Hotel Casa Elliot

Hotel Casa Elliot has undergone a renovation and name-change since my last stay, but there’s still plenty to recommend it.

The location is a gem ­– Sant Antoni is a little slice of Eixample wedged between the bustle of El Raval and Poble Sec, and is home to numerous bars and restaurants, as well as the renovated Sant Antoni Market. 

While there aren’t a lot of areas in Barcelona that feel devoid of tourists, Sant Antoni retains a ‘local’ atmosphere that is really rather charming. You’re still only one Metro stop from the middle of Passage de Gracia. 

The 38 rooms have mainly been tidied up a bit in the renovation, but that’s no bad thing. They’re compact, but functional enough, stylish, and feature decent-sized bathrooms. All have views either over the main street or the rear ‘courtyard’, and some even have small terraces. Nice

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What’s Nearby

Metro (Universitat) – 200m

Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona (CCCB) – 450m

Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) – 500m

Sant Antoni Market – 700m

Plaza Catalunya – 750m

Murmuri Hotel Barcelona

Of all Eixample’s streets, Rambla de Catalunya is one of my favorites. Partly this is because of the pedestrianized strip down the middle (and the relatively light traffic because of that). Partly it’s because unlike the fancier Passage de Gracia which runs parallel a block away, there are more local stores here too.

So Murmuri is in a a great location.

It is also a hotel that does design well, from the smart entrance and lobby bar to the glass cube lift, things look good. And there are only 53 rooms, so it never feels overwhelmingly large.

Rooms are comfortable too. The basic ones are fairly compact, but still livable.

But the real draw for me is the value – for this location and the smart design, Murmuri is stellar value.

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What’s Nearby

Metro Provença–Diagonal – 230m

Passeig de Gracia – 220m

Casa Milà/La Pedrera – 270m

Casa Batlló – 650m

Casa Camper

room interior, Casa Camper Hotel Barcelona

Camper may be famous for its shoes, but you’re not necessarily staying in a shoebox here (yuk, yuk). 

Housed in a couple of old buildings on the fabulous Carrer d’Elisabets, Casa Camper is in a prime El Raval address. There are numerous cafés, boutiques, and galleries within a couple of blocks.

rooftop 'rain machine' at Casa Camper Barcelona

With only 40 rooms, Casa Camper reserves most of its space for guests – you need to be buzzed into the lobby – and provides a 24-hour buffet with sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks, coffee and the like in the lobby area and at the pleasant rooftop terrace. Plus there’s an honesty bar and a ‘rain machine’ under which you can cool off on a hot day. There’s no pool though.

Casa Camper bed

Rooms are…interesting.

The ‘Garden’ rooms (pictured) are actually two rooms. The main bedroom area has a bathroom that faces into an internal courtyard, which provides some natural light. (The courtyard isn’t accessible, so you’re unlikely to get a nasty surprise when you’re bathing). And across the hallway is another small room with a sofa, flat screen TV and hammock, and a tiny balcony overlooking the street.

It is an unusual arrangement, though may work well if your travel companion is a compulsive late-night TV junkie, I guess.

‘City’ rooms are in the other building – access is via lifts with doors on both sides – and are more regular all-in-one affairs.

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What’s Nearby

Metro Catalunya – 350m

Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) – 200m

Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona (CCCB) – 250m

La Rambla – 250m

Plaza Catalunya – 400m

La Boqueria Market – 500m

Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi – 600m

Barcelona Cathedral – 750m

Palau Güell – 850m

Palau de la Música Catalana – 850m

Sant Antoni Market – 950m

Barcelona History Museum Plaça del Rei – 950m