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Room Mate Emma 3.0

Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

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Pros

  • Modern exterior with interesting architectural features in Eixample district
  • Ultra-chic hotel with creative lighting and swanky interior designs
  • Funky, bright rooms, some with balconies
  • Bath gel and shampoo in nifty packages
  • Breakfast buffet for a fee with pastries and cold cuts served in futuristic diner
  • Computer station in lobby
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • No fitness center or pool
  • Fee for parking
  • No on-site restaurant for lunch or dinner

Bottom Line

With a stylish lobby reminiscent of the inside of a space station and a funky, modern diner area where breakfast is served, the Room Mate Emma is a cool pick for tourists visiting Barcelona and wanting to stay in a "design" hotel. The mid-range chain has 56 colorful guest rooms that stand out for their bold use of color and artistic touches. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby, but guests wanting to stay closer to Las Ramblas may want to consider Hotel Ramblas, a stylish, more expensive option closer to the action.

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Scene

Edgy, futuristic designs throughout common spaces and rooms

Slanted white panels in varying sizes reflect the sunlight off the modern Room Mate Emma, creating an effect that is a vast departure from the more traditional facades of the buildings next door. The playfully suggestive question “Do you want to sleep with me?” is painted on a glass panel greeting guests as they enter the futuristic-looking lobby with its blue carpeting and white ambient lighting. The funky breakfast area has mosaic fuchsia and clear glass tiles and a matching fuchsia floor with long white booths lining the walls. The color palette from the restaurant is matched in the tiled showers of the guest rooms. Other bold, artistic details, such as swirly lines that climb the walls and cross the ceilings of guest rooms, add to the modern, edgy vibe.

Location

Located in Barcelona’s Eixample district, three blocks off Avinguda Diagonal

Room Mate Emma is located in Barcelona’s Eixample neighborhood, three blocks off Avinguda Diagonal. There are plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants nearby, and it’s a 20-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya and Las Ramblas. Celebrated Gaudi buildings -- Casa Mila and Casa Battillo -- are within walking distance. The Diagonal metro station is a short walk away, putting the Sagrada Familia within a 20-minute commute via subway. The airport is within a 20-minute drive.

Rooms

Fuchsia rooms with white sleek furniture and artistic details

The bold rooms of the Room Mate Emma are stylish and different, with playful fuchsia or purple carpeting and white sleek furniture. Rooms have artistic details, such as abstract art or designs decorating the walls. All rooms have flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. The Penthouse Deluxe room has a stone terrace with a small pool and an elevated daybed with pillows for sun tanning or star gazing. The nifty packaging for the bath gel and shampoo is much cooler than the basic small bottles at other hotels.

Features

Eye-catching interior design and computer available to guests in lobby

The best feature of the hotel is the eye-catching interior designed by Tomas Alia. The futuristic vibe of the place makes entering the lobby or eating at the breakfast buffet a special event. Pod-like chairs and a huge circular couch offer guests sitting areas in common spaces, and the lobby has a computer where guests can log on to the internet, but there’s no full restaurant, fitness center, or pool.

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Address

Carrer Rossello 205, Eixample, Barcelona, Province of Barcelona 08008, Spain

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