Hotel Casa Bonay
What We Love
- Original 19th-century features reimagined by Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack
- Rooms are equipped with yoga mats and minibars stocked with local booze and snacks
- Yoga, Pilates and cocktails are available on the roof
What To Know
- It’s a 20-minute walk from Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia and a 15-minute stroll from the shop-lined Passeig de Gracia
- Free WiFi
- Satan’s Coffee Corner serves brews all day, and cocktails are available on the roof
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In Barcelona’s Eixample district, Casa Bonay is a pared-down urban crash pad in a stately 19th-century building. Original features have been brought up to date by Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack. Expect to find traditional fireplaces, mosaics and whitewashed brick walls alongside thoroughly modern fabrics and simple blond wood furniture. Nifty extras include yoga mats and minibars stocked with local booze and snacks. Splurge on a Patio Room for outdoor space (some have an alfresco shower and/or a hammock), or opt for a Gran Via Room for views of the elegant boulevard. The property caters to health-conscious hipsters with a vegan juice bar and a rooftop terrace for yoga and Pilates. Less virtuous vacationers can take advantage of the all-day coffee bar, the cocktail bar and the lobby-level restaurant.
In the Area
Visit the awe-inspiring Fundació Joan Miró, which houses more than 225 paintings and 150 sculptures and is set in a landmark 1970s building. Stuff yourself with jamón iberico and tortilla de verduras at the city’s most vibrant foodie haven, Boqueria Market, which also holds wine and cooking classes in its on-site school. The split-level emporium Vincon is a haven of stylish housewares. Be sure to stop by the courtyard, which looks out over the balconies of Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Milà. Gaudí also drastically remodeled an ordinary apartment building to create one of his most admired buildings, the otherworldly Casa Batlló. Heralded by the New York Times as one of the best ham sandwiches in the world, the flauta d’ibéric d.o. jabugo at Café Viena is spectacularly good.
How to Get There
The location of the hotel is great. Close to all the main attractions but not in the thick of the tourist center. Some great local restaurants and shops within a few blocks and an easy walk to las ramblas. The staff is very friendly and efficient. Recommend one of the rooms that looks out into the street for lovely city views.
First thing that I will say is that all the staff at Casa Bonay was very friendly and polite. We stayed for 5 nights, had one dinner in the restaurant on the roof (which was very enjoyable), one quick bite lunch and breakfast every morning. The quality of the food could not be faulted. Our room wasn't the biggest but we were only passing through and sleeping in it. Spending too much time in it wouldn't have been ideal though. Space for clothing was very inadequate I felt. 2 draws and a hanging rail with a few hangers isn't a lot for 3 people. The room was clean, the towels got changed every day even when we didn't want them to be changed. The bed was super comfortable and the windows blocked out the noise from the busy road very well. I had to ask for coffee for the hospitality tray in the room every day but was told by reception that this will now be changed for future guests. There was a good supermarket just around the corner from the hotel, an underground station very close by but we did walk everywhere really. There is a tiny bookshop within the hotel selling some interesting books. I think that on the whole this hotel attracts younger guests and I couldn't help but feel a bit out of place at times.
We had a fantastic stay. The room was perfect, clean, and had a wonderful view of the Gran Via. We checked out the bikes for a day and discovered the city to be very easy to navigate. The breakfast was more than delicious with lots of egg, meat, and pastry options. Most of all the staff was very helpful with dining recommendations and other places to see. I would stay here again without a doubt.
Great hotel with wonderful and helpful staff. The rooms are what’s advertised...small but very comfortable. The coffee shop, restaurant and bar make for a great way to start and end your days. Perfect for a night or two.
Great hotel and room. The place has really friendly staff, good restaurant options and a nice decor.We really enjoyed our stay at Casa Bonay and would love to come back anytime when we visit Barcelona again.