Hotel Omm, Barcelona
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Great, but bring a flash lightfrom Daddy
Very cool hotel with great servicefrom robert240
The staff was very helpful as well, arranging for rental car, restaurant reservations and hotel reservations out of town.
We would stay there alone in a heartbeat.
An over-designed hotel... style over practicalityfrom LondonBlonde
Our overall impressions were that the decor is beautiful, the rooms are modern and of a high standard. The rooftop pool is tiny but beautiful... and absolutely FREEZING as it is unheated - so would be no use outside anything but the height of the summer even on a nice sunny day. This is a shame as the terrace is a glorious suntrap with a fab view of La Pedera.
Our main impression of the Omm was that style triumphs over practicality every time... The bathrooms in the Omm are split in two - one has the bath and sink, the other the bidet and toilet... which means that you need to move from one to the other constantly. The beautiful glossy white panelling has no hooks to hang wet towels or robes.... The lighting system is complex and dims and lightens gradually... We had to be shown our mini bar as it was so well hidden in the panelling! It is all very beautiful, but just a little bit useless!
I would also agree with regard to some of the other reviewers' comments about service. We returned from a night out to have cocktails in the bar and one of our party requested an espresso... to be told that there were "no hot drinks in the bar" and that this "had to be ordered from room service"! We didn't eat in the restaurant at dinner, but the members of our party who had breakfast in the hotel felt it was "distinctly average".
At the end of the stay, we all commented that although there was nothing actually wrong with the place, none of us would actually leap to recommend it Had we paid full rack rate then we would have been a little disappointed. Through lastminute with a large discount it seemed fair value for money. I would far and away recommend the Neri above the Omm any time!
I love this placefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Attitude problemfrom A TripAdvisor Member
You are spoilt for choice for good restuarants in Barcelona so don't make the mistake of trying this one!
Omm was perfectfrom Jacky40
Loved, loved, loved Hotel Omm!!!from aimerlavie
A friend of my brother's reccomended Hotel Omm, and after reading the TripAdvisor reviews, I was feeling rather skeptical, as whenever I've referred to TripAdvisor prior to choosing a hotel, I've always had good luck when I've taken the various reviews into consideration. When I checked the reviews in July, they were not very good - I could not disagree with them more; I have noticed that two of the most recent reviews are very good.
I travel quite frequently, and have stayed in some lovely (and not so lovely) hotels around the world - and I would highly recommend Hotel Omm. .
The Hotel is beautiful, and beautifully designed - very clean lines, with modern style impeccably carried out; lots of well thought out techie conveniences; great air-conditioning, lighting, etc; well thought out / laid out rooms - great beds, pillows, linens, towels, toiletries, etc; well laid out and beautiful lobby/lounge, bar. We did not eat at the restaurant, which apparently is very good - with a Michelin chef, however we did eat at the bar and at the pool, and the food was excellent.
The pool and deck are very,very relaxing, and the view of Gaudi sculptures on a neighboring roof could not be a more appropriate and pleasant surprise. Another review mentioned that the pool is "small", this is true, however it is perfect for cooling off, and the deck is large and well thought out, with lounge chairs, as well as seating (w/shade umbrellas) for a drink/snack/meal by the pool; the pool and deck are targeted toward adults, or older children (my daughter is 12 and enjoyed it thoroughly), whom enjoy sunbathing w/an occasional swim in the pool, it is not designed as an "all day" destination resort type pool for small children.
The location is excellent, the neighborhood is the Eixample district, and there are many Gaudi buildings within viewing/walking distance, many "high-end" shops, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Yves-Saint Laurent, wonderful restaurants, etc., and within walking distance of Sagrada Famililia, and many other sights and shopping options. Metro stop just around the corner, and about a 6 euro cab ride to the Port.
Lastly, every member of the staff with whom we dealt was wonderful; professional, friendly, helpful and extremlely pleasant.
I highly recommend Hotel Omm.
A Great Experiencefrom A TripAdvisor Member
6 Days In Barcelona
Ryan Air got us from Rome Ciampino to Girona (Barcelona) return for only 70 euros a person (note all dollar amounts will be in euros). They use smaller/outer airports. No-frills service, non-reclining seats, pay for drink and snacks. Good service.
