El Regulador Palace
Hotel Bagués is housed in the historic building known as El Regulador, built in 1850 by architect Josep Fontserè i Doménech.
It is a splendid example of Romantic Classical architecture and is noteworthy for its facade in three sections: the lower part, with a rounded arcade and stone facing; the first and second floors, with Ionic pilasters that contrast with pink stucco; and the two upper floors separated by a cornice. The cornice supports the bases of various terracotta sculpture groups portraying children playing. A little further up is a series of medallions with faces that look out over Les Rambles.
The name Regulador comes from a device that was much used by residents of Les Rambles, large weighing scales which were available from the 1940s onwards for anyone to use. Following the agreement between the Bagués-Masriera jewellery store and Derby Hotels Collection to build the hotel on the premises, the scales were loaned to the nearby Boqueria market.
The refurbishment of Hotel Bagués was undertaken by the Derby Hotels Collection team, under the direction of Jordi Clos and with the collaboration of architects Carlos Bassó and Toni Olaya, and interior decorators Montse Casellas, Kim Castells and Dolors Vilaseca.
The Bagués has 31 luxury rooms, each displaying an exclusive piece of the Masriera Collection, making them little museums for the enjoyment of our guests.
Masriera museum and function room
The first floor of the Bagués houses the Masriera museum and function room, a permanent showcase for part of the collection of this internationally renowned Catalan jeweller's with a hundred years of tradition.
In particular, it contains Art Nouveau jewels produced between 1900 and 1915, which have previously been on show in the world's greatest museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection contains outstanding Art Nouveau pieces characterised by a symbolist iconography that includes fairies, dragonflies, flowers, nymphs, and butterflies, in brilliant colours achieved using plique-à-jour enamelling. It also contains Art Deco-inspired pieces from a later period.