“Chic boutique hotel in the Eixample district, with lovely rooms to lay your head”
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.
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.
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)
There's a pair of interconnecting Superior Rooms, plus a range of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments that are ideal for families.