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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Amazing experience and wonderful room at Casa Bonay. Located centrally to everything you need in Barcelona. Staff were absolutely wonderful and that goes for Front Desk, Satan's, Chingurito, and Libertine. King Kong Lady was closed during our stay but we look forward to trying it when we return. Rooms were absolutely gorgeous and provided everything you needed.
Comfortable, convenient, and memorable. The property is excellent and the customer service outstanding. It’s a combination of hotel, coffee shop, lounge, bookstore and rooftop like no other. We’ll come back for sure.
PROS: The location - away from hustle and bustle. 10-15min walk to La Rambla.
CONCEPT: Multiple restaraunts, bars, rooftop, coffee shop, little book store
FOOD & DRINKS: Breakfast was served in great space & from Satan's coffee house in the front. Multiple option for drinks and food from the rooftop / Libertine etc
INTERIORS: If you're into aesthetically pleasing spaces the interiors and design are gorgeous and draws a mixed eclectic crowd.
CONS: No explanation of the concept, multiple restaurants / bars / rooftop etc. If I hadn't researched before I wouldn't have even known these were options. Yoga and bike hire weren't mentioned either. There was no guide on where it was located on a map in comparison to major sites / landmarks.
ROOMS: This falls under pro's and con's. Beautiful room but tiny. In all fairness, I chose the tiny one as how much time do you spend in your room. But I even struggled to have my suitcase laying flat and open infront of the bed.
NOISE: I stayed in Room 107 and was woken frequently in the morning from slamming doors (the walls are clearly paper thin). I thought it was just people waking up early (between 6-8am) and heading down for breakfast but kept noticing it slamming doors every couple of minutes. It was in fact the store / service room so it was staff / cleaning staff going in and out of there. Not impressed with being woken up every morning. Might be different on other floors
AIRCON: I understand the sustainability reason but it was quite frustrating when I'd leave the aircon on, pop out for a little bit and come back to my room to have it turned off. Being such small room it was hot and humid. Not what I wanted coming back from the same kind of weather outside.
Overall, if you can get past the kind of friendly staff (don't expect much more), thin walls etc then the place is great and to be honest unless there is another hotel in Barcelona that is as cool as this then I'd probably stay again.