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Like Amsterdam, Barcelona finds itself in the curious position of needing to reduce tourism, for the sake of a citizenry whose infrastructure groans beneath the crush of high-season invaders.
But for now, all those visitors need places to sleep; and the stylish new Sir Victor hotel will surely be teeming with the mediarati and other such trend aware sorts. An import, ironically, of Amsterdam’s boutique brand Sir Hotels (which includes the Nikolai in Hamburg, and Savigny in Berlin, amongst others), it straddles the Gràcia and Eixample districts – meaning, it is definitely where you want to be dropping your bags in the Catalan capital.
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Slotted into the building that formerly held the OMM (by architects Capella Garcia), it features a “wavy” limestone façade, which appears to be at some stage of…peeling back.
But the former hotel’s icy minimalism has been replaced by cozy/inviting, living-room-style public spaces, with graphic rugs, plush, elegant sofas and Czech Modernist style chairs. It’s all intended to inspire long periods of lazing about and chatting with strangers…something we’re already very much inclined to do. The residential vibe carries on upstairs in the rooms, with subdued blues and greys, warm woods and quirky art pieces creating a vibe of homey sophistication.
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Sir Victor also borrows a restaurant from Amsterdam, the clubby, unambiguously monikered Mr. Porter steakhouse. Amidst the dark, curvy leather banquettes, massive saucer-like chandeliers (which look like an invading, um, space force), and floor-to-ceiling windows, such unexpected culinary treasures as taboon roasted foie gras, prawn falafel and sea bream spicy tomato casserole round out a menu dominated by prime beef cuts, from Japanese Wagyu to New York Strip.
Should you prefer your indulgences to be more of the liquid sort, The Rooftop at Sir Victor serves up Barcelona Mules and cold brew espresso martinis poolside – and throws in a couple of Gaudí-enhanced vistas at no charge.
As we’ve always insisted, a great new hotel is reason enough to hop a plane. But please, do plan to visit in the off-season.