Twentytú receives the ISO 50001 certification of energy efficiency

27th November, 2013 / / No Comments

We are pleased to announce we have been given the ISO 50001 certification. This recognition allows us to go a step further in our scale of sustainable values, offering to our customers, administrations and staff greater confidence in terms of the energy saving that Twentytú Hostel promoted and implemented in its facilities and in its way of working.

We have received the certification from Marian Muro, general director Generalitat de Catalunya’s Tourism Department, and Avelino Brito, AENOR’s general director. AENOR is the Spanish agency that grants ISO certifications, meeting the international rules on consumption, services and industry.

What is ISO 50001?

ISO 50001 is an international standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which establishes the requirements to implement maintain and continually improve the energy management system.

Following our sustainable policy, Twentytú Hostel applied a system that meets ISO 50001 requirements and allows us , through a reduction in consumption and in the emission of greenhouse gases , be safer and more energy efficient.

This is how we guarantee our commitment to environmental sustainability and technological innovation, as two of our core pillars in giving a reasonably priced quality service.

Free museums in Barcelona

21st November, 2013 / / No Comments

Free museums in Barcelona? Yes, but you need to know when to go! Want to soak in Barcelona’s art and history but you are travelling low-cost? Here’s the answer: visit the best museums amb cultural centres in town for free! We have prepared a brief guide so that you know when to visit them without spending a cent. There is no excuse anymore!

Catalunya’s National Art Museum: here you will find examples of every artistic movement since the 14th century.

Saturdays from 15pm
First Sunday every month
11th and 24th September and 18th May

Barcelona’s Contemporary Culture Centre: it hosts temporary and permanent exhibitions of contemporary art. And it is right in the city centre, very close to Plaza Catalunya.

Sundays from 15pm
12th February, 18th May and 24th September

Picasso Museum: do not miss it if you want to learn further about Pablo Picasso’s work, one of the most relevant during the 20th century.

Sundays from 15pm
First Sunday every month
12th February, 18th May and 24th September

Barcelona’s History Museum: a new concept of museum, spread all over many archaeological sites, it will allow you to discover Barcelona’s heritage on-site.

Sundays from 15pm
First Sunday every month
12th February, 23rd April, 11th and 24th September and 18th May

Barcelona’s Maritime Museum: a must-see if you are a sea lover. And it is located in a beautiful historical building that used to be Barcelona’s shipyard.

Sundays from 15pm
First Sunday every month
12th February, 18th May and 24th September

Free entrance every day

Arts Santa Mònica: very close to Columbus monument you will get to discover the most innovative artistic trends in town.

Palau Robert: what used to be an aristocrat’s palace is now a multipurpose cultural equipment.

Palau de la Virreina: this historical baroque building hosts cultural exhibitions for all artistic sensibilities.

No excuse anymore: visit the free museums in Barcelona!

La Pedrera

14th November, 2013 / / No Comments

La Pedrera is a must if you visit Barcelona. This beautiful building not only offers great and surprising architecture, but it also hosts art exhibits. Come to La Pedrera!

Interested in the most avant-garde art of the 20th century? This week we have a plan for you: a futurist exhibition in one of the best modernist buildings in the world.

An exhibition of the modernist artist Fortunato Depero opens today at La Pedrera, Gaudí’s emblematic work. Do not miss it!

About La Pedrera

Casa Milà, commonly known as La Pedrera, was built by the architect Antoni Gaudí between 1906 and 1910 and it is one of the most famous modernist buildings in Barcelona. In 1984 Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site.

La Pedrera was constructed right in Passeig de Gràcia commissioned by Pere Milà, and with many setbacks during the job (delays, legal issues, disagreements between Gaudí and Mr. Milà…). Even so, it is one of the most relevant works of Catalan modernism due to the innovations it proposed, both in architectural and artistic levels.

It is without a doubt one of the best works by the famous Catalan architect and a must-see if your are sightseeing Barcelona. And, above all, keep your eyes wide open and do not miss any detail of its beautiful decoration and winding structure.

How to get there

Metro L3 y L5: Diagonal
FGC: Provença
RENFE: Passeig de Gràcia

Timetable

From 4th November until 28th February: Monday-Sunday, 9.00am – 18.30pm
From 1st March until 3rd November: Monday-Sunday, 9.00am – 20.00pm
Closed: 25th December and from 13th to 19th January

Address

Provença 261-265
08008 Barcelona
Tel. 902 202 138

Now you know everything you need to take into account to visit Barcelona’s most surprising building: La Pedrera!

CaixaForum Barcelona

8th November, 2013 / / No Comments

Today we open a new category on this blog talking about CaixaForum Barcelona, an interesting arts centre located in a beautiful modernist building.

Is it your first time in Barcelona and you don’t know where to start visiting the city? This week we open a new category in our blog about tourism and sightseeing in Barcelona, where we are going to post ideas of museums, monuments and places you can’t miss.

We begin with CaixaForum, an arts centre located in a wonderful modernist building. A good place to discover Barcelona’s modernist architecture, which is famous worldwide, and at the same time some of the best art collections in our country.

