Casa Bonay was most definitely the cherry on top to our stay in Barcelona. A 19th Century Town house which has been restored and transformed into a 67 roomed, small, quirky and very beautiful boutique hotel. With a modernist Catalan style, think beautiful restored and traditional tiled floors, funky wall paper, cactus filled balconies over looking the gardens of residence of Barcelona, plants of every size and shape filling stairwells and hallways, it was plant galore. So very bohemian, so very stylish, and so very, very welcoming!
Situated in the in the modernist Dreta de l’Eixample district, just a stone’s throw away from the very cool El Born area, and near to lots of the top of the list places to see in Barcelona , for example, Parc de la Ciutadella, Picasso Museum and the Gothic Quater, it is in a perfect location. I don’t mind jumping on public transport in the day or walking for miles on end but in the evening I love just being able to have a little stroll to dinner, Casa Bonay was perfect for this. You can also borrow bikes and see the city on wheels and it is also only a 20 minute stroll to the beach. In the Summer you can even borrow the hotel’s boat or jump on a paddle board, something we will have to go back to do.
We opted for a Courtyard Mini room, right up on the highest level floor, which although was small and minimal and compact, we had everything we needed. The bed was super comfy and the shower with gorgeous Malin+Goetz products that were amazing. The best part for me was our little terrace, complete with a cactus hurrah! With views out to the Barcelona skyline, and at night featured the prettiest pink sky and in the morning it allowed the natural sun light to pour in to the room and bounce off the terra cotta floor….
At the top of the house sits the most beautiful terrace, garden goals for sure, surround yourself with beautifully scented lavender, on a sun bed under the orchard, looking out to the city, the most perfect, quiet and calm sun trap. Over the Summer the Terrace restaurant Chiringuito opens, a beach shack style rooftop hangout, where you can feast on BBQ’s and Tapas, unfortunately we were a little to early for this, but I could happily see myself sipping on a cocktail after a day of sight seeing in the city.
So although the rooftop terrace was out of bounds, not all was at a loss as we happily took our pre dinner cocktails in the Libertine bar, which was was just as welcoming for coffee the next morning. With DJ’s doing their thing, huge comfy sofas, all under the stunning hanging chandeliers, dark and decadent but not at all intimidating and very welcoming. Fab cocktails and the perfect place to watch the locals and their friends gather and for me to work out how to become as darn cool and effortlessly beautiful as they were……
…..And still after all this the real heart of Casa Bonay were the incredibly welcoming and friendly staff, Mari really made our stay, so very friendly, consistently helping us and giving us tips on places to eat and see, (all of which I spoke about in my previous Barcelona post) never tiring of my husband’s bad Spanish and perhaps even worse his jokes! I wonder if we would have had half a good a time, if we hadn’t have met her, so we thank you Mari for your warmth and generosity, and excellent tips on the city.
Casa Bonay is in absolute synthesis with the vibrant, historic, cool and bohemian feel of Barcelona, a seamless link between city and home and I could not think of a more perfect place to stay. I would return to Casa Bonay in a heartbeat…. and I hope to do so again and again and again!
Thank you for reading x