by Phie Mckenzie0
Escape to the city – Derby Hotels Collection
It’s dark, it’s cold and we’re in the midst of The Christmas Frenzy. If it’s time to look forward to a trip away try Spanish group Derby Hotels whose properties reflect as much culture, history and art on the inside as their city homes on the outside.
Derby Hotels is a collection of 14 hotels and 8 apartments ranging from 3* to 5* in the key cities of Barcelona, Madrid, Paris and London. Each property has its own unique style and character providing a choice that will suit your destination and personal style of break.
Of the 10 hotels in Barcelona our pick is Hotel Arai. Hotel Aria is a renovated seventeenth century palace that is now an apart-hotel in the quirky Gothic area of the city. Arai has retained and remodelled its original architecture by transforming old beams and shutters into tables that contrast ultramodern detailing such as black slate tiled bathrooms. The result is an Instagram-worthy display of interior design. Like many of the properties in the Derby Hotel Collection the Arai has a space to exhibit artwork thanks to a deep love of art and artefacts by Derby group owner and founder Jordi Clos. Currently showing at Aria are the private works of the Clos Foundation alongside pictures and photographs that were recovered with the palace’s renovation.
Prices from £118 per night
Neon Tip: Request the top floor Jewel Room with two sleeping areas, hydro-massage shower, self-contained kitchen area and spectacular views from both rooftop Jacuzzis on the sun terraces.
From the two Derby Collection Hotels in Madrid our choice is the Urban Hotel, featured several times in the Condé Nast Gold List. The Urban is a 5* hotel located in the centre of the Spanish Capital. Its avant-garde style also gives a nod to Spanish history and, interestingly, Egyptian art that can be appreciated around the hotel and in the hotel’s Egyptian Museum. A rooftop pool provides a 5* setting to enjoy your holiday and the terrace is a brilliant place to stargaze at night. The hotel’s Glass Bar is one of the best in the city and in-house restaurant Europa Decó serves delicious contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. There’s also a gym, sauna and solarium and rooms and suites at the Urban Hotel are completely soundproof – all providing a welcome rest from La Marcha. Rooms also have 24hour room-service, individual room climate control and docking stations for smartphones and tablets.
Prices from £105 per night
Neon Tip: We like the Junior Duplex Suite, a sophisticated split-level suite decked out with oriental sculptures with wood, natural stone interior and a decadent marble bathroom.
Current Offers: STAY&SHOP packages are available in some of their 5* properties in Madrid and Barcelona. The deal includes accommodation in a Junior Suite with breakfast and shopping discounts in top brand retailers across each city. Prices for Barcelona start from £206 per night and Madrid £228 per night.
Visit the Derby Hotels Collection website to browse its properties, special offers and packages.