Margot House | A Hidden Jewel In The Center Of Barcelona
“Margot House is a distinctive boutique hotel where the main premise lies in making the guest feel like at home.”
Yet situated amidst the crowded center of Barcelona, there is no evidence when walking by Passeig de Gracia nº46, that right there hides one of the most singular hotels of the city. Located on the first floor of a condominium which is set up between two other buildings, the hotel is privilegedly facing the famous and beautiful Casa Batlló. Margot House is a distinctive boutique hotel where the main premise lies in making the guest “feel like at home”.
A small label on the doorbell of the main entrance proves that we are in the right place. Welcome to Margot House! -a hidden jewel yet situated in the center of the city- Arriving at Margot is a synonym of arriving to your home, your home in Barcelona. At least that’s how it feels from the moment you enter the building. Walking across the main hall and receiving a warm welcome from the doorman, just like if you were part of the community, sets up the start of the experience.
After stepping in Margot one dives into a wave of calm, as an influence of the so much idolized Scandinavian Design can be appreciated. The light is tenuous and spreads along the warmth and serenity of the wood, which is present throughout the space in all its expressions: flooring, furniture, and decor.
“I can not imagine leaving Margot House without spoiling myself with one souvenir Made in Margot House.”
On the way to the big lounge, one cannot avoid to delight from one of the houseware products that are exposed under the reception desk: plaids, lamps, soaps and candles. I can not imagine leaving Margot House without spoiling myself with one souvenir “Made in Margot House”. Its design and appearance are as elegant as the environment surrounding.
The kitchen, that nothing has to do with the conventional ones, somehow inspires Japanese traits. Here, it’s not only the place where to serve your breakfast, but an open space that invites you to take a break, engage conversation with other guests, or simply indulge yourself in a glass of wine after a long day.
Either to work with your laptop, to read a book or simply sit down and have a relaxing cup of tea, in the big lounge there is a space to satisfy every need, as well as chairs for all tastes -such as the Wishbone Chair, originally designed by Hans J Wegner and produced by the Danish Company Carl Hansen & Son- Indeed is in this area, where one can highly appreciate the influence of Scandinavian Style: neutral colors, white wood, natural light, nature and above all, simplicity and elegance.
“One of the suites enjoys direct views to Casa Batlló, the architectural masterpiece of Gaudí.”
Albeit all pleasant, spacious and following the same design line, each and every room has its own features which makes them different and unique. One of the suites enjoys direct views to Casa Batlló, the architectural masterpiece of Gaudí: Standing behind the window feels like a lively postcard of the city: while the architecture in the background remains static, the flow of people brings dynamism to the picture. In one hand the slow pace of the strollers and on the other hand, the accelerated rhythm of those who walk with commitments. A rhythm that nothing has to do with the calm and serenity that the room releases.
The details caught my attention, from the keys to the board “do not disturb” and even a personalized guide of Barcelona. Each element of the room has the “Margot Hallmark”, converting this boutique hotel into an outstanding establishment with its very own character.
“Products from the Australian Brand Aesop have been chosen to align with the needs of a demanding client.”
With a shower and a bathtub, the bathroom seems to be the ideal place where to immerse yourself into a bubble of calmness. Products from the Australian Brand Aesop have been chosen to align with the needs of a demanding client. Made out of polished concrete and following the pure lines of the other spaces, it reminds me of the Moroccan bathrooms made with the traditional technique of Tadelakt.
Yet with a Catalan character, endless reminiscences to styles from other countries are found in every corner of the hotel. It may be that the owner and also interior designer, Sandra Durany, Catalan but the insatiable traveler, has been nourishing herself with the best of each country and culture to create such an oasis of comfort and privacy.