“Super-cool interiors and ambrosial food make Barcelona’s classiest design hotel a real treat for the senses”
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.
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 in the Michelin-starred restaurant, Moo… well, prepare for a few superlatives. In charge are the Roca brothers, whose Girona restaurant, Cellar de Can Roca, is something of a culinary institution. Here, half-portions are served so you can sample more than one, and each dish comes with a carefully selected wine. A variety of tasting menus (including a vegetarian version) are also available. It's perfect food - the very best. A first-course of melt-in-your-mouth apple and fois gras with vanilla oil accompanied by a glass of Sauternes was utterly stunning. Other highlights included veal entrecôte with a green pepper infusion, and duck breast with strawberries and roses. Puddings are equally sinful. One offered a spectacular cigar-flavoured ice-cream, another was inspired by Thierry Mugler's 'Angel' perfume.
Omm is the first hotel from the famed restaurateurs Grupo Tragaluz, and they've brought with them all their knowledge of what makes a good restaurant buzz. The room is open-plan, with lots of space between each table. There are cool swivel chairs, neutral creams and browns, and a slightly retro 70s feel made chic for the 21st century. Service is attentive, informative and unobtrusive.
If your wallet (or stomach) won't stretch to a full slap-up meal, you can sample tapas or tuck into salads and sandwiches in the lobby-bar, Moovida. Drinks 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. Note that Moo is closed on Sundays.
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. The restaurant isn't geared up for young children; the bar menu is better suited.
We'd say it's best for babies overall.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking