There’s nothing so-so about Soho House’s Little Beach House, a serene seaside retreat just south of Barcelona. Housed in a low-key 1950s low-rise on the Bay of Garraf – this pint-sized pad combines contemporary coastal cool with buckets (and spades) of seaside nostalgia. The club’s striped mint-hued towels and lounger-side coolers pay homage to the postcard-worthy pastel huts that pepper Garraf’s 350-metre stretch of golden sands. And it’s just as picturesque inside, with milky stucco walls, rustic rattan chairs, statement tiled floors, swatches of sage, mustard and coral, and – much to the delight of their millennial clientele – more potted plants than a greenhouse.
Please note, if you are not a Soho House member, to access this members-only property a 12-month Soho Friends membership will be added to your booking for €140.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from £260.95 (€297), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €5.78 per person per night on check-out.
Rates don’t include breakfast, but continental and à la carte options can be purchased at the club.
A Soho Friends membership (which will be charged to non-member room rates for an additional €140) is a global membership that gives you access to Soho House bedrooms, plus benefits at spas, restaurants, Cowshed, Studios and Soho Home. Please note, Soho Friends membership does not give you direct access to the Club. If you have purchased a Soho Friends membership through Mr & Mrs Smith within the past year, please call our travel team directly to book your Soho Friends member rates. Please note, existing Soho House members should book directly through Soho House as Mr & Mrs Smith cannot offer their membership discount.
The hotel is closed annually from mid-October to April.
At the hotel
Rooftop pool, beach. In rooms: Grind coffee, tea, homemade biscuits, minibar with bottled house cocktails, Soho Skin amenities, full-size Cowshed bath products, smart TV, Marshall Bluetooth speaker, and Roberts radio.
Our favourite rooms
Rooms use palettes of terracotta and mint green alongside custom designed rugs, bespoke ceramic lamps made by a local artist and tapestries by Maryanne Moodie. Small rooms are, as the name suggests, quite cosy, but have everything you need for an indulgent beachside break. If you plan on staying a while, the split-level Beach Studio’s large living room and soaking tub will make you feel right at home – the views of Med from the private terrace aren’t too shabby either.
Dig out your best bathing gear for lazy afternoons sipping, splashing and Soho-schmoozing on the rooftop.
There are a limited number of room types available for wheelchair users, just ask Smith’s travel team when booking.
Welcome, with restrictions; little ones can use the club and beach facilities from 9.30am to 8pm, but aren’t allowed on the rooftop.The Medium Sea View and Beach Studio categories can accommodate rollaways (€50 a night) and cots for free.
It’s reassuring to know that Soho House has a detailed environmental code of practice. Recycling programmes and responsible food-waste management are in full swing at every outpost of the member’s club. Local suppliers are selected for their like-minded responsibility. In the kitchen, there’s scrutiny around how Soho House sources coffee, cocoa and palm oil, as well as sustainable seafood and responsibly reared meat. Expect greater choice of meat-free dishes and seasonal ingredients whenever practical. Measures to assess Soho House’s carbon footprint and reduce emissions are ongoing.
Out on the terrace to see the waves crash at sundown.
The less complicated, the better. Thow on a kaftan and voilà.
Seafood, as you’d expect, is a big deal at the beachside club’s House Kitchen. So big, in fact, that it even has its own fish counter. Go for tapas and salad when you’re feeling light, otherwise their signature all-day paella is a must. You’ll also find a selection of Soho House’s classic comfort fare on the menu; pizzas, burgers and flat-iron chicken fresh from the wood oven.
During the day, soak up the sun and take your afternoon aperitivo on the terrace or sangria on the beach. Guests can choose from three types of sangria spin-offs, though the one made with cava is arguably the most refreshing. Come evening, however, the Club Bar is where it’s at. There are some great Catalan wines to sample, alongside the brand’s signature cocktails, because no Soho House experience is complete without a zingy Picante de la Casa (reposado tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, chilli and coriander).
The club’s House Kitchen and bar are both open from 9am to10.30pm daily.
Sure, order anything from the menu straight to your door between 9am and 10pm.
The hotel is perched on the golden sands of Garraf Bay, about 20 kilometres south of Barcelona and just a 10-minute drive from Stiges' buzzy bars and beaches.
Barcelona Airport is a 20-minute drive away with flights arriving from the UK, Europe, USA and Asia. From here, a taxi is around €50.
Garraf station is just a few hundred metres from Little Beach House and can get you to central Barcelona in 30 minutes.
Barcelona is a city with well-connected public transport, so you’re unlikely to need a car. If you plan on straying further afield though, rent wheels at the airport. There's private parking just up the road from the club at Aparcament Puerto de Garraf.
