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Hotel Murmuri Barcelona
Ranked #51 of 512 Hotels in Barcelona
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United States
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Reviewed 13 April 2010

We just returned from Barcelona where we spent three nights at Hotel Murmuri. The hotel was very clean (and we're picky about that point), and the staff was extremely helpful to us -- we simply could not have asked for more accommodating hosts!

Other reviewers have done a good job of describing this modern hotel's features, but I wanted to answer for others a few of the questions I found unanswered before my travels.
1) This is a very nice neighborhood. No worries there -- it's probably the nicest (and safest) part of Barcelona. If you're looking at the tourist guidebooks, the neighborhood is called Eixample.
2) In addition to the Bar Marfil and Restaurant Murmuri on the hotel premises, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby. Be aware that many of them will be closed on Sundays, but some will remain open (your number of choices will be diminished, but you won't go hungry!)
3) There are a pleasant number of people on the streets in the evening. Rambla de Catalunya is NOT Las Ramblas (which is the loud and noisy and screaming area with a lot of bars and horns honking and whatnot). There is plenty to see and plenty of people to watch, but not the level of noise and revelry that will keep you up late at night. You can walk or Metro to Las Ramblas if you want the activity, but then escape to more civilized surroundings when you return to your hotel to rest.
4) There is LOTS of high-end shopping in this area. Not my thing, but if you want to gawk at Gucci and other high-end design stores, this is the place to be.
5) You're one block from Le Pedrera (Casa Mila), and the local tourist bus stop; 2-3 blocks from the "Block of Discord," where Casa Batllo is one of three stunning Modernista buildings; 1/2 block from Diagonel Metro stop, and right around the corner from a fabulous coffee and pastry shop (Cafe Mauri).
6) The staff at Murmuri are incredible and very helpful. They do speak English very well, which was helpful to us as our Spanish is poor (at best!).
7) The rooms do not have universal electrical adapters, but Murmuri has them -- just contact the front desk.
8) The hotel doesn't exchange currency, but there is a bank across the street that does, as does the more staid Hotel Majestic, which is located about 2 blocks away (Murmuri and Majestic are both owned/operated by Majestic Hotel Group). We thought exchange rates were decent at both places.
9) The rooms are spacious by European standards (less generous space than American travelers are used to, but our room at Murmuri was certainly more spacious than at the also-fine Majestic (see separate review for our first night stay at Majestic).
Here are a couple of hints:
HINT #1: Keep the hotel address at hand. This is not a giant hotel that every driver knows (in Barcelona, there aren't a lot of 1,000 room Hiltons -- it's full of the smaller, boutique hotels like Murmuri), so it's important to have the address in hand. It's also important to know the cross streets to look for so that you can find it (Carrer de Provenca on one side and Passtage de la Concepcio on the other); I recommend printing out the map on the hotel's website just to be sure you won't miss it the first time you look for it.

HINT #2: Know that you will need to look directly AT the building to see the sign for Murmuri -- it is tucked inside the alcove to the doorway, rather than standing out at right angles so oncoming traffic can see it. Murmuri is an old building that has had a wonderful makeover on the inside, but the outside edifice still the traditional stone facade. (I'm probably not explaining this very well: what I'm trying to say is it's a great hotel, but the signage isn't great and you need to look AT it or you'll miss it. See their website at murmuri.com to take a look at their photo of the sign and you'll see what I mean -- I mention this because we almost passed the hotel without noticing it.).

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2010

Stayed here for our 10th wedding anniversary and got a great deal on a privilege room. The room was stunning, really quiet so we slept well and perfectly located for the Metro. We even managed to watch to the beach the first afternoon! Would recommend this hotel to anyone!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brussels
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Reviewed 30 March 2010

We had the most perfect stay at the Murmuri, location is great, right near the nicest shops and the best restaurants....rooms are a bit on the small but really gorgeous nevertheless. The bar is very sexy and the restaurant serves very interesting asian tapas, try the fishcakes. However the best thing about this hotel that makes it stand out from so many others is tha fabulous service , everyone is so genuinely brillliant at their job, thay make you feel at so at home and welcome in this wonderful city and don't have any of that awful attitude that most fashionable boutique hotels have.

best boutique hotel I have ever stayed in because of the service.....by far

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Kent, England
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Reviewed 29 March 2010

Really well appointed room including ipod dock and moody lighting. Lovely bathroom with a proper, walk in monsoon shower and a seemingly endless supply of towels. The bar is very cosy and definitely a nice place to come for a post-dinner drink. The location is perfect with many shops and cafes close by, which brings me on to the only downside - breakfast at the hotel takes a good hour, no mean feat when you consider nobody is actually cooking anything. That isn't to say that breakfast isn't good - it is. Just very slow on some mornings. It wouldn't stop me coming back here but it would make me consider whether to include breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2010

Last year we stayed in five hotels in Barcelona. Previously, I've stayed at the Hotel des Arts and others in the city. To date, my husband's and my choice as the best place we've stayed in Barca is the Mur Muri. It is not in La Rambla as I think someone said (which is the rather tacky but famous tourist drag towards the sea) but in Rambla de Catalunya in the smart end of the city (equivalent of Mayfair in London or Upper East Side in New York) and close to all the prestigious shops and some of Gaudi's great work - e.g. la Pedrera is a short stroll away.
The room (think it was a junior suite) we had was spacious and had an excellent plush, plump bed; it was decorated in soothing beige and creams (very Kelly Hoppen), had a separate TV/dressing area and a lovely bright marble bathroom with large separate shower. It was very quiet and totally relaxing.
The lively and stylish bar downstairs (spills out to a pavement cafe on sunny days and warm evenings) offers wireless internet service, good drinks (though expensive). Also unfortunately (or not - depends on your view) very smoky since, as with many bars and restaurants, Spain allows proprietors to elect to allow smoking or not.
I hate smoke (ex-smoker, always the worst!) but I didn't detect any smoke smell at all in the bedroom - and I have a very sensitive nose!
The Asian fusion restaurant in the evenings is spectacular - the tapas theme with superb Asian cooking.
Breakfast is served in the same room (it's a small hotel) and, as others have noted, is not up to much. OK, but nothing more. Lots of nice cafes serving great coffee, pastries and boccadillos nearby at a fraction of the cost.
One word of caution to anyone staying at any hotel or apartment and anywhere at all in the city: because it's such a popular destination, it also attracts a lot of unwanted visitors in the form of pickpockets and thieves from all over the world. These males and females (they are all ages and aspects) are no respectors of the age of their victims or anything else (we met an elderly American couple, the man was in a wheechair and the wife had the leather handbag/backpack she was carrying on her back picked and she lost a thousand dollars and their passports. It totally ruined their trip to Europe). There are also scams involving cars - we fell victim to one common one where robbers target a car with a foreign plate or hire car: when you stop at lights, your rear tyre is stabbed. A 'helpful' passing car points to your tyre, you get out to look, someone passing on a pushbike or moped stops to 'help' and an accomplice steals your belongings from the front of the car. It all happens in a flash and to hundreds of people all the time. Best advice is to not go out with anything you don't want to lose or cannot be insured (as is true with sentimental things like photos in wallets). We just carry some cash and one credit card (so we don't have to change them all if we lose them). We carry a photocopy of our passport and /or our driver's license as identity. I don't bother carrying a handbag - it's quite liberating! Don't be put off going to Barcelona (I have heard of many pickpockets etc but fortunately no tales of violent muggings) as it is the most wonderful city to visit but DON'T put your suitcase, or handbag or camera down on a table or on the wall by the beach etc, be alert in the metro, and keep your valubles locked in the hotel safe. That way, you'll have a great time and not waste half a day in the police station....

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed 23 March 2010

The hotel is well located along the ipper end of La Rambla. You can walk to many shops and restaurants, and the metro is just steps away.

The architecture is very modern, and the rooms seem recently updated. All the fixtures and features are very modern and convenient. There is plenty of storage and closet space, and the beds are reasonably comfortable.

Our room was in the back and had a nice balcony. There was no view, but frankly we did not plan to stay in the room much.

We never tried the restaurant or lounge so we cannot comment on it.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2010

Having never been to Barcelona, I spent some time researching hotels and took a fancy to the glossy website of the Murmuri. It was a good price for a 4 night trip for my mother and I, and I booked with my fingers crossed. The hotel was superb, the staff were very friendly and helpful, the room was beautiful and spacious, with a huge walk in shower and luxury toiletries...much higher standard than I was expecting for a standard double room. The hotel is flawless in design, and the standard of cleanliness and service is never compramised. Each day we returned from our sightseeing/shopping, the bed was turned down, the side lamps switched on and chocolates on the bed,- a welcome touch!The bar and dining area is also exceptional, with great views of the busy streets for you to sit and 'people watch' over a coffee. Surrounded by beautiful architecture and shops, its a perfect location all round

  • Stayed March 2009
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Property: Hotel Murmuri Barcelona
Address: Rambla Catalunya 104, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
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Region: Spain > Catalonia > Province of Barcelona > Barcelona > Eixample
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Family Hotel in Barcelona
#32 Business Hotel in Barcelona
#44 Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
#45 Romantic Hotel in Barcelona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Murmuri Barcelona 4.5*
Number of rooms: 53
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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