Gone are the days when a hotel simply offers a pretty space where you lay your head. Casa Bonay in Barcelona is a huge testament to that, as it not only has a hotel but is encompassed by a restaurant, cafe, juice bar and cocktail bar. Situated in the newly popular side of Dreta de l’Eixample, this is a magnet not only for those visiting Barcelona but locals too! The building is huge yet the branding is minimal and the welcome is discreet, which very much sets the tone of the ethos. Introducing an eclectic array and collaboration of homegrown talent.
The cultural boutique behind the building with a neoclassical style façade, built by Francisco Batlle first opened in 1869. The house was occupied by the Bonay family, whose youngest daughter, Antonia, went on to marry Carles Maní, a former friend and associate of Gaudí. 147 years later and the result is Casa Bonay, maintaining all the architectural elements and the most important structures to respect its original style. Founder and co-owner Inés Miró-Sans, along with business partner Luis Rullán have worked with the Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack to elegantly restore the space and update yet reveal its yesteryears.
What don't you get! Firstly the rooms and suites vary from single and double beds to suites with a terrace, there are 67 rooms across 7 different categories. All of the rooms include a sofa, which can be converted into a bed to accommodate a third person, and some feature a balcony and views of Gran Vía's city life. There is a rooftop that is due to open soon, which we are sure will make it even more of a hub in the dewy summer months. The rooms have been decorated by Marc Morro of Otras Cosas, who has a strong focus on producing furniture made by local artisans and very much reflects the beautiful charm of grand Eixample.
Upon entering you have the cute leafy terraces and passages, which encourage you to feel like a local as you swipe your key card. The decor is simple with the focus very much being on the original features such as the beautiful and emblematic modernist tiled flooring and high ceilings. This is paired with slick and modest bathrooms and a reasonably sized room stocked with Asian nibbles and healthy snacks from collaborators Mother (which is located stairs by Satan's Coffee) and Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey. The Libertine area starts the day as a decadent space for breakfast, an Instagrammer's haven let's say and in the evening you'll find a mix of locals and guests enjoying cocktails whilst being entertained by live bands and events.
You are just a short stroll from the Gothic Quarter, El Born and Passeig de Gracia. The area itself has undergone some changes with their being a renaissance of new eateries and events taking place. We are big fans of Chicha Limona and Granja Petitbo for brunch, must-visits should you find yourself Bonay bound.
- Breakfast at the Libertine with warm dishes from Satan's Coffee Corner.
- Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey restaurant next door and Mother cold-pressed juice bar open conjuring to the hotel.
- Blankets from Teixidors
- Bath products from Las Lilas
- Minibar with local products.
- Yoga Kit
- Free high-speed WiFi
- Air conditioner and heater
Rate - Starts from 130 euros per night
Location - Dreta de l’Eixample
Suitable for - couples, friends and business travellers
Tips - Visit the special events up on the rooftop in the summer months.
Images © Casa Bonay