Worth getting out of bed for
Garraf is spoiled for parks. Its namesake Garraf Park, is home to plenty of palms, old farmhouses, the former hunting grounds of the noble Güell family and a Buddhist monastery, Palau Novella, to boot. Take a tour and learn about eastern philosophy, meditation or the monastery’s sacred collection of objects from the monks who live there. When you’re sufficiently Zen, take a cultural stroll through Olèrdola, 600-acres of Aleppo pine forest and Mediterranean maquis crowned by an ancient walled settlement where Iberian, Roman and mediaeval remains can still be found. Among them, you’ll find the 10th-century Olèrdola castle and the Romanesque hilltop Church of Sant Miquel. Penedès’ Foix Park also boasts a mediaeval hamlet, picturesque reservoir and another rather striking old castle. Follow the banks of the river and when the kids get tired, Joc del Foix is an excellent way to revive their enthusiasm, an online game that has you solving riddles en route. Plus, purchase of the game comes with free entry to Caves Rovellats and Caves Romagosa Torné wine cellars, so adults – there’s a reward for you in there, too. The neighbouring municipality of Sant Pere de Ribes makes for another interesting amble, especially the old quarter, where ostentatious ‘Indian’ houses (Indians referring Spaniards who made their fortune in the New World) line the streets. Speaking of fortunes, no expense has been spared at Stiges’ Museu Romàntic Can Llopis, a salmon pink palazzo where visitors can cosplay as wealthy 19th-century landowners. As well as the usual Neoclassical pomp to be expected in these kinds of lodgings, you’ll find a curious collection of dolls and toys on the second floor and a wide collection of Pau Rigalt works on the first. Stick around into the evening to experience Catalunya’s LGBTQ hotspot at its booty-shaking best.
For dinner with a view, you can’t do much better than La Cúpula, a local favourite perched on the rocks of Garraf Bay with front-row seats to the Med. Come here for plentiful plates of paella, and fresh-from-the-boat seafood. Over in Sitges, NEM puts a modern spin on traditional Catalan fare with seasonal sharing plates that change each week – cod and chickpea curry with grapes, nigella seeds and coconut, for example, or dorada sashimi with cilantro, lime, sweet potato and chilli. Their only two evergreen dishes are not to miss; pair your seasonal bites with the Nem, a chunky spring roll served in a nest of lettuce and mint leaves, and patatas bravas slathered in spicy aioli. And if it’s toe-in-sand tapas you're after, El Chiringuito is right on your doorstep and perfect for no-fuss pickings as the sunset bathes the bay.
If caffeine’s your thing – or bikes, for that matter – Sitges-based Volo Café is worth the five-minute drive along the coast. This industrial-chic spot on the edge of town specialises in artisan roasts, trendy brunches and e-bike rentals. Take a 30-minute spin up to Sant Pere de Ribes then reward yourself with a smoked-salmon bagel, slice of salted-caramel chocolate cake or a hearty pile of French toast served with free-range eggs, maple syrup, caramelised walnuts and seasonal fruits.
Fashion, art, music and hella good cocktails? Find it all at Radio Rooftop. Located on the eighth floor, this open-air lounge boasts unparalleled views of the town, and come weekends, provides a live soundtrack of balearic beats to bop to. Closer to home, KM Pause is a secret spot hidden along the coast between Garraf beach and Sitges. Expect a more relaxed vibe here; rustic beach huts, live acoustic sets, upcycled wooden tables and seafood snacks cooked up en plein air from a fishing boat-turned-grill.
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 beachside hotel on the bay of Garraf and unpacked their sand-dusted flip-flops and trusty sun hats, a full account of their quaint Catalan break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Little Beach House in Barcelona…
In the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it village of Garraf, Little Beach House is making waves with Catalunya’s cool crowd. Throughout this low-slung shoreside pad, you’ll find busy Barcelonians seeking refuge from the city, or açai-munching millennials making a splash along the 350-metre stretch of Garraf’s golden sands. A former 1950s seaside hotel, the club has retained some of that retro nostalgia, playing it up in places with candy-striped towels and fringed parasols, mint-hued terrazzo floors, and analog-looking Marshall speakers and Roberts radios in rooms. And it remains faithful to Soho House’s signature style – a pick ‘n’ mix of time periods, textures and tones. Though rooms tend toward the smaller side, many of them look directly out to sea, each with terracotta-tiled bathrooms, and open shelving filled with design books, handmade ceramics and potted plants. The club’s House Kitchen restaurant is an ode to Spanish seafood, with a pitch-perfect all-day paella alongside Soho House’s classic comfort food. Take tapas in one of the lounge’s stylish nooks, where the feel is more Miami Beach than Garraf, or take sangria on the terrace as the waves crash along the shore below.