If you're looking for boutique and charming hotels in Barcelona's city center, Casa Camper is an authentic choice.
Located in The Raval neighborhood, this is a part of town most tourists don't flock to, yet it's one of the most exciting and funnest barrios in the city. Just a few minutes from La Rambla, the hotel is surrounded by cute coffee shops, rustic bars and greasy tapas joints. It doesn't get more real than this area of the city, which has cleaned itself up quite well in recent years.
The hotel itself is a design hotel set in a typical 19th-century building, which was restored by the architect Jordi Tio and designed on the interior by Ferran Amat. It's one of the city's premier boutique hotels. And with the new addition of its top-notch restaurant Dos Palillos, it's bound to get even more praise.
Inside restaurant Dos Palillos — Photo courtesy of Dos Palillos
Dos Palillos, run by the ex chef de cuisine at the former El Bulli restaurant, offers delicious Asian dishes served in a Spanish tapas style. The concept is to eat Asian tapas with the Spanish philosophy, which is a bit more informal and includes sharing dishes as opposed to having individual plates. The restaurant was recently awarded a Michelin Star, and it's fast becoming a Raval must-try eatery.
Due to the authentic location of the hotel, the restaurant attracts a mix of Catalan hipsters, expats and adventurous tourists who want to venture off the beaten path. It's ideal location is perfect for art lovers and design buffs, as the hotel is right near MACBA (the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) and CCCB (the Barcelona Contemporary Cultural Center) as well as the building that hosts the design conference every year.
The restaurant is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. From Thursday through Saturday, it is open from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and then again from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Be sure to make a reservation, as they are always busy and rarely take walk-ins. It's a small space with bar seating and an extensive menu as well as beverage list.
The restaurant isn't a cheap night out though, averaging 85-90 euros per person, not including drinks. There is a gastronomic selection that isn't available during lunch time, but you can always order from the menu as well.
The open concept kitchen provides for a really exciting atmosphere, as you can see the cooks while you're waiting to eat. This is an excellent and very tasty new restaurant in one of Barcelona's coolest neighborhoods.