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Jul 01, 2015

by KARLA COURTNEY, Writer and Family Travel Specialist

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.

Location

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