International influences abound at Barcelona’s Hotel Brummell thanks to the mix of creative influences that had a hand in bringing the venue into being. Australian-born, Barcelona-based design duo Blankslate are responsible for the eclectic interior, which has been influenced by the pair’s extensive travels around Sri Lanka and the influential work of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s tropical modernism style. Objects from the country mingle with European antiques and bespoke modern creations from local artisans throughout the public spaces at the Poble-sec hotel.
However, before Blankslate could get to work, there was the not-inconsiderable matter of bringing the property back up to scratch; Barcelona architect Inma Rábano used her local know-how to renovate the 1870 building, restoring the original façade and preparing the interior structure for its new life. With the rehab done, the interior was remodelled to provide 20 rooms and two apartments with a great selection of mountain, cityscape and Mediterranean views and plenty to look at indoors from local artists too. There’s a range of attractive and charming shared areas as well, including The Box Station, its drinking and dining centre run by chef Damien Bolger. His menu is available throughout Hotel Brummell, whether that be in-room, poolside, or in the main lobby space, and features local favourites alongside dishes developed on his worldwide adventures.