“A friendly, contemporary hotel with a great central location - ideal for exploring the Catalan capital”
Based on the premise that people don't go to cities to spend time in their hotel, the 56 rooms boast rather sparse minimalist décor, with modular white furniture, white or purple walls, Japanese-style dais beds, and suffused light from wall panels above the bed or funky angular lamps placed around the room. That said, creature comforts are catered for in the form of complimentary WiFi, flat-screen satellite TVs with international channels, and stereos that link to radio stations and the hotel's sound system.
If you want to feel the city’s buzz, or like to have a view, choose a room overlooking the night-owl-favoured Carrer Rosselló. Windows are well-soundproofed, but expect to hear a police siren or 2 around dawn on weekends. If you’re seeking peace then ask for a room at the back - these face onto patios and brick walls, but are blissfully quiet. Standard Rooms have 'internal' windows which let in light but can't be opened, though ventilation systems allow air to circulate.
The Standard and Deluxe rooms are the smallest, yet clever space management means they avoid feeling cramped. Their white-tiled ensuites have power showers and nice toiletries for a spot of pampering - though be warned that the bathroom doors are glass, so there's no space for modesty. If you can afford the extra spend, it's definitely worth upgrading to a Penthouse room; the Penthouse with Terrace, Penthouse Suite and Penthouse Deluxe are all delightful, with bathtubs, robes and slippers, private grey-tiled terraces with views over the chimney pots, and blissfully cooling outdoor showers. The Penthouse Deluxe even has an outdoor Jacuzzi to soak in.
With a good range of fresh fruit juices, cereals and yoghurts, you can eat a healthy breakfast - or you can make like the Catalans and opt for sticky pastries, chilled potato tortillas, meat and cheese slices. Either way, with a buffet served until noon, you can take your time and make it a long, lazy affair.
For other meals, you're spoilt for choice, thanks to Room Mate Emma's great location close to 2 of the city’s main arteries. Restaurants around the Passeig de Gràcia tend to be exclusive, expensive affairs, but if budget is no object make a beeline for Jordi Herrera’s Manairó (Diputació 424) and order the 9-course tasting menu, which includes 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 stroll along the buzzing Rambla de Catalunya to Taller de Tapas (#49-51), one of a chain of tapas restaurants serving specialities such as artichokes fried in Asturian cider and filling lobster stew.
The hotel welcomes children and can provide an extra bed or a baby cot in the Superior Rooms on request (free for children aged 0-12, with a small charge for those aged 13+), but be warned that Room Mate Emma attracts a young crowd who tend to be noisy coming home in the early hours.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available