Going to Barcelona? Lucky you. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, I can’t recommend Casa Bonay enough. Ed and I spent just one night there on our recent trip, and completely, utterly fell in love with the place. It’s stylish and chic, it’s comfortable and very well located, and it’s not too badly priced (from €130/ per night).
Where is it? In the Dreta de l’Eixample neighbourhood — in easy walking distance of the main sights, the coolest tapas bars, and the beach. It’s a 19th century building with a grand entrance. It’s the sort of place you rock up to and think, “That can’t be ours?”
What’s the style? Mediterranean flair meets hipster cool. It draws inspiration from Barcelona and the Mediterranean, embraces original elements of 1869 building (such as the mosaic floors and naturally-illuminated corridors), and works with local designers to add a modern, hipster edge. The result? A homely abode that hums with the city’s creative energy.
What are the rooms like? Mediterranean minimalism. The original glass balcony flooded our room with natural light; complete with sofa, coffee table, and locally-stocked mini bar, it was the perfect place to kick back with our bottle of cava early evening. The original mosaic on the floor added colour to the otherwise stripped back space. That said, it definitely felt homely with its contemporary furnishings, Teixidors blanket, comfy, large bed, modern bathroom, and TV. 67 rooms are split across seven categories. Our Courtyard Medium room was perfect for the two of us.
What’s it got? Two restaurants, lounge-come-bar, coffee shop, juice bar, curated library, and a rooftop cocktail bar.
Food and drink? YUM. Any western hotel that has sushi on its breakfast menu and kimchi in its Bloody Mary gets a big gold star from me. (That’s just one of the four options - you can stick to glammed up salmon and eggs if you’d prefer). There are four F&B options at the hotel: Satan’s Coffee Corner; Mother (a juice bar); Libertine (a dimly-lit lounge-come-bar space that also serves up the aforementioned breakfast); and Elephant Crocodile Monkey & Tet (a fine-dining restaurant that serves up an eclectic selection of small plates alongside a broad range of natural wines and natural ciders).
What to do while you’re there? Walk to the nearby El Born neighbourhood for trendy bars and eateries (the neighbourhood really comes alive at night). Poble Nou is another vibrant neighbourhood on your doorstep; famous sights La Sagrada Familia and Casa Battló are just a short walk away; and in the opposite direction, the beach isn’t far.
When should you go? Barcelona is a great city break any time of year, but to see it in its best light, go in the warmer months, late March through to October.
The damage? Rates start at 130 euros per night
📷: press photos: Metrixell Arjalaguer