Despite several years in which its residents tried to paint the post-industrial district of Poblenou as 'the Mediterranean Hoxton', it's never really taken off as such. This remains a residential and business district, with little to attract the tourist, but it is only a few blocks from the beach and there are metros, buses and trams to whisk you into town.
Standard rooms (here called Supreme) come in two cuts – city view and sea view. The latter is slightly bigger (neither is huge) and costs around 30 euros\ more. On the 25th floor is ‘The Level’ – a glamorous lounge with panoramic views, private check-in, concierge and a bar and restaurant. Rooms on higher floors (Level rooms) have access to this, and the best views (again, you can choose between sea or city), though they are a little more expensive. The rooms are done up in similar, eclectic, style, with red lacquered desks, boxy white chaises longues, vibrant pink rugs and steel minibars. All have Aveda toiletries, iPod docking systems, and suites on the top floors have free ironing, newspaper, Nespresso machines and Wiis. The hotel has 'pet packages' should you decide to bring your designer pooch.
A thoroughly modern lobby, with leather sofas and crimson pouffes, leads to the futuristic Sky Food Bar beyond. There's also a lounge with books and a business centre with computers for guests' use.
Eating and drinking
At the top of the hotel is Dos Cielos, a topnotch restaurant run by the Catalan Torres brothers. I haven't been to this one yet, but if their other restaurant in São Paulo is anything to go by, I probably should. On the ground floor is the Sky Food Bar, where you can get Mediterranean dishes less punishing on the waist and the pocket, or simply have a drink.
There is a decent-sized outdoor pool open during the warmer months, along with a gym and a spa.
Some members of staff seemed to have been picked for cheekbones over experience, but it's generally easy to track down someone who knows what they're doing.
Who stays there
A mix of the aforementioned urban hipsters and businessmen attending conferences in the nearby Fòrum area.
There is free WiFi throughout the hotel. Breakfast is 23.75 euros on the day, or 19.45 euros if ordered at check-in. Some deals have breakfast included.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Travellers with pets
Pros & Cons
- Cool, colourful modern design
- A far way from the centre