In their 19th century quest for power, Catalonia’s cotton magnates spun out far more than textiles.
They were architects of their own fortune, quite literally, erecting modernisme masterpieces along Barcelona’s leafy boulevards – grand buildings that were less about the warp and weft of fabric, and more a testament to power and prestige.
Nowadays, most of these temples of textile have been taken over by hospitality developers – their industrial looms swapped for indelible luxury.
Cotton House Hotel in Barcelona is one such five-star property, inviting travellers to bask in a touch of old-world splendour – albeit with greater modern-day comforts and less weaving.
This one-time nerve center of the Cotton Textile Foundation, a neoclassical gem conceived by the Catalan bourgeoisie, is a salute to a time when cotton wasn’t just a crop, but a crown.
Yet it’s the expansive Evitaesque balcony that steals the scene, presenting a front-row seat to one of Barcelona’s most illustrious streets.
Inside, the room plays a game of contrasts that sees modern furnishings and lighting duelling with the timeless charm of original floor tiles, wood paneling and ceiling frescoes.
The centerpiece, a bed crafted by Naturalmat, melds artisanal prowess with natural materials, promising a slumber that’s as restorative as it is regal.
Yet, for all its historical flourishes, the Otoman Suite is firmly planted in the present. Modern amenities, from the slightly temperamental 42″ television to the dependable Nespresso machine, ensure comfort is but a button press away.