SIR VICTOR BARCELONA
First Sir Hotel in Barcelona
Sir Hotels are rapidly capturing Europe. Their first hotel opened in Amsterdam, then Berlin and Ibiza followed and last week they opened their first hotel in Barcelona. They took over the iconic Hotel Omm. Not only famous for the architectural façade by Catalan design studio Capella García, but also for the Michelin star restaurant Roca Moo. During that time I was still living in Barcelona and I regularly went up to the rooftop for drinks while overlooking La Pedrera. And I had one of the best massages of my life in their spa.
Sir Hotels kept the famous façade and in the room, I still see Sandra Tarruella’s minimalist style shining through. But that’s pretty much all of the old, as designers Baranowitz + Kronenburg (known for W Hotel Amsterdam and the other Sir Hotels) took care of the rest. A breath of fresh air comes through the building with, for example, a pool table in the lobby, a library on the first floor and a completely new restaurant – Mr Porter – on the ground floor.
Named after a famous Catalan writer
If you already know Sir Hotels you remember that they are all named after a man. Sir Albert, Sir Savigny, Sir Adam, etc. Sir Victor initially seems to be a man but is named after Victor Català. That’s the pseudonym for Caterina Albert i Paradís, a famous Catalan writer who fought for equality between men and women through her writings. On the first floor, you can find her books in the library – in addition to those of other female writers.
Sir Victor is therefore a must for feminists, but especially for anyone who wants to stay at a central location. The Paseo de Gracia is just around the corner, just like the Gracia neighborhood. The roof terrace has a sublime view of La Pedrera. And the rooms are spacious (although I stayed in one of the largest rooms – the Sir Suite), quiet and have a fantastic bed.
I stayed here in April when there was still a lot of renovation going on. So I couldn’t test the Mr Porter restaurant yet.
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