Room Mate Pau
What We Love
- Buzzing location close to Las Ramblas and La Barceloneta
- Minimalist white-on-white guestrooms
- Cool city views from the upper floor suites
- The indoor/outdoor dining room serves breakfast every day until noon (for an additional fee)
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Catalunya metro station is a three-minute walk away, and the bus to/from the airport stops at the end of the block
- There's no bar or restaurant on-site, but there are plenty of eateries in the neighborhood
- Street noise isn't really bothersome, but the rooms facing the inner courtyard are the quietest
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
A block from Plaza Catalunya in downtown Barcelona, Room Mate Pau is within strolling distance of the street artists and flower stalls of Las Ramblas, the chic cocktail bars of La Barceloneta and the upscale boutiques on the Paseo de Gracia. Designed by lauded local architect and interior designer Teresa Sapey, the 66 guestrooms are clean and modern, dominated by white with playful splashes of color and chic dark wood bathrooms. The upper-floor suites also feature terraces complete with Jacuzzis and views of La Sagrada Familia. Breakfast is served every day until noon, either in the colorful dining room or on a terrace dotted with sculptures.
In the Area
For an art fix, visit La Pedrera, one of Gaudí’s most avant-garde creations, with its decorative rooftop terraces and great views of the city, and the Museu Picasso, to see a variety of works by the Spanish master, including early sketches as well as more famous pieces. For incredible food head to Montiel Espai Gastronomic, a romantic stone-clad restaurant in the alleyways of the Born and one of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets. To see the city from above, take the cable car to Montjuic, the big hill that looms over Barcelona, to check out the national art gallery and the Olympic stadium. At night, start with drinks at Ginger, a voguish wine and cocktail bar with a film noir vibe, before bar-hopping to La Vinya del Senyor, where you can work your way through the extensive list of Spanish and Catalan wines until the wee hours.
How to Get There
Wonderful little hotel located next to Placa Catalunya. It does try to be a bit hip- but if you ignore that part it's actually a wonderful hotel.
It's very safe, key card to enter lobby, key card to use the elevator, and front desk is always manned. (They can let you in, if you forget your key card.)
The front desk is excellent and a special shout-out to Yao, Raquel, Marta, and Sahand! (More about the front desk later!)
They will hold your luggage, if your room is not ready. The breakfast area is nice, spacious, and clean. The breakfast buffet is quite good for 10 to 12 euros, they keep it fresh until noon- no picking at leftover food if you come late- it's actually a very nice spread with hot food, cold cuts, pastry items, multiple types of juices, and fancy coffee machines. The food is quite high quality, I definitely recommend getting their breakfast buffet or at least going to take a look.
The room did smell a bit musty, but was clean. I'm not a fan of how two beds are directly next to each other- I like space between the beds, but that's me. The bathroom is modern and clean, love the handheld shower head or rainfall shower head. Water pressure and temperature was excellent!
I booked through Chase points for four nights, but only stayed two - because I became very ill in Barcelona and decided to return to the US immediately. The morning/day shift on both days were Yao and Raquel. They were wonderful during check-in, Yao and I had a very lively conversation in Mandarin where she explained the hotel and city to me. (First time in Europe.) I wish I got a chance to try some of her restaurant suggestions. Raquel was quite nice, but I didn't get to interact with her more until the next day.
The next day, I was quite ill and kept asking Yao and Raquel questions- they offered to call a doctor to the hotel and try to find a pharmacy that was open on Sunday. After the doctor came and I was told I needed to be hospitalized- Raquel made the taxi reservation to take me to the hospital.
Upon returning from the hospital, Sahand and Marta were on shift. I'm not sure if Yao and Raquel had left them a note or they saw me holding the hospital discharge papers, but they were both very kind and offering any type of support I may want. They offered tea, order service from a restaurant so I wouldn't need to go out again, etc etc. it was very nice, especially since I was still feeling so crummy.
When I asked for a blanket, Marta immediately went upstairs to retrieve it for me. I told her I didn't need it immediately, but she waved me off and made sure I had it immediately. When my xrays dropped behind some furniture, Sahand came up and tried to retrieve them for me. It was behind some bolted furniture, but he definitely tried his best.
All four of these front staff members were amazing. It's scary to be that sick in a foreign country, where you need to be hospitalized and not know the area, language, etc. Yao, Raquel, Marta and Sahand made a huge difference in helping me feel safe and supported.
There might be nicer hotels near Placa Catalunya, but the genuine care shown by the staff is what causes me to recommend this hotel.
Stayed here for five nights Located just off Placa de Catalunya...where one can catch all the tour buses and the bus which runs direct to the airport. The staff are so helpful..they really cant do enough for you.Especially the young man on the front desk..Sahand. At first we were given a room that faced the back but asked t be changed, What a difference... The bed was huge and so comfy..even the pillows were super. Breakfast was good. So all in all i cannot fault this hotel. The only thing i can add, July is not the best time to visit Barcelona for me. Too hot and the height of the tourist season.
This was a great hotel. The rooms were very nice (we had an upgraded room facing the street; our friends had the one of the suites (703) on the top with an incredible view, comfortable balcony and hot tub.) Every single person that worked there was top notch - some of the best service I've had anywhere. The front desk people are very friendly and knowledgeable. The location is good - within walking distance of the cathedral and main market. The giant el Cortes Ingles department store is right around the corner, as is a metro stop. Nice showers with a rainfall head and a shower wand. I would definitely stay here if I visited Barcelona again and will see if there are any other hotels in this chain in other cities that we visit in the future.