It’s sleek, it’s hip, and it’s right in the middle of the action. In fashion-conscious Barcelona, Casanova Hotel stands out like a cool Mojito in a beer hall. This Rafael Hotel, a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, has transformed an eighteenth century building into one of the hippest places to be in the city.
The property is located near the Plaza de Catalunya on a corner facing the bustling Gran Via Corts Catalanes. Walk through the glass doors and you’ll see a row of giant, amber-colored candles. To the right is a green lighted glass bar. Low couches, whimsical lights, and sculptural chairs fill the space, inviting guests to pause and enjoy a drink while watching the entertaining procession of traffic and pedestrians just outside the huge glass windows.
The modern styling continues into the 124 rooms (six are suites), all in muted blacks, silver, and whites with plenty of glass and mirrors. Each room features flat screen televisions, slate baths, feather pillows, and internet (free cable internet so be sure to bring your computer cable). Some of the most interesting rooms are those facing the main street. While these rooms get the street noise, they also have floor-to-ceiling doors that open onto small balconies that make you feel right in the middle of things. If you need quiet, just close the doors and the sound is nearly totally muted. (Or ask for a room not facing the street.)
Casanova Hotel offers a breakfast buffet (17 Euros) that is well worth the price (many are not). Starting at 7 a.m., they present a full range of breakfast offerings, including juices, fruit, pastries, several hams, charcuterie, and cheeses, two types of Spanish omelets or tortillas (potato and zucchini), scrambled eggs, a delightfully thin and flavorful bacon, breads, tomato bread (pan con tomate), cold cereals, coffee and teas.
Additionally, Casanova’s second-floor restaurant, Mexiterranée, isn’t just your run-of-the-mill hotel eatery. Serving an innovative mix of traditional Mexican and Catalan cuisine, this dining spot is on par with the great restaurants of this wonderfully cosmopolitan city. (See full review of Mexiterranee in Real Eatery Reviews.) Also available are a private parking garage, laundry facilities, and, at Stone Spa, full spa services.
Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, 559
34 933 964 800