What We Love
- Location in the fashionable Eixample neighborhood, five blocks from Las Ramblas
- The Michelin-starred Angle restaurant, headed by Catalan chef Jordi Cruz
- Stunning views across Barcelona from the rooftop pool and bar
- Suites have Jacuzzi tubs next to the beds
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1.50 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at check out
- Buzzing neighborhood setting, but the rooms are well soundproofed
- Only the Executive and Privilege Rooms and Suites have terraces
- The rooftop pool is better for a dip than a workout or swim
- Standard Rooms are a compact 193 square feet
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
From the outside, Cram L’Hotel is all 19th-century grandeur on stately Aribau Street, but pass through the sliding glass doors and the look is clean-line minimalism and crisp red-on-white. The public spaces are moodily dark — the lobby’s deep burgundy walls are closer to black than red — but they help highlight the circular light well in the middle of the building and the surprisingly spacious guestrooms, some of which have private terraces.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are a lesson in colorblocking: crisp white walls, linens and lacquer enlivened with accents from the vivid red and burnt orange end of the color spectrum. Space is won through a clever use of alcoves, angles and mirrors, plus the Cram’s signature white-tile circular bathrooms, which add an interesting architectural detail without taking up living space. Most overlook the boutique-lined streets below, and some allow a peek at the skyline and Las Ramblas. The Cram’s designers are proud of the rooms’ soundproofing, and the hangerlike doors do cancel out the sounds of Barcelona’s busy Eixample quarter.
Opened in June 2013, Angle Barcelona is a Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by Catalan chef Jordi Cruz. Expect innovative takes on traditional Spanish dishes (roast suckling pig with mango compote, veal shank cannelloni). The food is pricey, but it’s top-notch fare served in an intimate setting. For a nightcap, the lobby cocktail bar, Mareva, is low-lit and deliberately sexy, with red leather tub chairs, velvet sofas and modern chandelier-style lights, while the top-floor bar, which has an outdoor pool, is the spot for early evening drinks and admiring the cityscape.
In the Area
Combine a city break with beach time. There are several beaches within the city (rated for cleanliness on a scale of five blue flags) offering more than two miles of white sand. Check out Gaudí’s ocean-inspired Casa Batllo, one of two major buildings he designed on Passeig de Gracia, with a façade that looks more like skulls and bones than pillars and balconies. Take the cable car to Montjuic, the big hill that looms over Barcelona, to see the national art gallery and the Olympic stadium. Barcelona has 55 museums, covering almost the entire range of human interests, including the Chocolate Museum, FC Barcelona Football Club Museum and the Sex Museum.
How to Get There
We stayed here for one night before boarding a cruise. A great hotel in a central location. We had a very quirky room with a lovely terrace. We would definitely recommend staying here. The staff were incredibly helpful.
Nice hotel with Best location in the beautiful area of Barcelona . Only 15 min Walk from most things. Rooms of good size. Small pool and poolarea with only 7 sunbeds available. Fantastic view from the poolbar. Especially in the evening
The major plus for the Hotel Cram is its location its approx a 5min walk from the Universitat bus stop, so its easy to get from El Prat to your hotel on the airport bus etc.
On first appearance the hotel appears swish and luxury however looks can be deceiving.
Some of the issues were the finish of the fittings in the room, lots of chipped cupboard doors and lots of filler used in the bathroom walls which did nothing for the aesthetic of the rooms. Inside one of these cupboards were a set of wine glasses, which when I went to use one, I noticed that it still had lipstick on the rim of the glass.
A couple of major flaws were the clear glass panel in the bathroom door which meant you could see your travel mate getting in and out of the shower and sitting on the loo, if you sat on the right side of the bed. This of course is not a major issue if you are traveling alone or as a couple but could be problematic if you are sharing a room with a friend.
The other flaw is the bed is made up of two single mattresses, this will be good if you're with friends not so much if you are with your other half, therefore its impossible to snuggle up in bed unless one of you wants to constantly be falling down the gap.
Finally there were no beside plug sockets so my phone, which I use as an alarm clock, was plugged in elsewhere which meant jumping out of bed for fear of disturbing our neighbors when we had an early flight back to the UK.
On check out the receptionist took it upon himself to call us a cab despite not asking for one and got a tad huffy when we told him we didn't require a cab as we would be getting a bus back to the airport.
Overall the hotel is in a great location and the rooms are ok.
Ive stayed in a lot better in Barcelona and when we next return I will probably opt for one those other options.
It's a small boutique hotel situated close to all the places in Barcelona the hotel is good the food is decent the rooms neat and clean the staff very friendly the linen clean all in all its a very good place to stay when in Barcelona
Disappointing not to have a double room after giving 4 months notice. On arrival we were told to check the following morning to see if a double room would be available but there wasn't. Given it was a couples break and was specifically requested at time of booking this was unforgivable. We stayed 5 nights, Sunday to Friday. The hotel was lovely, modern, clean, had a mini bar although no tea and coffee making facilities. There was city view and very welcome air conditioning. There were fresh toiletries supplied daily as well as towels. There was a roof pool which was small and had about 8 sun loungers and a large seating area at the bar. Towels were supplied here also. The hotel was well located, walking distance from Universitat metro station. Breakfast priced at approx €22 per person per day was astronomical and we declined. The street outside had lovely cafes open early every morning and 2 coffees of your choice and croissants came to about €4 in total so it worked out really well as we had breakfast on way to whatever we planned for the day.