If you’re looking to immerse yourself in Barcelona’s edgy, backstreet cultural scene while still hanging on to your creature comforts, then Barcelo Raval is the hotel for you. Situated right in the heart of El Raval, the city’s trendiest barrio, but still within a couple of minutes walk of Las Ramblas, the hotel offers the perfect combination of stylish living combined with high-design, panoramic views over the city and neighbouring cafes, art galleries and bars.
The sophisticated design concept of this avant-garde hotel focuses on open spaces and minimalism – whether it’s in the shape of pleasing egg-shaped chairs, sleek curved furnishings or plate glass and mirrored finishings. While the open-plan bedrooms offer little in the way of privacy (not ideal if you aren't staying with your significant other) the floor-to-ceiling windows – which offer stunning views across the city – and the king-size beds, 32” flat-screen TVs, iPod loaders and Nespresso coffee makers more than make up for this minor inconvenience.
Downstairs, you’ll find a mix of style-conscious business types and late 20-somethings buzzing around the B-lounge and terrace, while the fitness centre is quiet and offers the health-conscious access to top of the range exercise equipment, a sauna and an aromatherapy shower. All in all then, a great choice for an affordably stylish city break in one of Europe's hippest cities.
- The 11th floor roof terrace with its panoramic views over Barcelona
- The location – right in the heart of El Raval
- The decor – stylish and very unchain-like
- Busy reception area
- No table service at breakfast which can get extremely busy (and a little chaotic)
Need to Know: Barcelo Raval
Number of rooms: 186
Check-in/check-out times: 3pm and 12noon
Room service: Yes
Swimming pool: Yes. There's a rooftop splash pool in which you can cool off while enjoying the views
Dogs welcome: Yes. Small dogs – up to 6kg – are free of charge
Eating and drinking: In the hotel you can tuck into bento boxes for lunch, tapas dishes at dinner in the B-lounge and/or cocktails on the 11th floor roof terrace.
Near to? Las Ramblas, El Raval and La Vila de Gracia are all within walking distance – not to mention the beach and the famous Sagrada Familia. Just across Las Ramblas from the hotel, the Gothic quarter offers a range of charming restaurants surrounded by cobbled streets and stunning architecture.
Getting there: It’s around 45 minutes’ taxi ride from/to the airport; or you can take a train from the airport and change onto the Metro – the hotel is within walking distance of various Metro stops. The hotel staff speak good English and will be happy to offer advice on the best route possible.
SPECIAL OFFERS AT BARCELO RAVAL:
From now until the end of the year Barcelo Raval are offering ELLE escapes users a 15% off deal on a four-night stay.