Hotel interiors can sometimes be fairly generic and look like cardboard cut outs of one another. They can lack creativity and thought and are therefore completely uninspiring and drab. Other times hotels are decorated in a unique and possibly quirky way but they have no direction and end up getting it all wrong.
But other times they get it so, so right.
Last month in Barcelona I visited Ofelias Hotel courtesy of ByHours and felt completely at home and at peace as soon as I stepped in the door. Designed by Lázaro Rosa Violán it’s effortlessly beautiful without being over the top; think the brilliance of Firmdale but with a chilled California beach vibe and less going on design wise. I was only there for a couple of hours between checking out of one hotel and catching a flight so can’t comment on the overnight stay but I can comment on the décor, rooms and the pool, so here it is.
The common areas of the hotel are a really unique mix of classic country and modern flair with the cosy lounge area, big paintings and extravagant light fittings all blending seamlessly with the very different design of the bedrooms. Mixing styles is hard to pull off especially when they’re in such close proximity to one another but at Ofelias it’s done to perfection.
The white walls, bed sheets, furniture and tiles create a really fresh clean look while the brown wooden floors bring a bit of colour to the room ensuring it’s not washed out and bland. The shower and bathroom are pretty open plan which I’m not mad on but it fits in with the overall chilled look of the room and makes it feel like a spacious beach hut rather than a hotel.
The room had a really beautiful terrace ideal for sitting in the sun and reading or reflecting on the day. It was the perfect balance of authentic and modern Barcelona mixing the old brick wall with the new deck and furniture while the potted plants and the foliage brought some colour making it a really relaxed and enjoyable place to be.
The pool on the roof is small but again, really clean and chilled. With only three sunbeds there isn’t room for a big group of people but luckily I got there while there was still space so I stretched out for a few last Spanish rays before flying back to London. I love the greenery around the edge of the roof as it makes the whole area feel quite private and secluded.
I left the hotel feeling rejuvenated and filled with good energy which is pretty rare when you’re on the go, but having since researched Ofelias Hotel I’ve discovered they’re all for slow travel. Without anyone saying it upon check in or there being a note in the room mentioning it I experienced what they set out to do. Which I think says a lot. I don’t know if it was the décor or the pool or the deck or something else completely, but whatever it was it worked. And I loved it.
(I was a guest of ByHours.com at Ofelias Hotel)