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Casa Bella Gràcia

Eco-friendly boutique hotel

By Brian Gallagher 02.06.14

An automated self-service hotel with no reception, no check-in or check-out situated right in the centre of Barcelona. The web and mobile phones have revolutionised almost every business sector, now here in Barcelona this latest initiative in the hotel sector uses precisely these technologies to provide an anonymous hotel experience that works via codes and e-mailed information. This eco-boutique hotel is located in Gràcia one of the city’s most charming residential areas which as well as being close to almost everything that a visitor could wish for is also worth exploring in its own right. A detailed booking e-mail gives a comprehensive list of the best eateries and shops in the immediate area.

This small establishment is the brainchild of a local couple Jaume Tomàs and María José Villamediana who had no experience in the hotel sector and therefore no preconceived ideas. There are 12 rooms in total, although automated there is a 24 hour back-up service either by free-phone from the rooms, e-mail or mobile. The building is environmentally conscious with water saving devices, sustainable building materials, energy efficiency and LED lighting throughout. This approach allows for a competitive pricing cutting down on overheads. There are 5 room categories that range from family suites to economical double rooms. All are provided with natural day light and open onto either the lushly planted internal courtyard, or overlook the street with discreet balconies. Accommodating between 2 and 6 depending on the room they are a great option for couples or family trips. Security issues are resolved by double security doors with personal codes and CCTV throughout.

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    View of the Superior Double room

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    The rooftop terrace of Casa Bella Gràcia in Barcelona, a green oasis

    The hotel design is modern and contemporary standing out amongst its neighbours in the otherwise very historic and residential neighbourhood and includes a subtle reference to the city’s modernisme (art nouveau) period. The palette of materials throughout public and private spaces include oak, bamboo and corten steel. All rooms are well organised, from the smallest (13 sq.m.) to the largest (34 sq.m.) the layout is optimum, the superior family suite is a duplex space with potentially three doubles beds. The planted roof terrace is particularly worth investigating, a shared space open to guests during daylight hours which is an oasis of green just a few floors over the hustle and bustle of Gràcia.

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    The facade of the eco-sustainable hotel

  • View of the Economic Double type room

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    View of the Superior Family Suite type room

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    View of the duplex type room Superior Family Suite

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    View of the Superior Double type room

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    The communal spaces are bright and desigfned in a modern style

  • The clients are provided with codes to access the hotel and their rooms

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