The hotel trend of late is one that welcomes the worldly visitor with its stylish setting but doesn’t suffocate him or her with over-the-top design, amenities–or rates. Enter Room Mate Hotel in Pau, the hospitality chain’s second property in Barcelona, a modern boutique destination with 66 rooms and suites designed by Teresa Sapey.
The understated designer effect is immediate as you enter the reception area featuring a rustic, stacked wood desk against black-and-white modular, cubed seating. The feel here is inviting, not pretentious and not overly quirky which is refreshing. Oversized abstract photography and graphic portrayals appear in both the communal areas and private rooms, adding just enough edge to the trendy interiors where they still remain elegantly chic.
One supreme spot is the huge outdoor patio which is playfully arranged with plush white lounging sofas, minimalist pod chairs and scattered with faceted heads which become stools for social gatherings. A dimensional green wall lines a perimeter wall and feels crisp against the geometric white canopy which sails above this vast space providing shade and a cool ambiance.
Hallways are clad with pink, red and lime-green striped carpeting, contributing pops of color to the otherwise monochromatic environment. Oversized iris porthole windows “watch” guests as they move about the property and are downright funky.
Accommodations range from standard to suites, some with stone deep soaking tubs or private tiered terraces overlooking the Catalan capital and the historic buildings it has to offer. All rooms are bathed in smooth white and wood, with back-lit bubble headboards and sculptural freestanding partitions adding an effervescent spirit to these amazing spaces. So striking are the opaque black-glazed walls of the bathrooms in various suites, which are well-appointed with sleek white amenities and wrapped in horizontal, matte wood plank.
The Room Mate Pau is on the frontier of affordable, modern boutique hotels with cosmopolitan, yet comfortable design which intrigues with unexpected elements.