“A cool, creative hotel showcasing modern Catalan design, with great-value rooms, a buzzing bar, and a restaurant that's popular with locals”
But what really sets Casa Bonay apart is its commitment to promoting Catalan talent, and almost everything is sourced nearby - from bespoke bed throws woven by social enterprise Teixadors to colourful prints by design collective BaTabasTa, which adorn cushions and staff uniforms. It’s also becoming something of a hub among hip locals, who flock here to drink at decadent cocktail bar Libertine, dine at fusion restaurant Elephant, Crocodile & Monkey and Vietnamese pop-up TET, or pick up a brew from on-site cafés Mother and Satan’s Coffee Corner. There’s even a roof terrace whose summer barbecue nights draw a youthful crowd. We’ve yet to visit, but those who have rate the laid-back vibe, stylish interiors and friendly service. If you’re looking for an authentic slice of modern Barcelona, you’ll find it here.
- A stylish conversion of a historic building, with a distinctly Catalan edge
- A fantastic location away from the tourist traps, yet within strolling distance of most sights. There’s a metro stop on the doorstep, too
- Good value for Barcelona
- We’ve heard great things about the Argentine-Catalan food in Elephant, Crocodile & Monkey, and lunchtime Vietnamese pop-up TET
- Friendly, bilingual staff, ready to share their insiders’ knowledge of the Barcelona scene
- Rooms are minimally furnished, but all the essentials are there: comfy beds, excellent showers, tea- and coffee-making kit
- We've read some reports of chilly room temperatures at night, though you can ring down to reception for extra blankets
- The hip vibe won't appeal to all
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant & bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
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.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee tea making
- Extra beds
- Safe box
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.
- Coffee tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Plunge into the nearby Barri Gòtic’s warren of atmospheric medieval alleyways, emerging onto leafy squares lined with alfresco bars and cafés, or the geese-filled cloisters of the city’s cathedral
- Or head in the other direction to the wide, boutique-lined boulevards of Eixample. This is also where you’ll find Gaudí’s most famous creations – the weird and wonderful Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló and La Pedrera
- Make for the cooling green expanse of Parc de la Ciutadella, just a short walk from Casa Bonay. It’s a great place for a lazy stroll and a picnic, and is also home to Barcelona Zoo, the Catalan parliament and a lake where you can hire rowing boats
- Also nearby is the renowned Picasso Museum, which focuses on the artist’s formative years, and the Museum of Chocolate, whose enormous edible sculptures will make your mouth water
- Browse the raucous Boqueria market, whose stalls brim with fruit, veg, hams, sausages, cheeses, sweets and all manner of sea creatures
- Hit the beach: the sands of Barceloneta and Villa Olímpica are a 20-minute walk
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
- Theatre and music
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)
Family friendly accommodation:
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.