Located in Barcelona’s creative quarter, boutique hotel Yurbban Passage has the bones of a textile workshop, but the topcoat of a craftsman who’s conquered his trade. Iron window frames, brick walls and support columns attest to the building’s industrious beginnings, but the addition of a spa and roof terrace has transformed this old workhorse into a suavely-dressed sire. Nowadays, the hotel is resolutely committed to a life of leisure: lounging in the rooftop pool, you can count the silhouettes of church spires against the sunset. Once you're feeling suitably refreshed, you need only ride the lift back to the lobby, step outside, and you’ll find yourself back in the vibrant bustle.
A Yurbban Passage notebook, pen and handmade chocolate for each guest
In the know
Also need to know:
All of the public areas are wheelchair accessible, as are two of the Double Interior rooms.If you’re wondering whether Yurbban is a word from old Catalan, it's actually a blend of ‘young’ and ‘urban’. The ‘passage’ part of the hotel’s name refers to the passageway that runs underneath the building. Dating back to 1878, this alley was once the haunt of craftsmen and merchants, who likely used it to peddle their wares.
Barcelona is a walking city, so forgo your fanciest footwear (at least during the day).
El Born’s craft heritage has made it a hotbed of fashion and design, so there’s plenty of boutiques selling clothes befitting of a yurbanite.
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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this city hotel in Spain and unpacked their Catalan crafts bought from El Born’s boutiques, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Yurbban Passage in Barcelona…
Barcelona is a city that draws you into its heart; it beguiles with the beauty of its Gothic Quarter and intoxicates with the buzz of El Born. But once you’ve exhausted your sightseeing capabilities for the day, you also want to be able to get away from it all, as if disappearing down a hidden passageway. Step up Yurbban Passage, a former textile workshop turned boutique hotel. A resident of El Born, it’s as near the action as you’d want a stay to be, but step through the doors and you’ll find it to be an elusive slice of inner-city respite. The lobby, lounge and restaurant are uncluttered and open, with high ceilings giving you some much needed breathing space. Upstairs, the rooms are stylish, modern and leaning towards the minimal end of the furnishing scale – a welcome change from cramped mediaeval streets. A rooftop pool lets you admire the skyline well above the fray; the cavernous spa is a cocoon from the outside world.
Carrer de Trafalgar, 26, Barcelona, 08003
0.3 mi / 0.5 km from city centre
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
With a honey-toned wooden floor, webbed-cane chairs and walls of white-painted brick, Restaurant D’Aprop has the elegant yet understated look of a high-class atelier. This minimalism suits the space perfectly, however, as the high ceiling and floodlit columns provide plenty dramatic effect as it is. The kitchen is helmed by Michelin-starred chef Xavier Franco, who has created a menu that is Catalan at heart, but shows influence from Spain’s Mediterranean neighbours too.
If you like being close to the action (or just want something light), a seat at the bar should do you well. Those who prefer to sit on a soft bench should aim for one of the tables beneath the bookshelves.
Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am; lunch from 12.30pm to 4pm and dinner from 7.30pm to 11pm. The Lounge Bar is open from 7am all the way through to midnight.
Room service is available from 7am to 11pm. The starters – such as Iberian ham, Catalan sausages and tomato flatbreads – make great light bites; if you’re after something more substantial, try the veal burger topped with cured bacon.
The Lounge Bar is in the restaurant, standing in front of several grated windows. Guests’ line of sight has been kept clear, with all the bottles and glasses arranged on shelves overhead, keeping things smart and ordered.
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