About CaixaForum

CaixaForum is a social and cultural centre located at the foot of Montjuïc in one of the most important modernist buildings in Barcelona. It used to be a textile factory property of the businessman Casaramona, and Fundación “la Caixa” has turned it into a modern cultural equipment without ruining its original shape.

Open to all kinds of public, CaixaForum has become one of the most dynamic cultural spaces in the city. There you can visit temporary exhibitions of ancient, modern and contemporary art. Besides, Fundación “la Caixa”’s collection of contemporary art is one of the most relevant in Spain.

Its stable programme of concerts, cinema, conferences, scenic arts, literature, multimedia art and family events makes CaixaForum a reference site in Barcelona.

How to get there

Metro L1: Espanya

Timetable

Monday to Friday: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm // Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: to 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Summer: Wednesdays 10.00 am to 23.00 pm
Christmas: 24th and 31st December: 10.00 am to 18.00 pm
Closed 25th December and 1st / 6th January

Address

Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
08038 Barcelona
Tel. 93 476 86 00
Fax: 93 476 86 35

Now you know all these facts, don’t miss a visit at CaixaForum Barcelona!

La Castanyada

31st October, 2013 / / No Comments

La Castanyada and Halloween are here! The day expected has come, or rather the awaited night. Do you know what the origins of Halloween are? According to the ancient Celtic and Anglo-Saxon calendars October 31st corresponded to the last day of the year and it also coincided with Samnhain feast, the God of the dead. Samhain is the Celtic New Year and a day to remember those who are no longer with us. Samnhain is in Celtic mythology the religious festival celebrating the birth of the dark period of the year and also means a ritual of transition and opening to the other world.

In Barcelona Halloween is… La Castanyada!

Here in Catalonia la Castanyada is the equivalent of Halloween and Samhain , celebrated November the 1st . La Castanyada comes from an ancient funeral ritual feast and is a celebration which is common to eat chestnuts, sweet potatoes and panellets . The streets are filled with stalls where to buy chestnuts and pastry shop sells all kinds of panellets. Yet there are many Halloween parties where everyone goes in disguise. We also have acclimated Twentytú hostel for the occasion .

Happy night of the living death and don’t forget to celebrate La Castanyada!

Elastic Festival Razzmatazz

18th October, 2013 / / No Comments

Do you want to enjoy two days of nonstop concerts? November 1st and 2nd Elastic Festival comes to Razzmatazz and Twentytú will be the official accommodation for the event.

The independent music festival will host in Barcelona groups like The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, L.A, Fuel Fandango and Niños Mutantes, playing their best music.

And for enjoying a carefree we offer different packs including the festival pass plus the accommodation at our hostel, all very reasonably priced. You can choose the option that best suits your plan!

In Twentytú we work to make it easier for you to enjoy Elastic Festival Razzmatazz!

Sustainability and energy efficiency conference

9th October, 2013 / / No Comments

Following our strong commitment to sustainability as a driver of development and growth, tomorrow we will attend the V Conference of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Industry. Under the premise of maximizing energy savings we will be at Silken Diagonal Barcelona hotel to discuss with other professionals about energy management, energy certification of buildings and funding.

This is why tomorrow October 10th at 10am you have a date at the Silken Diagonal Barcelona. A sustainable future is up to you!

Endesa Awards for the Most Sustainable Property Promotion 2013

4th October, 2013 / / No Comments

For the second year in a row we have been nominated to Endesa Awards for the Most Sustainable Property Promotion 2013. As a result of a study which analyzes the environmental level of public buildings, we are proud to announce that we have been nominated in the category of “Most Sustainable Non-Residential Property.”

These awards are recognition of our ongoing commitment to sustainability and technological innovation always linked to the concept of low-cost hotel. We hope that respect for the environment must support affordable rates in the lodge.

Now we look forward to the awards ceremony to be held the week of October 21st at the Barcelona Meeting Point Real Estate fair 2013.

We will keep you posted!

Encants Barcelona opening

27th September, 2013 / / No Comments

Encants Barcelona has opened today at Plaça de les Glories in Barcelona as one of the oldest markets in Europe and a centre of commercial dynamism.

Besides being a modernist complex, one of its main features is the way it combines old and new staff all very reasonable priced. It is considered as an alternative market that offers all types of handicrafts and antiques with other high-tech products, just two steps from Twentytú.

However, the blatant novelty in ‘Encants Vells’ news stage is its restaurant service. If you stroll around this attractive architecture piece you will find a restaurant, 6 chic take away food stores and a ‘Street food’ area with common bars and tables. It is Worthwhile to go out from Twentytú and approaching to this characteristic atmosphere in Barcelona. Many pleasant surprises are waiting for you at Encants Barcelona!

La Mercè: party, music and traditions

20th September, 2013 / / No Comments

La Mercè arrives to Barcelona to make it a cultural mosaic.

From September 20th till 24th, the city honors its patron saint and dresses up in its tradition costume: castellers, carnival figures called cabezudos, traditional dances and exhibitions will be the main characters of the day show while the concerts will be the stars of the night.

In this context will take also place BAM, a music festival  in which a wide variety of singers offer the best of their music.

Do not miss the Piromusical, a music, light and color spectacle culminating the festivities of La Mercè.

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