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
Our 7 night stay was in the only "Privilege Room", which is located on the 6th floor and has a private terrace. As of mid-February, this hotel was undergoing major renovations, although this was not disclosed at time of booking. Due to this, the 2 elevators were partially available, guests had to do some little detours, and the advertised Michelin starred restaurant completely closed.
Despite this, the hotel is very trendy and uniquely designed. We were pleased with the size of the room, which was actually more spacious than shown on their website, and the excellent location of the hotel. The reception staff was also helpful, respectful and cordial without being "over the top friendly" which is appropriate for a 4 star hotel.
Unfortunately, the room temperature (in February) was an area of discomfort every day of our stay. In short, the room was cold even by increasing the thermostat to 30c and setting the fan to max. A second area of daily displeasure was the shower; it is a hand-held shower with low pressure, and a partial small glass divider sitting on top of the bath. Lastly, the daily buffet breakfast was also inferior in terms of quantity and variety to what one could find at a 3 star hotel in Europe. It seemed to have been prepared for 4 guests only in terms of quantity. There was only 1 employee-cook who does not speak English. In one word, the breakfast fell short of luxury hotel standards.
The room itself showed some wear and tear, and the patched ceiling above the bed betrayed a significant past water incident, probably from the pool above. The water jets in the pool can be heard at night in the Privilege Room, which will make you feel as if you are sleeping in a submarine (it's an experience!). Bathroom amenities were luxurious however, and consisted of a box of high end products. Bathrobes and slippers fit the bill of a luxurious hotel. The bedding was also generous and very comfortable with 4 body pillows. Light switches on night tables are superb, but after 7 days, they were still a challenge to understand.
Overall, it is an excellent hotel, very comfortable, and with a unique design. However, due to the flaws described above, one may wonder how it qualified to be a member of SLH (Small Luxury Hotels). I give it a strong 3 1/2 star in its present state and service level.
Great location at a great price. Room was clean and toiletries were plentiful. Reception staff let them down by never greeting us when we left/returned and I never saw any of them smile.
The bed was super comfortable and they had good blackout blinds. You couldn’t hear a pin drop outside so thumbs up!
29 Euro cab ride from the airport and you never failed to pick one up outside day or night. If you like to take the metro then there is one at the top of the road that will take you to the airport with one change. Will definitely come again if you promise to smile 😊
My boyfriend and I stayed in the hotel for 2 nights. The location was perfect as you are right in the middle of the city and can walk around. Multiple restaurants around the hotel, very convenient. I gave this rating to the hotel because we were very disappointed for a 4 stars hotel: very small room, dark entrance, not very cozy, our bathroom had little flies on our towels and we found mold on the bottom of the rolling glass inside the shower -dirty!! I don’t think we would come back to this hotel, but the staff was very nice and helpful!
What to say.
Fantastic Beds with a massive terrace if you take the 6th floor rooms.
Wonderful extremely helpful staff.
Location is good. Breakfast adequate.
Definitely one of my favorite new places to stay in Barcelona.
Location was superb! Close to almost everything. We were also comfortable with the room. It is one of the biggest rooms we ever had in our Euro trip. Missing a few amenities like a kettle/water heater. Reception staff very helpful indeed. Lovely pool. A shame that the restaurant was closed, but quite understand that its better to be refurbished in January that August !