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Room Mate Carla 3.5

Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

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Pros

  • Design-conscious modern hotel with boutique-vibe
  • Central location In the heart of the Eixample
  • Funky minimalist modern rooms with bright pops of color
  • Rooms include flat-screen TVs, rainfall showers, and minibars
  • Some upgraded rooms have balconies or spacious terraces
  • Low-key lobby bar with lots of lounge space
  • Breakfast buffet served in trendy green room (extra fee)
  • Chic courtyard with outdoor seating
  • Modern meeting and event rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • No full-service restaurant or room service
  • No wellness facilities (no gym, spa, or pool)
  • Breakfast costs an extra fee

Bottom Line

With a 19th century facade, stunning interior design, chic rooms, and a hard-to-beat location in Eixample, the upper-middle-range Room Mate Carla is a pretty solid choice. A lack of amenities do take things down a notch -- there's no full-service restaurant or wellness facilities, for example -- though there is a lobby bar, small but chic courtyard, and a nice breakfast buffet served until late. The 88 rooms are trendy, too, pairing minimalistic white furniture with bright, retro pops of color. Amenities include rainfall showers, flat-screen TVs, generously stocked minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Travelers could also comparison shop with Room Mate Anna, the hotel group's flagship property in Paseo de Gracia, which adds extras like antique details, a rooftop pool, and sauna. 

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Scene

Cool, design-conscious modern hotel with boutique vibes

Room Mate Carla's classic 19th century facade is a striking contrast to its modern, cosmopolitan interior. The hotel underwent a major transformation when it got a total renovation and picked up a new name as a part of the design-conscious Room Mate chain. In the lobby, dark blue walls and carpeting pair with modern blue upholstered chairs, high ceilings, and angular modern wall accents and furnishings in white. The breakfast room is has bright green molded plastic walls and moody lighting, while rooms are minimalist white with pops of color in the form 60s-inspired mod wallpaper accents and rugs. While this property doesn't have all the amenities guests might expect from a higher-end hotel, the trendy style and exceptional location are enough to attract lots of tourists and occasionally business travelers.

Location

In the heart of the Eixample near Modernist masterpieces

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This property is centrally located in the Eixample neighborhood, one of the most elegant areas in central Barcelona. The hotel's street, the tree-lined Calle Mallorca, comes out onto beautiful Passeig de Gracia (five-minute walk), where the most relevant Modernist buildings are. Casa Mila (also known as La Pedrera) and Casa Batllo, some of Gaudi's most famous works, are less than a 10-minute walk, and Sagrada Familia is a 13-minute walk. Plaza Catalunya, a picturesque city square, and the tree-lined promenade La Rambla can be reached in 20 minutes or less on foot. For sights farther out, several buses are in easy walking distance and the Barcelona-Passeig de Gracia train station is an eight-minute walk. Barcelona–El Prat Airport is about an hour away via public transit.

Rooms

Minimalist modern rooms with bright pops of color and modern amenities 

Rooms at Room Mate Carla are somewhat calmer than common area decor but still feel fresh and modern. White walls and furniture pair with wood floors, while bright pops of color and 60s Mod-inspired rugs and wallpaper (which sometimes extends onto the ceiling above the bed) add flair. Bathrooms are modern with stone gray tiling, basin sinks, free toiletries, and walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads (upgraded rooms might have baths) -- but they don't always have a door. 

Entry-level Basic Rooms are fairly small -- just over 170 square feet and half the size of the some of the more spacious Executive Rooms. All rooms include flat-screen TVs, electronic safes, free Wi-Fi, and generously stocked minibars, but there's not always coffee/tea supplies. Rooms are mostly doubles, but Triple Rooms are also available, and the suite is luxurious with molded ceilings and French doors. Upgraded rooms might add balconies, private terraces, and other extras.

Features

Lobby bar and breakfast buffet -- but extra property features are limited

The hotel lacks some amenities guest might expect from a high-end property -- there are no wellness facilities or full-service restaurant -- though the hotel is located close to plenty of restaurants and cafes. The reception area extends into a low-key lobby bar that also serves as a lounge space. Other common areas include small but stylish outdoor courtyard with a wood patio and umbrellaed seating and a few meeting rooms. A daily breakfast buffet, which has a nice array of hot and cold options, is served in a cool green room. While breakfast is not included in the room rate, guests tend to agree it's reasonably priced and note that it's served until late. There is no room service. The front desk is open 24 hours, and staff can assist with luggage storage, laundry service, and ticket assistance. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

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Things You Should Know About Room Mate Carla

Address

Mallorca 288, Barcelona, Province of Barcelona 08037, Spain

Phone

3 (493) 476-3396

Also Known As

  • 987 Barcelona Hotel

Room Types

  • Double Room
  • Suite

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