“Attentive service, trendy minimalism and budget prices at this no-frills hotel in Barcelona's Gothic quarter”
Space-saving design combined with no-frills comfort is the trademark of Denit’s 36 rooms, spread over the top 5 floors of the narrow Gothic building and all decked out with pale wood and white furnishings. Large windows let in plenty of light, and Ikea lamps cast their muted glow once night falls. Shelving systems concealed with hanging shades host plasma TVs and iPod docks, whilst small desks and free WiFi are welcome additions for workaholics. Best of all are the wonderful beds - we slept beautifully during our first stay and again during a 2012 revisit.
Rooms are split into 4 categories - S (single), M (small double), L (larger double) and XL (largest double). The only real difference is size, so choose according to how much time you're likely to spend at the hotel. All are double-glazed, but if you like to slumber without a single sound (or turn off the air conditioning and sleep with the window open), ask for a room giving onto the interior courtyard. XL rooms can be made up as twins on request and have space for a baby cot or rollaway bed.
Bathrooms are concealed behind frosted glass doors, though the sinks are in the room with you. Power showers are great for washing away city dust, but avid soakers should plump for an XL room, some of which have tubs.
Breakfast is a good reason to get out of bed at Hotel Denit. Head to the brightly lit basement and you'll find bar-style seats and counter tops hunkering around a low table loaded with a tasty continental spread. Tuck into cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, cheese, ham, salami, bread, croissants, muffins, jams, juices and slices of tortilla, as well as coffee from the Nespresso machine.
The hotel doesn't serve any other meals but Barcelona's packed with great eateries. If budget is no object make a beeline for Jordi Herrera’s Manairó (Diputació 424) and order the 9-course tasting menu to sample bizarrely scrumptuous delights like bacalao iluminado (cod cooked under a lightbulb) and meat cooked al clavo ardiente (on red-hot spikes).
More modest budgeteers should ramble along the buzzing Rambla de Catalunya to Taller de Tapas (Rambla de Catalunya 49-51), one of a chain of tapas bars in the city, where you can dine alfresco on specialities such as artichokes fried in Asturian cider and lobster stew. There are also some excellent Japanese and Catalan fusion restaurants in the vicinity - hotel staff can advise.