As the name implies, Room Mate Emma is your pal, your travel companion, and your confidant. Per their website, Emma is “daring, cheerful, and very creative” and all the touches of design and friendliness of the staff lives up to that reputation. Though this boutique is small without a ton of amenities, the hotel has a motto where ‘no doesn’t exist’ so rest assured that anything you desire, they can help accommodate.
The hotel gives guests a mobile hotspot device that can be taken anywhere in the city and always keeps you online.
Stylish and sleek white rooms are all offset with shocks of green, pink, or blue from the carpets to the wavy wall features. Some nice touches include welcome chocolates, bottled water, and tea/coffee (in superior rooms and up). There are nine floors, so it’s worth requesting a higher floor for better views.
Smart TVs are in the rooms, so you can binge your favorite Netflix shows from the ultra-comfy beds.
The bathrooms are a mixed bag – some with shower/tub combos and others with just showers. Most feature raised sinks with marble countertops and the occasional bidet (request ahead if this is your preferred cleaning method).
A skinny lobby welcomes guests with a long blue runway and super low oval-shaped leather chairs that the weak-kneed should avoid at all cost. The sensation upon entry is wave-like as the runway and tidal features lead to the pink-floored breakfast room at the back.
Pink floors and white leather banquettes are scattered through the disco-like breakfast area, which consists of a continental buffet for a stunningly low price (9.95 Euros).
Breakfast here is served until noon. So if you party like a Spaniard, you’ll have plenty of time to sleep in and still refuel.
The hotel is in a quieter part of L’Eixample (read: less tourists) with ample local hangouts that are all within walking distance. The closest metro stop is only 5-minutes away and can shuffle you around the city with ease.
Right around the corner is Cu-Cut! Taverna Gastronomica (1-minute walk) for some of the best tapas and wine pairings of your life. For Michelin-starred Catalan cuisine that toes the line of traditional and modern, check out Angle (9-minute walk) at the Hotel Cram.
In a city obsessed with vermouth, you can’t go wrong with Dry Martini (2-minute walk). If salsa dancing is your thing, head over to Mojito Club (2-minute walk) to shake and swing all night long.
WHY WE LIKE IT
There are a lot of hotels who like to claim that it’s a ‘home away from home’ but this place truly embodies it. You feel it from the moment you enter as the uber-friendly staff is always willing and able to make your time in Barcelona be the best it can be. While there isn’t a bar, regular restaurant, pool, or gym, the boutique makes up for its shortcomings by giving guests endless options to explore and enjoy the city. Also, breakfast till noon is pretty sweet when you’ve enjoyed Barcelona a little too much late at night.