Auriga Car is a budget car rental service that operates in the summer from Girona airport…. out of a white van in the car park. We arrived mid July and Girona airport felt like 450 degrees. Auriga says to pickup from the car park and airport information said you can find them around the flags. After walking around with 3 bags in sweltering heat and finding nothing I asked inside the airport again. While Hertz & Co have an inside office, Auriga apparently operates out of a white Minivan temporarily parked in the public parking lot with an employee, table, chair and wireless credit card machine in the back! ….. next to the flags. It cost 150 for the week, as opposed to the same per day from Hertz-Avis-Europecar. We got a new Ford Fiesta with A/C and it was fine. We drove to Barcelona in about an hour.
Omm Hotel, Rossello 265 08008 was recommended by a friend who lived in Barcelona. It’s located off Passieg de Gracias with designer shopping stores and is about a kilometer walk to the inexpensive shopping of Las Ramblas and old town. While “Design” hotels often feel cold. This was a good balance of the practical and the aesthetic. It got dreadful reviews on the internet so we were a little skeptical.
It was a wonderful hotel. We got an upper floor room which had views of Gaudi’s La Pedrera. All rooms are virtually square in plan with a floating dividing wall between bedroom and bathroom. The large window has automatic blinds and the lighting/air system is well thought out as are all the details, finishes, fixtures, furnishings, widescreen tv, great big bath and changing area. We got a standard room 180 to 220 per night.
We preferred a street-facing room overlooking La Pedrera to the courtyard facing rooms.
The Roof/Pool terrace is beautiful with great views, food and a massaging fountain in the pool. It’s decked in wood with Stark chairs/lounge chairs. In July it made good sense to have a swim at the hotel when Barcelona’s beaches are overcrowded and polluted. The Omm pool is peaceful and relaxing with hardly anyone around.
The Food. Omm has it’s own restaurant called Moo. It is well known as one of the best restaurants in Barcelona with a 2-star Michelin chef. It offers 3 levels of service. Moo restaurant, Moovida Café and Room/Pool service. We ate from the Café and Room service for about 10 a dish. The portions are small but grotesquely mouth-watering-slobbering good. Hamburger tartar with mushroom, Foie Gras on local fig jam, Club sandwich, local smoked hams and Vegetarian dishes Seared Tuna & Hummus, Curry Vegetable Couscous, Grilled Vegetables/Tofu on toast. It was worth eating at the hotel once a day.
Our first taste of Barcelona’s delicacies was at Sagardi’s, Argenteria 62 08002. The Tapas are good enough to eat and crap at the same time. Bacala, Peppers, Crab, Egg, Olive, Anchovy, Tortilla, they mix it up so well that it outshines the more simple Tapas bars. We got there at 7pm, the place was starting to fill, we started gorging and it seemed as long as you bought a drink, the bar food was was free, so we binged and then figured out the cost is calculated by the amount of toothpicks remaining on your plate. 1.30 a piece. Gorge till you drop. About 6 per person starts to loosen the belt, at 10 you are classified as Pig. A normal being goes there to have a drink, have a chat and enjoy a few tasty bites.
The favourite eating spot was Pinoxto at the Mercat de la Boqueria. Juanito, the owner, is a well known local character serving up seafood, meat, vegetables, drinks and desserts from a corner stall with only 12 stools located in the local food market. There is no menu just food so good that all of it’s customers, regulars or tourists are immediately intoxicated with exquisite, tasty dishes which melt in the mouth. Grilled green peppers in Rock salt, Grilled fresh Lobster & Prawns, Baby Octopus with beans/olive oil/balsamic vinegar/coriander, Terrine of tartar Bacala/tomato/lentils/peppers, Breaded Veal cutlets. Finish it off with a Chuchos, cream-filled fried croissant. I can’t write any more without salivating into my lap. It’s about 25+ a person, get there early to get the day’s catches and secure a stool. Hours 7am-3pm.
Can Majo, Almirall Aixada street, 23. tel 18.104.22.168 is a traditional seafood restaurant with Paella and other rice specialties. Located on Barcelona’s beach promenade in the old fisherman village. We had wonderful fresh crayfish and Paella. Book ahead, like most of our good meals in Barcelona we spent about 30 a head.
If you haven’t burst, try the café La Pallaresa, Petrixol, 11 08002 which serves the locals home made Churros which you dip in hot dark chocolate. Also known for it’s Crème Catalan & more.
