Hotel Omm

Eixample, Barcelona, Spain Book from Book from £149 per night

Super-cool interiors and a snazzy roof terrace make Barcelona’s classiest design hotel a real treat for the senses
The fundamentals here are ‘grand hotel’ - cavernous rooms, battalions of staff, a luxurious spa - but the interiors are sublimely contemporary, giving you the best of both worlds. The rooms and suites are full of understated grooviness, and come with all the cool design essentials you'd expect: low-slung beds, floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, and American oak floors.

In the lobby, high ceilings and comfy sofas at the front give way to low ceilings and leather stools at the bar; locals congregate each evening, giving the place a real buzz. In between you’ll find an open fire, light boxes and wonderfully comfortable swivel chairs. Up on the roof, there's a pool and classy cocktail bar, plus stellar views of La Sagrada Familia. This is inner-city living at its finest.

Highs

  • Funky and spacious rooms with heavenly beds and hi-tech gadgetry (snazzy lights, Grohe power showers, projectors for TVs)
  • Excellent location - close to La Sagrada Familia and the Passeig de Gràcia - the city’s glitziest shopping street
  • Rooftop pool and decked terrace with city views and excellent cocktails
  • Sleek spa with a steam room, sauna and indoor pool, plus a multi-page menu of treatments
  • Extremely welcoming and attentive staff

Lows

  • The hotel has recently changed management and there are lots of changes taking place - we will update this page as soon as we hear about them
  • Bedrooms at the back look onto a slightly lifeless courtyard but are quieter than the front rooms
  • This is a serious design hotel with an expensive price tag
  • With around 90 rooms and suites, it's less intimate and personal than our usual i-escape hotels - though service is excellent
  • Breakfast isn't included in the rates and is a little on the pricey side

Best time to go

Barcelona is at its buzzing best in spring, early summer and autumn, when the days are sunny and the nights balmy. Locals tend to leave the city in droves in August, the hottest month of the year. Avoid December to February if you don’t like the cold - it can get surprisingly chilly in winter.

Our top tips

Head up to the roof of La Pedrera after dark for an unusual, ethereal view of one of Gaudí's masterpieces. Guided torchlit tours (best to book in advance) are available nightly during spring and summer and a few times a week at other times of the year.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 91
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Nightclub
Room: Suite Paseo de Gracia

Rooms

Lifts open onto dark, moody corridors that are decked out in black rubber and lit by fibre-optic strips. Open the door to your room and the contrast couldn't be greater: oceans of natural light wash over you, and rooms at the front (looking out over the Passeig de Gràcia) point towards the midday sun.

Rooms are priced according to size, with minimalist design running throughout: funky beds, contemporary chairs, walls of glass and pale oak floors. The feel is smooth and cool, bright and breezy. Sleek cabinets form a wall between the bathroom and bedroom onto which TV is projected at the flick of a button; there’s concealed lighting underneath, and the odd cubed light box on the floor. Comfortable kingsize or twin beds come well-dressed in crisp linen, and some rooms have bay windows housing daybeds or tables and chairs. The spacious, stylish bathrooms have deep bathtubs with Grohe power showers overhead, plus square porcelain sinks, wrap-around mirrors and all the bits and bobs you could want (fluffy towels, bathrobes and slippers, aluminium bottles of lotions and gels, and jars of bath salts).

Junior Suites and Suites are vast, with leather sofas and separate walk-in showers, but we thought that the standard Omm Rooms and slightly larger Superior Rooms were big enough, so you don't have to splash out. All rooms have the usual array of hi-tech gadgetry: air conditioning, CD players, phones with voicemail, WiFi. Some rooms are non-smoking, others are fully equipped for wheelchair access. Rooms on the upper floors get more light and some have views of Gaudí’s La Pedrera.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Turndown service
  • WiFi

Eating

First breakfast. Expect warm croissants and good coffee, home-baked pastries fresh from the kitchen, carrot juice or carrot cake, freshly-squeezed OJ, home-baked scones and bowls of fruit. Scrambled eggs are also available. In short, a feast (though as with many hotels in Barcelona, it's not included in the room price).

As for dinner, you can share tapas or tuck into daily specials at the Lobby Restaurant & Bar. It's open for all-day dining, but gets buzzy in the evenings when locals come for post-work drinks. Cocktails and snacks are also available on the roof terrace, or you can venture out to good restaurants on your doorstep - see our destination guide for suggestions.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity: Spa

Activities

  • Passeig de Gràcia - Barcelona’s premier shopping street - is just outside the front door. You’ll find designer labels coming out of your ears. For smaller boho boutiques, head for the narrow streets of the trendy El Born district

  • Explore the otherworldly Gaudí buildings which dot the city. The nearest is La Pedrera, just a block from the hotel, with its undulating roof terrace, tangled wrought-iron balconies and recreated turn-of-the-century apartment. Further down Passeig de Gràcia is the shimmering blue-tiled Casa Batlló, while the soaring Sagrada Familia is a short walk west

  • Stroll down the city’s most famous avenue, the lively tree-lined boulevard of La Rambla, thronged with tourists, artists, musicians and stalls selling everything from flowers to caged birds. Then head into the surrounding Bari Gòtic to see the magnificent cathedral with its stone-laced façade, gothic gargoyles and gaggle of geese guarding the leafy cloister

  • Browse Barcelona’s many museums and galleries - the Picasso Museum, the Joan Miró Foundation and the sleek MACBA (contemporary art museum) are among the best

  • Head to the beach - about 20 minutes by metro (10 by cab)

  • The football-obsessed can head to Nou Camp for a tour of FC Barcelona’s stadium. A cab will get you there in 10 minutes, but you can take the metro, too

  • After a hard day's sightseeing, chill out at the hotel. The decked roof terrace has a bar, loungers and a small pool, while the fabulous spa, Spaciomm, has a steam room, sauna, ice fountain and a heated indoor pool with a Jacuzzi - ideal for when shopper’s shoulder strikes (note there’s a charge for entry as well as for treatments)

  • Or head to OmmSession, the hotel's basement nightclub. It’s open from Wednesday to Saturday, with regular live music and visiting DJs

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome, although there are no special facilities for them. Cots are available at no extra charge and babysitting can be arranged on request. Extra beds are possible in the Junior Suites and Suites (not in the Omm or Superior Rooms), but children aged 2+ are charged a hefty rate for them, so it gets a bit pricey.

We'd say it's best for babies overall.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Location

Hotel Omm is located on the corner of Passeig de Gràcia and carrer Rosselló in the Eixample district of central Barcelona. It's just across the road from the Diagonal metro stop (on lines 3 and 5) and a 15-minute walk from Plaça de Catalunya.

By Air:
Barcelona airport (16km away) is served by many international and budget carriers.

From the Airport
You can take a taxi straight to the hotel or jump on the train to Passeig de Gràcia. From there, it's a 5-minute walk or a 1-stop hop on metro line 3. There's also an airport bus to Plaça de Catalunya, 2 metro stops from Diagonal.

By Train:
For a more eco-friendly trip, take the mid-afternoon Eurostar from London to Paris, then transfer onto the overnight sleeper to Barcelona.

By Car:
It's unlikely you'll need a car in Barcelona, but if you want to hire one to explore the surrounding countryside, see our car rental recommendations. The hotel has secure parking for a daily charge - please enquire when you book.

Getting Around:
The hotel is just across the road from the Diagonal metro stop on lines 3 and 5. It's also a few minutes' walk from the tram services which travel along Avinguda Diagonal to the sea and the suburbs.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Barcelona El Prat 16.0 km BCN

Other:

  • Beach 2.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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