“A perfectly located hotel (especially for Gaudí fans), with utilitarian but stylish white and brown rooms, and some more exuberant suites”
The 36 rooms are generic, with a minimalist and utilitarian feel to them. Each has stark white marble floors and white walls, with dark wood as the only contrast. The rooms are small but functional, and all have an ensuite bathroom with a bath (and a hand-held shower), as well as reasonable air conditioning for the summer months. Beds are comfy with big round pillows - and there are more in the cupboard if you need them, though there isn't a huge amount of clothes storage space. Double doors between the bathroom and bedroom keep plumbing sounds out, but we did hear some noise from neighbours and the lift.
Some Standard Rooms have no views to speak off; others look out over the Passeig de Gràcia. If you can, book one of the higher, rear-facing rooms (510 and 511 are best), which offer views of La Pedrera (or Casa Milà, to give it its official name). The Standard Superior Rooms are slightly bigger and have balconies.
If money is no object, splash out on one of the 6 Junior Suites. The only rooms to depart from the generic two-tone colour scheme, these have have panelled or elaborately painted ceilings, more headroom and modern four-posters set against warm grey walls. One comes with a vast chandelier - and an equally vast flatscreen TV to set it off.
There's good, free WiFi (if you bring your laptop), but no room service or in-room coffee-making facilities; for that you'll have to go down to the small communal lounge-bar on the first floor.
A good buffet breakfast is offered for an additional cost. Expect fresh fruit (including kiwi and pineapple), juices, yoghurt, boiled eggs, cereal, cold meats and cheeses, bread and jam, and a choice of coffees and teas. It's a hearty start to the day, but if you prefer to eat light (or save money), there are several cafés down the street.
There's no shortage of restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner. Samoa across Passeig de Gràcia does a good (and good-value) selection of pizzas, pasta, salads and main courses in modern surroundings. Or, if you want to splash out, pop across the road to Hotel Omm, whose Moo restaurant gets rave feedback for its impeccable gastro cuisine (see our separate review).
Back at the hotel, there's free tea and coffee in the lounge-bar from 2pm, as well as a short room service menu. Staff are also very willing to order food in from any of the local restaurants if you wish.
Children of all ages are welcome, although there are no special facilities for them. An extra bed or cot can be put in some of the rooms for a nightly charge; if sharing their parents' bed, children under 12 stay for free. Some connecting rooms are available - please enquire when booking.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking