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Casa Bonay, Barcelona

Just after Milan I went on a five-day trip to Barcelona. A city that is quickly becoming one of my favourite cities, everything from the design and architecture scene to the food and people… and of course the weather and the beach.

Casa Bonay is one of the new must-visit hotels with extras on your next trip. I call it extras, because it is so much more than a gorgeous new hotel. As many other buildings in Barcelona, the house that now is Casa Bonay, was the home of an upper-class family in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. When co-founder Inés Miró-Sans came across the building, it was nothing else than an old construction site, but she saw through it all and made it into a beautiful and homey hotel in the up-and-coming area of Gran Via.

At ground level you also find a juice bar, a coffee bar, a 24-hour shop in the lobby and a 2-in-1 restaurant called Tet and Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey.

The coffee bar is run by Satan’s Coffee Corner and it is definitely worth a picture with its white tiles, mirrors and plants – and of course the coffee. The coffee culture in Barcelona is not huge and you really need to know where to go for those great cups, Satan’s is one of them. Even if you are not staying at the hotel, you should make your way past this coffee corner if you are in need of a quick caffeine fix.

Then there’s Libertine. A cocktail bar with an elegance, style and personal touch, they serve some great cocktails and a great mix of soul food dishes. Libertine is also where you’ll have your breakfast and a great spot for working during the day.

Finally the rooms. They are wonderful. All decorated by Marc Morro of Otras Cosas and they have that typical Barcelona atmosphere. The tiles on the floor, the terrace and the view of the city and the old panelled doors opening to your own private patio. The bedcover catches your eye first thing when you enter your room, super soft and made by Teixidors (Ask in the reception if you would like to take one home with you, they are for sale).

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