Q: What is it? A: A modern hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant and a nightclub and a rooftop pool and a bit of noise and a bit of an attitude.
They sure tried to make it look modern.
The façade looks pretty office-like but the design is kind of smart, allowing guests to some privacy. The interior design goes from inviting to downright hostile. No coziness points are collected for the front desk area where bell boys are dressed in long, grey laboratory coats, (one of them look like the scientist in the Basement Jaxx video for the song “Where’s Your Heat At?”). The restaurant area is way more inviting, thank God. In the room there’s a glossy room divider in white that doubles as closet with a built-in flat screen TV. Some say the blond wood strikes a Scandinavian chord. Maybe that is why the place fails to make an impression. Too much IKEA de luxe for my liking. Too little warmth.
There are reasons for staying here, though.
The location is excellent. For shopaholics, the Passeig de Gràcia is only a stone’s throw away. Tourists will have a mere three-minute walk to Gaudí’s Casa Milà. The place also feels rather cool. This also goes for the nightclub, Omm Sessions. The only problem is that the club attracts quite a crowd and it opens at 23:30 and closes at 3:30. On the hotel webpage they claim it to be a sound proof venue. Not true, (Sundays to Tuesdays are less of a problem as the club is then closed). The Grupo Tragaluz that operates the hotel first established themselves as restaurateurs in Barcelona. Consequently, eating and clubbing will beat the crap out of resting any day, (or night). The hotel’s restaurant Moo has a Michelin star and the sommelier has won numerous awards.
Conclusion: I’ll come again.
Come here for the right reasons and you will be a happy guest. The next time I will book myself a rear-facing room, as they are said to be more quiet. A few of those rooms also have their own private terraces. The next time I’ll also make better use of the rooftop pool. The Hotel Omm may not be the most cosy place in Barça but it sure has it’s advantages. Among them a superb breakfast.
Barcelona, ES 08008