“Perfectly placed boutique B&B, with generous, comfy rooms and cool post-industrial design, plus 2 apartments for 2-4”
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 help-yourself 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.
- 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
- 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
- No English TV channels
- We would have liked tea- and coffee-making facilities and an in-room fridge and information packs (if there's no one on reception, you flounder)
- Common areas feel more like ante-chambers than proper rooms; you'll spend time in your room when not out and about
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Our top tips
- Boutique B&B
- 12 + 2 apartments for 2-4
- Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
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.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Honesty bar
- Satellite tv
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Families Should Know:
No 24hr front desk service.