“Chic boutique hotel in the Eixample district, with lovely rooms to lay your head”
Step inside and you’re instantly soothed by natural hues and bold splashes of colour, setting the scene for an understated décor of dark-wood furniture, gleaming mirrors and striking light fittings - with draped linen and velvety fabrics lending a sensual twist. Sweeping you to reception is a marble floor adorned with a VIP-friendly red carpet, and there's a choice of spots to linger - a bar where you can lounge on cherry-red sofas, a restaurant serving Spanish dishes, and the classy Catalan eatery Petit Comitè. The glass lift swishes you up to 58 light-drenched rooms and apartments, whose savant mélange of classic and modern design makes the words ‘plush’ and ‘comfort’ spring to mind. And to top it all off, there's a solarium on the roof - the perfect place to laze in a deckchair and top up your tan.
- Elegant (if small) rooms and apartments, with comfy beds and spoiling details such as iPod docks and Omnisens toiletries; lots have balconies or terraces, too
- Great for a girls' weekend: there's designer shopping on the doorstep, and the buzzy bar has great cocktails and a lively crowd...
- ...Plus you get free access to the pool and spa at sister hotel The Majestic nearby
- Smart style throughout, with art-lined walls, sumptuous fabrics and sparkling surfaces
- Soaking up the atmosphere on Rambla de Catalunya, and gawping at Gaudí's wonders without needing to take a cab
- We found the set menu in the hotel's Spanish restaurant, Restaurant El Passatge del Murmuri, to be poor when we last visited in 2012. But the concept, chef and menu has since changed, and we've had positive reports
- Some 'doubles' are just 2 single beds pushed together, with nothing securing them
- When we stayed, the housekeeping is a bit lacklustre; we found mould in some showers
- Breakfast isn't included in the rates and some might find it a little expensive - head to a nearby café for your churros and hot chocolate
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- 53 rooms + 5 apartments
- Restaurants and 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
- Concierge Service
Stylish attention to detail characterises the 53 rooms and 5 apartments, with linen, pillows and cushions from Hoppen’s own collection. Hues are mainly chocolate and cream - elegant but simple - though the larger rooms are pepped up with splashes of orange.
Amenities include iPod docks, minibars and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, plus a panel that allows you to set mood lighting. And although most bathrooms are shower-only, you get goodies from French brand Omnisens to pamper yourself with. Comfort really is key.
Peace-seekers will be happy in the smallest twin or queensize Design Rooms, which overlook a pedestrianised sidestreet. Superior Rooms are similar but bigger with kingsize beds (a couple interconnect), while Privilege Rooms have king- or queensize beds, sleek-but-small tubs for soaking, and bite-sized balconies with loungers and panoramic views over Rambla de Cataluna.
Workaholics should opt for a Junior Suite with separate lounge and work desk. And folk who love space can splash out on the wood-floored, open-plan Deluxe Suite, which has bay windows overlooking the Rambla, a black-oak desk, a relaxation-inciting sofa, and a bathroom-cum-dressing room (complete with free-standing egg-shaped tub) separated by a sliding door. All suites come with a few extras like robes, slippers and Nespresso coffee machines.
If you’re seeking privacy with room service and other perks, or have a young family, plump for a 1- or 2-bedroom apartment, all of which have living areas, dining tables and fully equipped kitchens with ovens, fridges, microwaves and dishwashers. The 2-bedroom apartments have 2 terraces, while the 1-bedroom options have small balconies; one has a sofabed.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Ipod dock
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Restaurant Murmuri is decked out in black and white, but relieved from checkerboard monotony by huge mirrors and a wine-coloured velvet sofa running the length of one wall; there’s also a shaded terrace on the street outside. Breakfast is served here from 7.30-11am - a copious buffet (not included in the room price) of pastries, meat cuts, cheese and cereals, along with hot options such as pancakes and bacon.
Come lunch and evening, Restaurant El Passatge del Murmuri is a hip spot to sup if you’re keen on ham croquettes, Galician octopus and other Spanish titbits, although we found the food a little bland during our last visit, though the chef has since changed and there’s now more of a focus on seasonal, local produce. We’ve heard better things about the hotel’s other eatery, Petit Comitè (closed Mondays), although we have yet to sample it. Set just around the corner from the main entrance, it serves up Catalan cuisine in a refined setting - perhaps calamarsets de platja (baby squid), duck magret or seared tuna, followed by strawberries with vanilla foam or sheep’s cheese drizzled with local honey.
Alternatively, finger food and excellent cocktails are available in the hotel’s grey stucco-walled bar. Or, for good value and good cheer, ramble along the Rambla to Taller de Tapas (Rambla de Catalunya 49-51), one of many nearby restaurants, where you can dine alfresco on Spanish and Catalan specialities.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- There's fabulous designer shopping nearby, with big Spanish and international names lining the streets around Passeig de Gràcia, Avinguda Diagonal and Rambla de Catalunya. And on Plaça de Catalunya is the giant department store of El Corte Ingles, where you can spend many happy hours wandering the fashion floors and food halls
- Stroll along Passeig de Gràcia and admire Gaudí's La Pedrera and Casa Batlló. His most famous work, the unfinished Sagrada Familia, is also within walking distance
- Browse the ever-expanding collection of chic boutiques and buzzing bars in the trendy district of El Born
- Get lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets in the pretty Barri Gòtic - you might stumble across the soaring cathedral of La Seu, the former royal palace and the Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat, where you can wander over the ruins of Roman Barcelona on suspended glass walkways
- Indulge in hot chocolate and churros on Las Ramblas while you watch the street artists strut their stuff (but keep your wits and your bags about you - this is pickpocket heaven)
- Chocoholics should spend a couple of hours at the Chocolate Museum, which charts the history of cocoa and includes an array of monats (intricate chocolate sculptures which adorn Catalan windows every Easter)
- Head to the Picasso Museum, the Fundació Joan Miró and the MACBA (the contemporary art museum) for a taste of Barcelona’s impressive artistic heritage
- Go to a guitar performance at the Palau de la Música Catalana. There are concerts most evenings and the combination of lovely music and stunning architecture is highly memorable
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
The stylish atmosphere might be a bit daunting for parents with young families, but like most Spanish sleeperies, Hotel Murmuri touts itself as child-friendly, with baby cots, extra beds and babysitting available on request.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
There's a pair of interconnecting Superior Rooms, plus a range of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments that are ideal for families.