BARCELONA, SPAIN (February 21, 2008) – For those travelers that enjoy the convenience and freedom of sightseeing sans a tour guide, Casanova, the Catalan capital’s most stylish hotel, offers guests a hand-held GPS iTour to experience Barcelona’s top cultural attractions. Key points of interest, such as Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and La Pedrera as well as the Boqueria market, museums, restaurants and shops, are included in the iTour digital tourist guide along with photos and landmark history. Located in the heart of Barcelona, the 124-room Casanova Hotel is in the ideal starting point for guests to begin their walking tour of the city.
The portable iTour has a city map with satellite technology, convenient even in the most narrow and hidden streets. The iTour can be used in three ways: a programmed route that guides you to the main points of the city; writing the street and number in the device; or free navigation. The tours are multilingual, available in English, Spanish and French. The iTour costs 5 Euros (approximately $7 USD) for 12 hours, with a deposit of 121 Euros. For more information on iTours, visit www.itourgps.com
Named after the 18th century seducer, the reborn Casanova, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, made its return in November with a new hip elegant décor, restaurant and spa. Whimsical lighting and sculptural chairs accentuate the lobby while retro-inspired furnishings and plasma televisions decorate the guestrooms. Mexiterranean cuisine is served at Mexiterranée restaurant inside Casanova, fusing Mexican, Catalan and Mediterranean ingredients along with an in-house choreographer to change the scene monthly. The Stone Spa features a tranquil courtyard with an outdoor couple’s cabana and four indoor treatment rooms. Coming in the summer of ’08, a rooftop pool and lounge complete with hammocks.
The rates at Casanova start at 160 Euros ($234.56 USD) per night from now through March 31, 2008. Starting April 1st, rates start at 295 Euros ($432.468 USD) per night. For reservations, please call toll-free at 1-866 849-6396 or visit www.casanovabcnhotel.com