If you are going to Barcelona and want to stay in a chic and cozy place, look into the Hotel Murmuri, a new boutique hotel whose interiors were designed by Kelly Hoppen. Located in the Eixample district, one block from the Passeig de Gracia, it is within walking distance from the Ramblas and Sagrada Familia. In fact, it is only a few meters from Casa Battlo, one of Gaudí’s major works, and one block from Vinçon, my favorite furniture and home decor boutique.
The rooms are sophisticated and contemporary, but they are also cozy and welcoming. Hoppen uses neutral colors with a lot of warm fabrics to make guests feel at home. Some of the rooms have balconies with views over the Passeig de Gracia. There are iPod docking stations, flat screen TVs, cable Internet and Wi-Fi (although the latter two are not free).
For those who want to stay longer, Murmuri Residence has five apartments in a building attached to Hotel Murmuri. It’s like having your own flat in Barcelona but with all the amenities and services of the hotel.
If you don’t feel like venturing out for lunch or dinner, Murmuri Restaurant offers a fusion of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, with dishes such as monkfish wrapped in pandan leaves with sesame soya; salmon tartar on tartlets with peanuts, ginger and Palma sugar or veal steak with green curry, apple aubergine and lime.
There is a very cool bar called Marfil which offers sushi and innovative cocktails on a terrace off the Rambla Catalunya. There are two main areas separated by original folding screens made of rings of black oak designed by Kelly Hoppen for Century. Neutral colours blend perfectly with the light shade of aquamarine of the sofas, stools and some Rococo armchairs.
The hotel has many special offers and packages. Rates start at around 160 EUR per night for a double room.