The exterior of the Hotel Omm is well suited to its environs, nestled amongst Gaudi masterpieces and modern art. The building looms up on a corner of Passeig de Gràcia, a vast white edifice with wave like features that pay homage to Le Pedrera around the corner.
Once inside, the architect design continues throughout, with a breezy and bright lobby bar area and customised crockery adoring the tables. This hotel is fun and different and thus really in tune with Barcelona's omnipresent artsy vibe.
After a vigorous day of sight seeing, kick back with a martini in the lobby bar while listening to the live music offered on Thursday evenings or the upbeat DJ sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. You can even continue on into the wee hours at the hotel's own nightclub! Or have a light lunch downtown ahead of dinner in the Michelin starred Moo restaurant where the noted tasting menus are served with carefully chosen wines to match. For the spa fiends, indulge in the state of the art spa retreat by booking an underwater massage and aromatherapy facial.
The piéce de résistance has to be the hotel's roof top pool and cocktail bar. Access is denied to non-residents making this an exclusive refuge in Barcelona where you can take a dip in the pool come sundown, with a backdrop to Casa Mila and Sagrada Familia.
All in all, the Hotel Omm is a leading contender in the running for Barcelona's hippest hotel.
The hotel is relatively boutique with just 90 rooms and boasts facilities of a much larger hotel. A variety of rooms and suites, all decorated in earthy tones with modern features benefit from lots of natural light.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Hotel Omm. However, there are no specific facilities available for them. Babysitting can be arranged upon request.
Moovida cafe serves up a stellar breakfast so much so that non-residents often breakfast here. Venture to the Michelin starred Moo Restaurant with its unique crockery designed by Spain's brightest and best artists, fashion designers and architects to sample cuisine that is influenced by the Roca brothers, Joan, Josep and Jordi. The spa is a real gem with an impressive array of treatments on offer - Ayurveda, Shiatsu, bespoke facials and underwater massage. Don't forget the amazing roof top terrace with pool with views of Casa Mila and Sagrada Familia.
Embrace the hotel's ample facilities and don't leave at all! Or go half and half - venture out for some shopping on Passeig de Gràcia, ogle the amazing architecture of Gaudi or mosey down to Barcelona's 5km long beach.
A spa, roof top bar, nightclub and Michelin restaurant all feature in this seemingly unassuming hotel.
When to travel
Barcelona is a year-round destination. Many associate Barcelona with the summer sun, but August can be a poor choice – the city broils and swarms with tourists as the locals disappear to more salubrious climes. It is certainly better to come around mid-June or September. If beach time is not a priority, you can easily find sunny (if chilly) weather and fewer crowds in January and February. Rainfall is highest in autumn and winter. During September and into October the city often gets a wash down in cracking thunderstorms.
As Barcelona is downwind from the Pyrenees, cold snaps are always on the cards and the April–May period is particularly changeable. At its best May can be the most pleasant month of the year – clear and fresh.
September's Festes de la Mercè, a four-day festival celebrating Barcelona's co-patron saint, Nostra Senyora de la Mercè (Our Lady of Mercy) is a particularly good excuse to head to the city. This final burst of pre-winter madness features a swimming race across the harbour, a fun run, outstanding free concerts and a bewildering programme of cultural events. Adding to the local colour are all the ingredients of a major Catalan fiesta: castellers, sardanes (traditional Catalan folk dancing), parades of gegants and capgrossos (giants and big heads), and a huge correfoc (fire run). Events take place throughout much of the year, although there is more activity in the warmer months.
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Location and directions
The Hotel Omm is on the corner of Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer del Rosselló making its lobby bar a popular spot for pre and post dinner drinks with Barcelona's cool crowd!
How to get there
British Airways operates a direct route from both London City and Heathrow direct to Barcelona. The flight time is 2-hours and the airport is located 25-minutes from the city centre.