Need to know
14 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
10am, but flexible, depending on availability. Check-in is from 2pm; late arrivals can be arranged with prior warning for €30 (after 9pm) or €50 (after midnight.
Double rooms from $153.23 (€141), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €0.72 per person per night on check-in.
Rates don't include the €66 fee for final cleaning – this must be paid on arrival. DestinationBCN does not offer breakfast.
Don't be too alarmed if you exit the lift on the wrong floor and find yourself in an office – impenetrable planning regulations require one floor of the building remains office space. Still, it's handy if you need to send a fax or make photocopies...
At the hotel
Gardens, courtyard, access to the music library, free WiFi throughout. In room: flatscreen TV with satellite, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, kitchenette with washer-dryer, dishwasher, oven and grill. Riva has a USB drive loaded with films too.
Our favourite rooms
The Paso Doble suite on the fourth floor exudes stylish comfort: designed in dark, chocolatey shades with rustic hardwood furnishings and exposed brick walls. There’s a generous living space with a floor-to-ceiling bay window giving great views of the Barcelona backstreets. The two bedrooms are huge and each has its own private French balcony.
Pack some loose white linens and designer shades – you’ll want to stay comfy during those sultry summer afternoons. But leave enough room for some market-stall souvenirs.
Housekeeping and catering services are available should you want to devote more time to, well, not doing that. Just call on the concierge.
Welcome. Cots for babies are €7 a night, and extra beds can be added to some apartments for older kids (€35 a night ). Apartment Principal is the best option for families – it can sleep up to six, with two on fold-out beds.