We were initially due to attend Soho House Barcelona's opening night which was slated for October 2015 but due to last minute delays, the House was kept shut, and we were put up in the Hotel Omm.
9 months later, we decided to return for 48 hours in this wonderful city - with Soho House now up and running for our stay.
Set in a striking 18th century building in the historic Duc de Medinaceli square, overlooking Port Vell marina, Soho House Group have done it again. Here we have accommodation that is so carefully considered, to the most fine of details, that on arrival my heart was racing with excitement (it's done this every time we've stayed in a Soho House hotel, so no surprises there).
The House - which is a 2 minute walk from the bottom of La Rambla - has 57 bedrooms, club spaces, a roof terrace, Cowshed spa, a gym and two pools - one rooftop, one in the basement spa.
There are many levels of bedroom, priced by size ranging from "tiny" to "medium corner". We were staying in a "small" room which I would class as medium-sized, at worst. Housing a bountiful super king sized bed, a dressing table, arm chair, and large bureau with exquisite touches like a Roberts Radio and a small amplifier for your iPhone; as well as the bathroom dreams are made of, I was tempted to stay inside, eating fresh (free) cookies from the cookie jar, on my giant bed, in my plush grey robe, purchasing the entire "Soho House Barcelona Interiors" range on Soho Home. Alas, I don't have £700 to spend on headboard so that plan was shelved, and we decamped up to the roof terrace to soak up the sun and views of the city.
The glistening shallow rooftop pool looked out to the harbour, but was looked onto by the long shared daybed which stretched the length of the pool. This was a disappointment as swimming felt very exposed, as I lolloped under the gaze of a row of glamorous observers.
That's where my critique ends, though. Under the shade of an umbrella we tucked into the House's speciality poke bowls, a gentle sea breeze cooling the 30 degree heat. At night we returned to the daybeds as they became nightbeds, the moon lighting the harbour, and the pool tempting a few for a midnight dip.
This is the perfect location to stay in Barcelona - we can't wait to return.