The 5 Rooms

Eixample Barcelona, Spain Book from Book from £243 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.
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  • 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)


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Laundry Service


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.

Although there isn’t a permanently staffed bar or café, there is an honesty bar on the second floor with tea, coffee 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


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 - and would recommend El Nacional for a unique Iberian dining experience, with four restaurants and just as many bars all under one roof.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Chef on request
  • Communal dining
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service


  • 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. Only 30 minutes' walk away is the spectacular Montjuic cable car, which offers great views of Barcelona and access to the 17th-century fortress of the same name

  • 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


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.


  • Hospital: 2km
Kid Friendly:


The 5 Rooms is in Eixample, Barcelona. It's close to Plaça de Catalunya and Placa Urquinaona, which is at the top of the Via Laetana (one of the neighbourhood's main thoroughfares).

By Air:
Fly to Barcelona Airport (12km), also known as El Prat Airport.

From the Airport
A taxi will take about 20 minutes. Alternatively, take the Metro direct to Passeig da Gracia (2 blocks away) or the Airbus to Plaça de Catalunya (3 minutes' walk away) - both take approx 45 minutes.

By Public Transport:
Barcelona has good public transport. The 5 Rooms is well-placed, about a minute's walk from the Passeig da Gracia metro station on the L2, L3 and L4 lines, and close to bus and Airbus stops.

By Car:
We don't recommend driving in Barcelona. The city is very walkable and taxis can be hailed in Placa Urquinaona, half a block away. If you want to hire a car, there's a garage 50m away (where parking can be expensive but discounts are available to guests).

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Barcelona and getting around


  • Barcelona El Prat Airport 12.0 km BCN


  • Beach 2.0 km
  • Shops 0.4 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Great location - right in the centre of Barcelona close to all the sights and the old town.

Rooms were really nicely designed and very spacious. The beds were very comfortable. What was even better is the windows were triple glazed so we didn't hear a thing even on a busy road! Would definitely stay again!


We had a really good stay in a lovely, delightfully understated, ideally located place. All the staff were hugely helpful and we could not have been looked after better. We will be back! Thank you


The5rooms gets high marks for it large rooms, excellent breakfast, and closeness to multiple metro stops. The staff are warm and helpful. Despite its many virtues, I’m not sure I’d return. That’s has nothing to do with this excellent small hotel, and everything to do with city planning in 19th century Barcelona, which created huge six lane streets that feel like block upon block of intersecting freeways. To escape this, I’d stay farther out, near the Fontana metro stop, where the streets and traffic have a more human scale. But Barcelona’s streets are not in any way the fault of the5rooms, which was charming and satisfactory in every way.


What a lovely little gem in a beautiful neighborhood in the heart of Barcelona. Cozy, stylish rooms and a delightful breakfast each morning. And the generous hospitality from all the staff, especially Tatiana, made our stay so perfect we decided to come back at the tail end of our trip. We plan to return next time we are in Barcelona!


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