Sometimes a hotel is love at first sight, at other times it creeps up on you during your stay. For me Soho House was definitely the later.
On arrival, I liked the hotel, but I wasn’t in love with it. Our bathroom, whilst adorned with cowshed products had tiles that were reminiscent of a 1940’s public toilet and the 70s floral chairs and curtains splashed throughout the hotel looked like they could have been nicked from my Grans house and the pool whilst gloriously warm was too narrow and shallow to even swim a length.
Yet despite the above, by the end of our stay we were raving about it. In fact, we liked it so much we cancelled our flight home and decided to stay an extra night and both agreed it was one of our favourite hotels we had ever stayed in (we also love Little Good Harbour, Barbados and Chewton Glen, England)
Why? Quite simply, Soho House has as usual thought of everything. So, here is my extensive list of everything I loved at Soho House Barcelona.
Located on the edge of the gothic quarter, overlooking the harbour and a two-minute walk from Las Ramblas, it is undeniably an exceptional location.
Smart avocado panelling, a giant king size bed (complete with hypos mattress) and a mini bar of dreams.
It was very tempting to wrap up in the giant fluffy dressing gown provided and stay in the room all weekend devouring the free cookies and working our way through the mini bar which includes everything from Patron to Negroni mix, fresh citrus fruits to garnish and crystal glasses to serve.
The bedrooms are helpfully labelled from Tiny upwards to you know exactly what you’re getting.
The Cowshed Products
Our bedroom was laden with every cowshed product under the sun. Lazy cow, the bollocks, quinoa moisture, body scrub or bath oil. Try them all.
The Little Details
They had thought of all the essentials you might need. Charger and converters – tick. Hot water bottle – tick. Teapot, teacups and cookies – tick. Roberts radio, hair dryer, hair straightener, earplugs – it’s all there.
Fancy a drink whilst getting ready for dinner? No problem! Between 6 and 8pm a cocktail trolly goes round the rooms offering to make you a cocktail there and then in the comfort of your room.
The Roof Terrance
An epic roof Terrance full of lanterns, plants, throws and of course the soho house red and white stripped sun beds. We braved the pool but in December it was a tad chilly. Great panoramic views to enjoy the sunset and the perfect place for breakfast.
Indoor and outdoor pool, private cinema room with plush velvet chairs, gym, spa and sauna. Whilst the pools are small, you would be hard pressed to find a small, boutique hotel with better facilities than here.
The fact that it is not a hotel
The fact that Soho House is a members club first and hotel second means that the communal areas which are so often dead and devoid of atmosphere in hotels we busy, buzzing and full of life. It meant that if you were tired after a day of sightseeing, you could happily relax in the hotel without feeling a need to go out – even on a Sunday or Monday night when most hotels would be dead.
The food and drink
Every meal we ate there was delicious and some of the best food we had in Barcelona. We had to force ourselves to venture out and eat at local restaurants as we would happily have tried everything on the menu. The tapas and breakfast are especially good.
What a relief to stay somewhere that wasn’t Scandi stripped back and that had real personality. A few elements weren’t to our taste but overall we loved it. We loved the spikey lamps, the green glass jars dotted around, the black terrace lanterns and the dark leather restaurant bar.
If we had the cash to splash, we almost certainly would have indulged in some Soho Home shopping.
The service we had throughout was exceptional. Restaurant staff knew the menu and wine list inside out, the staff on reception recommended delicious and non-touristy local restaurants and there was an informal, friendliness that we really liked.
When I asked to swap an ingredient in one of the dishes, I was told with complete seriousness “anything is possible”.
The Free Photobooth
Very handy if you’ve just got engaged and have yet to master selfies.
As with other Soho House clubs, there are plenty of jars of free sweets in the living room if you need a little pick me up.
The coolness factor
It is undoubtedly a cool place to hang out. Where else on arrival would you be given water in a recyclable carton container rather than a bottle?
From the casual but smart uniforms, the polite but informal staff, the no photos policy to protect the privacy of the guests, to the speed of service – it all feels very slick. Every detail has been meticulously thought through to maintain their cool reputation.
Remember, you don’t have to be a member to stay but you will need to follow the member’s rules once thereof no suits and not being on your phone in public areas.
Would we return? Absolutely, it is the perfect place for a long weekend.