striking dress to highlight the accessories: a crown, big and shiny earrings, high heels or a bracelet would be the most suitable. For him, a suit with vest, wide pants and long boots, a velvet cloak and a sword also go according to the outfit.

 

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Steve Jobs
We love the simplicity of the disguise and the character it represents. The father of the brand Apple has become one of the most representative celebrities of the 21st century, even if he is no longer with us. The clothing is more than easy: a black sweater with a turtleneck, gray metallic round glasses and pants of a neutral color. If you accompany this with an Apple accessory or print the logo, you have won the party!

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Parenting

These are just a few ideas to make your Carnival costume original and easy to prepare. But they are not the only ones! Take your creative side and unleash the scissors, we are sure that you have some rags at home to which you can give life to. It’s time to cut!

 

 

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