Home is a place to hang your hat is a sentiment that I lived by when we were staying in The Mirror Barcelona as I carelessly threw my hat onto our beautiful white bed every afternoon after coming back from exploring beautiful Barcelona.
There were so many hotels that we wanted to stay in for our weekend in Barcelona, but since it was high season a lot of hotels were either fully booked or incredibly expensive. I’m a huge fan of SLH hotels, especially being a member of The Club, as I know that I’m guaranteed the luxurious hotels that I want, but also that they’ll be little boutique gems.
The Mirror was just that: with only 63 rooms it’s actually quite a small hotel.
The Mirror certainly lives up to its name: the rooms are paneled with mirrors on one side, as well as the reception area and one entire wall of the hotel being covered in mirrors. I loved how light, airy and spacious the hotel felt as the light bounced off all the mirrors and back again. For a small hotel, I thought the use of mirrors was very clever, making us feel as though we were in a much bigger hotel whilst retaining the luxurious element of a boutique hotel.
Of course, even though we’d just arrived I couldn’t resist taking a peak at all the SLH hotels and planning our next adventure…
We had the benefit of a room on the 7th floor which meant that we had a great view out over the street outside and were able to take advantage of all that lovely Spanish light bouncing all over our room. We used the end of our L shaped Superior room as a place to relax and enjoy a glass of cava or wine before heading out, as well as a place to enjoy the morning sun on our little balcony.
Everywhere you looked in the room it was clean finished and modern décor, but managed to retain a lovely sense of warmth that meant the room didn’t feel cold at all.
Being a very modern hotel the bathroom was slightly unusual, with the shower almost being in the room! The toiletries were the hotel’s own brand and I have to say I would have preferred to see something a little more luxurious.
I love getting snuggled up in mornings and evenings in a nice fluffy white robe and was pleased to see one of my favourite parts of a hotel waiting for us in our wardrobe.
The room itself had all the amenities you would expect in a luxury hotel, including mini bar, free wifi, a safe and excellent soundproofing. In an extra modern touch, the Do Not Disturb wasn’t a sign on the door but an automatic touch-of-a-button system which once pressed meant that your door couldn’t be opened by any staff.
The feature wall was one of my favourite design elements as it reminded me of a soft velvet covering, contrasting with the clean, sharp design of the rest of the room.
One thing I insist on when we travel is that, if possible, we choose a hotel with a pool as I love cooling off after a day of exploring a city with a nice dip. The Mirror Barcelona has a small rooftop pool, more of a plunge pool, for you to enjoy. It was a pity that the rooftop terrace didn’t have the same view of the city as our room, however.
If you’re more of a sunbather than a pool dip-er, there are sun loungers and even a sofa for you to lie on whilst you soak up the sun.
Though I was all about trying to stay cool in that pool…
Throughout the hotel there are beautiful statues and pieces of art for you to enjoy, including this fellow on the wall next to the lifts! The Mirror Barcelona was opened in 2011 and in its first year of opening was nominated in the Condé Nast Hot List, recognising its luxurious yet modern vibe.
In terms of location we found it to be excellent since it’s located in the heart of the commercial and cultural district of the city, and just 200 metres from La Avenida Diagonal and the Paseo de Gracia, perfect for transport links and seeing all the sights.
Since we wanted to explore Barcelona’s restaurant scene, including Koy Shunka, we didn’t eat in the restaurant or have breakfast there, but there is a restaurant located on the ground floor should you wish to stay in one night.
The reception area and bar are all in one, and we loved coming home to a buzzy hotel bar each night before heading up to our quiet little home to hang our hats before falling into that cosy bed!