I stayed here recently with my daughter who was taking a break from interrailing around Europe. We had a classic/standard twin room with beds touching. The room was indeed v small and at the back of the hotel overlooking roofs, a basketball court and residential properties. So, not a great view, but surprisingly quiet, even with the window open.
There was a flat screen TV which appeared to show only Spanish progs (mainly football), but not an issue with us.
The furnishings were stylish and clean, but the black furniture was beginning to look a little worn. Disappointingly we only had a shower, but this was probably because we had booked one of the cheaper rooms at Euros 165 per night through hotels.com.
The shower cubicle itself was enormous, but its design meant that, instead of water draining through a plug hole, it dripped over the edges and stained the floor of the cubicle. Otherwise, the room and bathroom were v clean and the chambermaids did a good job considering the debris left around the room from my daughter's backpack. (Sorry!)
Housekeeping also collected and returned her trousers promptly for cleaning (at Euros 11).
The location and stylishness of the hotel are its best bits. It's an easy taxi-ride from the airport at about Euros 27, but also within a stone's throw of the fast, efficient, clean Metro. Along the median running through the boulevard outside (La Rambla de Catalunya) is a succession of restaurants.
We tried the recommended Cerveceria Catalanya on the first eve for good tapas, but surly service from a Rowan Atkinson lookalike waiter. El Fornet, just down from the hotel towards Placa de Catalunya, has lovely pastries for breakfast. Also good for dinner was Meson Cinco Jotas nearer the hotel and on the opposite side of the road.
We did not try any meals in the hotel itself as it seemed prohibitively expensive and I preferred Spanish food to Asian fusion. But we did treat ourselves to cocktails, which were excellent but dear (Euros 11 for a Martini) and we ended up paying extra for nibbles, which seems a bit mean.
We visited Casa Battlo, which is v close, and Parc Guell, which isn't. (Tip: go by Metro; it's a long way on the No.24 bus, although you do get closer to the top). On a wet day, we went to the Picasso Museum to find an enormous queue at 5.00pm. So, even if we'd bothered to stand in line, the museum itself would have been packed.
Overall, it was an enjoyable, if expensive trip. Free wi-fi in the hotel would have been so useful for my daughter checking reservations, etc, for her onward journey.
The staff were generally most helpful, esp when we wanted to leave our luggage before checking-in and after checking-out.
A good hotel if money is no object or for an occasional splurge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new concept of Boutique Hotel opens in Barcelona in March 2008. Murmuri Barcelona is getting ready to surprise you, please you and serve you. A meeting point in the Rambla Catalunya where you can delight in the murmur of the constant throb of the city. Created in an intimate style, with reminiscences of classicism, not forgetting the most modern and sophisticated design. ... more less
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