Location, location, location. This hotel has it. A short stroll from the sights of Barcelona, Placa Catalynia, and Las Ramblas but just far enough away to escape the hubbub of the city.
The hotel façade is unassumingly confident, with stylish grey awnings and potted olive trees flanking the front door.
Inside, the lobby is cosmopolitan and welcoming, I particularly like the detailing on the reception desk and the oversized light shades.
The rest of the vast room is equally striking and comfortable and cosy. I love the pared down, contemporary design, the lacquered furniture and the bold art, in black, white and primary colours, framed in gold.
The hotel roof terrace is a little sun trap and a genuine treat with an expansive view of the city.
The room is long and thin, and a bit of a disappointment initially but the fabulously comfortable bed, dimmable lights, and free wifi (yay why do some hotels think it’s OK in this day and age not to have it?) helped me to get over it. I also like the room deco, the monochrome scheme, ebony wood flooring and geometric art work well.
Just a couple of gripes, the wardrobe doors clash with the bathroom door and to get to the safe you have to open the cupboard, then fold down a table flap, totally impractical and a bit of a faff!
The polished stone bathroom is spacious and modern with a generous bath, perfect after a long day sightseeing.
I do like to laugh at the flowery language in hotel brochures and the Pulitzer peeps did not disappoint.
“Our rooms are conceived as spaces dominated by an ’intellectual spirit’ aesthetically pleasing and relaxing enabling the guest to forget they are sleeping in a hotel.”
Whoa ‘intellectual spirit’, dominating the room, scary…
“The rooms are equipped with everything to ensure a pleasant stay”
Well not quite everything, where are the tea and coffee making facilities? I’d like a cup of tea without having to deal with room service first thing in the morning thanks.
Overall the hotel is a pleasant mix of design and charm and has a great vibe.