Carrer Elisabets 11, Barcelona, Spain, 08001
- Recommended for:
- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Trendiness
Expert review of Casa Camper
A short hop from Barcelona’s modern art gallery, the MACBA, the Camper provides something quite unique. Owned by the shoe people of the same name, it goes all out to break with convention, employing a minimalist aesthetic and quirky touches such as a hammock in the rooms, and providing a 24-hour ‘open bar’ downstairs. The design will be too stark and the concept a little gimmicky for some tastes, but the staff are fabulously helpful and the atmosphere is fun.
Much has been written about the regeneration of the formerly sleazy Raval, but in fact it's just this part that's notably different. Here you'll find funky little boutiques and original art galleries, with the MACBA modern art gallery rising up like a great white glacier amid the alleyways.
Standard rooms have their own lounge across a corridor (take note and pack respectable nightwear!), or for around 20 or 30 euros extra, you can get a suite with lounge and sleeping areas divided by a sliding door. Children under eight stay free, but you might want to check that your little ones aren't annexed over on the other side of the corridor.
As well as lobby/snack area, where you'll find stacks of books, and some oh-so-very-Raval design features (wooden bicycles hanging from the ceiling, huge funky prints of local shop façades), you'll find a covered terrace on the roof.
In the ground-floor bar, guests can help themselves to soft drinks, soup, sandwiches and salads.
The staff seem universally helpful and well-informed.
It's aimed at a more youthful market, but you will often bump into wealthy and bewildered middle-aged Americans, who weren't quite expecting what they got.
A buffet breakfast is included in the price, there are free newspapers in the lobby and there's free WiFi throughout.
More information on Casa Camper:
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- Carrer Elisabets 11, Barcelona, Spain, 08001
- High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed