In a city full of hotels that appeal to the tourist horde, Casa Bonay kept its eye firmly on the locals. It’s a place that has its priorities right. When they restored the 1869 building, they meticulously preserved the mosaics they uncovered. Local designers, like Santa & Cole did the lighting, while AOO made the bespoke furniture. And rooms come with all manner of thoughtful amenities, from yoga mats to the option to stream movies from MUBI.
Speaking of rooms, much like the rest of Casa Bonay, they’ve been designed impeccably – sleek and simple at first glance, but luxurious when you look closer. The bath products are natural and homemade by Las Lilas. Walls are whitewashed brick, or bisected with luxe natural fabric. And private sundecks look out over the Eixample neighbourhood. There’s a sense of comfort here that speaks to that leaning towards a home away from home – whether you are indeed a Barcelona native, or just stopping by for a night or two in the city.
It’s the same with the on-site bar, which draws punters from within Casa Bonay’s walls and further afield. The aptly-named Libertine is open week-round, serving coffee, cocktails and tapas, depending on the time of day. The decor in the high-ceilinged, dark green space is part aristocratic salon, with just a hint of jungle fever (think: comfy velvet couches and bamboo chairs). Moving over to Elephant, Crocodile, Monkey – Casa Bonay’s Southeast Asian restaurant – and you can tuck into Chef Estanislao Carenzo’s moreish menu, featuring everything from tom yum soup (with local prawns) to sweet banana spring rolls with cane syrup and milk ice cream.
During the warmer months, those in the know head up to Casa Bonay’s rooftop where the seasonal restaurant serves up summer barbecue and tapas with, again, decidedly jungle vibes. But for year-round sustenance, Satan’s Coffee corner serves strong coffee and light bites that are perfect for giving you that get-up-and-go you need to tackle the urban jungle just beyond Casa Bonay’s elegant doors.