Being right on Carrer Apuntadores (the noisy bar and restaurant street) it could be a nightmare. The good news is it isn't: the sound-proofing is superb.
The mildly erotic paintings might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can see where they are going here. Basically it’s a couples' hotel with the odd straggler on business or weekending with the kids. Like most things it’s the details that count and extras like a welcome drink, FACE of Stockholm toiletries (in superior rooms), a DVD library, fluffy white towels, high thread-count bed linens all add up to a better experience. There is also an all-pervading sense of peace, which let's face it, helps when you are trying to get a decent night’s sleep. On a more practical note the hotel has 41 rooms, most of which are well-proportioned doubles, three of which are suites (the best of these has a private terrace and Jacuzzi) and three are single rooms, which somewhat bizarrely do not share the free WiFi available through the rest of the hotel. They have cable instead. Elsewhere expect all the usual tech toys for amusement.
The roof terrace is small, but I do love a nose over the rooftops. If I just want to hang out though, the courtyard gets my vote with its cooling stone textures and soaring palm trees. The piped music, thankfully, is unobtrusive.
Eating and drinking
I like the dining room. It's sexy yet comfortable, and not overly trendy. I also like that they offer things such as simple non-fussy salads, sandwiches and burgers, which can be just what you need after a hard day's sightseeing. I should also mention that the buffet breakfast is excellent, and if you need something to lubricate your night out, then the rather groovy bar has a good wine and cocktail list.
A roof terrace, plunge pool and sauna. Pleasant bar and lounge-style restaurant serving bistro classics.
Friendly and willing staff seem to genuinely care that your stay is a good one. With lots of good info at their fingertips, consider ditching the guidebook in favour of a chat with reception to see what they recommend.
Who stays there
Generally a grown-up and fairly quiet crowd. Mainly English and Scandinavians, the majority of whom are on a romantic getaway.
Good price/quality ratio, which includes that hearty breakfast.
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Large rooms
- Great service
- High quality
- Overly minimal lounge (upstairs)