Jul 01, 2015
This boutique hotel in Barcelona’s El Raval neighbourhood brings the Spanish shoe company’s fresh and functional footwear philosophy to four walls – the rooms are clean and minimal, with wooden features, modest work areas and hammock seating. There’s no pool but you will find a free, 24-hour spread of snacks; a small but slick 24-hour gym; and bicycle rentals (ask and the staff can prepare you a customised route). The in-house restaurant, Dos Palillos, is a relatively casual Asian-meets-tapas fusion eatery, helmed by former El Bulli chef de cuisine Albert Raurich and has a Michelin Star to its name. The location is excellent – it’s on a cozy street but just a couple of minutes’ walking distance from Plaça de Catalunya, which is a key hub for trains, subways (Metro) and buses.
In stark contrast to the perfectly planned grid of Eixample, El Raval is a maze of characterful and often cobblestoned streets lined with some of Barcelona’s coolest restaurants, bars and boutiques. A number of neighbourhood revitalisation projects, including the opening of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) in 1995, have upgraded its status from “no-go” to “rough” to its current “edgy/cool” appeal for visitors and locals alike.
Casa Camper | Carrer d'Elisabets 11, El Raval | +34 933 42 62 80