Hotel Brummell is that extra buzz in the least expected part of Barcelona; quirky, unique and spot on in the residential neighbourhood of Poble Sec, where you have the city, mountain and the sea close by. Upon entering the hotel you may feel the need to slap yourself, as the psychosomatic reaction will leave you wondering why this multi-faceted concept was never done before in the first place. Expect a lot of light and plants with respect for the traditional from the hands of Australian born - Barcelona duo, Blankslate, whose use of bespoke modern furniture mixed together with Sri Lankan and European antiques nicely set it apart from other hotels.
Christian Schallert is the owner of Hotel Brummell. He started 5 years ago in the apartment rental business before a close friend of his eyed an abandoned building in the Poble Sec neighbourhood. Taking matters into his own hands, Christian saw the potential and bought the space to give it the revamp that it has today.
The hotel was built and designed to the full extent of its potential. It was fashioned to make guests feel relaxed, discreet and solely multi-purposed, and it works because Hotel Brummell superbly pairs hotel amenities and services with a vibe that makes you feel like you live there. The original façade of the building has been kept as it was since 1870, just transforming the interior completely. The architect, Inma Rábano, worked with them to rehabilitate this historic building and re-inject some new energy into the area.
Expect surreal comfort in the 20 room hotel with additional contemporary art projects serenading the walls of every room paying homage to local creative heads. In addition to the hotel rooms, Brummell also has 2 (80m²) apartments. Each is 3 bedroom, all with double beds, and 2 bathrooms with tubs. Full kitchen, private balconies and terrace, and access to the hotel pool and sauna. If you get hungry whilst everyone is asleep, there is a fair selection of items ranging from healthy to unhealthy for your anytime cravings. Alongside the snacks, they also offer some other useful items that may come in handy.
Barcelona without a bike, really? The city is great for sightseeing by bike and more bike lanes have been implemented, making it even easier. The hotel offer bike rental services, and not just any, we're talking classy Brompton bikes. We recommend cycling the quiet mountain of Montjuïc and visiting the Teatro Grec (Greek theatre), MNAC museum and Miró Foundation, heading to the centre and of course, you've got to make it beachside. Plaza España just is 2 metro stops away from the hotel and the famous Las Ramblas is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel. They also collaborate with THE GARAGE, which is a studio set up by former model turned yoga guru, Veronica Blume. Guests will be able to take advantage of the classes, whilst locals and businesses will have the opportunity rent the space for special occasions and meetings.
The on-site contemporary bistro, The Box Social, is led by Chef Damian Bolger and offers fresh, seasonal and local food. They have a menú del día, which everyone is raving about where you can get to sample dishes such as On Sundays you can indulge in their delicious Sunday roast and indulge in a glass of Cava, with the sun rays breaking out onto the pretty interior patio. Worth noting that they are responsible for serving up poolside snacks and in-room bento boxes and treats.
- The Box Social Restaurant
- WiFi high-speed internet
- Vintage Gym
- Swimming Pool
- Malin + Goetz products
- Air conditioning / Floor heating
- Safe, hairdryer and telephone
- Flat screen TV
Rate - Start from 136 euros per night
Location - hotel is a stone throw's away from the many gems of Montjuïc and walking distance to the foodie's haven of Sant Antoni neighbourhood.
Suitable for - foodies, couples, friends and solo travellers
Tip - Poble-sec is a great destination for an evening's entertainment. For Venetian cuisine go to Xemei, Quimet & Quimet for tapas and for Andalusian cuisine & rock'n'roll go to La Chana! On Sundays however, we recommend you devour Sunday brunch at Brummell Kitchen.
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