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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The staff were fine, friendly and efficient. The hotel room was really strange, furnished to look good but a thin venier I think. For a start you could not switch off the lights, easily, sometimes frustratingly we just has to leave them on!
The bathroom door opened into the bedroom and whilst it was opaque glass someone clever put a clear glass panel just in front of the toilet. I know you've seen it all before but f.f.s.
Best not to mention the price of drinks or breakfast.
My wife and I spent 4 nights at the Cram. The hotel staff is A1. Everyone was friendly and wanted to assist us with everything. The ladies in the breakfast are were fantastic. The hotel is in a great location close to the ramblas. Our room was extremely clean and full of complementary toiletries.
We have just completed a small professional meeting of about a dozen people. The Cram was absolutely perfect for us in all regards. The staff is friendly, attentive, and thinks of everything. The conference room was set up with water, paper, and pens (though we had not thought to ask in advance). We could have had a projector, but we preferred simply each to use our own laptops for the visuals. Most of the participants also stayed here. The hotel is very modern and stylish. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and bright. My room is on the courtyard side of the building and is very quiet. The neighborhood manages to be both lively and relatively clam at the same time, and there are many outstanding restaurants nearby.
This hotel is nice but our room was a bit small. It had all of the amenities in the room that you need for a comfortable stay but I thought the rooms were a bit small and lacked space for people traveling with a lot of luggage. The view from the breakfast areas was beautiful and the breakfast was outstanding. The street noise was not an issue for us and we slept well without distractions.
Lovely hotel...best bed/doona and pillows! Sound proofing was excellent, and staff very warm and friendly. They allowed us early check in after a long flight from Australia which was really appreciated. Room is modern and cool in decor, with the only thing missing being a kettle/tea/coffee in the room. That would be a good addition.
Location was a short taxi ride (5 to 8 euros to the old town) or a 15-20 minute walk. Rates at this hotel much better than in old town, so taxi ride is worth it. Good choice of local restaurants available. Metro is also near by. Would recommend.