Barcelona, Spain

Casa Bonay

Rates per night from$82.34

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR72.82), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Hip-hip Bonay

Setting

Industrialist’s former abode

Housed in an immaculately restored 19th-century residence in a leafy central Barcelona neighbourhood, boutique hotel Casa Bonay calls out ‘Mi casa es su casa’ from its core (and its quirky welcome mats). The bright rooms have original features – mosaic-tiled floors, marble bath tubs and soaring ceilings. Up on the rooftop there’s a pool and twin terraces, and the cinematically moody tapas bar Libertine buzzes with creative energy from breakfast until the early morning hours. In-house Catalan baristas Satan’s Coffee Corner provide the caffeine, and indie publishers Lino have set up a bijou boutique near the check-in desk.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A drink each at Libertine; GoldSmiths will also get an in-room bottle of wine

Facilities

Photos Casa Bonay facilities

Need to know

Rooms

67, including eight suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $82.34 (€73), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.21 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfasts of pastries, hams, cheeses, yoghurts, granola, juices and coffee.

Also

There are three shops at the hotel: micro bookstore Lino, where you’ll find one-off secondhand classics and handpicked newer titles, jazzy shirtmakers Batabasta, and the Casa Bonay Shop, which is stocked with products designed exclusively for the hotel.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, a trio of boutiques, bikes to borrow. In rooms: a minibar, free tea and water, yoga kit, Malin+Goetz bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Most rooms have mosaic-tiled floors (terracotta on the top floor), tall ceilings and floods of natural light. Spring for a room with a terrace for private outdoor space – the Courtyard Large Terrace rooms have sunloungers, alfresco showers and a photogenic, greenery-filled entrance corridor.

Packing tips

Pack your sturdiest sandals and your beachy rooftop-bar best in a vintage suitcase that would make Wes Anderson proud.

Also

Some Passage rooms on the ground floor are wheelchair accessible.

Pet‐friendly

Jetsetting pups can stay for €20 a night. See more pet-friendly hotels in Barcelona.

Children

Welcome, and babysitting is available for €30 an hour. We think Bonay is a best for Smiths who are old enough to drink coffee and cocktails, though.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel recycles, uses eco-friendly cleaning and lights the way with energy-efficient bulbs.

Food and Drink

Photos Casa Bonay food and drink

Top Table

Book a table on the rooftop bar’s bench or counters at sunset for a view of the glowing cityscape. In Libertine, set your sights on one of those leather sofas for leisurely drinks.

Dress Code

Dress in black and add pops of vibrant colour with snazzy earrings, a statement necklace or richly hued shoes and you’ll fit right in with the creative local crowd.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Estanislao Carenzo dreams up Mediterranean cuisine with an Asian twist for brick-walled restaurant Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey. Order piping hot dishes of dumplings or Thai tom yum soup with prawns from Palamós. Rooftop eatery Chiringuito is inspired by Ibizan beach huts; the menu focuses on barbecue favourites in the summer and serves tapas year round. Try the grilled Iberico pork, topped with too-good barbecue sauce, or the braised aubergine. And to drink? Spanish wines and ice-cold cocktails, of course. Barista extraordinaire Marcos is meticulous, and his attention to detail shows in café Satan’s Coffee Corner on the hotel’s ground floor – with coffee this good, you’ll be humming ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ before you’ve finished your first cup. Single origin coffees and freshly baked pastries can be ordered from this vine-strung café throughout the day; it's also the force behind the hotel’s daily breakfasts. The Japanese-style breakfasts – egg flan with coffee syrup and bowls of endive kimchi rice rice and poached eggs – are particularly good. 

Hotel bar

Tapas bar Libertine is the heart of the emerald-hued communal area; it’s a favourite with locals too, and you’re likely to spot Barcelona creatives working away against a backdrop of industrial columns, oversized bronze-framed mirrors, leather sofas and rattan seating. Order ginger beer cocktails, Mediterranean wines, rich coffees and Tetere teas. DJs and live music sets liven up the evenings (take a browse of their enviable vinyl collection). Snacks and light bites are available until late, so you’ll never have to wait long for your charcoal-grilled sardine, white bean hummus or cheese board fix. There are larger plates too – Cuban-style fried eggs over rice and marinated pork sandwiches – and food can be delivered to the rooftop terrace

Last orders

Breakfast is served in Libertine from 7am to noon. Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey is open from noon to 11pm (dinner’s from 8pm to 10.30pm) and Chiringuito is open from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Libertine’s open 24 hours.

Room service

Sandwiches, tapas plates and salads can be delivered to your door whenever you’d like, and your in-room minibar is stocked with drinks, sweets, Catalan savoury snacks and surprises.

