5 hip hotels & hotels in hip places
1) Hotel Praktik Vinoteca
Eixample is heavy on traffic but that shouldn’t be a problem when you’re staying in one of Hotel Praktik Vinoteca’s soundproofed rooms. The hotel employs a wine expert, hence the word ‘vinoteca’ in its name. Beautiful rooms and a great location: Passeig de Gràcia is close (for shopping), as is Plaça de Catalunya (to catch the bus to the airport).
2) Pars Teatro Hostel
Discovering Barcelona on a budget? Try this affordable hostel. You won’t have your own room (they only have dormitories) but the service is excellent and the hotel design is quirky and lovable. Poble Sec is an up-and-coming neighbourhood, not too far from the centre and yet not central enough to be noisy.
3) Hotel Brummell
Another hotel in Poble Sec. This boutique hotel has a minimalist design, a sun deck with a small pool, a restaurant (The Box Social) and 20 compact rooms with free Wi-Fi and rainshowers. The penthouse rooms have their own little terrace.
4) Barceló Raval
This four-star hotel doesn’t come cheap, but the experience will be memorable. The purple tower, entirely covered in metal blinds, has been injected into popular Raval district like an alien Fremdkörper into a human body. The entrance hall is exuberantly glamorous, the rooms impeccable and the roof terrace provides a 360-degree view of the neighbourhood.
5) Banys Orientals
Named after the Arab bathhouse that used to be here, Banys Orientals is an up-to-date, stylish hotel, with small rooms in simple colours. Located in the Born, which means enormous amounts of tourists during the day but no traffic at night. The number of great restaurants, coffee houses and clothes stores in the immediate vicinity is enormous.
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