If you want to be in the thick of it, welcome to your little slice of hotel heaven. The Opera Garden is just metres from La Rambla on a narrow pedestrian thoroughfare that doesn't want for lively bars.
The rooms are Spartan and mostly white, with a different colour scheme in each one, and opera scores writ large above the beds. All have TVs, basic minibars and laptops, but the Executive and High Tech rooms are a crucial bit bigger. There is also a family room with bunkbeds, though the beds have no guard rail, so are not for toddlers. C/Boqueria is something of a party street after dark, and, to be honest, bristles with drunk tourists (invariably Brits or Germans) at times. Ask for a room overlooking the garden for the most peaceful experience.
The entrance evokes the former grandeur of this 19th-century townhouse, but once upstairs the cookie cutter approach to modern design (shadowy black corridors, all-white entrances) does away with the elegance. With luck, however, you won't be spending too much time in the corridors, but rather in the lovely garden at the back, a real surprise so close to the bustling Rambla. It’s actually a public garden (a terraced part is sectioned off for the use of the hotel) but very few of Barcelona’s residents seem to know about it.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is often thrown in, but if it's not, and you want the all-out opera experience, go to the nearby Cafè de l'Opera (La Rambla 74) for coffee and a croissant.
Can be a bit slow, but is certainly considerate.
Who stays there
Party people and those who want the buzz of La Rambla.
WiFi is free throughout the hotel, and there are also free bikes for hire.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Travellers with pets
Pros & Cons
- Peaceful garden
- Very central
- Some rooms could use a lick of paint