“A cool, creative hotel showcasing modern Catalan design, with great-value rooms, a buzzing bar, and a restaurant that's popular with locals”
The 67 rooms all share the same style: minimalist and airy, with splashes of colour from peacock-blue bedspreads and botanical-print cushions. Simple furnishings (a low-slung bed, a rail for clothes) focus your attention on the beautiful original features - perhaps an ornately tiled floor, a panelled door or an exposed-stone wall. They might seem a little basic at first glance, but feedback suggests that attention has been lavished on what really matters: extremely comfortable mattresses, powerful rain showers, smart TVs with Netflix, tea- and coffee-making kit, and minibars stocked with well-chosen local produce. You even get a few magazines from independent bookseller Blackie, which flanks the hotel entrance.
Categories differ in view and size. We particularly like the look of the Gran Via rooms, which have large windows overlooking the street, and the Courtyard rooms, which come with private balconies or glassed-in solariums; some have sofabeds for extra guests. Top of the pile are the Courtyard Large Terrace rooms, which boast a private slice of sun deck with loungers and an outdoor shower. Note that the Passage rooms face a passageway and are a little darker than the others, though they’re handy if you just need a good-value place to lay your head.
The varied breakfast buffet is served until a decadent midday and features the likes of granola, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
The main restaurant, Elephant, Crocodile & Monkey, is open daily for dinner. It's a lively space with exposed-brick walls, an open kitchen and reclaimed tables, and Argentinian chef Estanislao Carenzo is garnering rave reviews for his innovative fusion food. Dishes change according to what he finds at the market each day, but you might be treated to marinated squid with freshly baked bread and seaweed butter, or deep-fried Iberian pork on a bed of kale and aduki beans.
At lunchtime, the restaurant transforms into Vietnamese pop-up TET, which serves twists on traditional dishes (think spring rolls with banana ketchup). If you fancy something lighter, try the cold-pressed juices and salads at Mother, or the single-origin coffee and tempting pastries at Satan’s Coffee Corner. And do make time for cocktails beneath the soaring columns and decadent chandeliers of Libertine. In summer there’s a second bar on the roof terrace, which also plays host to barbecue nights complete with DJs.
Children are welcome at Casa Bonay, and the staff are warm and friendly to families. That said, there aren’t any special facilities for kids, and most guests are couples or friends.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Some of the Gran Via Large and Courtyard Large rooms have sofabeds which can be made up for an extra guest. If you have more than one child, you’ll need to take an additional room. Baby cots can be added to all rooms.