The 5 Rooms

Eixample, Barcelona, Spain Book from Book from £121 per night

Perfectly placed boutique B&B, with generous, comfy rooms and cool post-industrial design, plus 2 apartments for 2-4
Barcelona triumphantly established itself as a world-class city by marrying innovative style with its inspiring heritage. Yessica Delgado has taken this concept - the mix of old and new - and created a hip and arty B&B across 2 floors in a late-19th-century apartment building along the block from Plaça de Catalunya.

No longer 5 but now 12 spacious rooms and suites, plus 2 apartments a few doors down, the interiors are a successful union of the stylish and functional, uncluttered and boho, flawless and vintage. Wardrobes are simply curtain-covered shelves and rails; contemporary showers are powerful; sinks are solid and square; exposed brick walls and original tiles provide texture to walls. And where possible, natural materials such as slate, rattan, wood, brick and cotton are used. A continental breakfast is served in the second floor dining space, while the apartments have fully equipped kitchens. Unfailingly helpful staff will happily assist with your stay in Barcelona. You'll be delighted with your find: The 5 Rooms offers authentic, understated style.

Highs

  • Splendid location: steps from history, culture, restaurants, shopping, and well-placed for public transport
  • Fantastic urban-chic interiors - Yessica used to work in fashion and has a great eye. There's a pleasing lack of plastic and fixtures and furnishings are the real deal
  • The feeling of space and light - huge rooms, high ceilings and big windows. Although staying here is not cheap, in our opinion it offers the best value in Barcelona in terms of space and style
  • Staff are fantastic and keen to help you get the most out of your time In Barcelona
  • Extremely comfortable beds - truly the best I've slept on in many a year (and I'm a notoriously bad sleeper)

Lows

  • No other meals except breakfast, although exploring the restaurant scene in Barcelona is scarcely a hardship
  • Staff are not around 24 hours but you get an emergency mobile number
  • Those not keen on stairs might prefer elsewhere, as The 5 Rooms is up a couple of flights
  • The communal breakfast table may not be to everyone’s taste

Best time to go

Barcelona is a city worth visiting any time of year (we were there for New Year and very balmy it was too). September and October see the most rain, temperatures reach their zenith June-September, and the summer months also see the occasional thunderstorm. Busier times include Formula 1, Easter and Christmas.

Our top tips

Take an empty suitcase if you're interested in buying clothes or interior design items, as The 5 Rooms is well sited for shopping. Bring your laptop if you need to be online as the rooms are set up for work as well as play.

Great for...

City Style
Family
  • Boutique B&B
  • 12 + 2 apartments for 2-4
  • Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room: Junior Suite

Rooms

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, tea 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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is served on the second floor until 11am. It's a Continental spread - fresh breads and pastries, local 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. We ate at veggie Flax & Kale and had a great time - it's full of interesting, healthy dishes.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Chef on request
  • Communal dining
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Sightsee: The 5 Rooms is well positioned for exploring the Ciutat Vella (Old City). Stroll down Las Ramblas boulevard as far the naval museum and port - this iconic boulevard splits the medieval city into two: Barri Gotic home to the Cathedral, the Picasso Museum, City Hall and Placa del Rey; and Raval with its trendy restaurants, and the Contemporary Art Museum

  • Shop: the best stores are along the glitzy Passeig de Gracia, 2 blocks away. But you're not confined to designer or high street fashion in Barcelona: once-gritty back streets of Raval house vintage boutiques, the flea market is 9-6 on weekends at Tetuan (5 blocks away), and trendy tailoring can be found around Placa Catalunya. And the food shopping is great fun, many tourists can be seen snapping away in La Boqueria Market

  • Sagrada Familia: This is architect Antoni Gaudi's undoubted (and still unfinished) masterpiece. Its unique design and huge scale make this a must-see on any visit to Barcelona, and it is only a 20-minute walk from The 5 Rooms. Gaudi also designed (smaller scale but no less impressive) residences Casa Mila and Casa Batllo, both a short stroll away on the Passeig da Gracia; and the lovely Parc Guell which is a few stops away on the metro

  • Sports: check out the 1992 Summer Olympic site atop Montjuic mount (which also holds the Joan Miro museum and Castell de Montjuic fortress, climb its ramparts for 270º views over the city); get tickets to see FC Barcelona in action; the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix is held here; as are annual marathons, tennis tournaments, and the motorcycle Grand Prix

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets

Kids

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.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

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.

Baby equipment:

2 highchairs

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

Families Should Know:

No 24hr front desk service.

Distances:

  • Hospital: 2km
Kid Friendly: Junior Suite

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 9 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
8/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

Great to be so central, located right at the top of La Rambla. All recommendations worked out well. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay.

10/10,

We loved our stay at 5 Rooms - the location is amazing, perfect for a weekend walking around Barcelona. The design of the hotel is great, with lots of attention to detail, and the room was slick and comfortable. The staff were extremely helpful and gave us good recommendations. We would definitely go back and recommend it to others.

10/10,

Fab location, funky interiors, really comfy beds and lovely, friendly staff.

9/10,

We love the 5 rooms. This was our second visit. Discreet, luxurious, centrally located and friendly. Thank you!

10/10,

The 5 Rooms ticks all the boxes. It's in a brilliant location, it's fun, friendly, unassuming and very un-hotel-like, more like staying in a serviced apartment. Breakfasts were simple, but fresh and plentiful, our bed (room 6) was fabulously comfy with good linen and all was superbly clean. I would thoroughly recommend.

10/10,

We loved the 5 rooms. Fantastic location - really central but once you step inside the doors it is like being in a tranquil oasis. Our room was perfect - huge, comfy bed, plenty of storage and a lovely bathroom. But the best bit were Yessica and the other wonderful staff who were so helpful and accommodating. Their restaurant recommendations were spot on every time and we had some fabulous meals in Barcelona. A great break away.

9/10,

Would have been good to have had a safe in the room. Otherwise couldn't fault it. Excellent staff and great location. Would highly recommend.

9/10,

I loved The 5 rooms - the place is top-notch. The rooms and the venues overall are really beautiful and spacious, exactly as advertised and as I hoped for. Location is really convenient - close to everything. The staff was really friendly and accommodating and most importantly - flexible! They waited for me till 2 am as my flight was delayed for 5 hours; they also stored my luggage as my return flight was late in the evening, quite beyond checkout. I would say that even without a 24/7 reception, their service is 5-star. I would stay there again next time I visit the city.

10/10,

Excellent all round experience, great location, helpful staff, lovely room. Would defiantly stay again. Alfonso Cafe around the corner does great tapas but make sure you book.

10/10,

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