At the top end of the Eixample Esquerra (Left Eixample), the Room-Mate Emma is not really central by Barcelona's diminutive standards, but the Passeig de Gràcia is just a couple of blocks' walk away and there are some good restaurants in the vicinity.
Boldly decorated with organic shapes and a minimalist aesthetic, the (quieter) rooms at the back have backlit undulating panels that form oversized headboards, and a splash of colour in the magenta throws on the bed. In the (brighter, noisier) rooms at the front the magenta spreads to the walls. At the top of the hotel there are three 'attic suites' with little terraces and outdoor showers. Some guests have complained of rooms that have a panel of glass bricks rather than a window – it's worth checking when you book.
Walking into the lobby is like setting foot in a space pod, with swooping curves in shades of blue that lead past the reception desk. There is a small reading area with newspapers, magazines and a handful of books.
Eating and drinking
There is no restaurant but a good (and free) buffet breakfast is served until the luxurious hour of 12 noon.
The service is a real high point at the Emma, and staff deal with any problems swiftly and effectively. Special mention must be made of Oscar, who goes the extra mile to make guests' lives easier.
Who stays there
Mostly twenty- and thirty-somethings. You don't have to be young and design-conscious to sleep here, but it helps.
There are good deals for early bookings (especially of the non-refundable type). WiFi and breakfast is included in all prices. Children under 12 stay free.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Bold design
- Good pricing
- Depends how you feel about magenta