We all travel for different reasons, with different people and ideas in mind for what makes the ultimate escape. There is one place that is making amazing strides around the world though, creating an inclusive club that ticks the box for everyone to enjoy (I don’t know anyone who doesn’t) – Soho House Barcelona.
With Spring in full bloom in London there was no better time to enjoy a mini break of heat to acclimatise into Summer. After a little research, Barcelona looked like the best option having fallen in love with everything about it from trusty friends and Google. A lively city with plenty of character, great restaurants and places to visit that weren’t the norm. All that as well as a beach that spans the entire coastline and most importantly, plenty of sunshine.
Getting To Barcelona
A quick flight and cab from the airport later (never pay more than $30 for this to the City) and the larger than life doors with dusty linen blinds blowing in the warm breeze welcomed us in. Welcome us they did – we didn’t want to ever leave. Based in the gothic quarter of the City overlooking the Port Vell Marina it was heaven. If you know Soho House there is a lovely familiarity about visiting. If you don’t, well the ever friendly, can’t-do-enough-for-you staff will make sure you feel right at home in no time.
In less than five minutes we were being shown our room and every thing imaginable in it to make our stay that much sweeter. They don’t miss a beat. Forgotten your adapter? Charger? Toothbrush? Cleanser? Razor? Eye mask? Hot water bottle? You needn’t pack really. It’s all there including the most delicious, lighter-than-air cookies. It’s all in the detail at Soho House to make your experience better in every way. Luxury, convenience and design to feast your eyes on at every corner. The beds are reminiscent of what I imagine a cloud to be like. The softest cotton and comfiest everything. The shower is also like a waterfall only better.
At this time of year, conditions are perfect. Not too cold, not too hot. The roof terrace was calling. The mornings were bright and still with temperature in the early to mid-20’s. Everywhere you looked was more than Instagram worthy (just remember as it’s a private members club you can’t be snapping away!).
First stop once settled, our destination was all of one minute away – the House Restaurant on the top terrace. The menu did not disappoint. Straight into tapas and local Spanish rosé to really get into the local spirit of things. Ham croquettes, prawns in black garlic aioli, patatas braves. It all worked wonders and quickly got us in the Spanish mood and Soho House Barcelona pace.
Then to explore. The whole building is crammed to rafters with beautiful interiors which you can now also conveniently purchase through Soho Home. All houses say that they want you feel like they are a home from home. With ‘comfortable sofas, cosy throws and vintage pieces that give the right mix of grit and glamour’ they do, very well.
Wining and Dining
House Restaurant for dinner. This surprisingly tranquil restaurant had a wine list that most local wine specialists would be envious of. The menu had just about all the tapas you could hope for with some serious salads to enjoy alongside. Dessert was some homemade, rich chocolate ice cream before heading to the infamous Photo Booth to squeeze in some silly shots before hitting the the cloud/bed.
Day two started with a House Ride. Described as ‘a powerful mind and body fitness experience’, I went to Rhythm Ride which is all about riding to the beat and losing yourself in the music. After an hour I went to be found again in the House Restaurant for a delicious breakfast. Compulsory avocado on toast, poached eggs, an acai berry bowl and hard green juice later I was ready to take on the day.
Later that morning, a mere stones throw from the hotel and we found ourselves on the beach amongst the street artists, rollerbladers, musicians and fellow paella eating tourists. It spans the whole front of Barcelona and didn’t feel too overly crowded. Furthermore, you can try your hand at paddle board yoga in the quiet part of the bay if it takes your fancy.
No Monday Blues Here
That evening we ventured to Cecconi’s. This buzzing Italian brought a huge crowd, even on a Monday! They must be doing something right. We were lucky to get a table so I recommend booking in advance. Sit in one of the corner, cosy booths for the ultimate experience whilst you wine and dine on some of the finest in home Italian cooking. We feasted on baked gnocchi in gorgonzola, aubergine parmigiana, carpaccio, blue fin tuna tartare, spaghetti lobster and up there with 11/10 – the black truffle, zucchini flowers and goats cheese pizza. Rita our waitress couldn’t have been more attentive. In conclusion – Soho House Barcelona are most definitely do a lot of things right.
Looking for somewhere to go next April? Race you there.
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Take It From Us
- REVIEW IN ONE WORD: Necessary
- BEST ROOM: Marina room overlooking the port
- CHECK IN: 3pm
- CHECK OUT: 12pm
- WHAT TO WEAR: We found floaty dresses were the best go to and a jacket for the evenings that were a lot cooler
- ACTIVITIES: Cycling, walking along the beach, laying horizontally on sun loungers and eating
- BEST LOCAL ATTRACTION: The Transbordador to see the whole city
- HOW TO GET THERE: Regular flights daily from all main UK airports
- DON’T MISS: Señorita Paella in Terraza Martínez or cocktails at Cotton House
- TREAT YOURSELF: To a massage in the Cowshed Spa