Barcelona has very special architecture. Gaudi is everywhere. “La Pedrera” was on the block down from the hotel. Many levels are open to the public and includes a multi-media museum with models in it’s curved vaulted attic. Showing Gaudi’s early Art Nouveau, Personal style & furniture. 8 entry. “Casa Batilo” is further down the same street. It is fantastic, colorful, like the sea. 16 entry. “Sagrada Famiglia” is Gaudi’s mammoth mud church with 2 different facades. It’s construction began at the turn of the century and is still ongoing. The engineering techniques Gaudi developed to allow fluid shapes at huge scale are revolutionary. The builders must have become his closest friends or stalked him with a bludgeon. “Parc Guell” with a small Gaudi museum is a nice visit but I wasn’t fascinated by it as I was with the other buildings.
Montjuic is worth visiting in west Barcelona. In 1929, Barcelona hosted the World’s Fair and a few special things happened. Mies Van Der Rohe built the Barcelona Pavillion for the German Expo. It was dissembled in 1930 then rebuilt to the original specs by Barcelona architects in the 1980’s. It is spectacular, perfect and constant. It embodies the foundations of Modern architecture and we see its design principles used in houses and office buildings, restaurants and galleries over 75 years later. Original Barcelona Chairs are there. The Catalyuna Museum was also built for the Fair in 1929 at Montjuic and it is in stark contrast with its massive Neo-Classical architecture to the Barcelona Pavillion. Gae Aulenti supervised the museum renovation until completion in 2004. It is now a grand Post-Modern space full of shapes and light. The promenade in front of the museum is the highest point of Montjuic and there is an incredible view of Barcelona. Montjuic is also home to the Joan Miro Foundation full of his beautiful large-scale paintings and tapestries. As you drive around you also see the impressive 1992 Barcelona Olympic stadiums. Due to the smart planning and renovation of the park Montjuic is now used for Barcelona’s annual Trade Fairs.
We intended to spend 3 days at Lafranc, Costa Brava about 1.5 hours drive from Barcelona. We were disappointed with the amount of people at the beach so we got a local to take us out on a boat to visit local grottos and beaches. Llafranc Hotel was small and humid at 140 a night. It’s restaurant is well-known for seafood. Fresh small prawns, sardines, baby calamari, was all great. La Croissanteria across the square has tasty baguettes, salads and cakes. After a day we felt we had had enough, partly our fault for coming during peak season, but we longed for the serenity we found at the Omm Hotel, so we drove back for a few more days of the pool, the room and general eating disorder.
Barcelona’s shopping is decent. Many shoe stores. Passeig de Gracia and parallel Ramblas de Catayluna are upmarket streets leading down to the main shopping drag Las Ramblas, full of people & cheap shopping. The neighbourhood called El Born has been dubbed Barcelona’s SoHo, located in side streets all around the church Santa Maria del Mar.
On our last night we went to see some Flamenco guitar & dancing at Tablao Cordobes, Ramblas 35 08002. It is touristy as flamenco is from Madrid. It was very entertaining with classical acoustic guitar players improvising over dramatic rhythms and the dancer’s shoes sounding off like bullets. 28 a person.
Barcelona turned out to be full of fantastic architecture and food, various interesting areas to see, easygoing, natural people. We indulged ourselves, I put on 10 pounds and wouldn’t mind living on a stool at Pinoxto.
Many thanks to our friend for giving us all these places to check out.
You gotta love this hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
great bar ... hotel an afterthoughtfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms are 'designer' and very much style over substance
The walls meanwhile are paper thin, you can hear people breathing when they are waiting for the lift in the corridor
Location is great .. stay here if you are trendy and a very, very heavy sleeper who isn't bothered about value
Top Local Tips for Barcelona
Open top buses A great way to city - buy a day pass and hope on and off at the best sites
Watch you wallet The Ramblas and surrounding areas are notorious for bag snatching and pick pockets. Not that this should put you off going there - as they are great places. Just be aware and take care!
Barcelona Aquarium Do not visit the Aquarium unless you are prepared for hundreds of screaming kids. There wasn't anything of particular interest and the entry fee is quite high $18 euros.
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- Address: 265 Carrer Rossello - Barcelona - 08008 - Spain
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