Destination: Spain: Barcelona
Vibe: boutique, live like a local, value
At a Glance: Unless you’re looking for the Murmuri, you probably won’t notice this discreet boutique hotel located a block off the busy Passeig de Gracia.
Review: But travelers who need a central location on a limited budget should put the Murmuri on their map. The hotel has only fifty-three rooms and suites and was designed by Kelly Hoppen, the British decorator known for her modern interiors and her work on British Airway’s First Class cabins. Although the hotel lacks the amenities offered at some of the area’s more glamorous properties, guests have access to the pool and gym at the nearby Majestic Hotel.
But the real find is the Murmuri’s residences. The small but well-designed apartments have a private entrance just around the corner from the Murmuri and are perfect for families. Book one of the two-bedroom apartments, which feature a kitchen, living and dining area and a terrace that’s ideal for enjoying an evening glass of cava after putting the kids to bed. Like the rooms, the apartments are reasonably priced and offer travelers the space of an expensive suite at a neighboring hotel for about half the euros. The tiny lane where guests enter the apartments is lined with fun restaurants and cute shops. If I were to move to Barcelona, I can’t imagine a more ideal location. A note: I worried that the street noise from the restaurants would be a problem – it wasn’t.
Who Should Stay: Families or couples looking for a value option in a prime location.
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