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Hotel Murmuri, Barcelona 

104 Rambla de Catalunya
Spain 08008
Tel: 34 93 550 0600
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British designer Kelly Hoppen's contemporary, Eastern-nuanced hand is evident throughout Hotel Murmuri, a new six-floor hotel in the Eixample. But her style is at its boldest in the downstairs bar, restaurant, and lobby, where burgundy velvet banquettes jostle for space with a cascading Swarovski crystal chandelier and abstract black, silver, and white wall murals. A glass elevator transports you to the 53 rooms, where the mood is toned down dramatically with tasteful if somewhat unchallenging chocolate and Champagne decor and oak furniture, yet brightened up by mountains of Hoppen's bed throws and cushions in burnt orange and russet tones. The bathrooms are spacious, with Silestone surfaces and large bath-shower combos with massage heads. Rooms on the top floor have a private 50-square-foot terrace and cost $260 more than the doubles below (from around $240 to $500). The stylish Marfil cocktail bar, with comfy blue sofas, rococo armchairs, and rings of black oak dividing the tables, is a trendy spot facing the street. It attracts both hotel guests and a Barcelonese clientele, many of whom are here to dine at Murmuri restaurant. Murmuri has fast gained a reputation for its combined Asian and Mediterranean cuisine (try the battered prawns with Japanese eggplant). There is no pool or spa at the Hotel Murmuri, but guests can take a short walk along Passeig de Gràcia and use the excellent facilities at the Majestic, the five-star grande dame that belongs to the same group (68 Passeig de Gràcia; 34-93-393-8128). If you want to stay in this well-heeled neighborhood, Murmuri is one of the few design-centric options.

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