Location

Photos Casa Bonay location
Address
Casa Bonay
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 700
Barcelona
08010
Spain

Planes

Barcelona–El Prat Airport is 30 minutes away by car; hotel transfers can be arranged from €90 each way.

Trains

The high-speed service from Madrid will get you to Barcelona’s Sants station – four kilometres from the hotel – in under three hours. Other services from across the country and throughout the continent (including TGV trains from Paris) regularly pull into the station, too.

Automobiles

Parking’s available for €20 a night, but spaces are limited and you won’t need a car to make your way around the city.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you feel like staying in, you won’t be bored. You can lounge around Libertine like a local creative, browse the bijou bookshop and discover your new favourite author…  or just catch some sun while floating in the rooftop pool or relaxing on your private terrace. 
Beyond the hotel, the nearby El Born neighbourhood is home to trendy bars and eateries; or, wander around vibrant, once-industrial seafront El Poblenou neighbourhood – the latter has an arty edge and is home to Barcelona’s Design Museum and Palo Alto market – a mix of street-food vans and stalls selling fashion and homeware by independent local makers. Fancy a spot of shopping? Ditch Mango and browse the racks at The Outpost for fashion-forward pieces, or pick up bold enamel earrings at Après Ski.
La Sagrada Familia is a 15-minute walk north, and Barcelona’s beaches are a 15-minute stroll southeast. Active types can practice their balancing skills on Casa Bonay paddle boards at Club Patí Vela beach club, or borrow bikes from the hotel and cycle to whimsical Park Güell

 

 

Local restaurants

Wander over to El Poblenou for brunch at Can Dende and order fried green tomatoes and fluffy pancakes. Waffle over ordering waffle fries (you don’t need need them, but you are on holiday), and tip back mason jars filled with pink lemonade or spicy Bloody Marys. Or, snack your way through street food trucks and pop-up stalls at Van Van Market – there are sweet-filled crêpes on offer, as well as impressively stacked burgers and flaky baked goods. For seaside paellas, fresh-from-the-waves fish and crispy fried octopus, there’s boho beach shack Barraca, a bright lunch spot with Scandi-style wooden tables, seaglass-blue-and-green glasses and large picture windows that frame the views of Sant Sebastià beach. Beachfront Kaiku looks out over sandy Barceloneta beach and dishes out tempting tapas plates, including Andalusian-style fried squid with lemon, tempura sea anemones and razor shell with Iberian bacon. The sizeable seafood paellas will feed two or more saltwater-earned appetites. Book ahead for a glammed-up evening meal at ABaC; splash out on a decadent tasting menu, which include black grouper with romesco sauce, lamb chops with apricot confit and frozen cream marshmallows with green strawberries.

 

Local bars

What teeny tiny cocktail bar 33 by Santi Ortiz lacks in size, it makes up for in style and flavour. Once inside the bar’s blink-and-you’d-miss it door, you’ll be greeted with a cocktail before having a heart-to-heart with the skilled mixologist, who will craft a concoction to suit your taste. If you need a fresh angle on the Barcelona skyline, make your way to the stylish rooftop bars at Yurbban Trafalgar or Yurbban Passage for sweeping sea- and city-views with your citrusy cocktails and Spanish wines.

Reviews

Photos Casa Bonay reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Spain and unpacked their hand-picked hardbacks and colourful printed shirts from Batabasta , a full account of their Spanish city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Bonay in Barcelona…

Stepping up to Casa Bonay, you feel like you’re part of the neighbourhood: its sweeping staircase entrance mirrors that of the area’s other 19th-century residences, and a cool clutch of creative types lounge about in the boutique hotel’s stylish lobby. Once you venture further inside, you’ll find the characterful rooms have soaring ceilings, reclaimed mosaic-tiled floors, pillow-topped beds and views of the leafy city surrounds. Ditch your luggage, then head up to soak in the Spanish sun while floating in the rooftop pool, or stroll to nearby Barceloneta beach for a bracing dip in the waves. Then once evening comes, turn to the mod-Asian eatery or all-night bar-slash-lounge Libertine, where local Djs and live music play into the early morning hours. Don’t worry if you’re tired as the dickens the next morning; in-house café Satan’s Coffee Corner has you covered with rich coffees, flakey pastries and soul-restoring Japanese-style breakfasts – all served in theatrically photogenic Libertine.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Casa Bonay’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff were great. Helpful and friendly. Rooms were much bigger than typical boutique type rooms. Showers were powerful and large. Full size toiletries so no need to take anything. Lovely breakfast. Great location.

Don’t expect

Spa or pool but do go to lovely roof top area.

Rating

Stayed on 6 Nov 2018