“Perfectly placed boutique B&B, with generous, comfy rooms and cool post-industrial design, plus 2 apartments for 2-4”
The original 5 rooms are on the first floor, along with reception; the feel is playful Soho-loft, with velvet armchairs, exposed brick walls and long mirrors propped up beside simply constructed wardrobes (essentially a hanging rail and a curtain). We especially loved the original floors and restored shutters.
Up on the second floor, Yessica went for a calmer, Zen-inspired mood in her newer rooms and Junior Suites, with an emphasis on natural materials. You get side tables of rattan or slate, long low beds (extremely comfortable) dressed in cool linens, vintage leather armchairs and thick cream drapes. In keeping with the old and new theme, our Junior Suite had a modern chaise longue and antique Persian rug.
Neutral tones are highlighted by splashes of colour in leather armchairs and scatter cushions; contemporary art acts as focal points above beds. Ante-rooms are painted classic charcoal grey or taupe, against which bright objets d'art pop out. Most rooms look onto urban gardens at the back of the hotel; a few overlook the street - but you'll not get much noise, as all windows are double-glazed. Immaculate bathrooms have solid square sinks, retro monochromatic tiling and spot lighting. You get Damana toiletries and thick white towels; one Junior Suite has a bathtub as well as its shower.
Be aware that there are no tea or coffee-making facilities, although there's an honesty bar on the 2nd floor with beers and soft drinks. We would have also liked an information pack as although reception are brilliantly helpful when there, they weren't around for some of our stay so we couldn't get any restaurant tips.
The 2 apartments down the block (each sleeping 2-4) were occupied when we visited, but - judging from feedback and photos - they more than match the style and grace of the main building. High ceilings, chic yet unpretentious furniture, square sinks, whitewashed brick walls and strong colours abound. Besides the double bedroom, each has a terrace for sitting out with morning coffee, a fully equipped galley kitchen and 2 single sofabeds, making them ideal for families.
Breakfast is served on the second floor until 11am. It's a Continental spread - fresh breads and pastries, cheeses, jams, cereals, cold meats, yoghurts, tea and a Nespresso machine, all laid out on the table underneath the antique clock. The selection won't alter much so if you're staying a few days, you may want to venture over the road to a cafe. You eat in the white-bricked breakfast room around big square tables with crisp white napkins and shining cutlery. Big turn-of-the-century windows allow natural light to flood in from the courtyard.
The Apartments have fully equipped kitchens with microwave oven, dishwasher, cooking utensils, washing machine, coffee maker, toaster and iron; you can take your meals on the sun terrace. The hotel can arrange for groceries to be waiting for you, and also hire a private chef. There are covered markets - La Boqueria is the most famous, just off the Ramblas - and a few local grocery shops; staff will point you in the right direction at check-in.
You're spoiled for choice for when it comes to eating out. The 5 Rooms recommends 75-year old institution Casa Alfonso one block away for Catalan cuisine. There are plenty of tapas bars around Passeig de Gracia, Ciudad Condal is a large one with a huge choice of beers. Try Hotel Omm's restaurant for upscale dining.
The 5 Rooms welcomes children of all ages, although the set-up is better suited to couples than families. Extra beds and baby cots are available; there are no special facilities for kids.
Children (4-12 years)
In the main hotel, a Junior Suite is the best option for a couple + child as there is ample space for an extra bed and baby cot. Two Double Rooms can fit an extra bed or baby cot. A family of 4 would feel more at home in one of the Apartments, as these have kitchens and 2 single sofabeds as well as their double bedroom and a private terrace.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
No 24hr front desk service.