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.
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.
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.
Metro Catalunya – 350m
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