The Via Laietana is a thoroughfare diving the Born and Barri Gòtic neighbourhoods, and thus many sights are within an easy walk. Public buses for the beach stop near the hotel.
The rooms are comfortable and a good size, although the lighting is a little moody for all but the most devoted fans of modish interior design. Other perks include free soft drinks from the minibar, CD and DVD players, Korres toiletries and a long list of music and films you can borrow. Executive rooms are bigger than Central rooms, and sit at the front of the building, which is noisier but has a more interesting view towards the Barri Gòtic.
Corridors, like the bedrooms, are very of the moment (read: dark), but the overall effect is very cool and restful in the warmer months. There is a sitting area downstairs with a stack of books on Barcelona and Spanish design, a couple of computers for guests to use, and oversized noughts and crosses for the kids to play with.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is excellent, if expensive at 21 euros, but you can do what I do and sneak out to the bars of the Santa Caterina market just behind the hotel, which offers a cheaper option.
The rooftop infinity pool is breathtaking, and there are plenty of loungers from which to soak up the view. There's a well-equipped gym, and guests can also have a massage in the small treatment room (book in advance).
Service is generally as you'd expect in a hotel of this type.
Who stays there
In winter months you might see more businessmen, particularly during the week, but in summer it's mostly tourists, drawn to the famous pool.
There are often offers that include breakfast and upgrade from Central to Executive rooms.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Good-sized rooms
- Vertiginous infinity pool
- Lighting too shadowy for some