Embracing the unknown – Hotel Brummell, Barcelona…

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Booking Hotel Brummell was a risk, stepping off of the plane in an unknown City, it could easily have been a turkey.  But after viewing it on the Booking.com app I could tell it had the potential of being something really great, I wasn’t wrong.

Located in the Poble Sec region of Barcelona, a leafy neighbourhood with tree lined streets and balconies that dripped plants and washing.  Kids playing football in the street, and people walking their dogs.  Not a ‘I heart Barcelona’ hat anywhere in sight.  Poble Sec has fast grown, over the recent years, from a homely neighbourhood to a hipster hangout, with bars, art galleries, design studios and craft brewery.  I knew immediately this was the place for me, a non-touristy side of Barcelona.

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Hotel Brummell was love at first sight.  Arriving by taxi, extremely hot and a little travel weary, I walked into the fan cooled foyer.  Cool concrete on the floor and unique art hung on the walls. Designer lighting and Tom Dixon furniture gave me clues that this space was unique. If it wasn’t for the rows of tables set up for breakfast I would have thought I had stepped into a gallery space / shop.

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But no, this was my hotel, and what a place it was.  Large potted house plants filled corners, whilst rough hewed pots and terracotta bricks lead the way out into the courtyard.  Everywhere I looked I fell more and more in love.  What a find!  Booking.com has surpassed itself.

9 8 7The kitchen, The Box Social, situated off the courtyard, served delicious bistro style food.  Such was the layout that it felt we were in someone’s lovely home, the kitchen area all open to the guests.

The courtyard was a much needed cool relief from the sweltering 31 degree heat, I sat there drinking a glass of freshly squeezed juices and soaked up my surroundings.  The courtyard was glorious!  Painted in a dense blue black which seemed to cool yet cosy the space.  In the centre was a little water feature and tables with marble tops and white wire chairs around the sides.  Big ferns and cheese plants in large pots gave it a tropical air, while two huge rough wood doors propped against the walls gave it a rustic quality against all of the modern concrete and copper.

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Up a short flight of stairs was the outside deck and splash pool.  Last night, after being out for dinner, I sat in the dark on that deck and swam under the stars.  It was bliss.

Hotel Brummell is a wonderful change to the usual Barcelona hotel. Beautiful, design led and thoughtfully laid out.  I could have stayed there forever!  If you are looking for somewhere a little different, embrace this sleepy but cool neighbourhood, you won’t regret it.

I was invited to travel spontaneously this weekend with Bookings.com and Time Out London.