I love Airbnb, I really do. But when you get the grand tour of a hotel like Hotel Brummell, you sneakily wish you were staying here instead (especially when you find out that they also offer three bedroom apartments).
This brand new boutique design hotel is everything you need for a weekend break in Barcelona. In the up and coming, quiet area of Poble Sec, you’re less than half an hour walk from the beach (I walked it) and from areas like El Born and Gothic. Or you can take the super easy Metro. It’s more local than touristy, and I really enjoyed strolling through its quiet, residential streets.
With 20 rooms (and two 3-bedroom apartments) and the Brummell Classic rooms starting from €100, it’s a complete bargain as well. They say they’re a three star, but I find rating boutique hotels like this pretty impossible. I’d stay here as willingly as I would at any five star.
The charming Alma – enthusiastic and spilling with love for the place – showed me around. From the cool and shaded courtyard terrace, Box Social (their restaurant/cafe) to the welcoming and chilled ‘lobby’.
She also showed me a number of their rooms. Their ‘penthouse’ rooms (two) were my favourite: small but with large terraces (and city views) and outside baths. Heaven. All the rooms have large rain showers and lovely Malin + Goetz products. While space is not a luxury Brummell has, they use the limited space very cleverly.
I adore their use of grey, white and cream shades, and the contrast of the bright yellow umbrellas by the pool. The pool is another little highlight. It’s not huge, but it’s perfect, with a terrace and sun loungers for sunbathing. There is another larger outside terrace, ideal for lounging in the shade, as well as their own organic vegetable ‘patch’.
They have just started working with the next door yoga and pilates studio called ‘the Garage’, owned by former model Veronica Blume. She was lovely when I met her and she told me about how they do special work shops and yoga classes for all abilities. A great way to start a healthy weekend: a yoga class with Veronica in the spacious and airy ‘Garage’ and then off to Flax & Kale for brunch, followed by the beach.
Take me back (book very early to avoid disappointment).
Nou de la Rambla, 174
+34 931 258 622
Photos a mixture of mine and Hotel Brummell’s