Hotel Snapsot: Barcelona's Hotel Banys Orientals
If you're looking for a hotel in a vintage building plopped in the middle of a culturally vibrant city? Yep, there's all at Hotel Banys Orientals in Barcelona. This el Born hotel is surrounded by historical buildings housing tapas restaurants, boutiques, cafes and tapas bars--it's enough character to fill a fiction novel.
There are 43 suites in Banys 18th-century building. The lofts have Gothic arches and exposed stone walls while maintaining a modern clean design, loads of natural light and comfy living space--a bonus in a city where rooms can be tiny. Our room happened to have a second story with a sitting room overlooking the main bedroom. All rooms either look onto the internal courtyard staircase or upon the pedestrian-only Carrer Argenteria.
We happened to be in town during the Hogueras de San Juan which is the local celebration of the first day of Summer where the city stops to pay respect to the longest day of the year. Fireworks, Samba parades, and parties are part of the fabric during this week in June. We had the opportunity to spy a choreographed band marching down the street in celebration from the hotel's rooftop deck.
Banys Orientals is in close proximity to the Picasso Museum and Catedral de Barcelona and one of the oldest tapas bars in the city, Sagardi. So, you're in a good spot, staying here.
All of this vintage feel is pretty affordable starting at €105 ($143) for a room with suites starting at €120 ($164) per night.
[Photos: Rayme Gorniak for HotelChatter]